Month: May 2013

  • Trekathon: All Good Things

    738 movies or episodes down. ([Memory Alpha]( says 728, but I count five of the two-part episodes in their syndication versions, not their original aired versions). What did I learn from all that? First, I became a Star Trek fan. Before I did this I was just someone who liked Star Trek. But after watching […]

  • Trekathon Movie Summary

    Twelve movies – all very different. Let’s start with the rankings, and then discuss: Great: – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Good, but flawed in some way: – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Star Trek Into Darkness – Star Trek: First Contact – Star […]

  • Trekathon 738: Star Trek Into Darkness (MOV)

    Kirk hunts down a dangerous terrorist. For the first time since I started this, the spoiler one is in effect. Watch out, spoilers for the entire movie after the break. If you want the non-spoiler version: I liked it. Some of the flaws of the first movie are still a problem, but it feels a […]

  • Trekathon 737: Star Trek (MOV)

    JJ Abrams reboots Star Trek. This is a pretty good, but not spectacular, movie. There’s a good mix of action and plot, a believable enemy with understandable (if extreme) goals, good character development, and some good humour. It has some problems, most notably some ridiculously overcomplicated camera work, and a some bad inconsistencies on scale/speed […]

  • Trekathon Season Review: Enterprise, Season 4

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. So to start, this season needs to be considered in two brackets. Firstly, the five ‘standalone’ episodes: three awful (*Bound*, *These are the Voyages…* and *Daedalus*), one average (*Home*) and one OK-ish (*Observer Effect*). By any measure, a pretty bad year here. But […]

  • Trekathon 736: These Are the Voyages … (ENT)

    Dear Writers of this Episode, No, Fuck You! Signed, Everyone who actually liked this show. Outside of the big problem (that this is a bad episode of TNG, not a farewell to Enterprise), there are a lot of other issues with this episode. Characterisation feels off all over the place. No one has gotten a […]

  • Trekathon 735: Terra Prime (2) (ENT)

    Archer has to stop Terra Prime from firing on Earth. Still too complicated, but the core plot makes a bit more sense this time around. But the main villain still seems like he’d be more at home foiling 007 than NX-01. What, exactly, was the point with the hybrid baby? From any perspective? I don’t […]

  • Trekathon 734: Demons (1) (ENT)

    The formation of the Coalition of Planets creates a bit of stress on Earth. The villain here is straight out of a James Bond film. He has a long monologue explanation, but more directly he has a *giant flying mining facility*, takes over a cannon and uses it to *fire on the moon*. Actually, I […]

  • Trekathon 733: In a Mirror, Darkly (2) (ENT)

    Archer steals the USS Defiant from the Tholians. The first half is a bit lost, with the only highlight being a Gorn fight – nice callback sure, but not the most interesting way to spend time during the episode. They don’t make nearly enough out of the mirror universe nature of the ship – it […]

  • Trekathon 732: In a Mirror, Darkly (1) (ENT)

    Commander Archer leads a mutiny to take command of the ISS Enterprise. So, remember 668 episodes ago, when the Tholians tried to steal the USS Defiant? It turns out they were from the past of the mirror universe, and this episode tells the rest of the story. In a welcome departure for mirror universe stories, […]