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Phil

Patrick Stewart. Country music. Need I say more?
If this is an edit, someone did a helluva job.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK9dlmYvB-Y

CmdrR

All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes. And Sir Patrick definitely does.

Marja

Hee!
He’s actually a decent singer!

CmdrR

Well, Frakesy certainly brought the goods to Discovery’s return.

No spoilers here, but I will bet a few quatloos Capt. Georgiou makes a return next week.

Marja

Yep, I reckon yore right, podner.

That cowboy bit really stuck with me

CmdrR

Saw ‘The Shape of Water’ starring Aqua-Saru. Beautifully-made movie. Anyone else have impressions?

Marja

I sure hope to, but I haven’t sold my friend J on it.
Is it violent? Horror-freaky? A little, I can handle. I don’t know about J though.

CmdrR

I don’t want to color your viewing… there are flashes of gross-out violence and more explicit sex than I expected. We had EnsR in tow, because the reviews didn’t warn me (and I never know these days what the R rating means.) On the whole, I’d say it’s a solid romance, perhaps a step or two below ‘Pan’s Labyrinth.’

Phil

Agreed, beautifully made film. Sally Hawkins deserves her accolades. While a fantasy romance, it is very much an R rated film. Del Toro, as a ‘homage’ director, skated a bit close to caricature with some of the dialogue, which is probably my only gripe.

Now, QT is also considered an ‘homage’ director. If this were in his hands, Aqua-Saru would probably have ate Elisa, too. If anyone had concerns about an R rated Trek feature, I’d probably point to Shape of Water as evidence it could be done properly.

Harry Ballz

“Aqua-Saru would probably have ate Elisa”

Usually it’s US having the FISH for dinner, not the other way around!

CmdrR

As much as I like Michael Shannon, his character here was way too similar (identical) to Agent Van Alden from ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ I think the Hollywood factor forces casting directors to play with what they know and not seek out something new and interesting. But, that’s a quibble. I still enjoyed ‘Shape’ very much.

AJ

“Discovery” has hit two home-runs since coming back this year. Mirror Universe and all the trimmings.

Athlan

Does anyone but me look forward to, that is wait for star trek 4?

AJ

As a long-time Trekker, I always look forward to the next movie, and always expect endless delays, easily avoidable problems, and potential collapses. We always get one, regardless. This one looks like a “collapse” of the rumored ST4 with Chris Hemsworth, and Paramount sycophantically brown-nosing Quentin Tarantino, whose offer of a new Trek film would bring the studio the next “Deadpool” and loads of new fans, including much needed ones from overseas.

Phil

I always look forward to a Trek movie. Yes, even Generations. What it will look like, or the creative direction it will take may stimulate conversation, but it will be what it will be in its own time.

I’m not expecting anything before 2020, 2021 or later if the QT rumors hold any truth.

Marja

I do, but I’m really jaded now. They spend SO MUCH time faffing around before getting around to making another.

Here’s hoping a CBS/Paramount[?] merger will help.

CmdrR

That ST09 cast will be too old for the next one. Better sign the guys from ‘Stranger Things.’

Marja

Haha no.

The crew can move forward 5-6 years in time from where they were in the first movie … maybe more years ….

But I want them back. I love the new cast.

Phil

That’s a wrap on the five year mission. As we know they grew old doing mundane Federation stuff, and the production team kinda spent their wad on a sort of WOK sequel, whatever in the world will they do? Patrol the Neutral Zone?

Marja

Saw “Call Me by Your Name” today, great character flick. Also I feel like I had a vacation in Northern Italy. :^)

Harry Ballz

Star Trek Discovery is proving to be entertaining. The production values are top notch, the acting talent is very good. It’s just a question of the stories. It seems kind of early in the game to visit the MU. Also, the whole Klingon storyline is weak, to say the least.

It would be nice if they could really jazz up the plots.

CmdrR

To jazz up the plots, they need to dial down the plot points. Instead of WAR… with a side helping of WAR… they need some character-centric episodes. Saru experiencing calm for the first time was a nice touch, though that kinda went nowhere. Maybe they could just trap two characters in a shuttle and let ’em emote. I dunno. I’m just a Trekkie after all.

AJ

I am generally jazzed by the show. As one of the show-runners said last week, the story to date has been the ‘creation’ of the Disco crew. Lorca was, unfortunately, a pretty great character well played by Jason Isaacs, and while his arc is satisfying, it’s a true shame to see him go.

CmdrR
Phil

Launching a Tesla into space, on the off chance it’s orbit around the sun might sling it on a collision course with Mars someday?

Seems reasonable….

