Robin Bland

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    The Undiscovered Country
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    Jean-Luc Picard
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    The Original Series

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  1. Ouch The debate on whether Unca Ridley's still got his marbles is going run and run.
  2. Putting this here as well as the BR thread as it's relevant. Read the comments too...
  3. All this
  4. This is why we need him
  5. Wow, I'd never, ever thought of any of that! Thanks, Kenman! You can be sure those nasty studios aren't going to see any more of my hard-earned green stuff! Srsly, dude? Please don't make me explain that we enjoy it... and that we just hope for better. I think that's an okay thing to do. In the specific case of this franchise, lamenting the direction the story has gone in is an absolutely valid response given Unca Ridley's cloth-eared, unimaginative manhandling of the mythology into god vs. angels dreariness. I also trust Vie's reviews and criticism, in case you missed that too. For the record, I do actually go out of my way to support smaller ventures in the arts, outside of all this Hollywood SF&F/geekery that we talk about on here. I guess we all consider ourselves patrons of the arts in one form or another. Discussion of same is what you get for your patronage, and as long as Scott continues in a direction I'm not happy with, I have a right to discuss that with my learned friend here [points at Vie] and express displeasure. Coz that is wot frenz do
  6. I understood you the first time, Sim. But to take you at your word and further play devil's advocate, diversity - in the sense that it should include the entire spectrum of the human race - includes all the "misunderstood." It includes ignorant, vulgar, antisocial a$$holes. It includes Nazis, warmongers, rapists, pedophiles, psychopaths, mass murderers and serial killers. Or, at what point do you draw a line and say, actually some of those are monsters who wear a human shape? Do you include them all? Do you call out behavior that willfully pushes against any kind of progressive forward momentum for society? Or do you say, "Oh, that's just Pete, ignore him?" Diversity must, by definition, include both the best and the worst of us. All just people. Consensus tends to answer the questions of what's acceptable in most human societies for us, at least as regards the latter few examples. But you have to have an agreed scope of tolerance, of what constitutes "fairness and equality for all." I guess that's what society in the West has been struggling with for the past couple of years, to some extent - the openness of the question, and where the demarcations lie. In the fictional world of Star Trek, those questions have long been answered, at least in human society. This is what manners and protocols exist for - they're an undercurrent of unwritten social rules that we all agree to abide by. A social contract. (One not observed by our "terrible American president" who seems to believe he's above such things.) Nonetheless, perhaps it's stating the obvious to say that not all societies practice equality equally. As regards Trek, yeah, it was often very holistic, very Californian (no disrespect to Californians) in its depiction of human behaviors, I agree. Viewers from elsewhere might not necessarily agree with them or aspire to them. But that was the basic zero setting of the show - its principles overall were very humanist. And its worldwide popularity would seem to point to a general acceptance by audiences outside the US of those principles. I could go on, but it's time for bed. Zzzzzzzz
  7. Sonequa in EW: "Well, I would encourage them to key into the essence and spirit of ‘Star Trek’ that has made it the legacy it is — and that’s looking across the way to the person sitting in front of you and realizing you are the same, that they are not separate from you, and we are all one." Robin Bland, yesterday: "Star Trek in all its incarnations has been a flagship show for diversity. In terms of racial representation in a white-dominated Hollywood, it was mostly always ahead of the game. I think that is one of its greatest strengths - showing that all people are actually "simple" people. We're all just people. That is simultaneously one of the simplest and greatest truths I know. It's one of the reasons why I've loved this show all my life." While I'm not usually given to quoting myself, I think that if you don't comprehend that fundamental aspect of Star Trek, you're not a "fringe critic." You're not a fan of the show and what's it's about. I'm not sure if you're stupid, willfully unenlightened or a racist. Maybe you're just a nihilist.
