Star Trek Discovery… Review…

For the record, I didn’t want to do this review, but I’ve had a few people email me and ask me for my opinion on it based on my Orville review… so apparently my input into this show is not voluntary.

I finally got to watch the pilot in its entirety last night. My wife just cancelled her All Access subscription because… well there’s nothing of interest on there… but I still had about a week left.

Let me preface this whole thing by saying that my fandom of Star Trek is akin to an on-again-off-again romance. There are things about it I love (TOS, TNG Season 2 onward, etc.), and there are things I don’t (Last Season of Enterprise, first four seasons of DS9… the Bajorans in general, etc.)

I started out on Wrath of Khan and went from there. I loved it and got hooked. So I am a fan, but not a super fan. Even so, I really wanted to like this show. I know I’ve posted criticisms before, but I really wanted this show to be good… like really badly.

Sadly… my overall impression of the show from the start was dead on. Most of the characters we meet are cardboard cutouts of actual characters. There was little to no development, and even the conversations were nothing like what real people would say to one another.

So what was wrong with it? Well first, let’s talk about Michael…

She was a human raised by Sarek after her parents were killed by Klingons. Though human, she at first acts like a vulcan,  but as the show progressed, that quickly changed. However… the fact that she is the lead character is extremely concerning…

I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about Michael… because frankly… she makes every stupid decision you could make. She should have taken a page out of George Castanza’s book and done the opposite of what she thought was right.
When you boil it down to the bare bones, she is the reason everybody gets killed. Her decisions and her… almost desire to fight the Klingons is what started the whole thing. Every decision, every action she made can directly be attributed to the deaths of literally thousands of people.
I’m sorry, it’ll be a shark-jumping moment if she ever gets her own command. That she’s actually going to be an officer on another ship has frankly breached my suspension of disbelief.
She has absolutely no common sense what so ever. The writers really fucked up here, because frankly, she’s completely unlikable. So honestly, her being sent off to prison after being convicted of several crimes is an excellent closer. You don’t really need to watch anything else.

I’d comment on the other characters individually, but frankly… they almost all died. So screw it.

The sets…

Obviously a lot of money is spent on visuals in this show. It’s impressive… but for one, it doesn’t fit the time period, two it’s sensory overload. There was literally too much in each frame and each shot. It was waaaaay too much. Honestly the sets just looked like something out of Abrams JJ-verse. That wouldn’t be a bad thing if it took place there, but it didn’t.

The Klingons…

These are not Klingons… I’m sorry, they’re not. Visually, they were so displeasing that I couldn’t stand to look at them for long. I found myself looking away when they were on screen. The Klingon language was tooth-grindingly bad…

The religion they came up with for the Klingons didn’t fit either… Klingons view dead bodies as empty shells after they let out there death roar. They didn’t embalm them nor did they have any sort of ritualistic funeral ceremony. It was one loud cry that was it.

So yeah… I can’t stand them…

The ships…

Okay, the Federation ships I could kind of see because they look like Star fleet though they look like Star fleet from a much much more futuristic time. They actually look like they’d be right at home in Star Trek Online which takes place post-nemesis. The Klingon ships however were thoroughly unrecognizable. They don’t match up with Enterprise or the original series… or anything else for that matter. They look like Kilrathi ships from Wing Commander.

The story…

The story was dull and unimpressive. Everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. Nothing was reasonable, nothing was relate-able, and worst of all, nothing was believable. It was a paper thin premise cloaked in effects, nothing more.

In short… I hated it. I’m not going to pay for CBS Access on the off chance that they’re going to improve things somewhere down the line. My suspension of disbelief has been breached. I’m done with this.

But Jim, if it’s so bad… how do you explain the good reviews on Rotten Tomatoes?

First of all, I’ve always found the audience scores to be far more telling. Secondly, I’ll explain them the same way the Ghostbusters 2016 reviews were. Given what this show was played up to be by Bryan Fuller, the politics that surround it, the agenda behind it, etc. The critics are far too spineless in this case. No one wants to be the critic who gives the show a bad review, because they don’t want to be at the forefront of the blow back that would result.
That’s not just a theory either. Go read their reviews, they go into detail about several of the flaws in the show, but they stop short of coming out and calling it bad. You can tell they’re trying to dance around it.

This isn’t Star Trek. I know it’s just my opinion, but I’m right here. This isn’t Gene’s original philosophy or views. This isn’t anything that anyone wanted to see. It could have easily worked had it been post-nemesis, but that’s not what happened. I don’t have any expectations for this show because frankly, I do not care. The opening was terrible and I’m out. I’m not paying to see what happened.

As far as I’m concerned it was a complete story, a rogue, incompetent, officer get’s a ton of people killed, she get’s court-martialed and locked up. I’m satisfied with that.

