Monday, 25 July 2016

Star Trek Beyond & U.S.S. Discovery

If you're a Trekkie like me, you'll have more than one reason to be excited this week - Star Trek Beyond finally beamed into cinemas and we had our first peek at the new Trek series coming in January 2017.

I won't be watching Beyond until Wednesday, but from what I've read so far it's returned to the episodic format of the original series. I'm sure this was a relief for both myself and countless Trekkies. I enjoyed Into Darkness, but I also thought re-hashing The Wrath of Khan plot line for a modern generation was lazy. There was no emotional punch when Kirk died, because the relationship between Chris Pine's Kirk and Zachary Quinto's Spock had not had sufficient on-screen time to make me care. Perhaps I'll view it differently after this and subsequent films? Either way, I'm just excited to get more Trek.

We now know the name of the latest series in the Trek franchise - Star Trek Discovery. We've even been treated to a sneak peek of the U.S.S. Discovery and it's a mean-looking ship. Let me know what you think.

All that's left to say is live long and prosper, my friends!

Monday, 18 July 2016

You Know You're a Star Wars Geek When . . .

Your brother gives you tickets to watch an open-air screening of Star Wars The Force Awakens. What an amazing experience. It was the first time I'd been to a 'pop-up' cinema, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was also the first time my other half watched a Star Wars film.

Yes. You read it correctly.

Despite the lack of Star Wars knowledge, he loved it. Of course, I pointed out his having never seen the films to a group of devoted fans sat near to us. They thought it hilarious. Then they started eating their Star Wars cake. It was that type of evening.

My advice to anyone attending this type of event is to wrap up warm or take a blanket. We did feel the cold towards the end of the night.

While I'm on the subject of films, the newest Star Trek film is released this week. My reaction to both trailers has been tepid at best, but it's Star Trek. Any Trek is better than none, right?