Good orning everyone. :) What a beautiful Monday morning. :) After when I watched the new Star Trek movie Beyond yesterday I've done a little reaction video (also spoiler free) where you can see my emotional state after leaving the cinema. :) I'm still so excited and full of joy because of the movie. So please check it out on my YouTube channel. :)
And if You still up for some more...
I've also done a reaction video for the new Star Trek Discovery teaser footage where I shared my thoughts about the ship, the creative veterans and a few other things...
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Captain's Log! Stardate 24.04.2016. I couldn't skip this part... :) So, I've just arrived home from the cinema watching Star Trek Beyond for the first time! I was quite excited about the movie the last few weeks and when I went to the cinema tonight I was hoping that this movie will get back my faith of the "Kelvin timeline"... and IT DID! :) I had this feeling while I was watching the movie it's really goes back to the original series and now they really up for the adventure and they earned the respect of all of us. :)
The Visual Effects
References from TOS
My final thoughts...
So my opinion of this movie is AMAZING! :) I rarely do this with movies, but this one is up for a second time in the big screen. :) I loved it and in a strange way on my way home I was thinking "why they didn't do this back than in 2009?" Things could have been much different by now. :) I just wish I can actually say them "well done" as they not just restored my faith of the Kelvin Timeline, but they made a really special memory for the original Star Trek series! :)
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Star Trek Beyond music score honouring Star Trek The Motion Picture?
Check out the beginning of both music... sound like we have a tribute to Jerry Goldsmith?
A new video clip came out yesterday from the Beyond movie and the first thing what felt similar is the music score in that clip. It had a very familiar sounds and I was almost sure I heard that tune before. Maybe I'm wrong and you going to disagree with me, but it was surprisingly sounded like the first Star Trek movie The Motion Picture. I wasn't sure about the exact score, till now.
I was a bit obsessed and after a small research I figured it's The Cloud from the OST. If you check the video clip from 1:11, when the Enterprise heading towards to the Cloud the music begins, just like in Beyond, when they are approaching the planet and that massive ship construction appears... Just check the beginning of the music and you will find a resemblance between these two. Or maybe my vulcan hearing is not the best any more? Personally for me it sounds like Michael Giacchino made a tribute honouring the man behind most of the Star Trek movie soundtracks, Jerry Goldsmith. I hope the rest of the music will be just as good as this little piece... still it will be hard to forget that horrible song from Beastie Boys. I hope the new Kirk will not "sabotage" the whole score with his music taste! ;)
There was plenty of discussions about the announced new StarTrek series and I thought I have to say something. It seems like, the news already started to separate people who love StarTrek, regardless if it's NuTrek... ehh, sorry "Kelvin Timeline," or the Original Trek. I'm not really the fan of the JJ Trek films (this has changed a little, mainly beacuse of he 3rd movie) and knowing the new series will involve someone who played a certain role of creaing that new line of Trek movies it even raised mine and many of us eyebrows all of us all over the world.
Personally I will wait for it and off course the argues will be more relevant when we will have more details about everything... but till then I have a message for ALL OF US: since 1966 we have had 5 brilliant StarTrek TV show, 1 cartoon adaptation and 10 amazing motion picture (sorry, i didn't count the new ones)! I think as long as they won't take those away from us, from "hard core Trekkies" it doesn't really matters what will be or what line the new series will follow. I will enjoy the original timeline as it means a lot to me and without those series, those stories I would probably a different person. I loved those times and I'm great they are still there for us. When I need inspiration, or an escape from this "civilised" world I always go back for the original ones. After all those long years they still gives me hope, they warm up my soul and inspire me. That what it matters for me. It's a bit sad as the audience tranformed for a "blow-up-the-whole-thing" hunger species, but for the ones who still need some quality program we still have those series.
