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    The Wrath of Khan
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  1. As has been stated oh so many times, it has been pre-sold internationally and they have begun shooting the thing...they aren't going to mothball it at this stage. No matter the delays it is definitely getting released, and there is a good chance for a second year, as just the international sales alone made a profit for CBS. Now maybe writers strikes and delays could all end up proving more costly than initial projections and it only gets one year, but that all remains to be seen and I am perfectly pleased that we will (eventually and absolutely) just get a whole new season of Trek.
  2. What a whiney article that offers nothing. It is just...I WANT STAR TREK NOWWWWW!!!! Jeezow. The problem here is that fanbases of all kinds have become so entitled these days. And since everyone and their mother is allowed to write snarky articles about their complaints about a TV show not being ready for air yet, we get thousands of them questioning what is going on behind the scenes on a show that had an uphill battle the moment they said they were making new Star Trek...because fans always want more and they will always start from the standpoint that if it isn't 100% what they are used to and want back, then they will hate it. Fanbases can be exhausting. Where is the show? Well they started with a fairly unattainable launch date, maybe because CBS is used to making standard Police procedurals and not big sci-fi properties that require lots of big new sets being built and CG. They even slapped together a CG test/tease to just prove that they are working on it, which gave people an idea that it was further into development than it ever was. They then delayed because pre-production took longer than expected, and yes Fuller decided or was asked to leave, which inevitably caused a bit of delays (or for all we know he was the early cause of delays, and he was asked to step down so they can get on with it...who really knows?), and so delayed until the Fall. They've started production, they are trying to get it made...and now there is a possible Writer's Strikes which could delay things even further. It may not be going smoothly, or maybe things have come together better than we realize it just is taking longer than anyone wants. What will matter is the show, it will arrive, it will come. I mean, Westworld was supposed to premiere in 2015, they delayed and retooled their concept until 2016, when it finally arrived it was a big ol' critical success. They wanted to get it right. Maybe Trek will be a mess, but optimism is in Trek's DNA, and if fans are starting from a pessimist viewpoint on the show and it's production...then I guess they should find something better suited to their tastes. So the show is being made. Maybe not NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW as so many would like...but it is being made. Patience is lost and fanboys and fangirls nowadays. They want their show and they want it now. We can discuss the quality of the show and whether or not it was rushed and suffered accordingly once I am allowed to watch it. I say rush it here so I can get to complaining about how bad it is faster.
  3. I think the comments about not saying when the date are were probably a "keeping the options open and not getting set in stone for a date when this WGA strike is looking like it could happen." This has been on the horizon for weeks, so it makes sense.
  4. As a member of a Union, I support the WGA completely. Hopefully they can get things resolved before another strike...Writers have proven their importance to the business in recent years (the big talked about shows are increasingly ones in which the writing is often a big selling point - Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Westworld, so on and so forth), so lets hope we aren't doomed with reality shows for a bit.
  5. I think the banging the "Colored Restroom" sign down with a crowbar was a low point in obvious Hollywooding of the thing. It immediately had me thinking "not a chance in hell this happened," and I looked it up and it was not remotely true. Othe interesting fudges in the story are that it takes place in 1961 (or at least begins there), and Johnson had a permanent gig in what she did in the movie by the late 50s. The real Dorothy Vaughn was the first black female supervisor at NASA in 1949, more than a decade before the movie takes place and she is constantly trying to get that promotion. And Johnson did get into the classified meetings, but not because time crunch, but because she was genuinely persistant which, again, I find more badass and interesting. Again, the great thing about the movie is that it brought this story I knew nothing about to light and got me reading about it. Some historical innacuracies are more forgivable than others...but a few Seem changed for the worse in my opinion. I think the real Johnson seems far kore persistant and powerful than the slightly more timid one of the movie. Not because she told people off or something, but because she seems like her intelligence pushed her past where she might have been allowed otherwise.
