The Art of Boldly Going Where Trek Has Gone Before: Why STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Succeeds at Reopening Old Wounds [SPOILERS]
[WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD]
About three weeks before STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (STID) was released in the U.S., I shamelessly tracked down posts on Trek message boards for any single spoiler review following the initial press screenings. I wanted to know the truth behind everything: John Harrison, whether the Enterprise is destroyed and what about those pesky Klingons?
I got a lot more than I expected from a couple of reviews that gave excruciatingly detailed scene-by-scene breakdowns of the entire film. As I scanned the posts, my eyes began to widen at the most unbelievable (and at the time unforgiveable) revelations: Kirk dies saving the Enterprise, the death scene from THE WRATH OF KHAN (TWOK) is reversed and Spock screams Khan. I declared this movie a complete failure in that moment.
I kept this knowledge to myself among my friends. I was committed to see this disaster regardless of what I had read; I purchased my advance tickets in February, I never missed a STAR TREK movie in the theaters since I was old enough to decide I wanted to see STAR TREK (for the record, STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK rocked my seven year-old brain). I gave up hope for this film and I had negative expectations going in.
Is the world getting you down lately? We found a little something that may brighten your day. How about a good old fashioned "school play"...that just happens to be Star Trek based? This TOS themed winner has all the important stuff you could want. Awesomely-created/hyper-real special effects and props, terrifying enemies, exciting fight sequences, and tug-on-your-heart-strings character development. Ok...maybe my perspective is a little skewed, but I'm all about enjoying things to the fullest these days. And, I have to admit...if school plays, in real life, were this good when I was a kid, I would've never played hooky during tryouts.
If you're a Trek fan-girl, like me, or just know one....here are a couple of new Trek clothing items that may interest you. In honor of Star Trek Into Darkness' release Her Universe has unveiled a new TOS inspired Command Gold dress and a new v-neck T-shirt with Kirk's iconic scream, "KHAAAAAAAN!" featured prominently, for the proud Trek fan in your life.
Here's what Her Universe says about the new goodies:
I have often wondered that myself. Granted, I don't stockpile quadrotriticale or visit space station K-7 on a regular basis. So, how could I possibly figure out the amount of tribbles that would fit in my domicile? Well, that's were the folks at Movto.com come in. They just released a handy calculator that determines the amount of tribbles that will fit in your home based on the dimensions of the average tribble, the rate at which they breed, and the dimensions of a building (square feet). Pretty cool.
Microsoft's Bing search engine just released new Trek specific features in anticipation of the May 17th release of Star Trek Into Darkness. Working closely with Klingon language creator Mark Orkrand and the Klingon Language Institute, Bing now lets you translate from English to Klingon and back again...all to your eight chambered heart's content. Two dialects are available Klingon & Klingon (Kronos). Maybe some of our Klingon fans can tells us the difference. The new translation feature is available via the web and as an update to Bing Translator for Windows Phone 8.
Star Trek: Enterprise's John Billingsley & Chuck's Bonita Friedericy On The Latest SciFi Diner Podcast
Scott & Miles over at the SciFi Diner Podcast have been on quite the Trek winning streak lately. Last week they featured Trek quest star Lee Arenberg and now Dr. Phlox drops by the diner for a chat. That's right, Life After Trek-er John Billingsley and his wife Bonita Friedericy (General Beckman, Chuck) where recent guests at the 2013 Fairpoint Convention and Scott & Miles had the pleasure of interviewing both of them.
Is it an ad for Audi? You bet. Is it awesome and full of Spocks? That too. In a brand new YouTube video "ad" Zachary Quinto takes on Leonard Nimoy in a "battle of speed and wits". Yeah, there's tons of product placement, but how often do you get to see Leonard Nimoy singing The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins and then immediately parody his TWOK death scene.
With the London premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness happening today, we thought you might like to see some cool pics and video of all the excitement. Be sure to check out the links to the full galleries of photos.CONTINUE READING >>
Our good buddies Scott & Miles over at The Scifi Diner Podcast just dropped another episode featuring an interview with Lee Arenberg (Grumpy from Once Upon a Time and Pintel from the Pirates of the Caribbean). Lee also has an illustrious Star Trek resume as well. Here's the break down.