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Back to the Future II (Welcome Marty!)

This is another irregular post, because today is the day.

Oct 21 2015

All too often people say “Where’s our Hoverboard?” or the flying cars. See, BttFII was a scifi movie, and all too often their predictions about the future are plain wrong.
Or we use the wrong “filter”.

SciFi is not always upfront with their messages, and their warnings. You just have to use the right filter, I think BttFII was spot on.

•Take the self lacing shoes – a message of not only convenience, but a warning of lazyness. There are motorized shoppingcarts. Okay? We don’t need selflacing shoes, we have people so fat and lazy they need a motorized shopping cart! Amazon delivery drones – is anybody home????

•”Jaws 19″ – well, do I even HAVE to rant about “Movies these days are only sequels/prequels/retellings/reimagenings/alternate universe/backstory/adaptations from books/shortstories/comics/manga/anime/cartoons/urban legends….” No? Good. Jaws 19 is a metaphor for this development. We may not have 19 sequels to Jaws, but it sure feels like it. Star Wars 7, with spin offs in planing and production, the entire Marvel crap, the n-th incarnation of Batman, Superman Spiderman and X-Men, and so fracking on.
Jaws 19, folks. Jaws 19! (Let us not touch 3D and its shittines)

•A fax machine in every corner of the house – a screen in every corner/pocket connected to the net. I have a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, a netbook, my wife has a smartphone, a tablet, a notebook and we have a huge ass TV. People are online ALL DAMN DAY! You may not get fired through your smartphone, but because of actions taken on it (facebook post dissing your boss, and BAM you’re fired. f.e.)

•Tech obsession with multiple TV Channels and personal gadgets as well as handsfree gaming – uuuhm…see above’s paragraph for details…

•DeHydrated Pizza – It is not so much the Pizza in and of itself that is spot on, but our addiction to easy access, pre-made junk food. Microwave Popcorn and other such foods, instant ramen, bread you bake for ten minutes and you have a loaf of bread? Are you kidding? BttFII was dead on.

Of course there was other stuff they were right about, and some they were wrong about. But these are the things that people rant about the most.
So, yeah, welcome Marty, please turn things right in the past.

Good luck, and as always,
Take care,
A.

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Reboots…

Normally when you talk about a “reboot”, you would assume someone tells you to turn off your computer and turn it back on.
Usually that advice is given if something has gone awry.

So why on earth do you reboot things then that hadn’t gone horribly wrong?

There is another saying in the tech-community: NEVER TOUCH A RUNNING SYSTEM.

This applies to the kind of reboot I want to adress here.

Movies / Series.

Let’s go to my favorite domain here: Star Trek.
Star Trek, the original Series, was doing perfectly fine (now)! Three seasons, one animated series and six movies. (If you take away the slowMotion Picture it’s still five)

It didn’t need a reboot!

I saw Star Trek (2009) and I must say I’m torn. As a movie, all by itself, it’s wonderful. Great characters, nice (dull) story, a shitload of action and CGI.
Nicely done, great acting.
But as a Star Trek movie – FAIL

I’m not going to examine the fails on a Star Trek level, just watch TOS, TAS and the original movies (again, let’s exlude the Motion Picture; Start with what I call the “Trilogy”: Star Trek II, III and IV, as they build up on one another), and then compare the new movies with them.
Suffice it to say, I didn’t watch Star Trek 2 Into Darkness. (or Dorkness) And I don’t miss it.

They made a “prequel” to the Alien franchise, and it sucks ass in that context. It’s nice (with a crapzillion questions left open) as a standlone film, but put into sequence/context with the Alien franchise – yuck.

