In defense of “Star Trek: Generations”

Twenty three years ago, on a brisk November night (brisk for California, anyway) a friend and I went out to the first night’s showing of Star Trek Generations (GEN).   The theater we saw GEN in was a relatively new multiplex only about a mile and a half from my old apartment, alongside the train…

’Twas the week before “Jedi”….

‘Twas the week before “Jedi”, and out in the void Kylo ’n troopers were stirring; and one little droid Green wreaths were hung on the doors with care, In hopes that Luke Skywalker soon would be there; The rebels were ready, all snug in their ships, One more week to blow the First Order to bits……

A year of “Musings…”

As I look at the date on my computer’s calendar, I realize that it’s been a full year since I first began this blog (!).  Wow… one year and 80-odd entries later, and it’s still a tremendous source of personal pleasure for me. I remember hemming and hawing about starting this blog, trying to decide…

“Star Trek: Discovery” and “The Orville”; two versions of the same show?

Blade Runner’s Tyrell Corporation (in the 1982 original) had an interesting slogan for its humanoid ‘replicants’; “More human than human.”  In a way, Fox’s Star-Trek-by-any-other-name TV series “The Orville” is the Tyrell answer to Star Trek’s latest (and arguably least familiar feeling) incarnation, “Discovery.” It’s been over 12 years since the previous Trek TV series “Enterprise” was…

Pixar’s “Coco” is a warm, colorful movie that truly wakes the dead…

  Dia de los Muertos, the ‘Day of the Dead’ is a traditional Mexican counterpart to the Celtic Samhain (“Sah-win”; a 3,000 year old ritual that evolved, through various cultural appropriations, into modern Halloween). Both holidays represent a time of the year when the ‘barrier’ between the living and spirit worlds is thinnest, and the dead can…

“Star Trek Continues” finishes the original five-year mission…

“Star Trek Continues” is, quite literally, the continuation of the prematurely cancelled original series (1966-69); and this non-profit, made-for-love-of-the-game series meticulously recreates the sets, props, lighting and even hairstyles of the original series.  The episodes are even framed in the older standard aperture of 4:3; the television standard at the time of the original series’ production….

Star Trek Discovery S1.9, “Into the Forest I Go” (midseason finale)

  Well, we’ve reached the halfway mark of the first season of Star Trek Discovery, and tonight’s episode packed the sort of emotional wallop that, to be honest, has been distributed somewhat unevenly throughout the season so far. ******* KLINGON WARSHIP SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD! ******* The story: Continuing from last week’s episode (“Si Vis Pacem,…

Thor: Ragnarok… fun, flashy but forgettable.

My wife and I just saw “Thor: Ragnarok” over the weekend.  I was (and am) fighting a nasty head cold, but a steady supply of gel caps helped me through it.   We couldn’t get tickets to see it in our preferred Dolby Atmos theater (the one with the plush reclining seats), and our second choice…

Star Trek Discovery, S1.8, “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”…

This week’s Discovery episode title (translated from Latin) means “If you want peace, prepare for war.”  The episode was also written by famed Star Trek novelist Kirsten Beyer, who is on the writing staff of this series. ***** SHIELDS UP!  SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE EPISODE! ***** Since this was the first of an apparent two-parter,…

Netflix’s “Stranger Things”’ truly blossoms in its sophomore year…

“Stranger Things” is a horror/sci-fi ‘80s period piece series created for Netflix by The Duffer Brothers (Russ & Matt), and it feels like a genetically-engineered offspring of early ‘80s-era Steven Spielberg and Stephen  King, with a generous helping of the late Tobe Hooper spliced in for good measure. I first got into “Stranger Things” last…

Star Trek Discovery, S1.7, “Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad”

Well, the latest episode of the CBS-All Access series Star Trek Discovery has become available for streaming, and this one went up that stream without a proverbial paddle.  It had to happen sometime.  It happens to all television series, sooner or later (especially with past Star Treks).   “Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad”…