Disinvited

I’d be curious to know how Musk rates the success of the first 3 Teslas he launched into space prior?

AJ

For what it’s worth, I think ST: DSC S1 was a success. Uneven, just as a Star Trek 1st season should be, but lots of good stuff to grow with as long as they don’t keep killing off the best characters. And the USS Enterprise was “just right” in terms of honoring what was, and moving it forward. I’m not sure you can shove the Pike-era Enterprise into fans’ faces and then say “we can’t show Spock because the two actors who played him already were so iconic” which I read elsewhere on the site. I mean, Sarek and Burnham are frigging right there, so it’d be a lost opportunity, and quite silly not to go there. The only crummy thing about Spock and Pike showing up, as usual in these cases, is that we know how things end up for both characters. Looking forward to seeing what’s next.

CmdrR

Spock would like THE WOMEN of Disco.
Foolish to try and outguess the writers, but I’d LIKE to see them go aboard the Big E and spend a little time with young Pike and Number One… and maybe Lt. Jose Tyler and Yeoman Colt. It would be super cool if they could cg/clip a bad hair Nimoy moment and stick him in the background. Really, that’s all I want of Spock. Sorry for missed opportunities, but I just am not ready to boldly go back to Spock or Kirk unless we get a full-blown reboot.

Marja

I think if they do an Enterprise-centric show it should be a two-parter.

And I devoutly wish that the “distress/emergency” leads to DISO finding the Prime Universe Lorca.

He’d be a great character to show TRUE PTSD [instead of the insulting cop-outs we saw in S1] and recovery. Isaacs is great at that stuff [acting].

As for Spock and Pike, why not re-cast. As you say, they re-cast Sarek and Amanda to make them age-appropriate. I don’t give a damn, just get it done, to quote The Lorca; I was fine with the Bad Robot casting. I think they need to worry a little less about the traditionalist TOS fans and more about story.

I could NOT believe most of the TrekMovie comments on the last episode were about the APPEARANCE of the Enterprise. I should believe it, apparently fanboys are a big part of the TM readers. Jaysus. What about the STORY.

Back to the namby-pamby Starfleet of TNG. YAWN.

Phil

I’m perfectly happy with this Enterprise exploding twenty seconds into the first episode of season two. Like a bad roach infestation, everything gimmicky the creative team promised to avoid are seeming to crawl out of the cracks.

I’ve not seen the last episode yet, though from what I’ve read it’s my worst fear come true: every loose thread tied off in the most improbable way possible. That’s what happens when you spend to much time in the mirror universe. Is anyone taking bets on some other horrible Trek time travel gimmick making an appearance in season two? What’s the over/under on how many episodes get chewed up on that arc?

Krokus Zanpanular XIII

WHAT DOES EVERYONE THINK ABOUT SHORTCUTS ON THE PATH TO RIGHTEOUSNESS? ARE THEY EVER OK?

Harry Ballz

Uh, WTF?

Stop shouting!

Phil

If I slip God a twenty, I’m in? That kinda shortcut?

Harry Ballz

Or, to put it another way, if you’re doing the right thing, why take the long way?

CmdrR

Welcome to another installment of “Too Much Stuff to Watch.” ‘Altered Carbon’ AND ‘Stargate Origins.’ –If you love sci-fi noir, AC may be your bag. It’s got the basics: flyin’ cars and hi-tech splody guns. It’s the future. People live forever thanks to stacks, which are cd’s for your soul. So, they’re immortal, if they can afford new bodies (sleeves) and if they can keep from getting murdered. Add a detective with pecs, a tough Latina cop, cheesy neon lighting, and go. Really, it’s a riff on ‘Blade Runner,’ but a decent one. On the down side, there are ten episodes with about two episodes’ worth of plot. The filler: blood. Buckets, bathtubs, swimming pools of blood. The main characters, so far, are serviceable tropes. One interesting addition is Poe, the hotel AI. I’d rather watch a series about him, but I’m not Mr. Netflix. Anyway… on the whole, I’d say it’s worth a look. –Then there’s ‘Stargate Prequel’…urm ‘Origins.’ Remember basking in the glow of ‘Galactica 1980?’ Well, now you can relive the fun of a series ruined by one too many iterations. (Two too many, if you count the short-lived ‘Stargate Universe.’) Connor Trinneer is in this thing. He wears wire frames without lenses. That should be your first red flag. Then come the Southern California Nazis. I hate Southern California Nazis! At nine minutes into episode one you realize something. You realize that episode one is nine minutes long. MGM commissioned ten episodes by apparently clipping up… Read more »

CmdrR

Oh, I almost forgot ‘The Cloverfield Paradox.’ That’s my review: JJ’s latest monster mash is almost forgettable. It’s not bad. The cast is actually pretty good. It’s just that you’ve seen everything in this movie before. The film posits that a space-based power plant that’s “a thousand times more powerful than any ground reactor” punches a hole into another dimension… and lets monsters in from somewhere… and teleports worms. Just turn off the part of your brain that’s trying to point out that the sun is a guhzillion times more powerful than this plant would be and has yet to create monsters. Anyway… it’s dumb fun, I guess.

