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#1291566
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Last movie seen
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ray_afraid said:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
It’s fantastic, of course.

Very much surprisingly, I’d say. First time since… Jackie Brown we get characters, themes and story first, swooning over genre trappings second, and even then that element isn’t overwhelming (though there’re still tons of fanservice and name-dropping). This is a more personal, “legitimate” film than any he’s made up to now.

And I liked that thing he did in it a lot. It’s been appearing throughout his films quite a bit, including another moment in this one, but never in a poignant manner. Really works with the piece.

So yeah, he’s proper (one-off until proven otherwise) back.

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#1289834
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Considering how The Burnham-centric the universe in Discovery is, part of me fears this new human macguffin will somehow be related to her. We dodged the Borg bullet once, and this time they rolled out a Borg cannon. Not sure how I feel about that, but I think I’m leaning towards “must we?”

It’s painfully evident they still have no clue how to run a peak TV version of Star Trek if the trailer is any indication. In terms of the writers learning the ropes we’re still at the rough equivalent of TNG season 1, i.e. they seem to be copying a template that has worked elsewhere with little regard to the unique qualities of Trek that need to be adapted for whatever their new approach to storytelling is. This becomes an issue in the context of a show like Picard even more so than in the case of a misfire like Discovery.

I want to be very, completely wrong…

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#1284864
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Could be that - to an extent - this smells like a really thankless job. If you’re Shatner and have alimonies to take care of, there’s money to be made, sure, but if you’re an uncredited (even if recurring) extra, you’re barely a curiosity. Might not be worth the hike if you’re not gung-ho on cashing in on your acting gig that never really worked out.

So… I could see someone making this decision while fully aware of what Star Trek is.

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#1284728
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

I think it was mainly a case of someone with sufficient access putting some time into this particular investigation. But the time factor does make it pleasantly dramatic 😉

It’s crazy we still don’t know who played parts recurring as many as twelve times on the show. That said, I’m waiting for Larry to dig up some info on the Rigel ladies from Shore Leave next. Lieutenant Bobby can be third 😃

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#1284577
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

SilverWook said:

Do you think Riker ever asked the Bynars if he could get a copy of the Minuet program? 😛

It’s more than likely it was his priority number one.

And random Tribbles are nothing new. 😉

Though usually they’re not delegated to carry the entire piece on their own 😉

SilverWook said:

A cool website devoted to the Trek spinoff that never was, but may yet be?
http://supervisor194.com/

Are there any recent rumours? This would’ve had to be a 60s show, so that boat sailed a long time ago. And Robert Lansing put the final nail in the coffin in the 90s, so to speak.

Here’s a better site, though:

https://www.assignmentearth.ca/

It’s pretty amazing that not only there’s multiple sites dedicated to AE, but that someone’s still interested in making them now.

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#1283893
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

So… Frakes just tweeted a trombone - doesn’t seem like it’s a stock photo, either - and Brent Spiner was the first to react to that. And it felt kinda nice considering the possibility for a second. I guess there may be gold in them there (TNG) hills, still. For me, anyway.

I might need to brace myself for serious disappointment while the rational part of my brain is in control pre-media blitz.

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#1282871
Topic
Pattinson confirmed as Batman.
Time

Pattinson will never live down Twilight, no matter what he does, and he has a most impressive post-Twilight resume. It’s not easy to re-invent yourself as a character actor after a hit t(w)een drama, but that’s pretty much what he did. He’s really worth following - it looks like his next film is The Lighthouse, and it looks amazing:

That said, I don’t really care for Matt Reeves all that much. I liked Dawn, somewhat enjoyed the other two, really disliked Let Me In, can’t bring myself to care the least bit about Cloverfield or that Schwimmer vehicle.

Probably a solid choice of a machine-tooled studio blockbuster.

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#1281413
Topic
Lucasfilm's movie plans post Ep. IX
Time

nl0428 said:

Whatever happens to Rian Johnson’s trilogy, would everyone here like the idea of him directing the trilogy that Benioff and Weiss are producing and working on?

I hope he does one or two more films that gross well over a billion, then goes on to do whatever the hell he wants to do - which will hopefully be something original. Ideally with a few smaller films between. Otherwise it’s a huge waste.