Anyway, what do you all think of the show? Was it good/bad/Do you not care? Let me know.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

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I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

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Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

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Star Trek Discovery: The Elephant in the Room

I’ve really wanted to tackle this one for a while, but the issues with Discovery seemed a lot more wide-spread than just the show. As a result, I had to address the more global issue first.

To give a little background into my experience with Star Trek, I started off watching seasons 2-3 of The Next Generation. Then my father introduced me to Wrath of Khan, which is to date, my favorite of the movies. After discovering that there was an entire other cast from TNG (no, I didn’t know this) I went back and watched the original series. At first, I was taken aback at the low production quality (I was ten, give me a break!). However, the series eventually grew on me. ‘Wolf in the Fold’ and ‘The Conscience of the King’ remain my two favorite episodes to this day.

I then began religiously watching DS9 and eventually Voyager. Admittedly my wife likes Voyager far more than I do, but its passable. DS9 was boring as sin until Michael Dorn joined the cast and the Dominion War broke out. I was never a fan of the Marquis story line nor the constant religious themes of the Bajorans. Sorry, this species is not that fascinating!

Then Enterprise came out. At first I hated it. I thought the theme really took you out of what was going on and the whole show seemed way too interested in catering to a new audience instead of the loyal base, a mistake in my opinion. As the seasons went on and we started getting into the formation of the Federation, as well as the seeds for the Romulan War, I started to get into it. Unfortunately the show was cancelled, leaving us with mere tidbits of what could have been.

I actually loved the Kelvin movies, despite them being sexed up, and having way too much emphasis on action. There is only so many times you can shred the Enterprise before it gets old.

Now admittedly, my fandom has shifted greatly over the years. They say there are three camps; The Star Trek Camp, The Star Wars Camp, and the Lord of the Rings Camp. I am firmly in the Lord of the Rings Camp, being a huge fan of folklore, fantasy, and mythology. This isn’t about to change any time soon. That being said, I still love Star Trek and Star Wars and do go back regularly. However, my outting from the Star Trek camp has allowed me to take a look at what’s been going on.

Star Trek has an insanely loyal fandom, one that even the creators have learned to respect (or fear, I’m not sure which). Their near cultist following of the show has earned them a reputation for being picky. However its this fandom that has kept the genre alive for so long with fan films and movies. The problem lies with the fact that Star Trek fans have a history of shooting themselves in the foot. Every time a new series or movie comes along, they gripe about every little inconsistency to the point where the show/movie is pushed into oblivion. Only after the show/movie is destroyed do they turn around and say how they missed it and how ‘at least it respected canon, etc.’ I hear this all the time about Enterprise.

So what about discovery?

Well… yeah even from the outside, one can see that it has a lot of problems. The ship designs, species designs, uniforms, technology, etc. etc. etc. all do not look right. The story appears to be a mess and the studio is in a panic. So from the outside looking in, it almost appears that the fans might have a legitimate gripe THIS TIME.

However there is one more problem with this one that really makes the controversy surrounding it stand out….

Let me preface all of what I’m about to say with this… I want to be very clear now… MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF THE STAR TREK FANBASE HAS ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEM ACCEPTING A MINORITY CAST MEMBER OR A WOMAN IN A LEADING ROLE!

We had Uhura, Number One, Rand, etc. in the original series, TNG had several women and diverse cast members in and out, Avery Brooks led the charge in DS9, and Kate Mulgrew in Voyager. So really, the fandom has never had an issue with this.

However, recently we’ve seen a lot of concern and backlash over the fact that the leading character is a, as CBS put it ‘non-white female’. There is also a lot of talk about the apparently lack of any white cast members in the show. I can’t speak to this as I have seen quite a few white cast members, including Jason Isaacs, portraying the captain of the Discovery.

So if my initial statement is correct, then why are we having trouble accepting these particular cast members in Discovery. Well… I don’t think the problem is as simple as black or white. Let’s explore…

First, lets look at the timing of this show coming out… The current state of American Culture is in complete disarray. On one side, we have an extremely regressive movement that has placed a rather unhealthy emphasis on identity politics. What I mean by this is that the political ideology of these people seeming places a higher value on the color of ones skin or the type of genitals they have, then on their personality, morals, or values. Meanwhile on the other sides, we have an equally regressive isolationist movement that wants us out of world affairs and a small minority of these people have issues with race and gender as well, though its a lot more age-old. Then we have the people in the middle on both sides of the isle who are getting torn between the two. Verbal threats from both sides compels these moderates to pick a side and… because so many of them felt left behind, we currently have Donald Trump as the populist representative of the people…

Unfortunately, a great deal of our media including news, movies, comics, and TV shows, fall into the first camp of regressive leftists. A lot of people call them ‘social justice warriors’, however I’ve decided to take that phrase out of my vocabulary. It’s a euphemism, an ineffective term, and gives someone on the outside looking in the wrong impression of these people.

