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Trek Wars

treklogo1Star Trek versus Star Wars.  In my own unscientific background data search I have discovered an animosity between fans of Star Trek and fans of Star Wars.  “Star Trek versus Star Wars: generated over 3,500,000 pages on Google.  “Star Trek is better that Star Wars” had over 800,000 different sites.  Slightly less but still over 800,000 sites for the reverse.  I’m curious as to why.

I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since I saw the first one in the theaters for my 10th birthday.  I have enjoyed all six movies, the comic books, novels, The Clone Wars cartoon from the Cartoon Network.  I even enjoyed the malaigned recent Clone Wars movie.  I can remember sitting in line for tickets for Jedi.  I hauled my kids out of school so we could go the first showing of Revenge of the Sith.  Am I a Star Wars fan? Yes.

I remember sitting down with my father in the early 70’s to watch Star Trek.  The episode was Catspaw.  The opening sequence scared me silly.  I didn’t watch Star Trek again until TMP came out instarwarslogo 1979.  I was intrigued.  This didn’t happen a long time ago in a galaxy far far away; these were humans and their friends just 300 years from now.  I came home from that (admittedly bad) movie hooked.  Was this the show Dad had tried to share with me?  I devoured reruns of the original series whenever I could.  I eagerly anticipated every new movie.  I subscribed to Starlog to get behind the scenes info on the next movie and discovered a whole new world of Science Fiction.  Star Trek was my door to a whole new world of discovery.  When TNG premiered on TV I called in sick to work to see the first episode.  My daughter grew up watching Star Trek with her Daddy.  I joined a creative writing club, Starships of the Third Fleet.  My online identity comes from this club.  Am I fan of Star Trek?  Yes.

What I don’t understand is how some fans of either claim that the other is no good.  Star Trek and Star Wars are (to be cliche) apples and oranges in the big fruit basket of Science Fiction.  The each have their good points and an honest fan will admit that each have their faults as well.  I for one cannot understand we a person cannot be a fan of both.  I am sure I’m not the only one who likes both. but I welcome any fan to explain to me why one is better than the other.

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Science Fiction, SS3F, Star Trek | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Day 29 of being a Cancer Survivor

rib4I haven’t written an update on Mrs. VS since last Monday.  Basically the last time we went to see Dr. D, the breast care specialist he told us that the drains would stay in until the drainage was under 25cc.  Chemo won’t start until the drains come out.  So we’re in a wait mode.

Mrs. VS is feeling better.  She’s actually been out shopping and is driving again.  She’s back to cooking and made PIT#3’s birthday cake today.  That said, Mrs VS is still very uncertain about what chemo is going to do her.

The waiting is compounding the worry.  The doctor is certain that once she starts chemo, she’ll be surprised at how well she’s actually doing.  Until the drains come out we’re in a holding pattern.  Unless there’s some major changes I’ll update again next week.

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Mrs. Vulcan Stev's Fight | , , | 4 Comments

Vulcan Stev’s LCARS database DVD review… Bangkok Dangerous

Originally posted at the Dire Cafe January 15, 2009OneSheet (Page 1)

Nicolas Cage … Joe
Shahkrit Yamnarm … Kong
Charlie Yeung … Fon (as Charlie Young)
Panward Hemmanee … Aom
Nirattisai Kaljaruek … Surat
Dom Hetrakul … Aran

Synopsis from IMDb: A professional hit man, with four rules goes on his last assignment. In Bangkok, he breaks one of his rules and bonds with the street kid named Kong he hires to help him. He further violates this rule when he meets a local girl who is deaf and spends time with her. The rules fall like dominoes on his very last assignment.

Reviewers VS, Mrs. VS, PIT #1

VS: .75 pointed ears

Dark, moody, very stylistic. I wish I could say that this is cinematic tour-de-force worthy of your hard earned dollars. Unfortunately I can’t. Nicolas Cage plays Joe, a hitman, with only four rules. During the course of the movie he violates all of these, resulting in dire consequences.

The idea of an amoral man living by his own rules has been done before (and better by Jason Statham in “The Transporter”). The plot follows standard Hollywood fare by having the hitman discovery his humanity on his last job. However, we are given absolutely no reason for the protaganist to violate his own code of ethics. He befriends his errand boy and begins to date a deaf pharmacist for no discernable reason.

It’s one thing if “the rules” provide an internal source of conflict. Quite another if there is a good reason for the protaganist to violate the rules. This movie provides neither. Joe successfully completes an assignment while narating his code of ethics. He takes one last mega job in Bangkok and then without any good reason begins to violate his own rules.

The jacket for this DVD advertises an action-packed thriller. Is it a beautifully shot movie set in Bangkok? yes. Action packed? not by any definition of action or packed that I’ve ever read.

Mrs. VS: .5 pointed ears.
This movie had lots of gratuitous violence. The dismemberment of someone’s arm was very disgusting.

PIT #1: .75 pointed ears.
Difficult to follow. I couldn’t understand why Joe would violate his own rules. I kept waiting for the promised action

*note* PITs 2&3 did not bother to finish watching this movie.  PIT#2 was playing on the computer and poked his head in occasionally.  PIT#3 left after 15 minutes of the movie.

2 pointed ears out of 10

Rentable, but don’t waste your money on this one unless you’re a true Nicolas Cage fan.

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , | 1 Comment