star treks

Aug. 21st, 2016 07:02 pm
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I forgot to post here about the star treks, so my main reaction was that it was enjoyable! The ending theme did fill me with a lot of feels. I could tell that Simon Pegg et alia really tried to make it more Star Trek-like in feel - exploring new worlds and cultures. But in the end, it was an action film, not a Star Trek science fiction film.

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of good female characters. On the other hand, Bones in particular felt like a caricature of himself - was he always that broadly acted?? There were some humorous Bones and Spock moments that I enjoyed, however.

In terms of the villain, there were sooooooooo many plot holes, it boggles the mind. Idris Elba just wants people to suffer because he suffered? And the alien tech just randomly shapeshifts you... because? And where did all his minion aliens come from??

I thought the fight mechanics of the bee swarm was original and clever, but I couldn't figure out why the shields weren't blocking it. And were there sentient beings in the bee swarm ships??? They were just okay with blowing themselves up for Idris Elba? The ending with the Beastie Boys and the motorcycle, I was just so embarrassed by. Oh, well, they tried.
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So I was watching TV on the actual TV (a rare occurance), and I saw a few minutes of Star Trek: Enterprise (an even rarer occurance) when who should appear on the screen but ANDREAS KATSULAS. His beautiful face and voice and oh. After only one glorious moment though, the show cut to commercial. Then when I flipped back I swear to God I came in on the tail end of Archer and Trip having an emotional lover's argument. Cut to credits. Oh, well.


I watched all of Saigo no Koi in like one day. My God, those subs were off, often saying the exact opposite of what they should be. But baby Nakai did a good job, a little over/under acting, but mostly good and intense. Hee, he must have been SO EMBARRASSED at the love scenes, but that nervousness was in character at least. I really loved his character. <3333 And of course Tokiwa Takako was good. As for the writing, well... The exposition was shaky, the story tugged at my heartstrings, and the ending was pasted on. Yeah, pretty much everything you'd expect from Kitagawa Eriko.


My aunts visited recently and redid the garden, and then invading neighbor hordes came in to check it out, when they weren't spying on my aunts from their own yards. OMG! GTFO! ::hides:: And what's worse, digging up the yard gave rise to more invading hordes of the small buggy kind. >.<


SDK: Koichi's large handkerchief. I died. Aw, he's so adorable and delusional.

The Bonnie mention was an odd and interesting moment. They cut something out there, probably just more of them hemming and hawing, trying to remember, but Koichi being clueless is always cute.
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Too bad about Adam losing Idol (not that I watch Idol), but now he's free to be his badass awesome self successfully.


Okay, seeing as I've read (and read and read) everyone's reaction posts, my viewing of the Star Trek film (it really doesn't have an actual name??) was a little biased, but here is my obligatory reaction post. )


Why did no one tell me that Julie was so hot?? Only NOW do I find out he's called the Japanese David Bowie and the pioneer of visual kei. Fandom fail! I knew he was famous, but I pictured the Tigers as like early-'60s Beatles, drawing crowds of screaming girls while not being very hot.

But Koichi's performances of Julie's Darling are hot (starts at 27:30). Hello jewelry and sultry looks. (I've really got to finish Tokikin.) And they reminded me of the cute way Koichi acts around Takuro-san. (BTW Takuro-san is totally hot with long, non-fro hair, wow.)

And so what with those performances and Toma's performance I was inspired to look for the real thing. Here's one - you can't really see it well in that one, but he does this totally limp-wristed thing on the chorus...

But this other song is so freaking hot. Talk about to-be-looked-at-ness. Not to mention queer coding and androgyny. Sailor hat! Jewelry!! Fanservice! I think it's impressive that he makes it obvious that dog-tags and hat-badges are just another form of jewelry.


I finished Hitotsu Yane no Shita season 1 in my great quest to watch everything Nojima Shinji has ever written, and omg. It was good! An-chan reminded me of Nagase in Mukodono, really weepy and hot-blooded and family-oriented. The gags did get a bit much and so did the melodrama, "accidental sighting" coincidences, and gender roles. There was some overacting too. I can tell that Nojima Shinji's writing has improved, but this was a real fun ride. Now I want to watch season 2! Except if I don't watch it I can keep my illusion that it will give me my two-brother-one-woman marriage. My OT3s are always so doooomed. ::clings to Concerto::

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Today is Old People Day. So it's a holiday and there was NO WORK YAY. But tomorrow there is work.

Saturday I was at a different supermarket, and they had some BACON. And it LOOKED LIKE real American bacon. It was the same size and everything. But then today I cooked it and it was just LONG JAPANESE BACON. WOE.