As a result, we’ve seen a lot of our mediums fall from good story-telling to regressive propaganda machines… again, focusing on agenda and skin color, while letting the story suffer. I covered this in another post called ‘Diversity and Writing‘, which I highly recommend for context on this issue.

So what does any of this have to do with the objections to the cast of this Star Trek show?

Well to be honest, I’ve followed the twitter, youtube comments, and other criticisms of this show very closely. I try to keep tabs on the general issues people seem to have with this series and I think I have a grasp on the current trend…

It’s not the fact that the cast is diverse, it’s how the shows creators are handling it. Star Trek has always had a diverse cast and they’ve always been heralded as progressive for a few major reasons; 1. the minority cast members are treated as equals with everyone else, 2. none of the modern issues with race, diversity, or gender are an issue in their time because humanity have evolved beyond such issues. In other words, we see people of all walks of life treated as people and having access to all the same resources as everyone else. They’re respected and their personalities, morals, and values are explored. Because the focus is on the character and not their race or gender, these characters are dynamic and beloved. They aren’t simple archetypes that have to fit into perceived stereotypes.

But Jim, those issues did come up!

They did only in the context of looking back in time. Either by Sisko looking back at segregated America, or by others exploring Nazi Germany and other issues, and how much we’ve grown since then.

Now let’s take a look at Discovery… for starters quite a few elements of Trek have adopted the regressive mindset. Trek against Trump, being one of the more egregious examples…

Next we have the show’s original front runner, Bryan Fuller.

Brian Fuller is a huge Star Trek fan and cut his teeth writing for Voyager and Enterprise. He also said that he would drop everything to captain a new series if ever asked. However, he also appears to be in pretty big with the regressive left…

In 2016 he commandeered the SDCC Star Trek Panel turning it into, as many called it ‘an hour-long social justice rant’ much to the chagrin of many patrols:

 

Not helping matters, when the show was first announced, little to nothing was mentioned about the setting, plot, or story… placing a higher focus on the fact that one character would be transgender and the lead would be a ‘non-white female.’

The wording of the identity of the lead, as well as the main focus of the creators seeming to be on the characters’ identities over the story led many to refer to the new series as ‘Social Justice’ Trek. Many feared that Star Trek would begin tackling social issues that should be out of date in the Star Trek universe and essentially follow Marvel, Hollywood, and much of Sony into becoming a regressive leftist propaganda machine.

In essence, its not the characters’ races or gender identities that is the problem, it’s the seemingly out-of-place focus on them that people seem to have a majority of the problem with.

In typical fashion, things have been made much worse by the media. Several news sites have pulled a Sony and taken a single digit percentage of the show’s detractors (seriously google the articles, they all use the same 5 hateful tweets!), namely racist individuals, and passed them off as the majority of the show’s criticisms, despite almost a million other comments going through legitimate criticisms of it. I’ll give a few examples you can look into below:

Some white ‘Star Trek’ fans are unhappy about remake’s diversity

Racist Star Trek Fans Decry Discovery’s Diversity, Revealing They Know Nothing About Star Trek
(Why Gizmodo, WHY!?!?!?)

Keep in mind, a lot of these news organizations are owned by the very companies that are producing a lot of the shows and movies that we now see. So its not entirely unreasonable to assume that the show’s creators had a hand in this.
Essentially what these people are doing, are dismissing the show’s detractors and driving a the hard social divide even wider for their own gain, either through contracts for later interviews, or clickbait.

I’ve noted in my previous post that this should be a crime against humanity. However, dismissing critics as bigots, or silencing critics through threats of sexism and racism have been a trend of the regressive left for a long time now. Sony did it and completely insulted the fanbase for Ghostbusters. Marvel tried to do it with new Fantastic Four movie, and, while CBS hasn’t come right out with anything, several of their supporters have. In essence, when Geek Culture objects to anything, we’re labeled as being basement-dwelling, unwashed, unmarried, introverts that are crying because our toys got taken away.

So how are they allowed to get away with this? Based on what you’ve said, these companies are misrepresenting gender/identity issues for their own gain and insulted a large group of the general populace. 

Well… honestly its in part because geek/nerd culture doesn’t have a collective voice. We come from all walks of life, genders, races and beliefs. We’re all over the place, so it’s hard to have anyone to speak out on our behalf. The people who could have been those voices have long since joined the ranks of the regressive left, leaving the majority of geeks/nerds (moderate-left/center of the line) with no voice. Its like a microcosm of the political moderates in the U.S. today. There is no voice.