I'mPaul

I have never used this chat feature on TrekMovie.com so I don’t know where to post this, or the proper etiquette, so I’ll happily move, but there’s a conversation I want to get started:

I just terminated CBS All Access for the remainder of the season, until Discovery returns. I only have it for Discovery, and pay for the commercial free version, and otherwise have no use for it. Upon cancellation they asked me my reason for leaving and I told them that I only want it so long as there is new and original LIVE ACTION, scripted, Star Trek content (cartoons and After Trek won’t cut it.)

I realized and don’t know why no one has been talking about this (to my knowledge,) CBS should be producing Star Trek revival series (TNG, DS9, VOY) or “TV movies,” and I’m not sure why they’re not. Is there any way we can petition them for revivals a la X-Files or Roseanne and would anybody be into that sort of thing.

CmdrR

I’mPaul, welcome to Chat. Don’t mind the smell, it’s probably nothing. Revivals, especially in sci-fi, are a mixed bag. Sometimes, a studio just wants to lure fans in with a Brand while only offering a half-arsed product (like ‘Stargate Origins’ or !!!) ‘Babylon 5’ did some vignettes (in addition to the feature tv movies) with only one cast member each that were pretty good. Moore’s ‘BSG’ tried to relight the fire twice and failed twice. Honestly, I don’t plan to watch the ‘GoT’ spin-off, because I don’t see a need to have a second sprawling story in the same universe. On the other hand, ‘Better Call Saul’ is at least as good as ‘Breaking Bad.’ So… roll the dice, but beware when it comes to remakes, reboots, reimaginings or re-whatever. Other points to consider are the age of the actors and their availability. Assuming they’re willing, do you really want to see your heroes twenty years older? Would they have to take background roles and let some kid run around having fist-fights? The latest SW films, in my opinion, have screwed their younger cast by leaning heavily on the old stars. I love the characters, but I really didn’t need to see Luke as a cranky old fart… and I absolutely did NOT need to see Han Solo croak! (Carrie’s final turn as Leia was lovely, but uneccessary. Sorry.) Finally, there’s money. Of course, there’s money. If any of these ideas crunched out in the black, the studio would have… Read more »

Phil

I’ve kept my subscription, there is enough Trek and non-Trek content in the CBS library to warrant access. We’ve begun the trek towards cutting the cable (well, Dish, actually), even adding a few more services will be a substantial savings. Streaming is the future….

I’m not sure that revivals are anything more then an attempt to cash in on nostalgia. The TNG cast is just to old, and I don’t think anyone is really up for watching Chief O’Brian get his twenty year service award on DS9. I think it’s a mistake for Discovery to be doing episodes with Enterprise off her stern. The Federation seems to be a pretty big place, is it possible to create some compelling stories that don’t involve plugging in a de-aged Shatner to make it compelling watching? I would hope so….

Marja

Jaysus, de-aging Shatner is about the worst idea ever.

Remember when Star Wars brought back Peter Cushing from the grave? UGH.

And I agree with you about the Enterprise being in Discovery. Fanservice at its worst. Because if they recast roles, the BHFanBoys will bitch about how they should have used a re-animated de-aged Majel Barrett for Number One, &c., &c. … They’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

CBS AA needs to figure out that BHFBs are not nearly the majority they think they are. They just have hours and hours every day to bitch on websites about how Discovery is a SJW show. OFFS.

AJ

Currently not being in my native US means I watch Trek on Netflix, which has loads more on it than I assume CBS ALL ACCESS has (though one friend says he watches “Newhart” reruns). I expect CBS expects loads of subscription cancellations + many short-term “one-month-trial-binge-watch” new subs to come in to maximize bang for the buck. Discovery will also come out on video, including all digital services, I would assume, before eventually showing up season-by-season on regular old cable in re-runs. Money, Money, Money. Here in Russia (where Star Trek watches you!), most catch Game of Thrones via badly dubbed illegal downloads, or on regular Saturday afternoon TV, which is already showing Season 6. I assume Trek will follow that pattern here, as well as in many other markets.

