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[Editorial] Star Trek: In Defense of J.J. Abrams

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[Editorial] Star Trek: In Defense of J.J. Abrams

On May 16 of 2013 Star Trek: Into Darkness released in theaters. The film was well-received by critics and went on to score the largest box office returns in the franchise’s history. (On a more personal note, Into Darkness was reviewed favorably by our own Leland Pierce.) But less than three months later at the One Trek Mind Live panel in Las Vegas, Into Darkness was hailed as the worst Star Trek film in a live voting poll – worse even than the much-lamented The Final Frontier and notorious stinker Nemesis, and placing significantly below 1999 Star Trek send-up Galaxy Quest – which is not even a Star Trek film. 

To be completely fair, as One Trek Mind specifically states in the link:

“Now, just because something has to come in last doesn’t make it a bad film. Somebody has to bring up the rear! But others in the press (see Hollywood Reporter) felt the need to stir up some controversy.”

I’m not criticizing One Trek Mind in any way, shape, or form. I’m aiming at the the vocal element that seems to hold the Abrams-verse up as the worst thing that has ever happened to science fiction.

I raised a good old-fashioned Spock eyebrow to that one; the kind of people who vote in a poll at the Star Trek 2013 convention conjure a very specific mental image. I’ll leave that image to your own personal imagination, but I can imagine they wouldn’t be the kind of audience that would look favorably upon any creative license taken with the Holy Grail of the Star Trek canon: The Wrath of Khan.

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To Timidly Go: Are Sci-Fi Film Tropes Holding Back Sci-Fi Gaming?

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To Timidly Go: Are Sci-Fi Film Tropes Holding Back Sci-Fi Gaming?

With souped-up graphics and processing power, Playstation 4 and Xbox One will bring us one step closer to truly “cinematic” video games. But could game developers’ long quest to emulate silver-screen cool actually limit the creative potential of next-generation console titles?

This question came to mind after the recent burst of publicity for Destiny and Titanfall, two of the “most anticipated” next-gen games. They are also both science fiction titles — a gaming genre that leans especially heavily on Hollywood-derived tropes.

A quick glance at the current console era shows just how often such games mimic cinematic sci-fi — and how limiting that approach can be when designers with a blank virtual slate fall back on the constrained conventions of film.

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Movie Issues: Star Trek Into Darkness

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Movie Issues: Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek. J.J. Abrams once again directs with a screenplay written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.

This new adventure brings back all of our favorite crew members, adds some new ones, and gives us one hell of a ride from start to finish. The movie is reverential, faithful, and steeped in “Trek” mythology. Good or bad, this is a damn fun movie that Trekkies new and old can enjoy.

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Movie Issues: Star Trek: Nemesis

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Movie Issues: Star Trek: Nemesis

In honor of the new Star Trek film, we’re taking a small break from comic book movies this week to yet again boldly go where no one has gone before. This week we watched 2002s Star Trek: Nemesis. The last adventure with the Next Generation crew as they have to deal with a threat from a Reman clone of Captain Picard, who has taken control of the Romulan Empire.  Please download and enjoy as Leland listens to non-Trek-fan Spooky not understand anything going on in this flick.  

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Movie Issues: Star Trek: Generations

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Movie Issues: Star Trek: Generations

This week Leland is out of town so we brought back on the to show his good buddy Jon, who went to Sundance this year. Jon takes us though what it’s like to go to the Sundance Film Festival, what movies to see and what not to see.  Then we wrap up by boldly going beyond the stars with 1994 Star Trek: Generations. The Star Trek where Captain Kirk has to team up with Captain Picard to save the world from the horrors of THE BAD PLOT RIBBON FROM SPACE! Yeah, it happens. So please download and join us in our Trek love! Read On

Geeky Holiday Gift Guide

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Geeky Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is fast approaching and if you’re like most people, then you may be panicking trying to finish off the loved ones on your list. Or maybe you’ve been drawing a blank when people keep asking you what you want for the holidays. Well fear not my dear friend, we’ve teamed up with The Villainous Lair comic shop to bring you a Holiday Gift guide for your favorite geek.

Take a look below for some great ideas from some of the crew at The Lair for the geek in your life or even your nerdy self.

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Comic Issues #97 – Holiday Trailers

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Comic Issues #97 – Holiday Trailers

This past week has been Trailer-tastic, with a wide variety of the upcoming films making their Trailer debuts.

Join our heroes and heroine as they Trek Into the Darkness, discussing the upcoming movies of 2013, with plenty unveiled including a Super Cavill this is bound to be an interesting talk as one of the heroes doubts the Synder Sup. Then we wrap it up with some big robot fun with Pacific Rim.

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Review – Star Trek The Next Generation Season 1 Blu Ray

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Review – Star Trek The Next Generation Season 1 Blu Ray

Being a thirty-something does have its perks. I was blessed with what I would call the best amount of TV that any kid deserved. In particular was the 6pm traditions in my household. Which consisted of the family gathering around for another episode of Star Trek the Next Generation.

Now, I’ve seen various releases. I was even at the Star Trek Hotel in Vegas contemplating a $500 DVD purchase of the entire series run on DVD. Well between me and my wife we made a decision to hold out, and hope that one day it might be remastered for the HD age, (and properly yeah I’m giving you the stink eye Lucas) considering what they did with the original series I was more then excited to hear that Next Gen was hitting HD. So how does this series look in HD? Is it the final frontier?

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Comic Issues #73 – The Final Frontier

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Comic Issues #73 – The Final Frontier

Space, the final frontier? We may very soon be able to travel to the stars…give or take twenty years and a trillion dollars.

Join our heroes and heroine this week as they journey to the final frontiers and discuss the plan to build the Enterprise. If that wasn’t enough fun we also answer the call, or at least hypothetically decide our future space life.

If you could join Starfleet what would be your role?

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