However I would argue that these people aren’t getting away with it. The detractors from the Ghostbusters movie in many cases had to do a soft walk-back on the things they said. (Not actually apologizing, mind you, but the bare minimum they had to do when public opinion turned on them).

Paul Feig Corrects Quote Regarding Assholes in Geek Culture

Stay classy guys…

However though we don’t have anyone to speak out on our behalf and our outrage is often dismissed… for people who live in their mother’s basements, we do have oddly large wallets (strange how that doesn’t add up). Ghostbusters flopped at the box office, there is no plans for a sequel and Feig won’t be touching another ‘nerd flick’ any time soon (thank God). Fantastic Four outright bombed at the box office and Marvel comics are in a death spiral.

To all of the show’s detractors…
Guys, give the show a chance. The first episode is going to be free to watch, so you don’t have to pay for it. It may be good. Midnight’s Edge’s videos portray Bryan Fuller’s exodus as a bad thing, but I disagree with them. His departure from the series and lack of further involvement means that this may not be the ‘Social Justice’ Trek that a lot of people fear. Give it a chance, if the pilot is really bad, well you don’t have to pay for it. Speculation is that CBS is already gearing up for a potential cancellation anyway. So just see what its like and go from there. That’s all anyone can ask.

So readers, have you seen the same trend I have? Do you agree with me that the focus on identity, not the actual race/genders, are the issue or are the detractors actually racist? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to engage with you!



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Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

 

DO NOT MESS WITH NERDS!

 

Geeks also, but nerds especially. They use their brains and eventually… the toys they like to play with… can become powerful weapons:

OFN… but it still makes me laugh every time.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

 

Star Trek In Crisis?

… I’m starting to think that abandoning Star Trek in it’s entirety was the best thing I could do.

Will I watch it when it comes out? I mean I have a Netflix account, so I may give an episode or 2 a watch just to see how badly it will bomb, but otherwise no. I also do not intend to pay for CBS access. That’s a ripoff.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

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Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

 

And… I’m Done With Star Trek

Go ahead, oust me from the Geek Community with pitchforks and torches. I don’t care. This is the final nail in the coffin.

First it was the 2016 San Diego Comic Con Star Trek Panel that was nothing more than a boring Social Justice tirade by Producer Bryan Fuller. I watched it online, but everyone who was there that I know, told me that it was boring as hell and if you didn’t agree with their politics, it was painful.

Then Trek Against Trump reared it’s ugly head, spewing falsehoods, hyperbole, and talking about a path to the future… while shilling for Hillary Clinton… do you see the irony?

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But I’ve already given them enough exposure on my blog… moving on…

Then they blunder into identity politics by making Sulu gay in the latest movie… which would be fine… had he been gay all along. Even George Takei, one of the biggest Gay spokespeople out there, took issue with this…

“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character…Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.” 

… So basically Star Trek has gone the way of Marvel.

Now we have the new show, Star Trek Discovery. Which honestly… what tidbits we’ve seen so far look like crap, the ship is based on a design that was flatly rejected by Gene, and the makers of it seem more interested in talking about how there’s going to be an LGBT character, and the star is a non-white first officer instead of talking about the FREAKEN STORY!!! So you can kind of see where the focus is going to be…

Agenda > Story.

This falls under my rule about people not liking being preached at when they sit down to read, listen, or watch a story! They want enjoyment and the people who would enjoy that kind of thing are too busy out protesting Trump or hiding in their racially exclusive safe spaces (God I can’t believe those exist in this day and age) to give a care!

Again, I don’t care about the inclusion of these characters, but if they plan on focusing on them for the shallow point of pushing an agenda, the story will suffer. I will admit in the last Star Trek movie yes Sulu was gay, but it wasn’t a major plot point or point of contention. It was there, they showed it, and they moved on. That’s fine, I didn’t take issue with that. I thought it was kind of silly, but whatever.

I may watch an episode or two simply to see just how bad the show is.

Okay, now honestly, I could get past all of this, ALL of it, and continue to watch new movies coming out, and maybe attend conventions where Star Trek is present… if it weren’t for this last piece.

Star Trek Axanar’s lawsuit…

Now I’ve talked to a lot of people on either side of the line on this….

“Alec Peters went too far, he dug his own grave when he gave himself a salary, funded a studio, and said Axanar would be professional….”

That’s fine. Those people have great points and I don’t disagree with them. My issue comes with the settlement with CBS:

“Terms of the settlement agreement include an agreement to allow Axanar Productions to continue showing PRELUDE TO AXANAR commercial-free on YouTube and to allow Axanar Productions to produce the AXANAR feature film as two fifteen-minute segments that can be distributed on YouTube (also without ads).”