I was watching "Higher Ground" lately, and I remember watching it somewhat back when it first aired, but back then I didn't know like ALL THE PEOPLE in it, like Kaylee from Firefly, because this was before Firefly. So it's fun to see everyone now that they've become someone. (And Jim Byrnes! <33) And remember, this is where Anne Marie Loder met Peter DeLuise. Hayden Christenson is just as whiny as I remembered. ("Waaah my stepmother rapes me. Waaaah I like drugs.") He's fairly Anakin here, but then maybe that's the only role he knows. But I still like this character waaaay better than Anakin. And I was getting all caught up in the storylines and everything! But there are no more episodes up on cdntv and the last one was a GIANT CLIFFHANGER so I am SAD.

Back on Star Trek, the crack continues to flow freely.

The Savage Curtain )

Who Mourns for Adonais? )

When I researched the title, of course I had to read the poem again. I'd forgotten about it, but I really like it. Yay, Romantics! It's the kind of thing I like to read aloud, like The Declaration of Independence in American.

So then I had to look up Pythian. And then tangentially I remembered that my aunt said that she saw a PBS special where they discovered that the genetic descendents of the Amazons are among the Mongols. Neat!

The Apple )

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This episode is such *crack*. )

And lastly, linked because I'm kind of ashamed to be capping this when Leonard was working so hard -- but not enough to stop myself: Spock panty shot wardrobe malfunction.

So the crazy Greeks make Kirk and Spock do things against their will. Like kiss people they've never wanted to kiss before. And this is almost disturbingly meta, if we read the show's writers (or fanfic writers) for the crazy Greeks. Putting Kirk and Spock in short dresses, the women in bad makeup, and throwing in random acts of unmotivated sex and violence. Hmm.

The more I watch TOS, the more I really like the acting. (Yes, okay, this may be partly in reaction to switching directly between Hidden Frontier and TOS.) I mean, people make fun of Shatner's acting, and yes he overacts, but he's also really *good*. At least IMHO. I think they're all really good. If they weren't, they wouldn't get us to swallow half the gobbledy-gook they try to sell us. I mean space ships and aliens and women in combat and no racial discrimination among humans? Come on! Their sets, costumes, and make-up are frequently ridiculously cheap, and the writing sometimes suspect. But by God, the actors *commit* to the story. I've heard similar things about Blakes 7, and that makes me want to pull out the season 1 I have downloaded and give it another chance. Umm, someday.

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OMG the Star Trek gay boys are SO! ADORABLE!

(I'm like hyperventilating with glee over here.)

EEEEEEEEE, I SQOOSH THEM! ::squishes them together::

And the gay boy's first ep was a comparatively good ep in other respects, too! ::does the dance of awkward gay flirting and hyperdimensional power::

ETA: Gay love triangles! Gay interspecies sex! )

ETA2: OMG Aster is so slutty yay. First a Bajoran, then a Cardassian, now a Trill. )

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Yesterday I watched a movie called Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Thanks to [ profile] otakucat2 for telling me about it. It starred Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer, who plays a guy called "GAY PERRY," and it was just the best. thing. ever. They had such great chemistry, and they did such a good job acting and the script was hilarious and self-referential and fourth-wall-breaking and AWESOME. I love it when actors I love do good projects and play characters that I can cheer for (hint hint, Callum). And I haven't seen them in anything good since... hm, Downey, Jr. since "Restoration" and Val since... uh. "The Saint"? So, wow. YAY. It was seriously REALLY FUN to watch, so you should all go download it RIGHT NOW.

Go on, I'll wait.

Speaking of fun to watch, [ profile] mysticfive linked to this Folger's commercial the other day and it just. It gets better every time I watch it, and the song gets stuck in my head liek yay. It's like a campy reenactment of a 70s musical, only parodying it at the same time and wheee. Sunbeams are people too!! Really... happy people.

[ profile] minotaurs was talking about this Star Trek fan-film series where there is gay kissing, and this fills me with GLEE. I'm watching it from the beginning now, and the acting and writing and cinematography is mostly hilariously bad. The people who are hot and can act are woefully underused and killed off and recast and WOE. Though the new Wesley is hot and a good actor (comparatively!). Mmm, bald Wesley. (Though they should make him completely, Lex-level bald, and at least like include a throwaway explanation for how he lost his hair. It would be so easy, but I guess they're too lazy for things like continuity and shit. Like seriously, what is this characters appearing and disappearing with no explanation crap?) Some of the plots are good, however, and the CGI is first-rate. It's campy fun yay. Witness this bad-guy Dementor-rip-off who's wearing a blanket. On. His. Head. Hee! )

It's apparently a spin-off of another Trek fan-film series. I didn't even know those homes were there! (OMG bad commerical reference, sorry.) Anyway I finished the first season in a gleeful mini-marathon last night, complaining happily all the while about the acting and writing, and I still haven't gotten to the gayness, but I'm not in a hurry when I know it's coming. And I'm happy that this is distracting me from New Voyages' slow production. So go! Watch! Bad gay television! What more do you want? (Sentinel fans, I'm looking at you.)

