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First, the news on my life... I found the precious thing I had lost. No, it was not the One Ring, you dorks! But it was the One Brooch... given to me by my dearest friend Mikey some months ago right before the move. And I clearly remembered putting it in a very safe place, then putting it in an even safer place for the move, a place where I knew it would make it to wichita, a place that was safe and hidden and... totally forgettable.

Isn't that just always the curse of safe places?

Uhg. I received a gift basket from the company I was to work for and put the silver elvish leaf in there, then after I moved thought, "This is such a pretty basket, has a lid with a latch and everything. It'll look nice ON TOP OF MY BATHROOM CABINET with these candles and things."

I then proceeded to drive myself positively nuts for the next months, practically turning my apartment upside down whenever I got the urge (about once a week), before I asked you guys and just walked around looking at the walls trying to see if I could give myself x-ray vision or something. I had to find it by the time LotR came out! Or I would buy myself another one! Either way, I could not tell anyone I'd lost it.

But I didn't lose it. Yay! I feel so relieved.

Now that that's been said, I have a few things to say about Star Trek: Nemesis. I liked it, dammit! But then, I have a way with liking these things. Minor spoilers are below, so only continue reading if you dare.



Ah, Science Fiction. Critics usually hate it. Fans usually adore it. And it never fails, some always get totally worked up about it then go in the theater expecting the second coming or something and get dissapointed when it's not a freaking work of art. Get over it, people! Sci-fi is sometimes predictable, there is sometimes bad acting (I know, perish the thought!), sometimes things get overdone, the characters are corny, the whole saving-the-universe bit gets old. But they're our corny characters. We love them. At least, I love them.

And I'm serious on this one, I grew up with Star Trek: TNG, there are episodes that changed who I am today. And although this movie didn't have that effect, it was still 100% enjoyable, I smiled through the whole thing. Is this because it was a good movie, or because I am a dork trekkie? The world may never know.

Anyway, the movie is all about Dear Picard and his long-lost clone who's evil. Isn't that always the way? Damn, can't anyone ever make nice clones? This one has a terribly powerful biological weapon that he plans to use to destroy, well, everything.

The plot is no big new idea, as we all know the Enterprise crew is endlessly saving the universe (aren't we all?) And there are other non-surprises too. Like, when being sucked out into open space through a hull breach, federation crew members still don't explode, they just get sucked out. The hull breach is repaired and the crew members who managed to grab onto something are sitting just as fine as ever.

So, I guess when you cross through the neutral zone into romulan territory, space is no longer a vaccuum? Or something.

Oh, and the enterprise gets destroyed because of a decision by the captain. Yeah, that's a first.

No major federation orders were defied though, I did kind of miss that. I think Kirk was really the expert at telling the federation upities to stick it, Picard's done it his share of times, but he just doesn't have the finesse.

So if we don't go see Nemisis for the intrigueing plot twists, why do we go? Well first of all, Shinzon is a fabulous villian. He's downright evil, especially at the end there, I think he was marvolously played and by the end of the movie I was over the idea that billy corgan really should have had his part. Is he more evil than Khan? That's to be debated in the future. What's important for now is that he's intriguing, and rather sexy, and painfully tortured by the inner him that we never fully understand because it's blanketed by so much good old fashioned evil. Good make-up tricks might have had a part to play in this... the more evil he gets, the more he seems kinda sick and decayed. But whatever he's got, it's cool, I like him.

Data rocks my face off in this movie, as he usually does. He finds a really annoying other him who we will never like, but Data's smart now, knows how to use his evil clones for good. Go Data, you rock! And of course he's really the one who ends up saving the universe... I won't tell you how, but I will say that if you like me and Data's your fav, you'll love this movie. You get to cheer for him, cry for him, just adore him through the whole thing. I seriously cried. So did the lady next to me. Awe :(

Oh, and of course the special effects in this movie totally rule. Not as good as LotR, I'm thinking. But still very good. Shinzon's ship is the most bad-ass space vessel we've ever seen; a true marvel of engineering. It takes like three hours to get into "destroy everything" mode, but is that really a surprise? We all know that "destroy everything" modes require lengthy countdowns.

