starlady: That's Captain Pointy-Eared Bastard to you. (out of the chair)
I recently rewatched both these movies, which general consensus seems to regard as the joint pinnacle of Trek on the silver screen. After watching TWoK I'm personally wondering whether The Undiscovered Country might not be the best classic Trek movie, but I'll have to withhold judgment on that score until I get to it.

I've excoriated Star Trek XI for pasting Trek onto the frame of a generic scifi movie, but one thing that's clear to me after watching these two movies is that this is actually an old Trek tradition: First Contact in particular is a well-executed marriage of Trekkiness (holodecks, quoting literature, etc) with a scifi action flick, and it works pretty well. TWoK is also more than glancingly similar to other scifi movies of the 80s (particularly, in some respects, Dune and Alien). In some ways this makes me appreciate more what most people hate about Star Trek I, which is that "nothing happens." This isn't quite true; there's just very little action per se in that movie: the only time the Enterprise discharges its weaponry is at an asteroid, in the middle of the film. Granted that movie had horrible pacing and a thin plot, but I think in some ways its determined non-violence is more a part of Trek than the shoot-em-'up ethos of later films (particularly the new movie. Not that the whole "Resident Romulan" sequence at the end wasn't shot pretty cool, because it was).

Time is a luxury you do not have. )

Timeline! This is no time to argue about the timeline, we don't have the time! )

I have to excise the Star Trek brainworm posthaste. I think the only way to do this is to watch more faster. Argh.
starlady: (the wizard's oath)
Today is my mother's birthday: she would have been 58 years old. I reread her obituary before I left the house this morning, and while I was driving to the post office I found myself thinking about the impermanence of perfect things in our imperfect universe. I was actually thinking about this in the context of Star Trek, because I am nothing if not capable of displacing consideration of my own circumstances into fictional universes. But where it really merits discussion is in relation to Diane Duane's Young Wizards books, specifically the seventh, Wizard's Holiday. I was inspired to think through some of these things thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija's review of this book on her journal. It's an old review, but the great thing about Rachel M is that just about every entry in her journal is awesome in a fashion that does not admit to the passage of time. I highly recommend clicking on any of the cracktastic-sounding tags on her reviews and reading a few entries; I cracked up repeatedly, anyway.

Spoilers for The Wounded Sky, all the Young Wizards books, and The Book of Night with Moon. )

Right, back to reading about transvestism.
starlady: Kirk surrounded by tribbles: "What the crap is going on here?"  (kirk)
I've read a bunch of Star Trek books lately (and judging by how many of the books I checked out from my library came up "reserved" when I checked them in, I'm not the only one), mostly books I've never read before by authors I've previously enjoyed. This probably isn't coincidental.

The Wounded Sky )

My Enemy, My Ally )

Spock's World )

Strangers from the Sky )

Enterprise: The First Adventure )

I currently own The Romulan Way, Duane's next Rihannsu book, but I think I'm just going to spring for The Bloodwing Voyages, which collects the first four of the five in one volume--if I'd realized what was what, I'd have bought it initially (though these old Pocket Books covers and blurbs are priceless). Apparently the last Rihannsu book, The Empty Chair, will have to come to me through ILL, since it's currently going for not less than $55 used on the internet. Supply and demand can be a bitch sometimes--I'm really hoping for Pocket Books to do a reprint. I'm also hoping to track down Sand and Stars, a compendium volume that includes Spock's World as well as A.C. Crispin's Sarek, about which I have heard very good things. Tune in next time...
starlady: Kirk surrounded by tribbles: "What the crap is going on here?"  (kirk)
Hendrik Hertzberg, of all people, puts his finger exactly on one of the things I found particularly intriguing (and in the end, frustrating) about Star Trek: 2009 in this blog post here

Out of the chair. )

starlady: Kirk surrounded by tribbles: "What the crap is going on here?"  (kirk)
So, pursuant to the return of Star Trek to my life, I decided to re-watch Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). The movie is, on one level, not great, but it also is in many ways very, very characteristic. And amusing. Be warned, some of my thoughts are probably very obvious.

The human adventure is just beginning. )

And on that note, live long and prosper. I'm going to watch The Wrath of Khan next.
starlady: Kirk surrounded by tribbles: "What the crap is going on here?"  (kirk)
As I sit here, I currently own only seven Star Trek novels (though I'm sure after this I'll go down to the garage and pull a few out of my "to sell" bin for old times' sake), but there was a time in my life when I not only devoted all of my allowance to buying, but also all of my spare time to reading, these books. I would estimate that even now I've probably read about half of all those that have ever been published--for at least one summer in middle school, I would get someone to drive me to the library, take every Star Trek paperback they had off the racks, and two weeks later bring the entire shopping bag of books back and repeat the process.

Space: The final frontier )
starlady: Kirk surrounded by tribbles: "What the crap is going on here?"  (kirk)
I have seen Star Trek: 2009. I did not expect this icon to be so appropriate.

She has exceptional oral sensitivity. )

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