CmdrR

Which one was the season where Jon Snow was dead like forever but came back to life, because we all knew he would? Because you can save time by fast forwarding a lot. Dead… whuzzzwh… still dead… fweezzzzz… still…. rwoooorrrr… the dire wolf looks up; ok, hit PLAY.

Marja

Just hoping DISC didn’t shoot itself in the foot with Ep 15. Looks like we may be back to namby-pamby TNG-type Trek, where the Federation is right, and whoever you new people are, you’re wrong. Starfleet, bringing truth, justice, and the Murcan way to the galaxy.

Kind of sorry Fuller didn’t stay. His idea seemed to be Section 31 acting to win the war, and Lorca as that ambiguous “I’ll get it done, just give me the order” kind of warrior. Raising all kinds of questions about morality in war. But no, we got ultra-evil Mirror baddies to compare Starfleet with, so now Starfleet look like angels.

Sigh.

Silvereyes

Starfleet looks like angels, and they still have their butts handed to them by the enemy. Why did the Klingons pass through Starfleet like a hot knife in butter? Did we even see any resistance from any starship in that war before the ships got blown away? The Europa got sliced in two like cheese, which is BS, because at that slow speed it should just have been pushed away by the Klingon ship. But no, weak starfleet ships made of papier mâché get split in two… and do we win the war from an heroic rescue like operation, maybe led by the 12 Constitution class ships in the fleet (headed by of course the Enterprise)? No just more BS. No confrontstion. Starfleet is saved by circumstance (just like in DS9 and those idiot pahwraith or whatever)…

Marja

I think the main problem was that the Klingons had cloaking devices. Disco disappeared into the Mirror Uni, with the data on how to decloak Klingon ships, then overshot their return by nine months. That’s why the Feds lost the war.

Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire.

Hello everyone. Just got through watching the last 8 Episodes of Discovery in a Marathon. Er Binge watch.
I have grown to love Disco. Great Acting and great FX. The Reveal that Lora was from my Empire was a nice touch. Michelle Yeah did a great job as the Emperor. The Conclusion of the Empire Arc and the War with the Klingons was a good one. Loved seeing the Enterprise in that last shot. I just hope they can get Bruce Greenwood to play the Prime Pike. All in all a Great season for Disco. I am now %100 Hooked.

Silvereyes

Emperor, I’m glad you’re enjoying Discovery, however I’m left with an overwhelming sense of disappointment… So many things that could and maybe should have happened and didn’t… It’s like they took the easy way out and ran away from doing what needed to get done.

Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire

Yes. Some things could have been better. Like Showing us the final fate of the Federations Capt Lorca. Did he die or is he Alive!!. Somethings did feel a little rushed. Something were perfect. But. Remember. This is the first season. Think back to TNGs first season. 2 or 3 Eps were good. The rest were very Forgetable. Yet went on to become a fantastic show. Hope the same heppened to Discovery.

Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire

Oh and one more thing.

Long Live the TERRAN EMPIRE!!!!

Harry Ballz

Discovery is well made as far as production values are concerned, it just doesn’t feel like Star Trek to me. They simply slapped the Trek title on a new science fiction series.

Saw this comment go by in the stream of comments on our WordPress admin dashboard, and just wanted to let you know those articles contain old news from December that Den of Geek has made into new “roundup” articles. We’ve covered all of the information on TrekMovie. That first article is a bit misleading since anything about George Kirk was from the script by Payne and McKay. Tarantino pitched his own new idea to JJ Abrams in the Fall and that’s what’s currently being developed.

Silvereyes

That’s what I thought. Then I saw that the dates were recent so I thought the articles were a confirmation of what had been said a few months before.

Thank you Matt for the clarification. I didn’t mean to imply TrekMovie wasn’t on the ball with news. In fact I was pretty sure it had to be stale news since nothing recent on this had been posted on TrekMovie.

Phil

Most of this broke before the Uma Thurmond interviews cast QT in a less then flattering professional light. Keep an eye on Sony, if they go sideways on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, I doubt Paramount will greenlight a QT helmed Trek feature.

Phil

Uma Thurman, darn spell check….

Silvereyes

Is there a way to get to the bottom of the comments without scrolling?

Marja

Nope.
And nor is there a way to skip back up to the top of the page :^(

You can use standard Windows/MacOS keyboard shortcuts if on a computer to jump to top of page/bottom of page. I use them all the time.

On Mac it’s Command + Arrow Up or Command + Arrow Down
On Windows it’s the Home key to jump to top and the End key to jump to bottom.

