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John Varley Doesn't Like The New Trek Movie. Good For Him!

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I'm hoping by this point enough time has passed that we can all begin to think rationally about the new Trek reboot flick.

As most of you know, I'm not a trekie myself. I don't hate it, I like aspects of it though I find it overall to be kind of preachy and boring, but what little affinity I have for the series is more than offset by the obsessive and culty behavior of the archetypical fans. I don't mean to be insulting, but you know what I mean. They bug you, too. So it's easy to get fired up with hype - that's what it's for - and simply not notice that "The Phantom Menace" is a bad film, or that "T3: The Rise of the Machines" is pretty lame, or that "Serenity" is a bit of a disappointment, though not a bad film by any stretch of the imagination. I'm hoping that by this point, our heads are a bit clearer, and we can discuss the film's merits or lack thereof more objectively.

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BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek Academy – Collision Course, by William Shatner (with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens)

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This novel, by Shatner and the R-Ss (however that works) is probably the best novel this trio has written to date (though not as good as “Federation”, a novel by the R-Ss which is, IMHO, the best Trek novel ever written). It tells the story of a teen-age James T. Kirk and how he first met a Vulcan named Spock.

Wait, you may be saying, isn’t that the same plot as the new movie?

No.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Star Trek (2009)

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The lovely and talented Republibabe (Republibot 36-24-36) and I went to see this new "Star Trek" motion picture....

Short answer, we both really loved it. Go see it now. Seriously. There's a show starting at a multiplex near you in about 20 minutes. Go. Now. We'll be here when you get back.

Long answer, below the jump

Warning: Spoilers Ho!

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Movie Review: STAR TREK

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To preface, let me be clear – I am not a big fan of JJ Abrams. I have maybe seen 15 minutes tops of Alias across three episodes, and for Lost you could safely add another 10 minutes to that total. I loathed Star Trek: The Next Generation and had no use for the movies. I cannot speak intelligently about any of the other Next Generation series other than crack Borg Jokes about self-important looking status climbers sporting their latest blue tooth ear pieces or an occasional completely out of context sexist Seven of Nine comment.

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CEREAL REVIEW: Star Trek: The Cereal

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I honestly didn't know if I wanted to review this cereal. So much had gone before- and let's face it- Trek had let me down. But there were so many questions: Would this cereal be tied in with the unwwieldy beast of Trek Continuity? Would it stand alone as not just a good tie in, but a great cereal of it's own?

I had to find out.

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What is "Science Fiction"?

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What constitutes “Science Fiction”?

This is probably one of those questions you’ve never bothered to ask yourself. Fans of the genre, however, ask it a lot—and write about it a lot. Some of them even get angry about it.

Take a look at the following titles of movies and books (that I hope you have at least heard of): Star Wars; Plan 9 From Outer Space; Star Trek; Buck Rogers; Flash Gordon. Which of these would you consider science fiction?

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OPINION: What’s the Best Science Fiction Show?

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So this week I’ve gotten to wondering how the various Science Fiction television series of the last five decades or so stack up. I don’t mean “What’s your favorite SF show,” I’m thinking more along the lines of “Taken objectively, which series are better or worse than other series?” Interestingly, most people I’ve already asked this question to have answered “Star Trek” without hesitation. When I’ve asked them for a bit more information, however, an interesting Venn Diagram pattern appears:

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BREAKING NEWS: And now Ricardo Montalban has died (1920-2009)

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…and now, in some crazy and sad coincidence, Ricardo Montalban has died on the same day as Patrick MacGoohan. According to legend, Aaron Spelling was watching repeats of “The Prisoner” on PBS in the mid-seventies, and while he didn’t care for the show itself, he liked a lot of aspects of it. “Fantasy Island,” then, started out as his attempt to build a show around bits he liked from the SF/Spy drama: The mysterious and always-classy #2 became Roark, the midget that was always following #2 around became Tattoo, “The Village” and its environs became Fantasy Island itself.

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