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  • Favorite Trek Movie
    The Undiscovered Country
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    James T. Kirk
  • Favorite Trek Series
    The Original Series

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  1. I am really excited to see her character and love the background story. I never thought about it, but you hit the nail on the head with the "ugly American" analogy regarding Archer/Trip. And you're right, Earthers would be lining up to visit Vulcan and appropriate their culture. I know I would!
  2. Looks like I will be a CBSAA member for October and April. Screw the intervening months.
  3. Positive or negative, the man has a right to weigh in. He's been involved with the franchise for so long, it is inevitable that people will seek out his opinion. While I'm relieved he's sending a positive message, I'm fine if he expresses disappointment if the show ultimately doesn't stand up when compared with his idea of good Star Trek storytelling. (I will certainly keep in mind that he wrote Star Trek V if he does.) At least Shatner is correct that it is more about stories and themes than the look of the uniforms, the ships, or the aliens.
  4. Ditto! Just ordered my copy today.
  5. The first time I heard someone describe the Enterprise as a character, I immediately could relate. Hopefully, Discovery can recapture that connection to the ship. When the NCC-1701 was destroyed in Star Trek III, it was heartbreaking. By First Contact, I did not have that same connection. I cringed a little at Picard's line "there are plenty of letters left in the alphabet." If the Shenzhou is lost in battle (which I suspect it will be), I would hope I am connected to it and feel the emotional impact of that. If it is destroyed, I expect much of the crew will be too, and that may deepen the sense of loss. "All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." With regard to your sidebar, I don't like the way that Starfleet ships have flattened out over time. When I first saw the Enterprise-E, I was immediately struck by how the ship lacked "dimension." It is probably the main reason I was never drawn to it. At the time, I thought it had something to do with the digital effects, but we have seen the pattern of flat ships repeated. Perhaps they are trying to make the ships more like sports cars or stealth ships for the coolness factor. Unfortunately, the USS Shenzhou seems to carry on that pattern. Hopefully, the Discovery will not.
  6. I had a chance to see Star Trek in the Park's "Amok Time" in Portland. It was PACKED! I had a great time. Wish they still did it.
  7. I agree. This planetscape in particular reminded me a lot of an updated TOS matte paintings:
  8. I agree with you that the look is unimportant. When I watched this trailer, I think that is what TOS might have looked like if it was filmed for modern audiences. With technology advancing the way it is, Star Trek needs to adapt visually as well. My primary concern are good stories that are character driven, meaningful, and reflect a somewhat hopeful portrait of humanity's future. I see a lot of positive signs in that trailer that Discovery will live up to my expectations. I can also sense Fuller's strengths and influence at work even if he is no longer showrunner. He wrote so many stories for Star Trek that delved a little deeper into a specific character's background and motivations. I can see we will get a lot of that with Commander Michael Burnham.
  9. I don't understand why the Axanar production team was so cavalier and greedy when they were obvously in the wrong legally speaking. I much prefer what ST: Continues is doing anyways.
  10. Haha my dad always calls it "Star Track" or, worse yet, Star WARS!
  11. Star Trek 4 is already a Pine/Hemsworth team-up. He's dead in the Prime-verse .... I've got it! Bill could direct Star Trek 5 as a Pine/Shatner team-up. To hell with it!
  12. Here is an interview with her on the set of Star Trek Continues: INTERVIEW Seems like she "gets it."
  13. I don't think they will go the Mirror universe route. I mean, a parallel universe within a parallel universe. It is too convoluted for the general movie-going audience. To revisit the Borg also seems unlikely as it would be slammed for unoriginality. Of the two, however, the Borg seem more likely. The comic book encounter was KT's "Q Who" experience. There first taste and now they know they are coming. In that way, the comic books could be a lead-in. First Contact or "the Borg movie" is one if the most successful and recognizable Trek movies (and villain). I think the aforementioned Locutus plot with George Kirk would be interesting, especially if in the end, James T. Kirk might have to kill him.
  14. What do you want to bet this is what they go with? Odds might be low, but it is not out of the question. After all, he died crashing into a ship enhanced by Borg nanoprobes. Maybe he'll be the new Locutus to demoralize James Kirk, the Captain of the flagship and bring the Federation to its knees.
  15. I would surmise that concentration is a key element of channeling the force. It is all about the mind. Perhaps in the heat of battle with so many distractions and such divided attention it would be more difficult to concentrate Force energy. Similarly, who knows what kind of havoc your opponent is making with the Force. He could be disrupting it in a way that makes certain force powers inaccessible. We certainly have seen characters resisting the force before like Kylo Ren's interrogation of Rey. I think of them as wizards in a way too. Maybe because, when we are first introduced to Jedi with Obi-Wan, he is very wizardlike. Alec Guinness brought that to the character. Even Uncle Owen calls him a wizard, "That wizard is just a crazy old man!" I certainly never thought of Alec Guiness's Obi-Wan as a samurai.