  8. Facehugger soup? Crunchy battered chestburster 'n' chips Alien egg "surprise" omelet with acid cheese (have your jars of TUMS ready) Roast tongue (colloquially known as Red Snapper, but unrelated to the Earth fish of the same name). Comes with hot saliva broth. ...In fact, imagine if ALIEN 6 was about a couple of Engineers who are actually chefs! They decide to take their roving restaurant around the galaxy and end up crashing on LV-426. Turns out their "food truck" is the derelict from the original film, and its cargo is their fridge. Indeed, the raw materials inside are actually programmed at a genetic level to entice new investors into sampling the delicious treats the Chefs concocted...? It's one of those eggs that attempts to communicate this message to Kane, but it all goes a bit wrong. And then, full circle, we understand that actually it's all been a terrible misunderstanding, the Aliens are just a manifestation of the COSMIC GOOD FOOD GUIDE that got out of hand? Even David la Fassbender missed this. They could re-release ALIEN with sub-titles and we begin to see that in fact the Big Chap is begging the crew of the Nostromo to help him set up a new food truck... That'd be nice and neat, Unca Ridley! It'd all match up. No more of those pesky mysteries that clearly sent this once-great franchise in totally the wrong direction.
  9. Exactly what I thought... And it's exactly what we thought and don't need...
  10. OMG There will be an ALIEN 6! (Scroll down)
  11. It's officially Ron Howard
  12. Hollywood loves movies about itself though, doesn't it? I have absolutely no desire to see this movie. The Artist was a very sweet, good-natured film, but again, once seen, no point in ever rewatching. We watched a French movie called Things To Come (no relation to the HG Wells book/movie) with the delectable Isabelle Huppert. Not much happened in plot terms, but as an insight into he French middle class bourgeois intellectual, it was enjoyable to watch. And it's nice to see a female protagonist in her late forties (early fifties?)... again, not unusual in a French film. It was kind of amazing how easily the central character, a teacher of philosophy, seemed to accept her husband's unfaithfulness and everything you thought was going to happen didn't, but that was sort of the appeal of it. It subverted expectations and was very pretty to watch. This makes it sound insubstantial, but it wasn't. What was that thing Elvis Costello said once? "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." I feel the same when trying to describe some French cinema.
  13. I'll just put this here
  14. Yeah, it is weird. Maybe the lesson is, don't piss off Lawrence Kasdan! I guess if it turns out to be Joe Johnston as director rather than Howard, that's keeping it in the SW family...
  15. It was only very early on they overdid a bit. Something Enterprise really got right was its crew. Malcolm was a bit odd at first maybe, but they smoothed out his rough edges, and overall, that was a really bloody good cast. They went a long way to enabling me to engage with that show in the earlier seasons, even on the odd occasions when Archer was written like a rabid nationalist. With regard to Trip, I always really liked that character, in large part because Connor Trinneer invested him with such a likeable persona. (It's also partly why i hate the final episode so much.) He and T'Pol just worked really well. You could tell he was curious about her, in the way that you describe... intrigued by her alien qualities, not always sure how to behave, but wanting to build bridges, to find that common ground. He was apple pie to her exotica, and knew he was, but that was the charm of it. he was smart enough to know that she probably thought of herself as apple pie too, but that she knew she came across as some highbrow sophisticate... which was why it was lovely when she demonstrated something more than Vulcan aloofness towards him. I wish they'd had more time (beyond season 4) to explore that relationship. Leaving aside LGBTQ representation (where it doesn't have a great record), I think Star Trek in all its incarnations has been a flagship show for diversity. In terms of racial representation in a white-dominated Hollywood, it was mostly always ahead of the game. I think that is one of its greatest strengths - showing that all people are actually "simple" people. We're all just people. That is simultaneously one of the simplest and greatest truths I know. It's one of the reasons why I've loved this show all my life. We're all just people. The differences are illusory - and if we could get past that, teach that to our children, then maybe we'd be building a world like that seen in Star Trek. So yup, here's to Burnham's character exploring some of these most human of issues...