J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek

Hi all!

I’ve written about J.J. AbramsStar Trek movie before, talking about the interesting casting he did. But there’s a sense of dread each time I see a new trailer.

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Some punk little version of Kirk driving a car into a ravine? The same punk riding a motorcycle past the site where they’re building the Enterprise? Was JJ channelling Thelma and Louise mixed with Top Gun?

And what’s with Uhuru ripping off her shirt? There’s been much debate whether Nichelle Nichols is yelling or not about that.

And then over at Geek Tyrant, I saw this today and it made me laugh. So I thought I’d share it. 🙂

I’m starting to worry about this film. I’m interested. I want to see it, but there’s this feeling of dread building each time I see more footage. Will it be worth the agony? We’ll have to wait and see…

–Fitz

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My “Must See Television” Shows of 2008

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Hi all!

So this is a first… I was “tagged” by Trench over at 7 Miles Down to complete this “meme” by the end of the week… and as this is Friday, I’m running out of time! 😉

My three “Must See TV” picks for the season:

1. Fringe

Fringe is JJ Abrams‘ new show on Fox and I have to say I’m hooked. Once again he’s taken an intriguing premise that mixes the modern world with the supernatural (as he did in Alias, which I loved) and then he throws in a solid helping of well defined characters for good measure.

2. Bones

Bones is the perfect mix of mystery and fun. It’s taken over NCIS‘s spot because of the humor and sarcasm, but will most likely stay there if the writing continues to be as strong as it’s been in the first few episodes of the season.

3. Big Bang Theory

Big Bang Theory is just a hoot. I’m a geek. Not quite as brainy (who is) as the crew on Big Bang, but I lived in a similar situation with a group of less than socially adept individuals (myself included) all through college. We survived, but it’s hilarious to watch these guys stumble along through life!

I’m going to tag… Jean at Sizzling Popcorn, Petra at Lil Blog of Horrors, and Base Guardian over at Superheroes Base.

Rules:

1. List your ‘Must-see TV shows’ for this season (no minimum, no maximum).
2. Tag as many people as shows you list.

What’s on your ‘Must-see TV’ list this season?

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Television: Fringe Thoughts

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Hi all…

I caught the Fringe series premiere last night, just like many other sci-fi fans and JJ Abrams followers. And I was struck by the familiarity of some of the themes, put together in slightly unexpected ways.

Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and her lover John Scott (Mark Valley) are called to duty in the middle of the night to Dulles when an entire airliner from Hamburg, Germany, lands with no one alive on board. Some sort of biological agent perhaps? The investigation leads to a storage facility, in which Scott is badly injured in an explosion of chemical agents while chasing a suspect.

The episode takes us on Duham’s investigation of what happened to the passengers on that Hamburg flight, as it also afflicts Agent Scott.

Along the way, we meet Dr. Walter Bishop (played brilliantly by John Noble, who was Lord Denethor in the Lord of the Rings trilogy from Peter Jackson) and his son Peter Bishop (a great, sarcastic role played by Joshua Jackson best known for his role in Dawson’s Creek). Walter has been out of the world for a while, locked in an institution after the death of one of his assistants. But before his time in the asylum, he was exploring science on the fringe…

Fringe will be exploring these “Fringe” sciences — telepathy, teleportation, mutation, dreams, and so on — and how all of this weaves into The Pattern, a series of strange happenings around the globe all tied to Bishop’s research 20 years ago.

I look forward to seeing how all of this plays out. Alias was one of my favorite series for a long time. I watched the first season of Lost, but lost interest after that. I am also looking forward to Abrams’ take on Star Trek to see if he can reboot that now mostly dead franchise.

Abrams’ series all have one thing in common – strong characters. The plot and story are important, but it’s the characters that drive the action and keep me interested. Dr. Bishop, locked away for so many years, is a very intriguing character to me. His affectations, quirks, and ramblings just make him that much more interesting. Peter Bishop also holds some mysteries. What is he running from? What all has he done in the past? And Agent Dunham, now sucked into the mystery, is also a curious character. Strong, dynamic, yet feminine. She’s almost a cross between Scully and Mulder from the X-Files with the physicality and tenacity of Indiana Jones.

Will I be watching? You bet. This series holds many more secrets and is just waiting to reveal them all in due time…

What did you think?

–Fitz

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