Tag Archive: Bones


PART IX: THEY’RE GETTING TOO OLD FOR THIS SHIP

1991. Directed by Nicholas Meyer

Perhaps I had settled in my previous post. Maybe I had been so put off by everything since The Wrath of Kahn (WOK) that I was dying for something to measure up. Maybe the familiarity of The Final Frontier (TFF) was enough for me to enjoy it. I don’t take anything from TFF, I do genuinely like the movie. But if WOK is a 10, TFF is at best a 5. Which would make Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (TUC) a pleasantly surprising 8. It seems calling it quits was what they all needed to make a great movie again. No more personal agendas, no silly puns, nothing over the top (except of course for that Shatner on Shatner scene). It’s a story that wraps up whats been happening to and for Captain Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the rest. Also, TUC manages to make the crew of the Enterprise achieve their greatest accomplishment, and creates what propels Kirk and his crew to greatness, forever changing the federation as they know it. Continue reading

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PART VII: BROUGHT TO YOU BY PETA

1986. Directed by Leonard Nimoy

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (TVH) is exploitation at it’s finest! By that I mean exploitation of the characters in Star Trek, the fans of the series, and basically exploiting the popularity of the series itself. TVH is a slapped together “comedic” romp through 1980′s era San Francisco. It took every ounce of strength I have not to turn this movie off in the first hour. Continue reading

PART VI: THE SEARCH FOR MORE MONEY

1984. Directed by Leonard Nimoy

Let me pose a quick conundrum for you. Let’s say you have a franchise on your hands. Furthermore, with the previous addition to said franchise you did very well and made lots and lots of money. You even managed to gain a whole onslaught of new fans and your franchise is more popular than ever! What profitable fun this must be for you! But wait, one of the reasons that film did so well is because you went ahead and killed off the most beloved character. Uh oh! Test audiences aren’t gonna like your franchise without him! So, what do you do to solve this little pickle? Continue reading

PART V: BULLSEYE!

1982. Directed by Nicholas Meyer

Even if I end up hating every other Star Trek I see, this whole Trek Trek is all worth it because I’ve seen this movie! Truth. No words I say can do Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (WOK) justice. Where as Star Trek: The Motion Picture (TMP) was a scattered mess of a film with a couple of fun ideas that go nowhere paired with an overload of visual stimulus, WOK is a genuinely well put together, beautiful and exciting story. The dialogue is fantastic, the action is thrilling, and the overall theme is heartfelt and engaging. Continue reading

PART IV: CAPTAIN KIRK IS A DICK!

1979. Directed by Robert Wise

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (TMP) comes to your home, kicks open the door, and slaps you in the face! It greets you with cinematic views of fantastic ships soaring through space. It compliments that with beautiful views of space itself, as opposed to the familiar black with yellow dots. Then, it brings on the Klingons! Not the everyday Klingons you know from The Original Series (TOS), oh no! The big bumpy Klingon forehead makes its debut. Then you say TMP, when I watched TOS, those Persian looking guys they called Klingons spoke english, what about these Klingons? Fuck no! They’re speaking Klingon! Okay, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, you’ve made your point. This ain’t my big brother’s Star Trek. I’m excited about these stakes you’ve raised, tell me more. Continue reading

PART III: A LITTLE LESS CHARACTERIZATION, A LITTLE MORE MONSTERS

Animation; as the late, great Rodney Dangerfield would say, it don’t get no respect. Since watching the brief twenty-two episodes that is Star Trek: The Animated Series (TAS), I’ve read that it has been labelled “Not an official part of the Star Trek universe.” That’s funny, considering I see Gene Roddenberry’s name in the credits and all. People seem to automatically disregard animation. Knight in shining armor that I am (in my own mind,) I shall defend it’s honor. Continue reading

PART II: SHATNER TRIES TO OUT-ACT SHATNER,

NIMOY DECLARED WINNER

I’m going to start with the most basic question of all. What is Star Trek? On a large-scale, Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) is the many stories and adventures of Captain James T.Kirk and his crew on and off of the Starship Enterprise during their five-year mission. The Enterprise is one of only a few of the topline of starships in Star fleet. It takes place centuries in our own future, when first contact with alien life has long since been made, and space travel has become common for us. We have joined a union of planets known as The Federation of Planets. Star fleet is their exploratory/military faction,  similar to our own Navy. On the smaller scale though, at its heart, Star Trek is the story of three men whose only similarity is their loyalty and friendship to one another. These three, and a few others in the crew have to deal with hopeless situations, unimaginable problems, and various issues that often blur the line between good and evil. Continue reading

An Introduction

PART I: BOLDLY GOING WHERE I HAVE NOT GONE BEFORE

I’m going to just go ahead and assume you already know Star Trek. Rather, you know of Star Trek. Certainly the science-fiction cult phenomenon created by Gene Roddenberry; which first aired in 1966 is hard to ignore. In fact, I’m willing to bet you know exactly who Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock are, and can name the actors who played them. More so, I’ll even bet you can do what someone has called a “pretty good” impression of William Shatner. I’ll even go so far as to say you already know whether you can or can’t make “that V thing” with your hand, don’t you? Yeah, me too. Continue reading