Trekathon 758: The Escape Artist (ST)

January 10th, 2019

The last of the first batch of Short Trek. Spoilers ahead.

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Trekathon 757: The Brightest Star (ST)

January 10th, 2019

Short Trek number 3. Spoilers ahead.

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Trekathon 756: Calypso (ST)

January 10th, 2019

Short Trek number 2. Spoilers ahead.

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Trekathon 755: Runaway (ST)

January 10th, 2019

We’re back with an entirely new format for Star Trek – 15 minute live action episodes. While these are all clearly part of Discovery continuity, Memory Alpha counts them as a separate series, so shall I. But as they’re short episodes, it’s back to the one paragraph reviews of The Animated Series. Spoilers ahead.

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Trekathon Season Review: Discovery, Season 1

January 10th, 2019

Well, I guess I didn’t get around to that rewatch… With Season 2 about a week away, it might have to wait. Spoilers below (but you’ve had your chance, so I won’t put in the break).

Discovery took a while to get going, and didn’t really hit its full potential until the Mirror Universe episodes. The initial prologue was OK, but it was followed by a few episodes that struggled to find much of a core to most of the characters.

About halfway through the season things clicked for the first time with Magic to make the Sanest Man Go Mad, and the mostly strong Mirror Universe sequence was the best story of the season.

(The worst bit of the season was the TyVoq plot. While they crept past the line, it was just too much straining of credibility for really no result. What was the point of any of that?)

Where Discovery has really shone is in the characters. I feel that much more than the other series the show has found what’s interesting and unique about the characters quickly. All of the main Star Fleet personnel are fully realised and interesting characters who can provide for interesting reactions in the stories that are being told.

There were quite a few bumps along the way though. So overall I’m going to rank this just ahead of Deep Space 9 Season 1.

The very best of Trek:

  • TNG Season 6
  • DS9 Season 2

Strong performers:

  • DS9 Season 5
  • TNG Season 3
  • TNG Season 5
  • TOS Season 2
  • ENT Season 3
  • TNG Season 4
  • VOY Season 4

Mixed bag:

  • TOS Season 1
  • DS9 Season 4
  • DIS Season 1
  • DS9 Season 1
  • ENT Season 4
  • VOY Season 5
  • ENT Season 1
  • VOY Season 1
  • TNG Season 7

Not good:

  • DS9 Season 3
  • DS9 Season 6
  • VOY Season 6
  • VOY Season 3
  • TNG Season 2
  • ENT Season 2
  • TAS Season 1

Really just awful:

  • VOY Season 7
  • VOY Season 2
  • DS9 Season 7
  • TOS Season 3
  • TAS Season 2
  • TNG Season 1

Next up, the four Short Trek episodes, and then Season Two of Discovery.

Quick reviews of the 14 rides I went on at Disney Resort Anaheim

June 10th, 2018

California Adventure

Radiator Springs Racer: Really just a slightly improved and better themed version of Test Track from Anaheim. But overall a better ride experience. The ride I was thinking about doing again the most. A-

Grizzly River Run: Rapids ride, with a lot of tech shared with the Kali ride from Animal Kingdom. But much more intense, and I got completely and totally soaked. B+

Monsters Inc: Ouch. Ageing ride that wouldn’t have been that good to start with. Second rate animatronics, doesn’t do anything beyond the bare plot of the movie, and no thrills. D-

Guardians of the Galaxy: Reskin of the Tower of Terror, which makes an improvement on an already excellent ride. The theming is stronger around a better property, and the ride sequence has been rejigged around what works well (particularly the free fall). A++

Frozen: OK, not technically a ride, and I didn’t review the shows last time I did this. But a pretty good adaption of the movie into a one hour show. No new numbers, but the cast did a good job with the ones they had. B+

Soarin’: Identical in nearly every way to the Epcot version. B


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: I missed this last time here, so it was number one on my list. Good ride, but probably the weakest of the four ‘mountain’ coasters overall. It’s a strange choice to put a big train out the front of the coaster – adds to the theming, but takes the best seats away. C

Star Tours: I was prepared to ride this one again and again until I got the Last Jedi sequence. Luckily I got it on the first try. They’re better sequences than some of the random assortment for this ride, with a good mix of plot and ‘ride’ mechanics. Plus. a nice tie in to the new Star Wars land (which could be seen from both the outdoor coasters I went on). A-

Indiana Jones: A frustrating ride that is in the ‘could have been great’ category. There’s good tech involved (although it breaks all the time, including when I was in line), and a good underlying property. But the plot of the ride isn’t done well, and the technology doesn’t mesh well with it. C-

Jungle Cruise: Ageing animatronics and some racist caricature in this ride don’t detract from the number one attraction – incredibly corny puns. Great guide helped a lot as well. The only ‘Opening Disneyland Day 1’ ride I went on. A

Matterhorn Bobsleds: Second best of the four mountain coasters, a good thrilling coaster that has a good mix of speeds and turns. A

it’s a small world: A ride that feels even more dated than it is. It’s a song that has become a cliche for annoying, mixed with some very racist stereotypes (although clearly done with no conscious malice). Absolutely no thrills, just a straight line ride. But still some incredibly technology with the sound. D+

Haunted Mansion: Just something slightly better about this than the Disney World version, couldn’t explain why. B+

Space Mountain: Still one of my absolute favorites, a perfect example of how a dark ride can make a mid-range coaster thrilling. A+