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  • Star Trek: Of Gods and Men – Parts I & II | Shiny Shelf
    worst excesses of fan fiction Altered time lines new Starships Enterprise apocryphal names for characters confirmed abundant continuity references dialogue alluding to fan favourite moments all feature and all knock the idea encouraged by the scale of the production that this is a fully professional gig It certainly looks and plays as well much TV SF Star Trek Of Gods and Men is based on the first two thirds at least an enjoyable affair nonetheless This is though rather in spite of not because of its storyline It s the pleasure of seeing Chekov and Uhura again that gets us through the unwieldy plotting and derivative narrative and that s despite them spending a considerable portion of their screen time playing parallel universe versions of their usual characters You can t help feeling that if you re going to the trouble of getting Koenig and Nicholls to turn up you should allow them to play the characters people enjoy them as rather than dark unhappy versions therof That said the three headliners all work well in their dual roles Walter Koenig excels in part that gives him some dialogue that really should be unsayable Nichelle Nichols probably has more to do than in any other Star Trek production in which she has appeared displaying a flair and depth that she never really got to showcase prior and Alan Ruck does a neat job in a part clearly written for George Takei and seemingly not re written a great deal when the part was re cast While I ve nothing but praise for how this project has been organised around the available resources and it is also impressively directed the script and story demonstrate a lack of imagination that is to be sincerely regretted by those of us who are regardless genuinely delighted to see regulars from the original Star Trek show on screen one more time More professional and impressive than the Koeing starring episode of New Voyages but far less effective than it never mind the outstanding Takei starring World Enough and Time Of Gods and Men feels like something of a missed opportunity to be honest I m sorry really I am but there it is Line Break By Jim Smith Share Star Trek Of Gods and Men Parts I II Tags Star Trek Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas

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  • Star Trek: New Voyages: World Enough and Time | Shiny Shelf
    Kelley without imitating him I can at least buy as Bones Andy Bray is a bright engaging believable Chekov and Julienne Irons is perfect as Uhura She s beautiful poised compassionate and warm and does a great deal with very little screen time Which is exactly how I d describe Nichelle Nicholls in the part if asked Charles Root as Scotty is basically doing an impersonation of Jimmy Doohan His look and inflection are right but unlike his castmates he doesn t bring seem to be bringing anything extra to the table That said he also isn t doing anything particularly wrong so I have no real complaints By the way for those of you with an attitude to canon so uncompromising that you can t accept the concept of re cast how about this As the bulk of the episode consists of the older and played by George Takei Captain Sulu s memories this is how he recalls his former colleagues looking and sounding rather than what they were literally like I don t have an issue with the concept of re casting myself but it s a straw for you to grasp should you feel you need one Of course the real star of the show both for the audience and in the credits is George Takei returning to the role of Sulu after more than ten years I have mentioned in the past possibly in work for this site that the conclusion of the Voyager episode Flashback meant that what was for a long time almost certain to be the audience s last ever glimpse of Sulu was of his back and shoulder while he repeated dialogue we couldn t hear while trapped in a less interesting character s hallucination Which is hardly going out in a blaze of glory lets face it I m never sure I buy comments from people who claim any character other than Kirk Spock or Bones as their favourite from the original series simply because none of the characters ever get enough to do to establish themselves as the equals of the show s three in the titles stars Nevertheless I think George Takei has oodles of charm ability and star quality as a performer For example he even manages to make his one line in Never So Few interesting and funny while his Indian Summer role in Heroes is a delight Sulu though is so infrequently given a chance to shine onscreen that there s not enough there for me to become quite as enthused about as I can with Kirk Spock or McCoy It s a delight to report then that here elevated to centre stage for the first time Takei demonstrates comprehensively that both character and actor could have handled far more than the producers of Star Trek ever chose to throw at him Takei gives a tremendous performance here one which includes a couple of character moments which are played with such a delicate touch they could

