Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blog #31: Top 10 Best Trek Scenes, Part I

Hello friend and welcome back to the Trek1701 blog. for the next 5 blog entries I will be discussing my favourite Trek scenes, arranged in a Top 10 format.  Each entry will feature 2 scenes, counting down to my favourite Trek moment. I have included scenes from the movies and the television series. Here we go:
#10- Star Trek VI: "To Be Or Not To Be"/Enterprise gets pummelled!!
I love the final battle scene from Star Trek 6. Christopher Plummer is such a great actor and it was great seeing him playing the final villain the original crew would face together before going into retirement. The cloaked Klingon bird-of-prey does severe damage to the ship and Sulu's ship when they come to their aid. All while Christopher Plummer is reciting Shakespeare. And to see Spock and McCoy working together to get a gas sniffing torpedo on line, and General Chang (Christopher Plummer) ultimately saying "To Be Or Not To Be"... then Sulu and kirk ordering the destruction of the Klingon ship...Awesome. Great final battle for the original crew.
#9- Star Trek IV: Saving the whales/The crew out of their element
This was a great film. Seeing Kirk and company on the streets of San Francisco in the 80's, having to deal with punks and swear words... very funny. it was also a nice change of pace and a movie that didn't take itself too seriously after the first 3 films being very serious. My favourite scene out of them all is when Kirk and crew, on board their stolen cloaked Klingon bird-of-prey, have to rescue whales 'George' and 'Gracie' from a whaling ship. When the whalers shoot their harpoon it hits an invisible wall, then the bird-of-prey De-cloaks in front of them much to the shock of the whalers. Plus the whole plot line of using a ship at warp speed slingshotting around the sun to travel time was genius.
See you next time for more moments!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Blog #30: Insurrection & Nemesis

Recently on the 'Nerd Lunch' podcast they guys discussed the TNG films 'Insurrection' and 'Nemesis'. For those of you who are reading this and have not listened to 'Nerd Lunch' I highly recommend you do. It is a great podcast that I must listen to every week. CT, Jeeg and Pax are really cool guys and they have put together a great show. I made a guest appearance on episode #28 of Nerd Lunch where we discussed (you guessed it) Star Trek. check them out on iTunes. Anyway listening to their discussion on the last 2 TNG films inspired me to write a commentary blog post about them.
- With 'Nemesis' they were really trying to recreate 'Wrath Of Khan' (Data dying: Spock dying, enemy out for vengeance Shinzon/Khan). Also the idea of a ship that can fire while cloaked was stolen from Star Trek VI. If they wanted to do a vengeance story why not simply have 'Lore' be reassembled by foolish star fleet techs, then he goes after Data, Picard & crew.
- I don't think 'Nemesis' was actually supposed to be the final TNG film. I think they were waiting to see if it was a box office success, then if all went well make another. But it did not go well...

- I think they killed Data because Brent Spiner felt he was getting too old for the character... my simple solution: Get 'Q' in a movie and have him make Data human. Snap of a finger and all is well. Why was 'Q' not in one of the 4 TNG films? John Delancie was great as Q and I really wish we could have seen him interacting with Picard and crew again. Trying to forget he made guest appearances on 'Voyager'...
 - If they were going to go the Romulan route why not have it be a move about Spock's resistance movement. Bring Leonard Nimoy back, which he would have done with the right script as he proved with 2009's 'Star Trek'. Bring Sela and Tomalok back as the villains... it would have been awesome.
- Really the only thing I liked about 'Insurrection' was that  Riker/Troi finally got together, and even Riker shaving the beard was cool. other than that there ain't a whole lot I like about this film. I know they were trying to do a more light hearted film, like Star Trek IV, but the jokey humour just didn't work for this film. The bad guys sucked, but the special effects were OK. The 'Admiral' character was not interesting at all, would have loved to see Ronny Cox come back as 'Admiral Jellico' for this film.
Finally on a final note it retrospect it is sad that TNG only made 4 films and they were these 4 films. Overall the TNG films were forgettable when compared to the Original series cast's films. Again I lay huge blame for these films, and the state of the Trek franchise (up until 2009) on Rick Berman. Had someone else who actually cared and had a clue about Star Trek been in charge of the franchise it would be in a better state than it is now.    
See you next week! 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Blog #29: Babylon 5 (DS9's Competition)?

Part I: My Pre-Discussion Of 'Babylon 5' 
Shortly after the launch of DS9 in the spring of 1993 there was a TV movie that made it's premiere, and it was called 'Babylon 5'. To be honest I was not impressed. The story was bad, the make-up looked terrible and and special effects were not even close to being as good as DS9. Despite all this the movie was enough to convince someone at Warner Brothers to invest in a TV season and in January 1994 'Babylon 5' the TV series was born.
They really cleaned up the TV series from what the TV movie had been. the special effects, although not DS9 quality were a lot better. B5 was one of the first space series to use all digital fx, which really made them pioneers in the field. As the series progressed the special effects got pretty solid and looked good, but the first few season did not look as good as their DS9 counterpart.  The make up got better for the series, especially with regards to the Minbari, Narn and Centauri characters. The costumes even got better. They recast some key characters in particular they brought in Claudia Christian to play Lt Commander Susan Ivanava. She was a great actress and was a great addition to the series. The show lasted 4 seasons in syndication, then in the 5th and final season they were brought to the TNT Cable Network, where they also aired past episodes along with 4 original B5 TV movies.
This was a great series and I have only scratched the surface of my discussion for the series. Be on the look-out for future blog posts where I finish discussing this show.
In Valens name!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Blog #28: Great Trek Actors Who Need More Work: 2

Continuing last weeks topic. I listen to the 'Nerd Lunch' podcast and one of their franchise topics is 'Give That Guy some Work' where they discuss great actors from TV and film who have not been seen in anything for a while. Got me thinking about some great Trek actors who are wonderful and I would like to see them in something again.
Brent Spiner:
I think Brent Spiner needs to be in more. That guy is a multi-talented actor who I think if given a chance could d anything. I could see him doing a slap-stick comedy like 'The Naked Gun' where he could play a Leslie Nielson-type character or a serious psychological thriller like John Lithgow did in 'Raising Cain'. Spiner would be awesome in either capacity. I got the chance to meet Spiner this April at the 2012 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. he was a very nice guy and very cool towards my son, asking him what his name was. We got our pic taken with him. Just meeting him alone made the convention worth it.

And they need to give Andrew Robinson (DS9's 'Garek') some work!! He is a wonderful character actor, would love to see him play a villain like he did in the 'MANTIS' TV series in the 90's.
Will continue this discussion another time. TTYL. Taking next week off to do some holidaying so see you back here in 2 weeks(ish). Same Trek Time, Same Trek Blog!