I watched Star Trek VI a while ago, and speaking of bad gay stories oh my God. Like I don't know how I totally missed the fact of this movie's *existence* before, but I'm kind of glad I did. I mean, everyone hates on V and, yes V is uneven, but that means there are bad parts *and* good parts.

VI is very consistently BORING and bad and out of character and just *stupid*. The *dialogue* is some of the worst I've heard. Christ.

The best part of the movie was that Red from "That 70s Show" played this crazy Federation president. )

And then Odo was a warmongering Federation General ) who briefed the president using a giant flip chart on an easel and a POINTER. In the TWENTY-THIRD CENTURY, people. In Federation Headquarters. Yeah. The movie was just that bad.

But there were some nice K/S moments. And when Spock was smacking that sideburn-shaving Vulcan bitch around and raping her mind... Guh. Jesus, it's so hot whenever Spock touches *anyone* with intent, much less with intimacy and violence.


I was just thinking about how often I watch a show only after reading the fanfic. It's strange, with movie adaptations of a written story, I have very strict rules for myself that I'm not supposed to watch until I read. I break the rules, especially for classics that I'm too lazy to read, but I always feel guilty when I do. The sequence of reading first and then watching is always set in my mind.

But with written adaptations of televised stories (fanfic), I don't have those same scruples. Sometimes I read fics and hear enough about the source that I'm drawn to watch it. (Sometimes, like with SV and SGA, I know the source can never live up to the fic.) But I think in those cases that I'm actually measuring the show against the best writing and characterization of the fics. I'm treating it like a (sometimes bad) adaptation of a written work. How odd that I never noticed before!

Sometimes it's an enriching experience, leading to more fan activity. Watching Due South after reading the fic was like watching the LotR movies after reading Tolkien, where the canon changes are interesting rather than frustrating. But sometimes watching the source is like watching "Earthsea" after loving the books for half my life: disappointing, frustrating, or outrage-inducing.

Speaking of which, Boy told me that Miyazaki's son is doing an Earthsea movie soon as well. Here, go look. Trailer here.

WTF Cob is a chick?? Ohhh man.

Even the character designs make me mad. Earthsea isn't soft and picturesque and rounded. Earthsea is *dangerous*. Also, again with the random hair color changes (*They* have no excuse. It's *animated*.) AND no people of color GRRRR and no *scars* on Therru. Ack. ::waves hand:: I guess I'll wait to see it to make a final judgement, but gah.

Don't fret! More Jump Street picspam soon!

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What. The. Hell. That was the *stupidest* thing I've seen in a really long time. I was moaning in pain the entire second half because it makes. no. sense. Ow, my braaaain.

Okay so apparently those aliens that were mentioned once who like to take samples from cultures they like and seed them on a new planet? They've been VERY BUSY. We had the Planet of the Children, we have this planet, and I'm sure there are other annoying Earth-culture planets out there. (Who knows about the cloud planet. They sure *looked* human.)

But *this* planet is the planet of the post-biological warfare America and China. Complete with American flag. Their names are *Yangs* and *Koms*. ::scrubs forehead:: I know!

And the Yangs speak English (like everyone else in the galaxy). The Chinese speak some other language. But the Yangs speak English! Except when they recite (or maybe read, although I'm doubtful they can read) the Sacred Words of the Pledge of Allegiance. Then they speak like Jodie Foster as Nell language. So maybe they're really speaking something different all the time and our universal translators (I HOPE?) are translating it, but only the stuff they chant has no meaning for them other than a bunch of syllables, so the translator can't translate it? OMG even massive retconning can't save this episode. (Although Kirk and Spock tied up and beat up and in jail was. Yeah. More of that might have saved it.)

And Spock! There are a couple of darling K/S moments. But randomly, for the climax of the episode, Spock the touch telepath saves the day by becoming like a vampire with a hypnotic gaze and mesmerizing this tribal girl across the room into opening the communicator. ::CRIES::

So the Yangs kill off all the Chinese (uh, maybe only all the Chinese in the area), and now they have back their land! (That makes even less sense on a random planet like this.) And Kirk makes a big deal about the Yangs living like Indians, as if when he says "his ancestors," he doesn't include the tribal cultures of Europe. And then Kirk makes this big dramatic reading of the Preamble. Yes, the *Preamble*, set to stirring, patriotic music. It's seriously just as bad as it sounds. They even sample the anthem when the flag comes out. Oh, God. So Kirk opens up their arc of the Sacred Papers. Which has a very good copy of the original Constitution. And just - paper. Surviving for thousands of years. In a box. In a *nomadic tribal culture*. And he explains kind of what the Preamble means really. He basically translates it, I suppose, since they have no idea what they've been reciting all this time, and he makes a point to say that they should include the Koms, which, whatever. Okay, yes, communists are people too. And then the Yang leader is like "I don't understand completely, but I swear that we will follow the sacred words." And Kirk is happy! But they still have *no idea* what it means. How are they going to follow it?