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  • Third Time Around | Shiny Shelf
    the character was created to be the lead in a monthly comic book There had been literally thousands of stories about Peter Parker the Amazing Spider Man Even if only 1 of them have ever worked that s more source material for motion pictures than could ever be used up There are fifty six short stories and four novels about Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle The logic that the third film in a series is always bad demands that we should only ever adapt a maximum of two of them probably the first two This would leave The Hound of the Baskervilles the most filmed novel of all time sadly untouched by celluloid The same goes for Star Trek Designed as a television series its has the idea that multiple stories up to 50 a year can be told within it built into the format The idea that ten movies is too many is just plain dumb Okay only six of them are any good but that total includes the third one Other media don t have issues with sequels The ludicrous pretence that film is not an innately commercial medium and that thusly a sequel nevermind a second sequel which is more obviously made for the money than another film might be that contributes to this phantasmal idea of diminishing returns Do we discount Shakespeare s Henry IV Part II or his Richard III which is a sequel to the three part Henry VI Do we dismiss Marlowe s second play about Tamburlaine written entirely because of the financial success of the first pity John Webster s The Tamer Tamed or excise the second half on Don Quixote for being written many years after the first Do we mock The Odyssey for being a sequel to The Illiad or The Aeniad for arguably being a spin off of both Obviously not Of course there are bad sequels This isn t because sequels are inherently bad it s because a lot of films are bad Sequels and third instalments I refuse to use the word threequel that Pauline Kael invented and which I d thought died with her until it recently re appeared in a similar manner to tuberculosis can be bad in specific ways of course Die Harder is the archetypal bad sequel any of the sins popularly associated with sequels are committed here It features characters from the previous film for no reason other than they are in the previous Its plot is a re run of the original etc etc but all kinds of films from romantic comedies to searing indictments of the corruption of the middle classes have very particular ways in which they can be bad That doesn t mean people should stop making them In a world where Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Goldfinger Son of Frankenstein Die Hard With A Vengeance The Good the Bad and the Ugly Army of Darkness The Godfather Part

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  • Things We Like About Star Trek | Shiny Shelf
    Plummer s hammy Klingon general some great production design the Klingon jail and some of the very best Kirk Spock McCoy moments all wrapped up in a working example of the sort of convoluted geopolitical story that Deep Space Nine spent most of its time ballsing up Star Trek First Contact Some brilliantly realised set pieces the opening battle the space walk sequence and James Cromwell shamelessy stealing every scene Star Trek Insurection Most underrated movie of the franchise some great moments the gentle mockery of a fountain of youth plot applied to the increasingly matronly Marina Sirtis and Gates McFadden not to to mention avuncular Jonathan Frakes while F Murray Abraham diligently studies the book of Montalban and almost pulls it off CHRISTIAN S The Gamesters of Triskelion For I bet 400 Quatloos on the newcomer and because it s just so damn alien yet also reassuringly familiar And funny TNG The Icarus Factor For Anbo Jyutsu quite obviously The Stupidest Looking Sport in The Galaxy TNG Q Who For introducing the Borg and especially the shock appearance of Borg Babies in a drawer It s such a creepy idea for mainstream american TV and they actually stuck plastic prostetics onto babies faces it really brought home quite how inhuman and how un natural order like the Borg are TNG Qpid A Fistful of Datas Because I love any episode in which Worf has to dress up in a silly costume Cowboy Will Scarlett etc and look really really annoyed about it TNG Chain of Command For THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS because there bloody well are A true character climax moment Captain Kathryn Janeway For her insistence that she ll blow this ship apart in almost any situation her dedication to blazing suicidal sacrifice at virtually every turn is admirable And funny EDDIE S William Shatner Arena The episode where Kirk and that alien get beamed down onto a planet to fight and Kirk wins by constructing a rudimentary cannon Blake s 7 ripped it off for Duel and Bill and Ted watch it in Bogus Journey Charlie X Kirk getting pissed off with Chekov claiming that absolutely everything is Russian Scotty failing to give the remotest toss about changing history in The Voyage Home Kirk facing off against God in The Final Frontier partly because I like it and partly because it represents Roddenberry s whole view on religion in a nutshell TNG Elementary Dear Data TNG Relics The TNG episode where Scotty comes back and explains to Geordi how he became known as a miracle worker by over estimating his work all the time it s funny it s a great retcon and it can be applied to your everyday life TNG Tapestry Garak The camp Cardassian tailor out of Deep Space Nine Jim s The Menagerie Because all that Star Trek is is in here Utopianism exploration humanity friendship courage mini skirts indoor planets dayglo backdrops wonderful aliens a sense of place a sincere and worthwhile