So basically CBS and Paramount are sticking to their guns on their fan film guidelines.

Which means no actors that have previously worked with Star Trek, no ability to raise enough funds to produce anything more than something set in someone’s basement, no longer than two 15 minute segments… it just gets worse and worse…

Essentially the fans are getting screwed over in every way. The fans that donated to Axanar will now not get the full length movie they wanted and will have to dream of what ‘could have been,’ future fan films is extremely bleak. They’ve stomped out things like Renegades, The New Voyages, among others…

People… this is not how you do it. If fans love your IP so much, that should be celebrated! Say what you will, Lucasfilms did it right. They put a few, nonrestrictive guidelines out there, and even offer rewards for the best fan films made every year. As a result, we have a plethora of fan films that look almost professional, they add immersion to the Star Wars Universe, and give fans a little something to enjoy between the official stuff. It’s simply an unspoken rule that everything produced by fans is NON-CANON and not recognized by Lucasfilms.

Has the Star Wars Franchise suffered because of this? Given that the toy stores continue to sell out of the figures I’m collecting on a regular basis (Grrr….), the movies set records when they hit the box office, and a continuous fan base that enjoys Star Wars from an almost religious standpoint.

Does Star Trek have that?

… … .. well put it this way if there is one constant at every convention I go to, it’s that for every 1 person that comes dressed as a Star Trek character, there are at least 15 people dressed as Star Wars characters.

CBS and Paramount has completely handled this the wrong way, their movies are met with uncertainty and they’ve completely overrun their IP with identity politics, which no one is going to tolerate for long.

So… I’m not replacing my copies of the Star Trek movies I own as the DVDs wear out. My collection of Star Trek items has been reduced to three model ships, and pretty much the only movie I watch from them is Star Trek II Wrath of Khan. My wife loves Voyager, but that’s another issue. Maybe that’s extreme, but I’m not putting money into the pockets of the people I view as ‘The Wrong People.’

Anyway, let me know what you think in the comments! I’m curious to hear the thoughts of other nerds/geeks.

Seriously Jim, it’s their IP. They own Star Trek, they have a right to decide how people use it, and how they want to use it. You’re really criticizing them for that?

Yes, they have every right to do with their IP as they see fit… that is their right by law. However it is also MY RIGHT to decide that I don’t like what they’re doing, that I don’t like how they’ve handled it, and not give them my business.

If they decide to steer their ship towards an iceberg, I’m not going to run into the pilot house, start yelling at the crew, and grab the wheel to turn it away. Nope, I’m going to jump into a lifeboat, yell ‘F#&% this ship,’ and row away shaking my head as I watch it sink. That’s my right, plain and simple. They can do what they want and so ca I.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.  I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Top 5 Star Wars Fan Films

So over the last few months, I’ve taken to downloading Star Wars fan films onto my computer and sort of arranging them in order of the timeline. I’ve accrued about 30 videos from YouTube and absolutely love them.

Today, I wanted to share my top 5 with you.

Now…  before I do that, what are my standards? Well they are fairly easy:

  1. Actual Honest to God backgrounds! Go on youtube and you’ll see literally hundreds of these fan films that look like they were filmed in someone’s back yard woods. Seriously, how many planets in that Galaxy look like Endor??? It can be a green screen projection, I don’t care, just put the effort in.
  2. A good story. This trumps #1 and probably any of the others. If you can put on a good story, I’ll watch your video and give it the time of day.
  3. Special effects… seriously, you have to do better than Hasbro lightsabers. I see that and think… ‘Okay, now you’re not even trying.’

All right so…

#5. Star Wars Threads of Destiny

This is a foreign film, so expect broken English. The clarity is a bit off and the sets aren’t great, and the story is about as basic as they come, but this is a feature length film! Honestly, the fight scene at the end makes it worth everything!

#4 Darth Bane’s Mock Trailer:

This is awesome. The effects are awesome, the proposed story which I have read, is awesome, the costumes are awesome and the sets are awesome. I see this trailer and I WANT to see this movie be made!

#3 TROOPS

This is old… and stupid… and hysterical!!!! It holds up, the effects look great and it still makes me laugh every time I see it!

#2 Kara

Not going to lie, I honestly want to see more of this one. A young Jedi with no one to teach her the ways of the force. It cuts out WAY too early, but again, it is really well done… the Storm Troopers actually seem like they’re a little more competent.

Now before I get into #1, I wanted to give a few runners-up…

Darth Maul 

This didn’t make my list because I kind of found it too linear and more to the point of ‘look how cool we think Darth Maul is.’

Rebel Scum

This one was interesting. However the effects were kind of hokey.