On iOS you can double-tap the top bar where the clock is to scroll back to the top of a page. There’s no easy way to scroll to the bottom natively. But there’s a way with a bookmarklet to have Safari jump to the bottom of a web page.
http://anetteiren.com/scroll-bottom-page-down-safari-iphone-ipad/

Silvereyes

Thank you Matt.

Marja

OOOPS …. Thanks Matt

Oh my goodness, THERE they are!
I don’t use Home and End much in my computer life, so thanks for helping me put them to use!

CmdrR

On my iPhone, it’s a real Trek!

Marja

Yeah, not easy on SmartPhone either

FYI: All comments prior to 2017 have been removed to keep things less cluttered.

Disinvited

Removed? Or moved to an archive at a different site page?

They were purged (deleted).

CmdrR

RIP David Ogden Stiers, aka Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III aka Dr. Timicin. Fine performances, good memories.

Marja

Oh, I really loved him. Great actor, what he brought to M*A*S*H was wonderful.

Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire

David Ogden Stiers was a fantastic Actor and a great Man. Met him once. Very Gracious with his time. I talked to him just after Doc Hollywood came out. Great Performance in that movie. Loved in in Star Gate Atlantis as a Human Replacator. Of course. His Performance in M.A.S.H will always be Legendary. He will be missed.

Marja

Just finished “Brotherhood” on Amazon Prime. Jason Isaacs was great [as were most of the cast] in it! Good premise, good series — though violent.

If DISCO doesn’t get Jason Isaacs back, they are crazy. Gonna have to loosen up that “spacesuit” though ;^)

Silvereyes

Marja, do you really want them to loosen up his spacesuit? I think not…

Marja

Haha NO but if its tightness makes Isaacs reluctant to return, I can sacrifice some, er, rearviews for that attractive face and those blue eyes. Dayum!

Why do they have to sew the actors into the costumes? Couldn’t they use Velcro? #ThingsIDon’tGet

CmdrR

Isaacs improves whatever he touches. He was the good part of ‘A Cure for Wellness,’ which is ‘Not The Shape of Water’ starring Not Leo DiCaprio. Isaacs is Discovery’s Bruce Greenwood.

CmdrR

Isaacs is very good in ‘The Death of Stalin,’ btw. Uniform less tight, bedazzled.

Marja

I can. not. wait. for “Death of Stalin” — I have LOL’d at every preview. I just hope it comes to a big theatre in my wee city in N Fla.

Isaacs says he wore a padded jacket for the role of Zhukov. Maybe to avoid pinpricks from all those fecking medals. VERY impressive. I’m sure he jingled when he walked!

Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire

Our Own Harry is Running for Re Election. It is a Open and free Election. Those who do not Vote for him will be put in the Agony Booth for 100 Hours at full Strength.. We all clear. Now Vote!!!!

Marja

Be hard to get elected with a name like Harry Ballz.

No wait … maybe not

Silvereyes

Election for what? I live in the same country as Harry. Should I be worried?

Harry Ballz

Relax, Silvereyes (and Marja)…I’m simply running for re-election to the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). I have served 6 years on the Board and am running for a third (and final) term.

I have 13 people running against me. As Spock said to McCoy,”wish me luck”.

Silvereyes

Bonne chance my friend!

Phil

Last I checked there were 57 people running to be Governor of California. Could be worse, I suppose. Steve Bannon was telling the state GOP they needed to find some Roy Moore types to recapture relevance again. Yeah, that’s the state of the opposition here these days…

Good luck, and may the force be with you….oh, wait…

AJ

I agree about Jason Isaacs. Of course, Game of Thrones made it after S1 when Sean Bean’s Ned Stark lost his head. It’d be nice if the “our universe” version of Lorca showed up at some point.

Or Captain Robau.

Marja

As long as it’s not “Mirror Lorca comes out of the mycelial network, weasels his way back into Starfleet in disguise, AND FOOLS THE CREW OF DISCOVERY AGAIN.

So, I hope for the return of Prime Lorca. I think he’d have plenty of interesting “issues” to overcome after [presumably] a year surviving in the MU. Maybe ST Disco can do an ACTUAL portrayal of PTSD. Isaacs would do it justice too.

I liked Robau [and Tahir] in ST2009 but would like to see him more as a recurring character.

If there’s to be a captain of Discovery before Prime Lorca returns, it should be Saru.

AJ

RIP Stephen Hawking

CmdrR

He left us with so many cool concepts to consider.
Incredible mind. RIP Prof. Hawking.