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  • DS9 | Shiny Shelf
    comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May

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  • Peter David | Shiny Shelf
    strangely grim but lightweight dealing with dark stories in a fluffy and inconsequential wa Tags Alias Brian Michael Bendis Comics Daredevil Ed Brubaker Hulk Marvel Michael Lark Peter David X Men RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011

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  • Star Trek @ 40 | Shiny Shelf
    ratings are massive for UK TV It s a staple of gossip columns and excited news reports and its future has probably never been more secure Rewind ten years and Doctor Who is six months after a failed TV movie revival the rights issues surrounding which are going to keep the show off the air for a number of years It had been off the air that 86 minute disaster aside since 1989 Even its excellent spin off novel series is about to be cancelled Jon Pertwee the series much loved former star and a great ambassador for the series has recently died Compared to that particular disaster area the future of Star Trek is positively rosy I m a big fan of both shows and it s rather odd to me that it seems almost impossible for the two to co exist in the same time frame For both to be popular successful and good at the same time On the upside what this means is that I ve been here before and I know that things will get better for people who are just fans of Star Trek alone What goes around comes around JJ Abrams has already made one terrific movie based on a sixties TV show for Paramount and he s created two of the most exciting and innovative popular genre series of the past two decades While now might seem to be something a desert for Star Trek fans all that s needed now is patience Good things we can only hope come to those who wait Line Break By Jim Smith Share Star Trek 40 Tags Fifth Movies Star Trek TV Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV

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  • BOLDLY GONE: These Are The Voyages | Shiny Shelf
    made is a bit of treat as are the dusted off and re used sets The mere premise of integrating the two shows together and the mention of and voiceover by Captain Kirk appeal to the continuity hound inside of me too It s nice to sit back and think of all Trek as one huge puzzle So good things All the actors perform well herein It s possible Bakula has never been better and Jeffrey Coombs is as ever a delight as the multi faceted Andorian Shran For a change all of the regulars get big scenes although they don t really get scenes together instead they interact with Frakes who is his usual excellent self The script goes out of its way to demonstrate that Jonathan Archer is remembered as a Great Man something that Enterprise fans should surely appreciate while the sight of Archer preparing to effectively deliver the foundation speech for Roddenberry s utopia are surely worth the price of admission for anyone who has loved any Star Trek at all Bad things Well I m not sure how the lesson Riker learns really ties into the events of The Pegasus in fact I m pretty sure it doesn t In the Enterprise era sections of the show the rescue plot is ordinary and the marauders who kill Trip Tucker are unmemorable Thus it is that Enterprise s most likeable creation an archetype defying good natured redneck genius is despatched in a puff of smoke and a cloud of electric sparkles He surely deserved a better send off than this provides However that we see Riker s discussion with Trip after the character s death in the main bulk of the plot is intelligent scripting as it brings home to the audience what Trip meant to them and Trineer s performance in this scene is wonderfully touching and humane This coda to Trip s life allows one to appreciate both actor and character in a way perhaps no other approach would Note though Trip goes into a cryogenic tube after being electrocuted and is never actually pronounced physically dead What s to stop him coming back This is Trek and he s a lot less dead than Spock was or Kirk was in The Tholian Web Never mind O Brien in Visionary Other problems lie in the episode s casual abandonment of the Trip T Pol relationship surely this show s shining jewel and the way the episode cuts away from Archer and co at the very very end for a few more seconds of Riker and Troi I like Riker better than nearly any Enterprise regular and acknowledge he s more important to the franchise over all but even I can see that it should be Bakula or Blalock who delivers this series final line of onscreen dialogue This is all aside an episode of Enterprise not of TNG even if the purity of that statement is compromised by These Are The Voyages status as

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