Jakku – First Wave

This struck me as a sort of pre-normandy video like the one we saw in Saving Private Ryan. I really liked it… Its minimalist, but you feel for the characters and you can actually see things from the side of the stormtroopers. My problem with it is that it cuts out BEFORE the battle. I would love to see the Battle of Jakku in it’s entirety… sadly I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.

So here we go… my #1 Star Wars fan film…

#1 Star Wars Legends – Legacy of the Force:

WATCH THIS VIDEO!!!

Everything about this is awesome. I was particularly happy with their casting choices, especially Jaina Solo:

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One other aspect I really liked about this was the choreography with the dueling. Notice that we see Jaina using one hand very similar to her grandfather’s combat style. This was also a very bold choice as these stories have been relegated to the realm of Legends.

Let me know if you see another film that you think should be on the list!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
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Thanks friends!
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-Jim

Trek Against Trump…

Sigh… you know, I wanted to stay out of this whole nasty ordeal, but now it’s starting to hit home.

Look, I don’t care if you like Trump or Hillary.

Trump is a loud-mouthed businessman who has problems with various people. Is he racist? That’s debatable, and their are valid opinions of him on both sides. He is also technically a non-establishment candidate… however that’s not necessarily a good thing. People want to vote for him because he doesn’t answer to the party or Wallstreet… or anyone else for that matter including you and me.

Will it be the end of the world if he’s elected? No, the idea painted that he’ll have his finger on the nuclear launch button is pure fantasy, it doesn’t happen like that and most likely Congress will stonewall him on many of the things he wants to do because they actually do answer to people. All in all, it’ll be a four year shit show.

Hillary is a career politician with a laundry list of corruption that goes past my arm (and I have a decent wingspan). She feels she’s entitled to the White House, and is an establishment party candidate. The primary WAS fixed to help her win, we know that for a fact now, and it doesn’t help her reputation that she brought Wasserman-Shultz on after the DNC head stepped down. Now, is she responsible for everything she’s accused of? That’s debatable. She was secretary of state, but still subservient to Obama in most cases.

Will it be the end of the world if she’s elected? No, again Congress will pull what they did under Obama and stonewall a lot of what she wants to do to. She is a globalist democrat, which is an ideal that I view as extremely dangerous to our economy (See NAFTA and Free Trade) in that you can’t raise taxes, benefits, and wages, and then expect our workers to compete with totalitarian regimes overseas. Again, she’ll most likely be stonewalled and the most we’ll have to deal with is a bunch of regressives accusing Congress of blocking her due to sexism, like they did with racism under Obama.

So like I said, I don’t care, things are not getting better either way and who you back for whatever reason is irrelevant in my mind. However, now we’ve got… what I can only call blasphemy. Trek Against Trump. I’m going to post their little mission statement below here, but you can also find it on their Facebook page that I will NOT be linking to:

Star Trek has always offered a positive vision of the future, a vision of hope and optimism, and most importantly, a vision of inclusion, where people of all races are accorded equal respect and dignity, where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others. We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election. Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump. His election would take this country backward, perhaps disastrously. We need to elect a president who will move this country forward into the kind of future we all dream of: where personal differences are understood and accepted, where science overrules superstition, where people work together instead of against each other.

The resolution of conflicts on Star Trek was never easy. Don’t remain aloof –vote! We have heard people say they will vote Green or Libertarian or not at all because the two major candidates are equally flawed. That is both illogical and inaccurate. Either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump will occupy the White House. One is an amateur with a contemptuous ignorance of national laws and international realities, while the other has devoted her life to public service, and has deep and valuable experience with the proven ability to work with Congress to pass desperately needed legislation. If, as some say, the government is broken, a protest vote will not fix it.

Have you just turned 18? Have you moved? Have you never voted before? Some states have early registration (early October) and/or absentee ballots. You can’t vote if you are not registered. So make it so. Go tohttps://www.rockthevote.com , a non-profit, non-partisan organization, and fulfill your civic duty. Because, damn it, you are a citizen of the USA, with an obligation to take part in our democracy! Do this not merely for yourself but for all the generations that follow. Vote for a future of enlightenment and inclusion, a future that will someday lead us to the stars.

