Since I started this blog and my YouTube channel, I happened to meet with a lot of amazing person. Sohail, aka Starfleetboy is one of the few person who I happened to get in touch with. He has his own podcast show Starfleetboy and Drunk Space Nine. He's is a big Star Trek fan, just as myself and he happened to have the idea of rewatching The Next Generation and make an informal discussion with his dear friend, the Doctor. It's always exciting to talk about Trek and the way how he carries the conversation is just something brilliant. :) I remember the first time when I listened to his show, the discussion was mind blowing for me. It kept me entertained and kept me curious about the conversation. Suddenly I felt myself home, the place I can have a conversation about Trek with someone who loves Trek as well. :)
I remember I was listening to the show, and I had my thoughts as well about the things they were talking about, but I wasn't able to say anything. So I knew I had to contact with them as soon as possible, as I believe what he does it's amazing and I doubt it's ever been done before. So after a few email, we arranged my very first podcast. :) I was just soo excited to be part of this discussion and I'm glad they "adopted me" to the gang. :) In our very first collaboration we talked about the TNG episode The Samaritan Snare that you can watch right here:
I really enjoyed the discussion and I'm looking forward to the future collaborations with him and the Doctor. If you haven't heard of them yet, than go ahead and check out his website starfleetboy.com for more interesting episode discussions about Star Trek The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. I would like to extend my thanks to Sohail over Starfleetboy to had the honor to join his journey. Live long and posper my friend. :) _\\//
What a sad year is 2016. :( We lost soo many great actors and talents this year: Ali, Alan Rickman, Kenny Baker, Gene Wilder, George Michael and now our all time Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher. I never really followed her work apart from Star Wars. As a Trekkie I know how difficult could be facing with the loss of someone who is almost like a family member for us. When Leonard Nimoy passed away, I had to deal with difficulties and with a really rough time. Suddenly I started to watch all the Spock specific episodes from Star Trek to keep him in mind as long as I can...
For a lot of people - especially for Star Wars fans - Carrie Fisher always will be Princess Leia. And that's all what we really need to know. A beautiful actress who had a major role in a pop culture movie that became a iconic part of our society. As long as those movies there for us, we are all able to celebrate her life and her achievement. She was a beautiful actress, a great character and a good human being. In Star Trek 2 Doctor McCoy said to Kirk: "He's really not dead as long as we remember him." That really helped me accept the death of Leonard and I hope this will help all the Star Wars fan out there: "She's really not dead as long as we remember her."
All of my condolences with her family and with all the Star Wars fans across the globe. _\\//
If you follow my blog, you sort of know me as much as I do myself. I stated at the very beginning of this journey, my reason to do this blog is simply to share my passion about - mainly - Star Trek, Doctor Who and other sci-fi and geeky stuff. Today I'm going to talk about one of the movie franchise that I do LOVE just as much as I love Trek. That is Ghostbusters. I remember watching the movie back then when I was younger and I fell in love with it. The fact as you have cool guys chasing ghosts with a cool car just had my mind blown away that time. :) Here's a shocking secret from my little life: I was probably a Ghostbusters fan before even being a Trekkie. I know, what are the odds? :D
Somehow, when you are not really able to make friends in real life, you obviously looking for answers. Seeing movies back than like Ghostbusters, Men In Black, and Star Trek of course, always had the implication to want to be there and have those people as friends. All I wanted to do just to be like them and hang out with those people, be part of the gang! :) After all those years... I still want to do the same sometimes. :) The best thing about Ghostbusters as you can still watch it this day and it will make you feel awesomely good inside. :)
Who Are The Ghostheads?
While I was watching the film I had quite a few emotional state. Listening to the stories of the fans, how much the movies and the series means to them, the personal attachments and the experiences is just something extraordinary. I can clearly see a similarity between Star Trek as it affected many lives. Some people recovered from being an alcoholic, it helped others to overcome social anxiety, or dealing with hard emotions... some of the story was quite touching and I did feel the personal connection with everyone.
Living The Dream
Proton guns, Ecto 1, and of course the friendship. This 3 things describes this franchise for me the most. The proton guns are one of the most awesome technology ever invented for hunting paranormal beings. That old, sexy Cadillac just something that will turns your head if you see that in the roads, but at the end you really have to admire the friendship between these people. They have their problems and their struggles, but they are fighting over something that helps other people. A fantastic friendship between the main characters, and that unbelievably great atmosphere behind the show that makes Ghsotbusters very much lovable.