I'm pretty sure there will be some of you who will agree and disagree with me about that, but personally I would say: "go to hell with the negativism." Wait, see and than decide if we want it or not... Same goes to the 3rd "Kelvin movie" till then we have to remember what we have and be gratefull for it. :) We can have JJ Abrams, who looked like a Star Trek fan and used the 2 movie to make a successfull Star Wars 7, but he will never be the same as Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, Michael Piller, Jerry Taylor... just to mention a few names whom made the show what we still love and cherish. :)
The news hit the audience recently as in Star Trek Beyond there will be a gay character. What nobody really expected is the person who will be this character is Sulu. When I've the news I thought "well done, they made an other approach in this subject and George Takei will be touched as they honoring him as the activist of the LGBT community." Beig closeted in Hollywood, George Takei had to face with a difficult time back then, but in a long run the people changed and they accepted his sexuality. In Star Trek, well specifically in TNG and DS9 the issue was touched a few time. Think about the episode called The Outcast, where the J'naii race basically neutral in terms of sexuality. Now Riker comes and one of the scientist named Soren became friends. Soren has a feeling about Riker and because "she" embraces the female and male gender she's facing with a big dilemma of being outcasted... not giving away the episode, watch it. ;)
The fact they made Sulu gay in the new movie although didn't really make George Takei happy. He's been approached before by John Cho and Simon Pegg as they wanted to do this with his character and he clearly stated although Sulu didn't really have any intimate relationship through the series and the feature movies Gene Roddenberry imagined the character straight. Honouring Star Trek and the man who created the series never the less more important if it comes to a big milestone.
I totally respect George Takei. He's brilliant, funny and an incredible human being. I hope they will bring him back somehow to the new series, I would love to see him back. :) In this new move athough I don't think it necesseraly has to be a big fuss about this. Fist of all this is an alternative universe. Second of all the foundation of Star Trek was always "infinity diversity in infinite combinations" and I think it's brilliant. Being a long time Star Trek fan I had an issue accepting the new "Kelvin Movies", but this quote - what actually came from the Vulcan race, how logical ;) - made me rethink this. I believe being open minded, being more human is essential when it comes to this franchise. No one had the problem when Spock and Uhura played as a couple in the new movies as they never been really together in the original series nor the movies. In fact I think Uhura and Scotty became a little closer in Star Trek 5 - The Final Frontier... surprisingly no one talked about that difference between the new and the original.
The same-sex issue was represented in the series before. Just think about Jadzia Dax and Lenara Khan not to mention the Mirror version of Ezri and Kira... they are part of the original canon and I can't see the problem why it can't represented in the alternative timeline. And it is really a problem these days? It really has to be a big issue? I'm sure they didn't focus on this in the whole movie as they had other things to take care of. I would say be open minded and wait till the movie comes out. I'm super excited because this movie looks the best so far after the previous two and it will be already hard to watch because of the recent loss of Anton Yelchin. Personally I think the title of this movie tells a lot. Going Beyond was always part of Star Trek. Talking about racism, war, sexuality, interracial relationships and science... that's all part of the exploration, to being human. 50 years of boldy going where no man has gone before certainly makes sense in this case...
It's Independence day in the US and it happened to be as I was listening audio segments from Star Trek TNG and Voyager today. I just love how many deep issue the series dealing with. Independence and slavery for instance just to make some sense for this article... :)
So today happened to be listening a great Captain Picard speech from Season 2 from the episode The Measure of a Man where Stafleet deciding to examine Data, disassemble him to help create more of them. Picard and his crew of course didn't like the though of loosing the android and after speaking with Guinan, Picard pointed out "How we treat a new race, our creation of genious determines who we are!" Creating a whole new race just to slave them for our needs as we don't want to risk our life in dangerous situations or simply we don't have the need to do is just not the right way of dealing with this issue. Off course at the end of the episode Data been "saved" and they gave him the freedom of choosing.
After that I was listening an episode from Voyager (yes, actually listening as I had to work.. :) called Life Line from Season 6, where we have an insight on the life of Luise Zimmerman. He had a disease and he was dying and his only chance was the Doctor, the Mark 1 program. Without going deeper in the storyline there was a point where Luise said to the Doctor: "Every Mark 1 EMH was converted to be a technical hologram to clean plasma conduits."