Endorsed by:

J.J. Abrams
Allan Apone
Richard Arnold
René Auberjonois
Scott Bakula
Ira Steven Behr
Rick Berman
John Billingsley
Christopher Black
Paula Block
Paul Boehmer
André Bormanis
Brannon Braga
Mark Robert Brown
LeVar Burton
Terri Potts-Chattaway
John Cho
Tracee Cocco
George Colucci
Mimi Cozzens
Denise Crosby
Dan Curry
Joseph D’Agosta
Peter David
Nicole de Boer
Keith R.A. DeCandido
John de Lancie
Jonathan Del Arco
John DeMita
Chris Doohan
Paul Eiding
Aron Eisenberg
Terry Erdmann
Terry Farrell
Lolita Fatjo
David C. Fein
Juan Carlos Fernandez
Louise Fletcher
Jonathan Frakes
Bryan Fuller
Dave Galanter
Tim Gaskill
David Gerrold
Robert Greenberger
Bruce Greenwood
Max Grodénchik
Martha Hackett
Glenn Hauman
Manu Intiraymi
Michael Jan Friedman
Dominic Keating
John Knoll
Walter Koenig
Alex Kurtzman
Judith Levitt
Jeff Lewis
Justin Lin
David Mack
Dennis Madalone
Chase Masterson
Dakin Matthews
Gates McFadden
Robert Duncan McNeill
Nicholas Meyer
Anthony Montgomery
Ronald B. Moore
Tom Morga
Kate Mulgrew
Larry Nemecek
Adam Nimoy
Susan Nimoy
Robert O’Reilly
Linda Park
Leslie Parrish
Robb Pearlman
Simon Pegg
Randy Pflug
Ethan Phillips
Robert Picardo
Sandra Piller
Chris Pine
Emmett Plant
Zachary Quinto
Michael Reisz
Andrew Robinson
Eugene & Heidi Roddenberry
Marvin Rush
Tim Russ
Zoe Saldana
Ralph Senensky
Naren Shankar
Armin Shimerman
Gregory Smith
Brent Spiner
Rick Sternbach
Peter Sternlicht
Eric Stillwell
Jay Stobie
Sandy Stone
Carel Struycken
Marina Sirtis
Michael Sussman
Kitty Swink
George Takei
Michael Taylor
Hallie Todd Withrow
Connor Trinneer
Karl Urban
Wil Wheaton
Herman Zimmerman

My geekdom just died a little… So basically this isn’t officially Star Trek or CBS authorized, but its literally everyone who had anything to do with Star Trek in a long while.

I want everyone to take a look at the two areas I highlighted in red. Do you see the inherent problem with these remarks? In their first statement, they say how all walks of life and views should be treated equally as long as they don’t infringe on others. Then they turn around and call those who plan to vote 3rd party to be illogical and apparently ill-informed. In other words, don’t work towards breaking the corrupt two party system and vote for the elitist with a superiority complex over the elitist with a brain-mouth filtering issue!

That is NOT in the spirit of Star Trek. Not at all, and I’m pretty sure that Gene Roddenberry would not approve of this.

Both candidates are equally bad, I’m sorry but it’s true. But let’s take a look at what else they say:
Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump. His election would take this country backward, perhaps disastrously.

Oh I am pretty certain that there have been… I’m PRETTY certain that if we go back a few decades, we’ll find candidates on all sides of the line that were pretty rotten.

We need to elect a president who will move this country forward into the kind of future we all dream of: where personal differences are understood and accepted, where science overrules superstition, where people work together instead of against each other.

And you’re shilling Hillary for that? A war-monger? An entitled 1%er who feels she is above the law? A person who actively tries to get us into conflicts, and has pretty much no concern for the general electorate as we’ve seen by the actions of her campaign! Yeah, that’s clearly the person who’s going to bring us all together…

where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others.

Well… this is actually very harmful. What you’ve said and how you’re going about things is actually very harmful.

Either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump will occupy the White House. One is an amateur with a contemptuous ignorance of national laws and international realities…

That is true.

… while the other has devoted her life to public service, and has deep and valuable experience with the proven ability to work with Congress to pass desperately needed legislation. 

That is absolutely NOT TRUE AT ALL. History has shown us otherwise over and over again during her time in the Senate, as well as her tenure in the Obama Administration. I could go on, but frankly this statement is so stupid, it’s making my blood boil.

If, as some say, the government is broken, a protest vote will not fix it.

That is true… a protest vote will not fix anything, but neither will shilling for Clinton. The only thing that will fix things is by getting more parties exposure and bringing other views to center stage, taking the power away from two overly corrupt parties. A fact which you have completely disparaged above.

You can’t vote if you are not registered.

Again, true. Despite what this is saying, I do agree that voting is important. It is the right, will, and responsibility of the people to vote as this is the only way things are going to change.

Do this not merely for yourself but for all the generations that follow. Vote for a future of enlightenment and inclusion, a future that will someday lead us to the stars.

Okay, Clinton is not going to take us to the stars and neither will Trump. Plain and simple, all we’re going to wind up with is more debt and being even more divided on every issue (if that’s even possible), then we were before.