This whole episode is about conflicts with the Prime Directive, which Kirk totally breaks with this whole explanation. But he excuses himself by saying he was just telling them what they were fighting for. First of all, he shouldn't justify their fighting because 1. their fighting is stupid and 2. they might continue fighting now and alter their development path. And second of all, what the FUCK does the Preamble have to do with some tribal squabbling over land? The Koms had a peaceful village, and the Yangs sacked it. The Koms were killing Yangs to defend themselves, but I bet anything that the conflict was a simple matter of limited natural resources. This was such a local battle, albeit a large one, and it's not like we got any sense of the *planet* or the population distribution and OH MY GOD I'M TALKING LIKE THIS ACTUALLY MAKES SENSE.

Seriously. Star Trek. This isn't *Sliders*. You don't get to keep revisiting the if-onlies of Earth history so exactly. How about, oh, exploring a planet full of *aliens* for a change? Who *writes* these things anyway? God.


May. 19th, 2006 06:33 pm
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So I was watching more Star Trek season 3...! )

I'm actually considering vidding Spock to Fiona Apple. Somebody STOP ME. And by "stop" I mean hit me over the head with a better Spock vidbunny, because this is seriously the best one I've been able to find so far. Fiona APPLE. Because everyone knows Spock is secretly a whiny emo chick. God. God.

Worky! )

ALT Rap. Hehehehe.

This is your Star Wars on English club. Oh Jim in Japan, I wish I had your fun school!

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David's Oedipal complex is SO WOOBIE AND LOVE.


For those of you who have yet to see our reigning Olympic gold medalist in action. I have to say, I'm not much of a Plushenko fan (though his spins are *beautiful*), but I adored this, at least what I saw through my fingers. He outdid Candeloro! Hm, I wonder where this was. I totally missed the Olympics this year. Oh well.

This makes my little Japanese culture, slash, and gender studies brain SO HAPPY.

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I just realized that the new Darcy is the guy from MI-5! Clickety for pictoral evidence. )

I totally didn't recognize him! He's SO MUCH HOTTER as Darcy. I think it's the hair. Yum. I don't watch MI-5, but I recognized him from the vids, like this good vid "The Real Great Britain," with OMG MY BASHIR! ::snugs:: That's why I love this vid, not because of Darcy. And, okay, looking at another vid it looks like Anthony Stewart Head also guest-starred on this show. I may have to actually watch it.

You should have seen me trying to control myself in the theater during Kingdom of Heaven when Bashir came onscreen all unexpectedly and started BEING WONDERFUL AND LOVELY AS USUAL. God, I LOVE HIM.

::looks up IMDb::

You know though, when I watched DS9, I had no idea that Bashir was supposed to be Arabic. I just thought he was, um, tan... I WAS THIRTEEN OK?

And, huh, I don't think I have ever heard of a single Bashir vid. This is WRONG, and needs to be FIXED by someone who is NOT ME, because I already have too many fandoms to vid - oh GOD! - ::frantically staves off approaching vidbunnies::

Dude his *uncle* is Malcom McDowell? That's - okay that's really cool.

Oh, he and Kira got divorced! And *Garak* is his son's godfather?

Wow, I am SO NOT GOING to the scary bad STAR TREK RPS place. Nope, not me.

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I've started work on the Twitch City vid, because c_regalis demanded asked so nicely. I think I've conquered some of my long-standing issues with Premiere too. I can now import xvid straight from the source by changing the 4cc header to divx, divx, and it works except it won't preview the footage when I drag the ends of clips. I figured out how to change the project frame size too by switching to Video for Windows instead of DV. Hmm, maybe that's why the dragging preview isn't working. I found out how to compress to xvid and divx from Premiere too. So I'm slow. But this should make vidding easier and better-quality in the future. Soon Premiere will serve me instead of the other way around. So yay.

And now for some Star Trek. Um, picspam. )

The hooded man )

On to Numb3rs 204! Now with picspam. )

Next: The Kashiba bunkasai and assorted RLishness, the Others fic maybe sometime this year, and ditto for the Twitch City vid. Comment to my last post if you have a vote for my next vid after this one.


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