Now they’re going to reboot Stargate (as a trilogy, annoyingly enough)

It makes me sigh.
I’m again torn.
I don’t want to let my hopes and excitement carry me away, just to leave me utterly disappointed (and thusly devastated) like Star Trek 2009 and the Star Wars Prequels.
Can it succeed?
Maybe.
Maybe it will succeed at the Box Office, raking in viewers from all over the place, and leave true fans in a torn position.
Will it stay true to the source material, or will it be a watered down, stale, faded copy of it? (on sparkly photopaper)

Here’s my problem with yet another reboot:
1. – DON’T YOU JERKOFF’S HAVE ANY NEW, ORIGINAL IDEAS??
2. – There will probably be silly youngsters, annoying love subplots (other than the already established Daniel-Sha’ri).
3. – LENSFLARES! Silly explosions.
4. – Another trilogy is unnecessarily forced down our throats. (LotR should’ve been a series of 6 movies, the hobbit a single film. The prequels shouldn’t exist, the original trilogy was fine, Star Trek II-IV was fine)
5. – What ever will be done, someone will be pissed. “History” of a pre-established “universe” is rewritten. Again. Frak.

The problem is, Stargate was perfectly fine, as was Star Trek, but they rebooted it. They ruined a running system. Streamlined it to appeal to ALL audiences. No violence, no sexuality, no uber-nerdiness (sadly), etc.
It’ll be topical to a degree (“current” music; “current” brands like that idiotic Nokia phone 2009 Star Trek; current political issues thinly coated with a SciFi element [talking 9/11 and it’s consequences here] the movie/s will be dated five years down the road).
The original elements of the material’s soul will be faded, or gone completely.

Why?
Because the system has trouble. Not the system “Hollywood” which is broekn. Not the system “Stargate” (or “Star Trek”) which is (are) doing fine.
But the system “SciFi”.
Observing the trends in recent years – SciFi is dying.
Here’s the thing: If something is dying, you can’t revive it with the same thing. Extend the lifetime – maybe. But not revive it.

SciFi is dying, why? Look around you. We have technology that was far beyond SciFi writers/creators imaginations. Cellphones more powerfull then the imagined computer of the old Enterprise (NCC1701, no letter added, and no crappy CGI. Just a fraking model against a black backdrop!).

Are we communicating with Aliens? Alternate Universes or opening timetunnels or beaming? NOPE! We download pictures of pussy (sometimes the feline kind)  and talk to each other about trivial shit (“It’s raining here. – well here it isn’t.”)

Our technology partially caught up with our imagination (Google Glass) and fails to deliver! We’re not interested in the future anymore, since it is here and it isn’t anywhere as cool and shiny as “Star Trek” imagined, not anywhere as gritty and cruel as “Aliens” threatened (with the promise of a dangerous but cool HR Giger Alien race), there is no Sandworm to be ridden, no Cylons (see below) to be fraked (by) and no Centauri to give us Hyperspace gates (Babylon 5 reference FYI).

It’s not enabling us to go to different stars, not in any way at all.

Not even Mars. OUR FRIGGIN NEIGHBOR PLANET INSIDE THE SOLARSYSTEM!
The future is here and in someway it sucks ass. People are disappointed in SciFi and we’re redirecting our attention elsewhere to live our dreams: Fantasy.
Enter LotR & Friends. Unattainable dreams and fantasies – there are NO Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Orcs, etc. WE KNOW, and because we know, we can believe. But when you are strikken with uncertainty “Maybe we can find a way to travel the galaxy, and MAYBE there ARE aliens, friendly or not…” but all the while we’re thrown back in obtaining the goal – SciFi as a dream container for our subconscious is in itself “Unobtainium”, fading away into nothingness.
Stop trying to fix SciFi by watering it down, let it descend into the corners of nerd dominated niche’s of society media, and move on.

No reboots.
No prequels.
(Exception: Rebooting the Star Wars Prequels!)

All these reboots do in a grand scheme is water down original material to attract a wider audience, and shine a bright light at the original and how good it was for the true fans of the genre.

Sorry for the long post. Take a cup of tea for the inconvenience.
LLAP
A.

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