After realizing the moral implications of this episode... this has similarity with the case of Data in a sense. Well, I know we can argue on the fact as Data has grown as a "person" and only the Doctor was the one who had the same progress through the years. Although the point still stands... "treating the creation of our genious". We converted a whole "holographic people" to do what we don't wan to do... so my question is, where is the problem here?
Well they decided to not to duplicate Data because in this way they can create a whole "amry of expandable people" and they will serve, they won't get hurt etc... But at the same time they have done this with an entire holographic population. Why do an android has the right and holograms doesn't? Why we treating this subject differently?
In a way the two episode connects, the two issue connects and still it has a sort of dilemma behind the lines. Do we have the power to decide what we treat as a "person" and what not? Do we really play God as we were the creator? Off course the Doctor had his voice heard in the episode Author, Author from Season 7 when he created a holo-program about how difficult a hologram's life is. That made a silent debut in the Alpha Quandrant as it reached the old Mark 1 population. Would be interesting to know what happened with them after the Voyager reached home and the Doctor has spoken with Starfleet...
...sadly we only have our imagination to find out this matter, but who know maybe one day it will be a episode from it or an official explanation. Till then if you have an opinion about this feel free to let me know, make a conversation about it. :)
If you ask me about 6 month earlier "What's my opinion about the new StarTrek movie?" I could have say something like "I don't want to talk about it!" or "...that's not Star Trek!" But now I have to say I've changed my mind about the whole concept. I didn't really like first movie after watching it the second time. The ship looked amazing, I always thought the cast was a brilliant choice, but something didn't really fit. Was a strange iching feeling when you know there's somehing but you don't know how to describe...
So the first movie was a sort of "ok". I really liked the explanation about the "alternate universe" or as CBS recently stated the "Kelvin Timeline", the appearance of Spock and the extended story of Captain Pike which we didn't really see in the original series. The second movie... well, many of us still believe as Into Darkness was a cheap rip-off the second classic movie Wrath of Khan. With all due respect for Benedict Cumberbatch, who delivers a brilliant Sherlock Holmes and many other character he wasn't the KHAN we knew. You just can't replace the iconic Ricardo Montalban, just can't! He was an elegant, dinamic character but the guy in the new movie was a cold killer. And the Spock crying "KHAAAN!" was just way to off for me. Into Darkness just didn't fit, it was even voted the worst Star Trek movie ever pushing Final Frontier down on that list as for a long time it had no competitor in that scale (I do liked it tho).
But let's see Beyond, the 3rd movie. When the 1st trailer came out last december the whole Trekkie nation was screaming about again as it just happened to be another overactioned, overthought movie... well I didn't really want to believe it's going to appeal for a different sort of Trekkie tribe, but after reading the interview with Simon Pegg I gave the whole franchise another go. I thought, let's just wait and maybe there's something happens after all. And it did, the second trailer was a brilliant one, gave us a good insight what the movie plot possibly be. I started to dig myself in a bit deeper the new franchise as I said just give an other chance to the whole thing. I finally started to understand what's going on... a new idea about what could have happened. I've found asking myself: "What's the meaning of Star Trek?" Then it hit me, what was there all the time: infinite diversity in infinite combinations! That's it, finally this made me accept the new movies as a part of the Star Trek family.
I'm soo looking forward to see what's gonna happen in this new movie. It will be very sad in one way as we all know about the recent passing of Anton Yelchin who played the character of Chekov. Over all I believe this 3rd movie will make a big mark this year and hopefully it will be the beginning of a new era.
The new Star Trek movie Beyond features Rihanna's new song called Sledgehammer which is - considering the meaning of the title - it's quite fit in to the story line as far as we know about it. The new song came with a video clip as well which also features a few very great CGI footage from the USS Enterprise, the Starbase Yorktown and the Swarm ships. One thing what I've realized watching the beginning of the music video as it really reminds me to the 1st Star Trek Motion Picture poster, as the ship sailing into the unknown and Rihanna's face blend into the surrounding space just like Kirk, Spock ans Ilia's face... I like the song although if it's not coming with the movie I would probably never press play. :)
Keeping it simple...
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