Posts tagged ‘Kirk’

Star Trek #1

First off, let me tell ypou that I’m a huge Star Trek Fan! I got a lot of the toys as a kid, action figures, phasers and tricorders, models, disruptors, ships – and as you might recall, the original show was giving me plenty of role models as a kid and teen!

You might think if someone said anything negative about Star Trek, I’d get (a little) pissed?
The inconsitencies of these god awful TNG Movies aside (see – Plinkett Reviews – Star Trek Reviews, for more on that) there is something that bugged me.

TOS – coming from a cold war mindset, Kirk was at the frontier between Russians Klingons on one side and Chinese/Japanese Romulans/Vulcans on the other.
He was a hero, he called the shots, he made the policies and politics, and all things aside, next episode was reset to the static line up of the first episode.

TNG – it was a lot more realistic. Picard followed orders and conscience, more the orders though. It was not as static, there were recurring characters and story archs. He didn’t make policy. He didn’t make politics.
Great..ish. The admiralty and rulers of the federation called the shots and made politics.

DS9 – almost back to form. Sisko and his crew made the politics that influenced both Alpha and Gamma quadrants. Not alone, there was still a lot of admiralty and hirarchy, but it was getting closer to the original.

Voyager – thank you Captain Janeway.
For everything.
There was no admiral, little political hickhack or spy stuff. Just plain and simple Kirkesque policy making.
I loved it. Still do.

But here comes my problem. And I ain’t referring to the failure that was “Enterprise”, no it’s DS9 and VOY.
Did the admiralty and Sisko and his merry men (and women) ever consider the consequences for the Delta Quadrant that would follow the destruction of the dominion?
I picture renegade Jemhadar(sorry if misspelled) forming “micro nations” ruled with guns and violence. Other factions rising from the ashes of the Dominion stranglehold and fighting for power, wielding weapons left behind by the dominion, that were unrevealed and/or dangerous for everybody!?
Holy shit, it’s the fall of the Soviet Union all over, just bigger and way more dangerous!! The power vacuum left by the Dominion could be an entire new series, let’s call it “Star Trek – We fucked up” (ST-WFU).

Still not done, still not done.

The Borg know, by the process of assimiliating Federation personell and ships, about the Dominion, and by extention, of the founders/changelings.
Isn’t anyone, ever concerned they might show up in the Gamma Quadrant, caputre at least one Changeling and “add his biological distinctiveness to their own”?
They could invade every corner of the universe, look like who- or whatever lived there, assimiliate them (technology is stored inside the “Changeling units”) and become the most dominant thing in the entire fraking universe!
The Game is over!
Let’s call this show “Star Trek – We are Fucked” (ST-WRF)
Don’t give me that crap about “the changeling could evade teh assimilation, by forming around the injected nanites!!11oneone” – I’m looking at you nerds, I’m one of you, stop it. Think for a moment.
Capture a changeling, (or) wait for 18 hours until he HAS to rest, drop a bunch of nanites in the sludge and wait for the magic to happen! It would be the T-1000 of the Star Trek Universe that stands up from that jar afterwards.

There are plenty of other instances that made me raise an eyebrow and scratch my head.
But those two are the major problems I struggle with. For now at least (Hence the “#1” at the end of the post title.)

To end this, all I can say is:

Live long and prosper!

Young Adult crap…

…I kow I’m going to make anything but friends with this, but I need to get this out of my system…publicly.

Enough with this “Young Adult” garbage!

Enough with the mostly terrible books, and the almost entirely unstandable film adaptations. Yes, I’m looking at you Twilight crowd, and you Hunger-Games people.

First off, there is NO such thing as a young adult. There are teenagers (Kids basically) and then there are twens (adults). The former are anything BUT adults, and the other are not “young” per se. These movies are made for the tiny margin of people between 18 and 21. Kids who achieved adulthood by not dying, and who aren’t old enough to drink hard liqor in some backwater countries around the globe.

In short, a group of people in desperate need of rolemodels.

I’m all in favor of empowering women, and giving teenagers in general a healthy attitude, but these books and films are (mostly) crap! When I was a kid and a teen and a “young adult”, I was watching MacGyver, Star Trek and James Bond. Those were my rolemodels. Not a teen my age who had more experience than Bond, more brains than MacGyver and Spock combined and more chicks / guys lusting after them than Captain Kirk!

Not only are these characters two dimensional superhero cutouts, empowered with the might and knowledge of an adult writer, in most cases the premise of the scenarios themselves are crap too! Yes. Here comes the Hunger Games Crowd: A society that has the technology and resources to create these idiotic games and setups and surveilance and traps, has the technology/power to FEED FRAKING EVERYONE and have enough for exports! The whole premise is not dystopian but idiotic.

Kids, get GROWN rolemodels. I admit there is a certain lack of adequate female rolemodels out there (at least im comparison with MacGyver, Kirk and Bond), but still, girls, look to WOMEN for guidance, not girls.

You don’t want to be a sixteen year old (that sounds like a fourty something wrote his dialogue) – sixteen is a stupid age. With sixteen you’re full of shit and you have no idea that you are. (If you are in that age range and you disagree, wait ten years and then come talking to me.) As an adult you are full of shit, and you are painfully aware of it. Which makes you a complete person.

If boys wanted to be boys, and girls wanted to be girls, when would they transform into adults? Right, never. At least if they had any say in it. Boys become men, girls become women.
Adjust your rolemodels and ditch the idiotic “Young Adult” concepts.

It is, amongst other things, these crappy “Young Adult” nonsense flicks that distort young people’s view on the world. They feel that they are entitled to stuff. Which they aren’t.

Bring back coming of age flicks, in which a full-of-shit-and-unaware-of-it character slowly realises the ugly truth about him/herself and of the world. Bring (back) adult rolemodels for boys and girls, by showing them men and women who are all they want (and need) to be.

In that respect, take care, especially you young reader, especially you.

The old-friend terror.

I got contacted by an old friend today. It wasn’t about something desperate or really severe, just bland, good, old life. Some chit chat and nostalgic feelings, wanting to meet and catch up.

Now, I live in terror.

Having grown up with Star Trek the original series, MacGyver and Little House, I can’t otherwise! If James T. Kirk, Angus MacGyver or Charles Ingalls and his family, bump into an old friend of theirs – shit hits the fan.
For said friend!
I don’t wish my old friend to be befallen by any ill luck, but I don’t want to be the old friend either…

We all, each and everyone of us, are the protagonists in an individual, life long story. So I AM the old friend! I just hope my old friend isn’t in the least bit like Captain Kirk, MacGyver or Ingalls.

Just to be on the safe side though, I’ll avoid wearing red shirts in the near future…