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Nerd Gift Alert: Star Trek

I know, I post about Star Trek (especially Star Trek: The Next Generation) way too much, but hey, I dig me some Trek! Today, I’m checking out TheCollectionary.com’s Star Trek options, and I must say, they have an impressive selection. This kick butt tricorder caught my eye, but… y’know, sixteen hundred bucks! I’m sure they have many reasonably priced items, but it’s a fun site to check out even if you’re just virtual window shopping.

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Captain Picard’s Christmas message: Make it so

My day got off to a rotten start, but this video turned it all around for me. Star Trek The Next Generation is one of those things of which I’ll never get tired, and jamescovenant‘s TNG/Let it Snow/Make it so mash-up is just what the doctor ordered. Fantastic stuff – I’m subscribing to this guy’s channel just based on this one video. That might be the lamest sentence ever, but if you’re big on YouTube, you know what I’m talking about. Anyway, subscribe – MAKE IT SO!

The most disturbing episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Violations"

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love me some TNG. I’ve written about my favorite episodes from specific seasons, the episodes I found the most memorable, but today is something different. Today, I’ll be talking about the episode that just… bwah! I shudder at the prospect. Today, let’s look at the most disturbing episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation: “Violations” from season 5. Read the rest of this entry

The 5 most memorable episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeI’ve written several posts about one of my favorite shows of all time, Star Trek: The Next Generation, but I still have more to say. Today, I’ll examine the 5 most memorable episodes of the series. When I say “memorable,” I’m referring to episodes that stick out in my mind for any particular reason – not because they’re good or bad, but just because they got my attention. Here we are, in no particular order… no wait, I’ll do them in order of appearance. Let’s do this! Read the rest of this entry

Words with Friends proves resistance is NOT futile

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As you can see in the above image, Words with Friends denies the very existence of the Borg, proving once and for all that resistance is NOT, in fact, futile.

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14 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 7

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeWe’ve finally arrived at the end of the road – the last Star Trek The Next Generation season list. Here in season 7, some of the best episodes of the series show up, so it’s good times all around! Sort of… Read the rest of this entry

17 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 6

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeNo, I didn’t pick all of them, but close! (There are 26 episodes in season 6.) As the show went on, I felt it kept getting better and better, so my list for each season tend to get longer and longer.

I already talked about “Time’s Arrow” in my TNG Season 5 post, so that’s why it doesn’t appear here – but those two episodes are so good, I didn’t want anyone to think I was leaving them off the list intentionally! And here’s something I did unintentionally on this list – I dropped a bunch of quotes from episodes. I have no idea why… but enough of my yackin’ – let’s boogie! Read the rest of this entry

Star Trek Into Darkness movie review

star-trek-into-darkness-official-cupThe reboot of the original Star Trek series serves two masters and has done it well so far – in fact, I would argue that Star Trek Into Darkness is a better showing than the first time.

As a concept, the Star Trek reboot gives old school fans like myself the opportunity to see something new and old at the same time while the general tone presented by J.J. Abrams makes the film accessible to a new audience. Sure, he might have over done it from an action standpoint, but I think his Star Trek flicks do, for the most part, please all of the people all of the time.

I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone, but I will say that I’m not sure that the new audience for this movie will have as much fun as the old audience. If you’re familiar with the TV show and movies from the original cast, there is a lot of fun to be had here, but the new audience will still be greeted with a bunch of spectacular visuals, effects and an entertaining story, even if some of it seems silly… although some moments of the movie that seem ridiculous to the new audience are probably favorite moments of old audience… again, this movie walks the line and I think it does a great job of pleasing both masters, but I could see how some people at the bottoms of the curve might be frustrated.
I really only have two questions about the flick: why, exactly, is this movie called Star Trek Into Darkness? I guess it’s metaphorical darkness… I guess. I suppose a few characters we meet in the movie go into darkness… or perhaps it’s referring to what’s coming as a consequence of these events… Ultimately, I think this title was chosen by Abrams just because it sounds mysterious – it’s that’s how that guy rolls. My other question: since when can a big ship like The Enterprise enter a planet’s atmosphere? I guess it’s just my inner dork coming out, but that’s always been a Star Trek no-no.

Overall, I liked the movie very much. I’m neither a fan or hater of Abrams directing style: it has its bad points (not enough wide shots, too much hand-held, too much lens flare, too many crash zooms), but the guy clearly has a talent as a story-teller, so that really evens out anything that bothers me about his visual style. The special effects are fantastic, and I was able to see this in IMAX 3D, so I got to see everything up close and personal. (A quick note on the IMAX 3D: the image was nice and clean and didn’t suffer from any blur or 3D darkness, but the 3D itself wasn’t especially compelling.)

If you like Star Trek or just a fun time at the movies, I recommend you give Star Trek Into Darkness a chance. If you’re an old school Star Trek purist, then you were probably disgusted by the first one and won’t even consider seeing this movie, so I won’t waste your time… except to say that Darkness is better than the first one. I give Star Trek Into Darkness an 8 out of 10.

