That’s the kind of spicy headline that brings in clicks, I hear. I have a complicated relationship with Star Trek. I enjoy it. I watch it upon occasion. I recognize the quality of it’s early works. I cannot stand its fandom. I have often said that I refused to get that deep into Star Trek… Read More Anyone Who Willingly Watches Star Trek: Picard is the Reason the Terrorists Hate Us
Never meet your heroes. I’ve mentioned Red Letter Media before. They’re a YouTube channel that discusses film in a serious way, but with lots of jokes – spoonfuls of sugar to make the medicine go down. They’re different from most cinema nerds on YouTube in that they’ve actually undergone the process of making movies themselves… Read More William Shatner, Red Letter Media, and What Everyone Gets Wrong About Fandom
Probably that’s not news. I haven’t felt at home in some time, really. Maybe that’s just getting old, but even when I was young I’ve found the pseudo-devotion off-putting. One thing I’ve said for years is that the reason I never became a Trekkie wasn’t because I didn’t like Star Trek, but because I didn’t… Read More I Don’t Feel At Home in Pop Culture Anymore
Picard is going to suck. It’s a bastardization of the character, reduced to catchphrases and some Borg plot. The question is, why? Why is it being made? Because member-berries? Because the carnival of 80’s nostalgia that’s been gripping us since the late 90’s just Will Not Die? Because J.J. Abrams ruined Star Trek and no… Read More Things That Are Going to Suck
J.J. Abrams Executive produced this one, and, as the trailer indicates, it was directed by the guy who did Fast & Furious 8. So, there’s that. In the comments, they are NOT taking it well. And I definitely see why they wouldn’t. Star Trek was not supposed to be an action-movie franchise. It was supposed… Read More Star Trek Beyond Trailer Causes Trekkie Rage
Lung disease, poor fellow. “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP,” the living legend tweeted, adding his signature abbreviation for the half-Vulcan’s “live long and prosper” motto. Now, COPD is bad, but it’s not lung cancer. My grandfather’s had emphysema, a form of COPD, for years. He’s… Read More Leonard Nimoy is Sick. Prepare for Nerd Agony.