  6. Hidden Figures. A solid bio-pic about the achievements of three (with focus mostly on one) African American women at NASA in the early 60s whose important work helped the Space Program achieve it's goals. Having looked up details of the original story, I can't help but find the true story more inspiring than some elements of the feelgood Hollywood movie. For instance while the running to a "Colored" bathroom in another building happened, it happened to one of the other three women, and not Johnson...whereas Johnson apparently just used the white restroom for years, when it was eventually questioned, she said deal with it, and it was dropped. I like the real story so much better than the boss with a heart of gold who changes the rules for her. She made the change because she didn't take crap. That's better! But really, the movie brings their story to light, even if years and details are all wrong (as biopics tend to do), as a movie, it is a bit too Hollywood but it is solid...and how often does a major release like this feature three black female leads? Pretty much never. Movie is feelgood entertainment, and it praises hard work, science, intelligence, and working towards your goals no matter the obstacles (whether they be getting a man into space, or just advancing your career while not looking like everyone else)...good message, mostly well told, and a solid picture.
  7. Listened to a WTF podcast with Eugene Levy, and it lead to me popping on the always funny "Best in Show." Always delivers laughs!
  8. The TV movies are a bit hit and miss. Some are like side stories that aren't necessary or memorable, and some were solid. The spinoff Crusade is pretty much completely avoidable in my opinion. JMS talked a lot about how the changing of episode orders screwed it, but I watched it in his intentional order, and it is still pretty crummy (and as Gus pointed out, one of the TV movies is essentially set up for a show that didn't really work and was canned before it would've had any time to course correct. Anyhow I remember liking "In the Beginning" alright, but beyond that I was hit or miss on the TV movies.
  9. Doctor Who, Smile, for me as well. Enjoyed it and plan to give it a second watch and write up my review soon.
  10. Oh Pulp Fiction is hilarious. I think Goodfellas is very funny at times, but it is alsp dramatic at times, and tense at is the whole fin package. But yea, if you think Scorcese only makes heavy pictures (like the phenomenal Raging Bull or Taxi Driver), I suggest you give Goodfellas a go, because he makes movies like Goodfellas purely to entertain and make some money, so he can work on one of his many passion projects about religion. Dude knows how to make a picture!
  11. Oh I think Goodfellas is really funny too, but it isn't, like, a comedy. It is a fun gangster movie with lots of humorous moments.
  12. I will recommend his strange dark comedy "After Hours." Its one of his lighter efforts. It is weird, so I can't say that you'd actually like it...but he is too great a filmmaker for me to allow you to avoid all together! Goodfellas, by the way, definitely isn't like a comedy, but it isn't too heavy or introspective really...just a great film, that is pretty fun. Changing gears, has anyone else seen Scorsese's latest film "Silence"? I am not religious, but I thought as a film is quite an effective look on faith and the depths one can go to protect that faith even in adversity.
  13. Not always. Tenth was alone and we started afresh with Eleven. I too hope she sticks around with Chibnall. We do know he asked Capaldi to stay (or at least the BBC did), there is a chance he is hoping for some continuity and could keep here on. I do like Nardole, but I think it is very clear he is only around for this season.
  14. I think they have a compulsion. They feel like it is such a part of the show that it can't go without, particularly in this modern era where standalones are far less frequent. But I think it would be a nice refresher to have the X-Files return every couple of years with just a shorter season of standalone stories. Unless they can finally come up with something good to be a running arc again, time to just do monster of the week stuff.
  15. I LOVED the early mythology stuff, right up until about halfway through Season Six with the Two Fathers/One Son wrap up. After that they didn't really have a goal. I did like the Super Soldiers/Search For Mulder thing in Season 8 (mostly it felt like there was a genuine direction again and I thought Doggett was a nice change of pace for a show that was getting stagnant), but everything else never truly worked for me. But in the mini-series the new attempt at mythology just felt a little forced and never truly clicked, whereas the monsters of the week stuff seemed like X-Files in it's prime kinda stories.