There are other high points too, but I just want to say that I adored this movie and it was everything I thought it could be. It wasn't a work of art, it didn't keep me guessing until the end, but if you just want to get away from it all and forget that we're going to bomb iraq or you might be laid off or your boyfriend is in cleveland, this is the movie for you. Entertaining. Gratifying.

The world always needs more star trek. Mark my words, this is not the last movie, we'll see more. They won't win academy awards or raving reviews from critics, but they'll get raving reviews from me, because I am ultimately at my happiest when watching a good science fiction movie.

Live long and prosper, web fans.

Comments

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axiem
Dec. 13th, 2002 08:17 pm (UTC)
Heh, as Worf (I think it was) was going over the weapon systems the guy had, me and my friends were all just like "Whooooaaaaa...." I definitely want.

The only thing that bothered me: with that many disrupters, wouldn't a "full attack" (which was ordered several times) be a lot flashier than it was?

I did like the homage paid to Star Trek II, though.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. Though I don't know if there'll be another TNG movie. Possibly DS9. But not Voyager, since Janeway's now an admiral.

As my friend pointed out: "Janeway's an admiral! And a three-pip one, at that! How did she become an admiral? All she did was get lost! My mother could become an admiral!"

Without as many exclamation points.
ex_robowoma
Dec. 13th, 2002 08:33 pm (UTC)
I don't know... Janeway could come out of admiralship just like Kirk did (I havn't seen the early movies in FOREVER so I don't remember if Kirk stepped down or was kicked down) But anyway, all the travel through the Delta quadrant showed that Janeway was a true science and exploration person. I can't see her staying behind that desk for long. Unless of course she had her fill in all those years in space. Personally, I'd like to see what happened to the crew of Voyager after they got back. *Big Voyager dork here...*
spacefem
Dec. 13th, 2002 08:37 pm (UTC)
Speaking of janeway, have you all seen this? fscking awesome!

As for weapons... don't you love how picard can just be like, "All hands to battle stations!" and crew members run around grabbing guns? As if alien invadars are going to beam straight into the ship for hand-to-hand before trying to blow the thing with torpedoes? I was amused.
axiem
Dec. 13th, 2002 08:42 pm (UTC)
Re:
I'd be more interested in Harry Kim than the rest of the crew, really.

Kirk kinda decided to go on out, even as an admiral. But Janeway was a 3-pip admiral (at least!). Kirk wasn't that high, I think.

I would anticipate a DS9 movie before a TNG movie, though. Then again, as I understand it, DS9 basically was a big movie.

But a return of Voyager wouldn't be that bad...but it would be missing Neelix, who totally made the show awesome.

I enjoyed Voyager, just felt like it was suffering badly most of the time. TNG was golden age. Still need to see more DS9.

Enterprise, however, is shaping up interestingly.
fyre
Dec. 15th, 2002 04:12 am (UTC)
hmm.. why would it be missing neelix? (yes, yes, i know, this is something I probably should have kept up with)
axiem
Dec. 15th, 2002 12:25 pm (UTC)
Re:
He left in one of the last episodes. He's not in the alpha quadrant with the rest of the crew.
fyre
Dec. 15th, 2002 02:36 pm (UTC)
well for crying out loud, we all know they'd find a way to bring him back. =)
vesme
Dec. 15th, 2002 12:38 pm (UTC)
Most people I talk to figured that they'd just skip over DS9 and go straight to a Voyager movie.

I however, still hold hope in my heart that they'll be a least one DS9 movie, hopefully with some scantily clad Bashir. And it would have some TNG characters (Wolf and O'Brien). Question though, would they use Ezri or Judzia? I guess they'd have to use Ezri, but it would be nice if Judzia could be used somehow.