Plus, he’s an exceptional writer/director and he should continue to direct his own scripts exclusively (which he seems to be quite intent on doing).

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#1281091
Topic
We have X in HD, but we still don't have Star Wars
Time

SilverWook said:

Who wants to lay odds we get Turkish Star Wars on Blu-Ray first? 😛

Funny you should say that:

https://neonharbor.com/new-hd-scan-of-cult-film-turkish-star-wars-to-premiere-may-4/

We are this close. Even if it’d more involved in terms of dubbing and fixing/editing out the legally problematic bits than that Korkusuz/Rampage release from a decade ago…

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#1272167
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Is anyone else getting the impression DSC got a lot less… sociopathic and more coherent all of a sudden? Basically for the last two episodes? A lof of the issues I had with it are still there, but it really feels as though they’re trying to pull this mess together. If it’s the change in people in charge I did not expect results to be immediate.

…unless the previous showrunners got kicked out before the announcement and someone else has already been rejigging the season for a good long while when the announcement took place? I’ll take my tinfoil hat off now.

Anyway, those last two episodes are much, much, much better. Colour me surprised (though this is still not exactly great Trek).

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#1268249
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

They need to clean up after season 1 before they start making a new mess. Episode 2 was trekky, episode 3 is back to mopping up and is all the weaker for it… This what happens when you’re saddled with a bunch of mystery boxes as the foundation for your show, instead of an actual story arc. A retcon here, a handwave there, and season 3 should be semi-acceptable at this rate.

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#1266746
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Episode 2 is a lot better in terms of trying to be Star Trek, though it does have that peculiar feeling about it as though they’re writing it this way, because they’re hoping it’ll stick and become second nature, not because they’re feeling it. If what I say makes sense.

Or maybe I’ve been burnt and they need to work twice as hard to make me like this show half as much as I would’ve otherwise. It was refreshing to see this kind of an episode considering what DSC had been like, honestly.

That said, the humour is insufferable, and I don’t know if I have the patience to give them another season to figure it out…

Tl;dr: better, though my expectations are low.

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#1265397
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Execution is the issue, not tone in itself. And the way fundamental issues with season 1 are mostly ignored while the window dressing is re-arranged a bit makes it fairly obvious season 2 will be more of the same. If the creators aren’t seeing the real problems that prevent the series from being the best (or just better) version of what it’s intended to be, they won’t be fixing them.

I don’t want to say more so that I don’t spoil it for you, but I truly wish I enjoyed this trainwreck…

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#1265163
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

If that Section 31 show paves the way for a spin-off Pike show I’m down with it, but I have no faith for it to be any good with how current Trek’s going. A Section 31 show in the Berman era would’ve been a much more promising idea.

Anson Mount is the only saving grace of season 2 thus far - he gets it, even if the writers don’t, is my impression. And, yeah: the writers still don’t get it.

The season 2 pilot is marginally better than season 1 on a purely technical level just by virtue of haphazardly addressing some of the common criticisms and having the showrunners replaced in the later stages of development, as opposed to the early stage of season 1, but it still prefers overall dickishness, death and wanton destruction to meaninful drama or character development, and it still values explosions and macguffins over ideas - and the only difference from season 1 is they throw more jokes in this time around.

But Anson Mount really is great.

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#1259304
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

That Prelude short has always felt a bit off to me. It’s like bizarro Trek, something about it just doesn’t seem right, the writing isn’t great, the spirit isn’t there. The scene they released more recently was quite bad, I thought.

Not a fan of Axanar as its own thing, and definitely not a fan of its impact on the fan film as a whole. I’m pretty bitter about how it lead to cutting Continues short most of all.

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#1258550
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Two Trek shows per year starting 2019:

http://www.treknews.net/2018/12/04/star-trek-picard-series-late-2019/

At the 46th Annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, David Nevins, the new chief creative officer at CBS, announced “In 2019, it’s not one ‘Star Trek,’ it’s two ‘Star Treks.’ ‘Discovery’ at the beginning of the year, and Picard will start at the end of the year,” on Tuesday.

Yay?

I was about to make a joke that Picard’s already started 30 years ago, but I lost interest halfway through thinking it.