Robin Bland

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  1. I thought this deserved its own thread, no...? Kasdan on when the movie will be set in the Star Wars timeline:
  2. I couldn't find the series 9 discussion, and in the absence of a general Doctor Who thread and a year-long sabbatical for the show on TV, thought it worth creating one for, well, stuff and general info and rumors. To whit - here's an interesting one:
  3. It's a good show. I've been re-watching a lot of Enterprise recently, and have been cherry-picking the best of seasons 1 - 4. Upshot: all far better than remembered. Dated in some ways, yes, but far more good than bad. A great cast (and crew), some dumb stuff you have to wade through, but nothing overall that makes you feel that it was a waste of time (apart from enduring the title song). In retrospect, I've found Enterprise very enjoyable and accidentally brilliant in places. Start at the beginning; because you know it really does get better and it ends on a high. Though I'd advise skipping the actual "official" last episode. Edit: maybe watch the last minute of the final episode. That works.
  4. So, I finally got to see Ex_Machina. Anyone who has read the HUMANS thread knows I have a fascination for the subject of AI, which is why I labelled this thread the way I did - I'll probably wander beyond the subject of the film itself. [Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the movie.]
  5. That's disturbing on a whole range of issues, not least of which that one can be sexually assaulted in cyberspace. The whole question of pedophiles and robots moreso, even if such scenarios are, as yet, still fictional. There's a whole new moral ocean to be mapped as this new tech develops. Here's something else to get disturbed about:
  6. Doubt we'll hear anything until after Discovery debuts. All eyes are on the TV part of the franchise now.
  7. I can't wait for the scene when we find out that Discovery has a spinning disc because that's its engine propeller when it travels underwater. Hey, remember "fluidic space" in Voyager? Where Species 8472 lived? I bet it's something to do with warp field manifolds in environments like that. Discovery discovers fluidic space too, and the whole spinning disc thing is like a stone skipping across water. See, Abrams? We gotchoo beat for dumb ideas.
  8. All right, I laughed. I think i have to wait until i see the new Klingons in action to really be able to make a judgment on this. In theory, it all sounds kind of interesting. In the sense of asking longtime fans and viewers to stretch a little further, if there's a good in-Universe story reason for the differences in their appearance and the design of their culture, I'll go with it. But it'll need to be reasonably convincing. Like Vie, I got kind of tired of the whole Space Vikings thing. On DS9 that worked until it got overworked, and boy, towards the end it was difficult to believe they'd ever have become a spacefaring race they had so many blood trials and regulations about honor. it just seemed like it would've been impossible for them to develop science because they'd always be killing each other. Mind you, look at humans, eh? Pot calling kettle black, etc. If we get deeper, more layered Klingon characterizations, then cool. As K'ehleyr might say, "Don't give me that KLINGON NONSENSE."
  9. I know there have been a few threads on soundtracks before, but I thought it was worth being a little more general and starting a thread devoted to the music of Star Trek, as a whole phenomenon and just to celebrate it. I'm a big soundtrack collector - not just of SF soundtracks - and of music in general. But certain pieces of music have found their ways into my personal pantheon of greats, and there's lots of Star Trek pieces in there... Sehlat Vie and I were talking about the greatness of Sol Kaplan's incidental score to TOS' The Doomsday Machine in another thread - aside from being great music for Star Trek, it's got to be one of my favourite incidental scores of all time. Here's a taster (I borrowed your link, Sehlat): We also have a theory that John Williams may have heard Kaplan's incidentals for this episode and, er been inspired a teeny-tiny bit by it when he came to write the theme for Jaws! Do you have favorite pieces of Star Trek music (or Stare Trek-related? Tell us about them here. I have many more and will be posting them soon...
  10. Yeah. The way he talks about Berman falling in love with the song, too. It always felt grafted on - it was a terrrible idea then and still is, even though I'm so used to it now. I even sort of like it, in the sense that I've become so familiar with it - but it's stylistically too big a break with what came before. I often wish that DVD and blu-ray sets came with the option to play Archer's Theme over the title credits instead of that. It just works. McCarthy knew exactly what he was doing, and Berman should've trusted him more. He's a composer; he had much better instincts for how the music should be. There's so much to read between the lines there. It sounds a little resigned... weary. Berman making yet another stupid imposition on his creative team instead of delegating, pulling back and letting them get on with it. He didn't stop here - exhibit Z, These Are the Voyages, Your Honor. Where My Heart Will Take Me is an example of Berman thinking that his personal taste was everyone's, and everyone would respond to it the same way he did. It has none of the universality of McCarthy's approach.
  11. An interview with stalwart Trek composer Dennis McCarthy from last year (just came across it):
  12. None taken. I think it's silly, too. But I guess we'll see when the ship finally graces the screen. Ten Dizzy? I wonder how the artificial gravity generators counteract the centrifugal force of this spinning disc?