Also, if they wanted to stick true to the Voyager style, Voyager would have to get transported or worm holed or space anomalyed far away from the Federation. It'd seem a bit repetitive, and the crew would have to spend at least half the movie angst about how it isn't fair for it to be believable.
fyre
Dec. 15th, 2002 04:05 am (UTC)
yeah, voyager rocked mah socks (heh)....
but the last show... just, no. it sucked to say the least. I mean c'mon. Could they have made the last bit any more pat? ugh. too damned convenient.
belgand
Dec. 15th, 2002 01:23 pm (UTC)
He lost it at the end of Star Trek IV. If I remember correctly he lost it because he stole the Enterprise and defied Starfleet yet again and the Klingons were all pissed due to everything that happened in III but he did save Earth. Besides, he'd wanted to be Captain again anyway and it let them put him on the Enterprise-A.
ex_robowoma
Dec. 13th, 2002 08:35 pm (UTC)
This was the first Star Trek movie I've seen in a theater. I don't plan on missing anymore. The sound is so much better in a theater.
spacefem
Dec. 13th, 2002 08:38 pm (UTC)
oh yeah :) you vibrate!
gandalfgreyhame
Dec. 13th, 2002 08:56 pm (UTC)
From the 2001: A Space Odyssey IMDB goofs page:

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Bowman reenters the ship, he is exposed to vacuum for no more than 10 seconds before operating the repressurization valve. Scientific evidence shows that this would indeed be survivable without grievous harm, notwithstanding the sensational depictions in other movies.
spacefem
Dec. 14th, 2002 05:24 am (UTC)
I don't see how it works, but then, I guess it's never really been tested, has it? I'll look into this.
ziemkowski
Dec. 14th, 2002 11:27 am (UTC)
This case I think would be terribly difficult to survive. Even if they somehow survived the deadly effect of the weapon and the shrapnal from blowing through the wall (it seems too convenient that a weapon's energy would be completely depleted the moment it cleared the wall... it would more likely do like a torpedo today and after ripping through, blow up... or phasers would just keep on going if they managed to fully penetrate the wall, never mind radiation, arcing, etc). The force of the air escaping would be huge, and somebody sitting in a nice leather chair without a belt or console of some sort to hold them in place, would likely be sucked out, don't you think?

Why is it that the moment the forcefield comes online, they're okay? They'd still have a vacuum to deal with. I don't recall any vents violently filling the room with air again. If you had the vent the size of a standard office ceiling vent, even at a rate that would blow the screen/shield off the vent, you'd have a couple seconds before everything was okay. It would have been much more tense I think if once the forcefield come online, there was five seconds or so of suffocating as we see the air start to fill the room again (oh no they're going to die! Oh wait, no! Ack, yes they are! Oh, never mind).

I think it also would have been interesting and tense if the moment the wall was blown off and the air escaping, if sound also died. I'd suspect you'd hear a Boom! Woosh! and then absolute silence as everything is going crazy. That sort of scene, in pure silence, when people are apparently screaming and things are blowing up, is always intense.

PS. I loved the movie. :-) My biggest complaint actually, was the bleach bypass the director used in the alien planet when they were using the buggy.

-AZ-
ziemkowski
Dec. 14th, 2002 11:12 am (UTC)
An entire wall went missing though. I suspect the debris would have truly been enough to do them all in anyways.

I never understood why they always stayed at the forward bridge, which had just a single wall between them and space, when they never saw out a window anyways... being in the battle bridge and watching a view screen, would do the same exact thing.

I suspect a true captain in his position would separate the saucer section and send it on its way through the rift with impulse... and have the rest of the crew, especially Picard, on the battle bridge, which would keep the enemy ship from chasing the saucer. This would save the huge number of people that for some reason come along on his ship, that he's ultimately responsible for.

1) Save civilians. 2) Stop the bad guy.

-AZ-
feanelwa
Dec. 14th, 2002 08:56 am (UTC)
Okay, not having seen it and heard the voices for long...hwo plays the evil Picard clone? It's not Richard O'Brien is it?
"Prepare to teleport!"
"Sir, we can't get a lock!"
"Why not?"
"One of the crew appears to be doing a very camp dance, sir...i believe it's just a jump to the left..."
bingodoggy
Dec. 14th, 2002 12:39 pm (UTC)
and a step to the right?

by the way, shinzon is played by tom hardy.
season
Dec. 15th, 2002 04:43 pm (UTC)
i enjoyed the movie too. critics are giving it mixed reviews, but piss on them.. what do they know? shinzon was sexy before he got all veiny but his lips are too full for him to be picard. picard has very thin lips!

and im still sad about the end.
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