Disinvited

I wonder if their name for it has something to do with THE TAO OF STEVE?:

https://www.space.com/39968-steve-aurora-mystery-explained.html

CmdrR

Hey, here’s another one… ‘Annihilation’ (Netflix) — Padme Amidala vs. An Evil Soap Bubble. So, you say you’ve been craving a sci-fi movie with lots of creepy cg, a core philosophy best discussed over baguettes, wine, and cigarettes, and a musical score achieved by letting a cat sit on the G key of your synth? Then YOU are in luck! ‘Annihilation’ should be cool sci-fi. It may BE cool sci-fi. I had to read the explainer to ‘get’ the ending. I’m not dumb. I ‘got’ the ending. But, I read it to understand the pretentions of the ending. OK: so, a space thingie has shown up in the swamps of Florida; it’s a bubble called The Shimmer and soldiers go in but don’t come out. Time for Natalie Portman to figure out what no one else (other than the audience) can see. It’s a slow-moving film with a few cool bits. The producers insist it’s not about depression, but good luck keeping that in mind while you’re watching the dour cast snipe at each other for two hours. I would put this on the b-list, after you’re all caught up with some of the better stuff out there. You’ll be forgiven if you skip it and wait for the new seasons of ‘WestWorld’ and ‘Lost in Space.’ The final season of ‘The Americans’ is also just around the corner!!

Your thoughts, anyone??

CmdrR

Oh, I should mention ‘Annihilation’ is from the guy who gave us ‘Ex Machina.’ They’re both reflections on life. One of them will make you think, the other will make you FF.

Marja

What’s FF? [write] FanFic? “Fast Forward”? Froh Fings? LOL Yeah I am intrigued by the idea of “Annihilation” but might rather see it on the small screen eventually, because it does not sound like my friend’s kind of movie. And I’m kind of dealing with that issue in the real world, so I don’t think I need to visit a soap bubble in a swamp with a horrid musical score and critters clawin’ through the walls. WTF is it with movies like this? SILENCE – another one where critters claw through walls apparently, and if you’re stupid enough to give your kid a battery-powered, noisy toy HE MIGHT TURN IT ON AND GET EVERYBODY KILLED … okay, I’ll let it pass if the kid found the toy, with remarkably functioning batteries, but if he has it in the home? These dystopian movies not only reflect people’s fears but seem designed to make people build even more inner fears of The Other. Y’know. ALIENS. Or as those Murcins in th’Rump administration might call them, Messkins and people from Shiteholes Ooh! ooh! When does The Americans come out, and how long do I have to wait after that for it to appear on Amazon? [sigh] How many bets on snippy daughter Paige becoming a spy in her own right? Or “turning” So much quality TV/streaming. I feel lucky. And movies for grown-ups. Most of the time they’re available. I really hope I can see “The Death of Stalin” — looks really good,… Read more »

CmdrR

“The Americans” – March 28
“The Terror” – March 26
“Lost in Space” – April (13th, I think)

Harry Ballz

Well, I won the election and have been re-elected to the Board of Directors at RECO for another 3 year term.

Phil

cue ‘Hail to the Chief’…

Congrats…I hope.

Harry Ballz

Thanks, Phil. Yes, I ran an aggressive campaign, with 13 people running against me. I wanted the win. It’s going to involve a lot of hard work, but hey, that’s what I signed up for!

CmdrR

Harry’s first move will be to declare himself Grand Poohbah for Life.

Harry Ballz

CmdrR, that’s what it already says on my business card, so why not? :>)

Phil

Looks like we have a new format here…edit, and newest on top. No more scrolling.

Marja

Looks the same as ever to me.
Hmmm.

CmdrR

It’s got an up-down thingie and edit buttons!! Yay, buttons!! 🌎🚀

AJinMoscow

Harry, I thought you were elected to the Board of Directors of RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations). Well, I guess RECO will do for now. Got to have something to strive for in life. Congratulations!

Harry Ballz

Thanks, AJ! I’m not a political animal by nature, so running in an actual election (against so many opponents) always proves interesting!

I embrace the Klingon philosophy of “NO PRISONERS!”

:>)

CmdrR

Happy Easter, folks!🐇

Harry Ballz

I’m getting so old, and forgetful, I get to hide my own Easter eggs! And I keep making new friends!

Phil

It looks like Mr. Orci has ended his self imposed exile.

Marja

If that is indeed him. He used to post as boborci and now is Boborci. [shrug]

FYI: Yes that’s Bob. We keep an eye out for imposters.

Phil

IP addresses tell all…….
@ Marja. An update to autocorrect will sometimes capitalize.

Marja

Ahhh.