I never really had any problems to use my imagination - and my money - to have those things closer to me as they were before. Sadly I don't have any proton gun, the suit, or a Stay Puft marshmallow figurine in my collection, but I do own a 1:18 scale Hot Wheels Elite Ecto 1 that I'm really proud of. :) She's a real jewel and every time I look at her - pictured above - made me feel extremely good inside. :) Sometimes people can put you in a box as geek, nerd or just weird. I never been ashamed about what I love and why I have the passion towards these things. I love them and I think in a way they help me maintain that kid in me... and that worth everything. :)
If you haven't seen Ghostheads yet, please do check the movie out. It's a must watch for fans and even non fans. :) _\\//
It's been a while since Star Trek Beyond came out back in July and we were all amazed about the movie. My initial reaction was great after seeing it, despite the fact of the "Sabotage" that I'm still digesting! :) It was such a big difference between the previous two in terms of plot, theme and respect to the original timeline. I decided to buy the DVD and I've just got it recently, so I thought it's time to catch up with the movie and see if my feelings are still the same or not. :)
An Episodic Adventure with References
So, before I start this part make sure you watch the movie first as there's some spoliers coming soon. Not going into two much details, but I warned you. :) The movie starts with a usual mission for the crew of the Enterprise. It's been 3 years of the 5 years mission and as Captain Kirk said "Everything starts to feel more episodic now." Funny enough watching the movie it did feel like an episode from the Original Series. The characters were more together, the scene was more homely - the less lens flare definitely helped :) - and just the over all feel of the whole movie was "familiar." There was many reference in the movie towards to pay an homage to the original series. Kirk said at the beginning of the movie "it's the 966 days of our 5 year mission." 1966 when the series aired at the first time... so this is a nice touch. Scotty even mentioned regarding the Franklin the "Giant Green Hand" that also happened to be in the Original Series. Checkov and his historical correctness... wow. :D "Scotch was invented by a litle old lady in Russia!" That just made me smile. The banter between Spock and Bones was simply amazing and Kirk was more Kirk then before. :)
The visual effects obviously important but not as important as the stoy and characters. The 3 things I would like to adress here: Enterprise, Franklin and Yorktown. The Enterprise looked amazing! Seriously, the ship in Beyond is a magnificent looking spacecraft. The pulled back nacelles and the thinner pilons made her looking gracefully in the big screen. The overall feel of the interious was also just warmer than before. No lens flares, and the light was dimmed down a bit and I think that certainly helped enjoying the movie more. :) I'm just sad they did destroy the ship when finally it looked amazing. :(
Than we had the USS Franklin, that supposed to be a NX01 class looking ship... There's been debates about the ship itself back then as its rather fits to the timeline or not. I think we can totally fit her in as we don't really now much about what happeed between the NX01 and TOS. And after all it was a MACO ship, so I think I'm totally OK with the ship. The Franklin definitely a nice construction, would be nice to have one in my shelf and hopefully I can get one for christmas. :) A little touch on the Space Station Yorktown... as Doctor McCoy sad "It's a giant snowball in space that's about to crack." While I can see the point of our good old Doctor, the station itself is a very magnificent looking one. Quite advanced in he own way, literally a never seen before. I believe my beloved DS9 could look somewhat different and week looking after seeing this snowball, the so called "giant monstrosity."
It's Still Amazing
Over all I'm really happy with the movie. I know some of you didn't really like it. I know one of my friend finally got satisfied over the fact as the JJ Enterprise got destroyed... I was just sad it happened when the ship just looked the best. :( The movie was amazing, the characters were true to their predecessors, but keeping themselves open for new posibilities. After all we are in an alternative timeline. If you accept this, the JJ films, but specially Beyond it's a really great movie.
I'm not really a critic, but apart from the "Sabotage" I believe the film from me deserves a 9/10 score. Great references for a hard core Trekkie/Trekker/Fan with aaction, humor, and sadness... the loss of Anton and Leonard surely something that present on the movie. :( But we have to be positive and see it in a way as Beyond is a celebration to their lives and for a brighter future that we have to work our way towards.
For the video review please go to my YouTube chanell!