The Onion on Trekkie outrage over the new film

Unrepentant Trekkie though I am, I must concede that this is great stuff. That bit on the Vulcan dialogue was wickedly inspired. Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable' … [Read more...]

History Channel Star Wars documentary has moments but fails to deliver

Watched The History Channel's "Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed", a documentary purporting to unveil the artistic and cultural underpinnings of the Star Wars genre. Found it pretty disappointing. It shed a few intriguing insights, but was overall pretty light on information and devoid of the revelations promised by the title. Hadn't given much thought to how multi-faceted the franchise's female heroines are, nor how the personalities of all its main characters (even villains) develop … [Read more...]

Romulan technology on the way

Good news:  We're one step closer to warp drives and photon torpedos. BBC NEWS |  'Cloaking device' idea proposed The cloaking devices that are used to render spacecraft invisible in Star Trek might just work in reality, two mathematicians have claimed.If I could have one imaginary technology from ST, it wouldn't be obvious ones.  Not the cloaking device.  It's not the transporter, either.  Not the warp drive. Not the tricorder.  Not even the phaser. Give … [Read more...]

Continuity & Sci-Fi

Here's a entertaining and wide-ranging essay ("The Science of Consistency: On fictional universes and the fans who rationalize them" by Todd Seavey) by a sci-fi buff about the challenge of maintaining continuity in science fiction and how inevitable such mistakes are in a fictional creation of any scale. Shabana is periodically taken aback when I take great umbrage at some "minor" mistake on her part concerning the key narratives of sci-fi/fantasy--I'd share them, but they're … [Read more...]

R&B, Vulcan style

Speaking of intertexual experiments with pop culture icons (see my previous post on "The Superfriends and multiculturalism"), some genres just aren't meant to be mixed.  While sci-fi purists might find Star Trek intellectually and artistically wanting--let's face it, with the exception of the occasional allegory about contemporary affairs (e.g., the episodes that criticized America's involvement in the Vietnam war), most of STOS's plots were if truth be told formulaic and devoid … [Read more...]

Star Trek New Voyages

Trekkies [*], rejoice!  New TOS ("The Original Series", for the unitiated) episodes are being made by fans and are available for free download.  It's called "Star Trek: New Voyages" [this is a site hosted by Wired;  the real site loads painfully slowly, but it's worth the wait if you can do something else in the meantime], about which Wired saysThe original Star Trek set out on a five-year mission that network execs cut short in 1969. Now a new confederation of … [Read more...]