Harry Ballz

Huh, I made a comment to Orci on the Quinto thread, but it never showed up. Censorship anyone?

Harry Ballz

Matt, why did you erase my post? If Orci likes to insult the posters here, we should be allowed equal opportunity to respond in kind.

Harry Ballz

I was finally able to tear Orci a new one on the Quinto thread. This one stuck.

CmdrR

I’m not sure it was self-imposed… at least not the Hollywood exile.

Marja

Someday we will get the “Real Reason No One Hires Bob Orci” on the clickbait

Harry Ballz

Marja, I can tell you why nobody hire him. It’s because he’s an untalented megalomaniac prick!

CmdrR

My God! It’s so quiet. Everyone in here’s been reduced to a styrofoam dodecahedron! Noooooooo!!!

Harry Ballz

Yeah, well, that was a short trip for SOME people!

(meow)

AJinMoscow

Some of us are still retaining human form for the time being.

Harry Ballz

“Arrr, if I be styrofoam, drink from me cup!!”

CmdrR

Time for more reviews… This time, ‘The Terror’ and ‘Lost in Space.’ ‘The Terror.’ I am a huge nerdly fan of Dan Simmons’s book, so I really had my hopes high… which was kind of a mistake. The miniseries (10 eps) is not bad, but it falls far short of what it could have been. The show has a great cast, led by Jared Harris (Lane Pryce from ‘Mad Men’) and Tobias Menzes (‘Outlander’). It also has to-die-for sets for the titular HMS Terror and HMS Erebus. It also has, as I say, great source material. And that’s where the trouble begins. To be specific, it begins around episode 7. That’s when, for either budgetary or odd creative choices, the producers decided they could write a better third act than Simmons. Um, they can’t. The story peters out, relying on some unearned speechifying to compensate for not having the cast do some (costly?) running around and doing stuff. So, where did the money go? It’s 2018; you know damned well it went for cg. You get a really awful cg bear. One. One damn bear. It’s really a shame. The show’s ending is OK, but only OK. It certainly lacks the impact of the novel. So… I give ‘The Terror’ a pass, but not a huge recommendation. ‘Lost in Space.’ I am only a few episodes in. Here’s what’s got me enjoying this most: I get to watch it with my ten-year-old son. He likes the robot and the Jupiter… Read more »

Phil

I pounded through all ten episodes, so I’ll limit my comments to (hopefully) avoid any leaks. They tried to pack a lot of content in these ten episodes, and could have probably dialed some of that content back a bit in favor of a bit more character development. A couple of character development points kinda just trailed off, and Dr. Smith really was telegraphing her evil self preservation nastiness right out of the gate. Probably nit pics, overall a good watch – while not overly dark, it’s definitely not campy.

Phil

Had to go back and review the original. I get Debbie now. Parker Posey’s actual character name is also a nice tip of the hat to one of the original series actors.

Marja

Well, these may not be the thoughts you’re looking for. I’ve spent the lasts couple of months watching some of Jason Isaacs’ back catalog. “Brotherhood,” “The State Within,” “Awake,” “The OA.”

He’s pretty good!

CmdrR

Somebody has a crush…

Marja

My first age-appropriate crush! ;^)

I want to see him come back as Lorca prime in S2 of Disco. Lorca was a great character until about episode 8 when they drove the show over the Mirror cliff. Isaacs brought a lot to the role, plus the best eyebrow action since Leonard Nimoy as Spock.

Ah, well.

CmdrR

Quick shout-out to the final season of ‘The Americans!’ If you have not watched this show, watch this show. Quit your job, smash your phone. Watch this show. Extra bonus nerd points: Roxann Dawson directed the episode I’m watching now, and she gives Elizabeth some Klingon moves.

Marja

I cannot wait for it to get to Amazon Prime [will probably be a few months before I can stream it for my $10/mo]. I could buy it now, but have a couple of Isaacs-related priorities [wink-wink nudge-nudge]

joran

i love star trek

CmdrR

One more shout-out… this time for ‘The Expanse,’ now in season 3. Seriously, buckos, this series is what ‘Enterprise’ should have been. Please check it out before SyFy axes it like they do all good series.

Marja

If I had SyFy I would watch it now. Hope it gets to Amazon this next year. Love Shoreh Agdashloo. Love the crew of the ship, pretty much; don’t care much for the hard-boiled detective character, I think it’s to do with the actor playing him ….

CmdrR

Spoiler: he doesn’t last long.

Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire

Wow. Just read that Smallvilles Allison Mack has been charged with Major Sex Trafficking. Also. Kristen Kruk is also suspected.