  13. Enterprise - Regeneration. Still a great episode that restores to the Borg a sense of remorseless creepiness that they'd been missing in all the Voyager appearances they made after Scorpion. I care not one jot for protests that it ruins continuity. It takes place 'after' First Contact anyway, so there's always the argument continuity was changed. DS9 - The Way of the Warrior Haven't watched this for years, and actually found it kind of talky and a little overlong. Worf's reintroduction to the franchise is a bit laborious, although it's good to see him. The interaction between the crew on a personal level is involving enough but much of this feature-length episode feels filled with stuff happening offstage that the characters all talk about so that the producers could save the budget for the action-packed last reel. Also we get Klingons being very, very Klingon and sometimes you just want them to seem like a convincingly spacegoing race and not just Vikings who happen to be gifted with spaceships. Nonetheless, that final battle is great and very memorable, but the episode as a whole feels a little off-balance and weighted towards the climax. Enterprise - Twilight All Trek shows have done the parallel universes or "What if?" timelines, and while this episode might not be original in its premise, its treatment of it is. It's also weirdly moving. T'Pol's loyalty to Archer, his crew's loyalty to him and the desperation of their situation is believably tense. The whole thing moves to a crescendo where you know a reset is coming, but it's all impeccably delivered. one of S3's best efforts. I'm appreciating Enterprise more and more whenever I rewatch. That show had an excellent crew - a great and appealing cast. Archer, Phlox and T'Pol in this one are just superb. But so are all the others, in their short supporting roles. Voyager - The Raven Not many Voyager episodes draw me back, but this Bryan Fuller scripted one did. After Seven arrives on the show, every episode becomes a Borg episode, sorta. This story, exploring her origins, is actually both a pretty great character piece with some cool action thrown in. It's really pacy and dramatic and gives Jeri Ryan a chance to show how good she is given the right material. No wonder it felt like the show was on the up when she arrived. The Raven humanizes Seven without reducing her Borg capabilities, giving her backstory that probably shouldn't be thought about too hard, continuity buffs. Again. Boy, did Trek ever overlook established Borg continuity for the sake of story expediency sometimes. It's still a good episode, though, and felt fun to watch after my recent "Meh" experience with Endgame.
  14. Yes.
  15. Like the new trailer. Lots of action, but lots of emoting too. Not much in the way of spirit of exploration, but allegory, the other main Trek ingredient, is right there, upfront. Well, the spirit of exploration was always tied in to character journeys anyway, and that certainly seems to be the case for Burnham - the whole trailer hints at that. so, cool. Revealed at SDCC: she is Spock's adoptive sister, hence the presence of Sarek. It looks amazing. Not very prequel-y, prop callbacks to previous iterations of Trek notwithstanding. Said this before: not sure I actually care about that at all, as long as it's a good show. Not even sure if I care that it turns out to be another reboot masquerading as a prequel, if the storytelling is skillful and enjoyably subversive in the sense that it develops its own timeline from Treks we know and love. Bring it on! Looking forward to September 24.
  16. It might explain why it's a prequel that doesn't affect anything (that we know of) in future iterations of Star Trek. Perhaps it's only early episodes of Discovery that are about a Klingon cold war. Or maybe it just is a reboot, and CBS is afraid to say so. At this point, I'm really not bothered if the show is good. So, yeah, I'd be open to it too.
  17. I'm assuming something to do with transwarp experimentation - the faster warp speeds hinted at in the new trailer. Maybe Discovery somehow gets lost from far home? That's something Trek's never done before! Oh, wait...
  18. I have it on good authority - from someone who has seen some early FX footage made available to licensors - that part of the disc does indeed spin. This would seem to tally with the idea that it's something of a reveal as Discovery itself doesn't appear in the latest trailer.
  19. Actually, I'd forgotten he was in that. IIRC, it was a great, paranoid performance, perfect for the X-Files.
  20. Yeah, uhhhhhm... that space between the inner an outer saucer is kind of dumb. Concentrate your disruptor fire there and bingo! Unplanned saucer separation. Otherwise, liking the more streamlined look.
  22. Weirdly, for some reason, just a couple of weeks ago, i watched Catacombs of the Moon, a S2 episode and I hardly ever watch S2, although that's one of the better ones. Landau's hardly in it (it was one of those productions that doubled up with another in the schedule, so the main cast were split between filming different scripts), but when he does appear, he just lends everything a gravitas. But a S1 episode is a better choice, and I'll be doing that soon as I get a chance.
  23. A phenomenal actor, one of my absolute favourites... loved him. Huge range, always superb. North by Northwest, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Mission Impossible, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Ed Wood, that bloody hilarious late turn as the agent in Entourage to name just a few highlights. And of course Space: 1999, as Commander John Koenig, a huge part of my childhood. RIP and Godspeed, sir. "To everything that might have been... To everything that was."
  24. RIP Martin Landau 

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