Spock vs Spock commercial is genuinely entertaining (Truth in Advertising)

I’ve been entertained by a commercial. I can’t believe it. Mind blown. Perspective on life altered.

Mr. Spock and Mr. Spock are back together again and this time, it’s for all the marbles – or who buys lunch. I’m not sure if there’s anything funnier than Leonard Nimoy cursing. What can you say? I’m not going to run out and buy an Audi, but this ad more than exceeded my expectations.

Not sure what this has to do with the product, per say (except that Leonard Nimoy’s car can’t fit a set of golf clubs in it’s trunk as easily as Zachary Quinto’s car can), but there you go.

13 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 5

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeFor me, Star Trek The Next Generation really hit its stride in Season 5. This post will mention virtually every episode in the season, but there are thirteen that I prefer over the others – and I counted the two parters as single episodes. Anyway, let’s dive in!

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10 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 4

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeAh, how I love thee, Star Trek The Next Generation. In celebration of that love, here’s a list of my favorite episodes from Season 4.

Note: I already talked about “The Best of Both Worlds” in the TNG Season 3 post, so we’ll skip that one.

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Star Trek The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds - one night only in theaters!

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeLast night, Dr. Girlfriend and I hit the local theater to see an HD presentation of Star Trek The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds, which was a two parter end of season 3 cliff hanger and the first episode of season 4. It’s 20 years old and it’s new on Blu Ray, so I assume that if you like Star Trek, you’ve seen it, but to summarize, it’s kinda the Star Trek equivalent to Who Shot J.R.? Read the rest of this entry

11 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 3

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeI’m finally getting back to the Star Trek The Next Generation countdown! Today, I’m taking a look at my favorite episodes of Season 3! I feel that this is the season where the show really hit its stride and found it’s identity and went from good to great. Here they are, the 11 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 3 (mostly in order of appearance). Why 11 instead of 10? Because season 3 is just that good. Read the rest of this entry

Spock likes to photograph naked ladies

This isn’t exactly breaking news, but Spock (and when I say "Spock," I mean Leonard Nimoy), is quite the photographer – and when he takes pictures, there are often naked ladies in the photos.

Fascinating.

Don’t take my word for it – check it out yourself. But please keep in mind that before you click the link, remember that I warned you that you’re going to a website that is, in at least some part, populated by photos of naked women that were taken by Spock, son of Sarek. True, he’s a wonderful photographer and it’s all tastefully done, but again – naked ladies.

Even when he photographs eggs, he positions them like boobs.

OK, you get it – click here.

Anyway, it’s not all naked ladies – here is a wonderful pic Mr. Nimoy took of his parents. If you’re into black and white photos of bare chested ladies taken by cultural icons, this is the website for you.

9 Nerdy Christmas Gifts I Received

I hope everybody had a great Christmas – I sure did, as you will see.  Whoever said it is better to give than to receive didn’t get these nerdy Christmas gifts that prove once and for all that some people just get me.  Here’s what I got in no particular order:

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Comments on the first trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness


And by Comments on the first trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness, I mostly mean questions and sarcastic remarks.

This move is about some dude who is back (Eminem?) from somewhere who is pissed about something and wants REVENGE! Everybody got that? Perhaps this dude will remind us that revenge is a dish best served cold and it’s very cold in space? Probably not, but whatever.

For a trailer advertising a movie called "Into Darkness," it sure is bright. And red!

Am I supposed to recognize the blonde woman? She’s in the trailer a lot, but I don’t recognize her from the first movie.. or from… you know, earth. And she’s screaming like this is a horror movie, so that’s not a good sign

The Inception trailer called – it wants it’s music back!

What the hell is that thing on the bad guy’s arm?

J.J. Abrams is putting lens flare on his title cards now? Holy crap.

The lava sure does look real!

And, there is a slightly different Japanese trailer that seems to show a Spock image that looks very similar to the end Wrath of Khan

and I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but there you go.

5 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 2

data-sherlock-holmesLet’s roll on with the Star Trek: The Next Generation countdown!  Today, I’m checking out my favorite episodes of Season 2.  Let’s get our Star Trek on!

(You can check out my Season 1 list here.)

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5 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 1

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeI’ve been reluctant to add a “TV Reviews” category to the site for some odd reason (probably because I don’t watch much contemporary TV), but I decided to hell with that.  Let’s get our Star Trek on!

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How Much is that Commander Riker in the Window?

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“Why was I so unpopular before I had the beard?”

I know you probably don’t care (and that’s sort of the point), but there was a 25th Anniversary bash for Star Trek The Next Generation on April 28th, 2012, and the entire cast were reunited in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for the first time since Star Trek Nemesis in 2002. I know, you don’t care.  Hell, I’m a fan of TNG, and I don’t even care. Read the rest of this entry

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier movie review

star-trek-v-the-final-frontierWAIT!  DON’T STOP READING YET!

If you hate Star Trek, stick around!  I’m going to rip this movie to shreds!  And if you love Star Trek, stick around!  You probably hate this movie as much as I do – the only question that remains is, do we hate it for the same reasons? Read the rest of this entry

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