A Review of Star Trek (2009)

star_trek_movie_poster_imaxIn my family Star Trek has been a tradition as long as I can remember. I’ve seen all the movies in theaters with my mom and brother since the Voyage home in 1986. I’ve read the James Blish Novelizations of the Original Series and Watched most of the episodes. I’ve seen every episode of TNG, DS9, and Voyager. I did miss season 3 but that will be rectified someday.

I went through 3 major phases as a kid, Dinosaurs, Star Trek, and Robots. I might have moved on from pure and total obsession but boy do I still love the universe. It might be because I have so many great memories of watching TNG with my family all comfy on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn or it could be the hopeful vision of the future either way I love Star Trek.

Sadly my Mom couldn’t be with us last Thursday when we went to see Star Trek but she was with us in heart. I know she would have loved it. I did however bring my Fiancée who had never seen anything but the Trouble with Tribbles. She loved it and I think she’ll be into watching the new Blu-ray release with me. We went back on Sunday and here’s my review.

Short Version: Amazing it was truly a good Star Trek movie.   Longer version after the cut.

*Warning Mild Spoilers*

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Pandemic Satire

The world we know ended quickly but it started with signs. Small innocuous little reminders on how to wash our hands, to push a door with our foot, cough in our shoulder, or that shaking hands kills plans. One day they just started to appear with a little logo saying Pandemic Planning and Preparedness meant to make everyone feel safe with alliteration.

It worked too, the world stood at a level 6 pandemic for almost a month before the riots. It would have gone higher but they had neglected to add a level for, “Oh god, Oh god, we’re all going to die.”

Those who survived the longest avoided human contact and hid in their houses, The internet was buzzing with Tweets, Texts, Mails, Walls, Posts, and all kinds of other things till one day it just went silent. No one had anything left to say we all knew it was the end of our world. Not our planet, she would shrug us off like fleas and in a hundred thousand years all traces of us would be gone except maybe shopping bags, those would last a long time.

In the last days of human civilisation those of us who were still alive and hadn’t been driven insane tried to rebuild. We tried to make a better life; we used renewable resources, recycled, and even managed to live for years after the flu. Sadly it left us sterile and this capsule is the last of what we and our race could accomplish.

Along with this narrative you’ll find the plans for our wind turbines, water purifiers, and basic agriculture. If there is human life on this planet somewhere that has been able to survive and you find this I hope you learn from our mistakes.

Now let me tell you about the last days of the twenty second century and what happened to a misguided but great civilisation…

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Viridian Sky Update

I’ve been working hard on cleaning up the storyline for Viridian Sky, my NaNoWriMo novel. Mostly I’ve placed structure and decided on an ending. I still have a good twenty thousand words left to write but I’m getting there slowly. For those of you who have been waiting a long time to read it I’ve included the first chapter after the cut.

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Viridian Sky Update

I’ve been working hard on cleaning up the storyline for Viridian Sky, my NaNoWriMo novel. Mostly I’ve placed structure and decided on an ending. I still have a good twenty thousand words left to write but I’m getting there slowly. For those of you who have been waiting a long time to read it I’ve included the first chapter after the cut.

Enjoy

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Story sketch: Guise and Dolls

Main Characters: Seanna, Randal, Barbara, and Kenneth.
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Magic Shop/Horror
Theme: Coming of age/love story 
Main Action: A young Girl and boy (Seanna and Randal) enter “Magic shop”, girl finds dolls shows to boy. Dolls are soul carriers and switch their bodies with those inside the dolls (Barbara, and Kenneth).
The story will follow the two couples, one as they adjust to the 21st century and deal with the lives they’ve stolen and the other as they find their way trough “Other land”
Secondary characters: Seanna’s quirky family, Randal’s straight laced Religious Family, and a group of strange “Wizard of Oz” copies of their families. 
Tertiary Characters: High school teachers, students and other assorted people.

Seanna and Randal:

Standing in a corner looking at the books Seanna looked like she was trying not glance in his direction. She was wearing a black turtleneck with loose pink pants. She was visibly hunched which created the illusion that she was shorter then her six feet. Her chocolate brown hair fell straight over her dark rimmed glasses and danced on the page of her book.

Looking at her from a distance Randal wondered how she could read with her hair in the way. Looking up she glanced and him and he turned away, nervously passing his perfectly manicure hand over his light blond hair. Fixing his sweater vest he walked out of the library and towards his next class.