 

This… this makes me want to cry. I am literally sitting here with tears in my eyes over how pissed off this makes me. I am not even being melodramatic right now… at least I’m not trying to be. The idea of Trek getting involved in the election is absurd, it is 100% pure fiction. The original creators of Star Trek didn’t have this kind of thing in mind, I seriously doubt they’d want their creation being used in such a partisan, bias, way to shill one candidate whilst blatantly disparaging anyone whose view differs from them.

The Star Trek Universe is fiction. It’s not the world we live in, so to say that the Trek universe would be behind this is absolutely wrong. I don’t think Gene Roddenberry would want this. He probably wouldn’t be a Trump supporter, but I seriously doubt he’d want his creation being desecrated into becoming propaganda for a status-quo candidate.

People, PLEASE do not buy into this. Do not give these people the time of day or let them think that they have taken the moral high ground here. If anything, go onto facebook or twitter and let them know why you’re voting the way you are. Let them know that what they’ve said and done is wrong on a multitude of levels and why. SHOW THEM!

Finally, if you’re an American Citizen, please register and vote. If you want to vote for Hillary, go for it. If you want to vote for Trump, go for it. If you want to write in Bernie, all power to you. If you want to vote Stein or Johnson, good for you!

I don’t care who you vote for. I don’t, as long as you are voting for the candidate that closely mirrors your passions, views, and the things you believe and hold dear in the most. That’s all anyone can ask of a voter.

This shameless, senseless, shilling is NOT Star Trek, and anyone who tells you otherwise is pushing an agenda, fact. Just so you know where I’m coming from, I personally don’t care if each of these people come out in support of Hillary. I don’t even care if they create a sci-fi internet guild bringing them all together to lobby for Hillary. What I care about is the fact that they’re using Star Trek as a base to push their agenda.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go watch some Wrath of Khan. I don’t usually condone swear on my blog but… FUCK THIS NONSENSE!

Oh and to you people:
J.J. Abrams
Allan Apone
Richard Arnold
René Auberjonois
Scott Bakula
Ira Steven Behr
Rick Berman
John Billingsley
Christopher Black
Paula Block
Paul Boehmer
André Bormanis
Brannon Braga
Mark Robert Brown
LeVar Burton
Terri Potts-Chattaway
John Cho
Tracee Cocco
George Colucci
Mimi Cozzens
Denise Crosby
Dan Curry
Joseph D’Agosta
Peter David
Nicole de Boer
Keith R.A. DeCandido
John de Lancie
Jonathan Del Arco
John DeMita
Chris Doohan
Paul Eiding
Aron Eisenberg
Terry Erdmann
Terry Farrell
Lolita Fatjo
David C. Fein
Juan Carlos Fernandez
Louise Fletcher
Jonathan Frakes
Bryan Fuller
Dave Galanter
Tim Gaskill
David Gerrold
Robert Greenberger
Bruce Greenwood
Max Grodénchik
Martha Hackett
Glenn Hauman
Manu Intiraymi
Michael Jan Friedman
Dominic Keating
John Knoll
Walter Koenig
Alex Kurtzman
Judith Levitt
Jeff Lewis
Justin Lin
David Mack
Dennis Madalone
Chase Masterson
Dakin Matthews
Gates McFadden
Robert Duncan McNeill
Nicholas Meyer
Anthony Montgomery
Ronald B. Moore
Tom Morga
Kate Mulgrew
Larry Nemecek
Adam Nimoy
Susan Nimoy
Robert O’Reilly
Linda Park
Leslie Parrish
Robb Pearlman
Simon Pegg
Randy Pflug
Ethan Phillips
Robert Picardo
Sandra Piller
Chris Pine
Emmett Plant
Zachary Quinto
Michael Reisz
Andrew Robinson
Eugene & Heidi Roddenberry
Marvin Rush
Tim Russ
Zoe Saldana
Ralph Senensky
Naren Shankar
Armin Shimerman
Gregory Smith
Brent Spiner
Rick Sternbach
Peter Sternlicht
Eric Stillwell
Jay Stobie
Sandy Stone
Carel Struycken
Marina Sirtis
Michael Sussman
Kitty Swink
George Takei
Michael Taylor
Hallie Todd Withrow
Connor Trinneer
Karl Urban
Wil Wheaton
Herman Zimmerman
You should be ashamed of yourselves. (Drops the mic)

But Jim, this is nothing new!

Yeah, I’m not touching that one… especially given the direction the Marvel universe has gone. So let me just basically provide a catch-all quote for anything else like this that may exist by saying that I don’t want to live on this planet anymore!

To my readers, I apologize, I know you came here to read something about writing or books… I will get back to that tomorrow. However as a die-hard, out-of the-closet geek who loves how mainstream our lifestyle has become, things like this REALLY hit home.

Thanks for putting up with my rant.




Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

You can also add me on Twitter!

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim