Archive for July, 2010

28
Jul
10

Questions

On Tumblr @hismuse asked:

What is it about Star Trek that you like? The state of the art costumes? The top notch dialogue? Or just the basic overall quality?

Okay, first off, I love how subtle the sarcasm was. Really, nice work.

Second, what do I love most? I love lots about Star Trek.

I love the complete campiness of the original series. I love how much they accomplished on their budget and with the effects available at the time. I love the characters and that they aren’t perfect. I love the sense of adventure. I love how sincere the whole thing is.

I love how different and yet the same TNG was. I love that they could take the show and carry on. I love the stories and the new characters. I love the new species they introduced and the new technology.

More than anything, I love how hopeful the show is. The world is a very uncertain place and at this point in history it’s hard to look forward and not be even a little pessimistic. But Star Trek has always been hopeful, that humans will get past all of this nonsense on go on to prove that we can do great things, that we can learn from our mistakes and that we can be better than this. Not even perfect, just a species that is worth something.

28
Jul
10

Kirk Vs. Picard

I’ve had this conversation (both long and short) numerous times and it’s come up a few times very recently, so it’s on my mind. I’m also entertained by how serious a discussion it ends up being. Not that I’m any less serious.

I’m going to start by giving you my answer and then I’m going to explain.

Negotiations and shit to ship combat I am giving to Picard.

Hand to hand, I’m giving to Kirk.

Now for the first two, they don’t require much of an explaination. My reasoning is simple. Picard is better at both. Time, experience, intelligence and tact make Picard the favourite.

The third is the one that needs some reasoning out. I know some of you out there think that this is the obvious one. Kirk all the way, right?

Yeah, not so much.

I’m giving it to Kirk but understand I’m not just handing it to him. I think it’s likely he’d come out on top but I certainly don’t think that he’d come out unscathed. This would not be a simple one-two-done kind of fight.

See, here’s the thing people seem to forget – Picard is a scrapper. In a fight, the man could throw down. He’s shown that. Hell, he has a replacement heart because in his younger days he took on three Nausicaans. By himself.

Sure, he grew up and learned that fighting isn’t always the right answer. He learned to be diplomatic and he’s damn smart. But really, I think that would only serve to help him in a fight.

What it comes down to between Kirk and Picard isn’t a matter of who is a better fighter, because I really believe they are fairly evenly matched. Kirk isn’t really a world class fighter, more often than not, he’s just really lucky. Picard doesn’t fight often but when he does, he’s good at it.

What it comes down to is style. Picard is a smart guy and a strategist. He fights the same way. He doesn’t rush in to thing s half cocked and just expecting to win. Where Kirk is really a stupid fighter. He rushes in like he’s invincible to fight whoever and whatever gets in his way. Sure, he scraps like a madman but he wastes a lot of energy and really has no sound strategy other than “punch that guy, win fight” for the most part.

Now I can hear you from here – Kirk isn’t that dumb! He can do cool shit too! What about the cannon he built to beat the Gorn!?

Yeah, yeah. Save it.

In a long, drawn out, extensive terrain fight where Kirk has to resort to something other than a straight up fight, he can come up with a few good ideas. But we’re talking a knock out brawl between two men who are physically (fairly) evenly matched, without the aid of weapons. We’re talking more (poser) Andorian assassin in the hallway of the Enterprise or even Finnegan on the Shore Leave Planet.

But like I said, in the end I think I’d probably have to give it to Kirk. He fights irratically and more than I little spastically (I think his wiggle run would confuse Picard, frankly). Picard would give him one hell of a fight and on a good day, I could see him winning. (Kirk against a young Picard? I’d pick Picard every time.)

Hope that clears that up.

24
Jul
10

It’s Spockurday!

Ode to Spock – A Haiku

I love Mr. Spock

He’s half human, half Vulcan

Live long and prosper

23
Jul
10

Sick day ritual

I have a sick day ritual. I’m not sure why, but I can tell you when it started. It’s usually reserved for times when I’m sick for more than a day and when I’m sick enough to be semi-comatose on the couch for the most part.

Last Christmas I wound up in the hospital with pneumonia and was incredibly sick for weeks. I don’t really remember a lot of those days, they were spent drifting in and out of sleep and being too sick to care about much. But I had company.

I had Animated Star Trek.

Since it’s become something of a ritual. If I’m home sick, it’s time for TAS. I don’t know why it stuck but it has. TAS makes me feel better, it makes me smile and it makes just as much sense when you’re totally doped up on painkillers/cold medication/ etc. as when you’re not. Actually, being doped up might make it all seem reasonable.

15
Jul
10

Emotive Spock

13
Jul
10

Happy birthday, Sir

Just in case you weren’t aware, today is a very special day. A special day that other special days are in awe of.

It’s Patrick Stewart’s birthday.

A wonderful actor, terribly handsome and, most importantly, my very favourite Captain.

Happy birthday, Sir and many more.

10
Jul
10

Shanterday bonus