AJinMoscow

Yeah, I read that as well. The cult sounds pretty awful. Erica Durance will be the last one standing…

Harry Ballz

Durance? She couldn’t join the cult as they weren’t into beastiality!

I always thought Mack was kinda cute. Even if she gained weight, I wouldn’t mind eating a Big Mack!

(runs and hides)

AJinMoscow

And so ends a perfect thread…

Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire

For Harry. Just another day at the office.

Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire

Durance wanted to join the Cult. But the she did not make the weight requirement!!. Lard is not allowed. Lol.

Harry Ballz

Yes, Emperor Mike, when she didn’t make the cut, did Durance blubber a lot, or brag that she was a lot of blubber?

Phil

All joking aside, this is starting to sound really creepy. They were targeting Emma Watson and Kelly Clarkson?

AJinMoscow

I wonder what the motivation for a successful actress with her whole life ahead of her is to join a cult where women are starved, branded, and forced via blackmail to schtup some dude who is their “leader.” Then, she successfully recruits other women to do the same.

CmdrR

At one point, Nicki Clyne and Grace Park of BSG and Hawaii Five-O were attached to this investigation. I hates me some cults.

Phil

Am I the only one who finds these ads popping up now in the lower right corner incredibly annoying?

Marja

Ad-Blocker Plus, Phil, Ad-Blocker Plus :^)

CmdrR

Movies! Yay!

Phil

Scripts and financing and directors, oh my….

AJinMoscow

I wonder how many days it will take Avengers: Infinity War to hit the $657m made by Justice League during its entire theatrical run. I estimate 4-5 days.

AJinMoscow

$630m since Thursday; pretty much will do it!

Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire

DC Who!!!! Lol

Phil

A bit less then three. The buck ninety eight question is, for next weekend, does the box office drop more then 60%, or less?

Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire

I saw the Avengers!!!. Scale from 1 to 10. I give it a 100!!!.
Thanoes is the most Bad Ass Villan with such Huge Depth I have seen this side of Khan. WOW!!. FX. Well it was shot entirely in Imax. So there. Lol. Acting. Top Notch Writing. Better then Top Notch. I don’t think they Hyped this Movie enough. Lol. Can’t wait for Part 2.

Harry Ballz

Gee, Emperor Mike, I get the impression you liked it!

Emperor Mike of the Terran Empire

Yes Harry. I love the Movie. Seen it a second time. Picked up a lot I missed the first time. Lol

AJinMoscow

I really enjoyed Avengers 3. It was, oddly enough, more of a GoG film with lots of Dr. Strange, Thor, and then everyone else. Of course, everyone has to be resurrected because they have new films coming up. One interesting bit is the Marvelheads complaining that “Antman and the Wasp” will strangely lighten the mood this summer, when it should be picking up where “Avengers” left off, which is with 50% of all life removed from the universe, and lots of sadness and bewilderment.

Rocco Venezia

Be awesome to see another movie

Phil

Finally took in the last episode of Discovery. Yeah, it was a disappointing close to a season that started strong, and lost its way in the Mirror Universe. As the production team really seems to think that a second season arc built around science vs. faith is going to be a real winner, I don’t know this has any direction to go but down.

Hopefully I’ll be pleasantly surprised….

Marja

I hope we all will. Hints from Twitter that we may see Lorca sooner than later, yay! I imagine even Prime Lorca can be salty.

I hope the science questions will be as intriguing as in some other iterations of Trek. As for the faith question, I’m hoping it’s more DS9 in nature, with the Pah-Wraiths. Or that they echo today’s extremists and see what Starfleet would do with them ….

CmdrR

It would be nice to see more TOSish stories and character moments. Less body/ID theivery and general nihilism.

Marja

I don’t think it’s nihilism, actually. Throughout Season 1 Burnham was an exemplar of Starfleet ideals [if you discount that whole mutiny thing]. Stamets, too, and Culber, and Tilly, and Saru … even Lorca, when it suited him.

I’ve never liked the nihilism of the Mirror Universe, though, if that’s what you mean. The whole thing makes no sense. They’re gonna run out of people if they keep killing their subordinates/superiors. Seems unsustainable to me.

AJinMoscow

I am happy with STD S1 as it stands, though the last episode seemed to lump lots of stuff together too quickly and solve the issue of the war with something that made me look deep into my ‘knowledge of Klingon culture’ to figure out why the solution actually worked. Trek’s 1st season “blues” have been far worse than this, so I have my fingers crossed.

CmdrR

TPTB may not like links. There’s news on Nichelle Nichols. She’s not well. Time to send out positive energy. She’s a classy lady!