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  • BOLDLY GONE: In a Mirror, Darkly – Part II | Shiny Shelf
    represent the best It s an exact inversion of how the series normally works but the end result of the contrasting is exactly the same as a classic sixties instalment like Patterns of Force or The Omega Glory The success of this process is perhaps best exemplified by reference to a marvellous scene in which the Mirror Archer and Mirror Hoshi read the life histories of their regular universe selves who are or rather were historical characters by the time of 1960s Star Trek after all and see what the decent compassionate versions of the people they are did will achieve and are suddenly jealous This scene actually contains a nod to the villain of Patterns of Force which come to think of it implies that screenwriter Mike Sussman was consciously doing exactly what I ve suggested Sussman has always had an ability to work with Trek icons remember Prophecy on Voyager Mirror Archer then becomes obsessed with his normal alter ego going so far as to hallucinate encounters with his positive self in which our Jonathan mocks him Of course this process of recreating Trek in its most glorious days wouldn t work if the production design of the episode wasn t top draw but fortunately it is The recreated sets for the Kirk era ship are a stunning realisation of Matt Jeffries original design as bright and high tech looking now as they must have been when The Man Trap aired nearly forty years ago Jeffries minimalist consoles and clean lines really do look vastly more advanced and futuristic than the NX 01 Enterprise which Archer s crew depart in the Previously on Enterpise pre credits while the uniforms some of the crew borrow create a feeling of actual nostalgia in the audience the derivation of the second syllable relates to pain as we see these pieces of Trek iconography abused by some of most unworthy and unpleasant characters ever to be seen in a Trek series Chock full of great character moments astounding production design and fantastic special effects In A Mirror Darkly Part II reveres mocks and parodies both the series of which it is a part and the series from which that was spun off It often achieves all six of the above contradictory things in the same scene In short watch it if you have ever liked any Star Trek at all and then pretty soon after you ll want to watch it again By holding up a mirror to the most sixties aspects of Gene Roddenberry s inherently sixties utopia In A Mirror Darkly Part II perhaps demonstrates a clearer understanding of what it is that makes great Star Trek great than any episode of any Star Trek that didn t pass through the series creator s hands has ever managed When reviewing Star Trek there is no higher praise that can be lavished Line Break By Jim Smith Share BOLDLY GONE In a Mirror Darkly Part II Tags Enterprise Fifth Star Trek

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  • The Franchise Cycle | Shiny Shelf
    s noticeable that when an idea wasn t really that great to begin with or was very specific to its time the revival often falters as with The Mod Squad Doctor Who has changed and endured long enough that we can be confident it ll be around for quite a while yet The surprising thing is that a lot of media commentators don t understand the difference between this and say a company deciding to make another Beverley Hills Cop movie If a new project isn t a wholly original idea it s liable to be written off as creatively bankrupt This is how a lot of commentators seem to have viewed the Batman series until the recent success of Batman Begins which like Doctor Who is based around a character who has been successfully portrayed by a variety of actors As far as many were concerned Batman was a once successful film franchise killed by diminishing returns and it was a surprise that Warners was even up for having a go at another film This makes the mistake of comparing the situation to that which occurs when a wholly original film spawns sequels which don t work Bad sequels are often an indication that the character s and or situation s of the original movie didn t have that much mileage in them and should therefore be dropped from further development to take the earlier example Beverley Hills Cop was based on a fish out of water premise that was thoroughly explored in the first movie and meant that the sequels ended up being mere re treads But this clearly isn t the case with the character of Batman who has had thousands of good and diverse stories told about him across comics television radio and film He is bigger than one bad movie however bad Batman and Robin might have been Warners has always known this and its response was not to drop the Batman franchise like it was a rotten peach but to give thought as to where Batman and Robin went wrong and who might be able to get the property back on track Within three years of the release of Batman and Robin the studio had Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller working on a new project and if that had gelled as it appears not to have done although the two men did several drafts of the script we might have had a Batman movie all the sooner If anything the surprise is that it took Warners so long to get Batman Begins out there There s a certain type of creative mind that likes to re invent old properties Grant Morrision was recently talking about how he does this sort of thing for fun between jobs and there are many of them working in the media looking for opportunities to get their hands on something iconic The companies which own these properties will usually be keen to get value out of them If anything

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  • BOLDLY GONE: Shatner’s Last Trek | Shiny Shelf
    I actually think both of these would have made fine episodes there s a great farce behind Sussman s notion and the idea of Bakula teaching Shatner how to be the Captain of the Enterprise is appealingly incongrous Looking at the other notion viewers of Classic Trek will know that Shatner can do evil as well as he does great screen heroism and the idea of him as a maniacal villain facing off against Bakula s intense explorer hero is enticing Both men are great TV stars and it would have been an engaging contest However both ideas while radically different to one another have one basic thing in common They both sidestep the actual return of the hero of the original Star Trek Captain James Tiberius Kirk opting instead in favour of a substitute avatar The problem is that a simple return is basically what most people tuning in even those who haven t seen or don t know of Generations would have expected to see While an evil Kirk centred mirror universe two parter would have been based on the evidence of the brilliant production afforded In a Mirror Darkly an inevitable delight it s hard to shift the notion that it would have been a missed opportunity The idea of Shatner as evil Kirk or comedy Kirk is compelling but it s not as compelling as the idea of the return of the real thing An enticing possibility though is a potential twist where the real Kirk would have turned up to trounce his evil doppelganger at the story s conclusion What we have in the real world is a frustratingly missed open goal Had the alternative In a Mirror Darkly been made then we d have been looking at pretty much the same thing The death of Modern Trek means that the property needs a re launch There s now a second opportunity to collide the Shatner renaissance with the role that made him a star The most plausible and most likely to succeed relaunch for Trek would be one that tapped in as firmly as possible to the goodwill extended by such a large percentage of viewers to the original classic proper Star Trek of the 1960s With DeForest Kelley and Gene Roddenberry sadly gone and Leonard Nimoy firmly retired there s really only one sensible option especially when the wrongs of the end of Generations are still there to be righted Star Trek The Return of Captain Kirk your Monday night original movie here on SpikeTV You know it It s the only way Are you listening Paramount You should be Line Break By Jim Smith Share BOLDLY GONE Shatner s Last Trek Tags Enterprise Fifth Star Trek William Shatner 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

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  • BOLDLY GONE: Star Trek: The Motion Picture | Shiny Shelf
    himself The costumes were bright and colourful and the characters were warm enthusiastic and sometimes aggressive Star Trek The Next Generation was a big hit All of Roddenberry s instincts were right except the crucial one which story to go with first However there are also elements present in later Trek which come from Wise The Movie Enterprise s tubular engine with its throbbing inner light is now a feature of every Federation starship It was Wise s idea The ship s irregular octagonal corridors which have been either physically re used or noticeably pastiched in every Star Trek film and series since were built to Wise s specifications Jerry Goldsmith s theme for the movie which opened every single episode of Star Trek The Next Generation and two of the subsequent Trek films was written after the rest of the score was completed and at Wise s instruction Despite itself Star Trek The Motion Picture took a colossal amount of money at the box office the fans loyally returning to see it again and again despite their misgivings desperate for another glimpse of their idols in the first new Trek for ten years It remains true that the financial success of the film and the vast amount of props and sets it left behind in storage when it wrapped were two of the main reasons Star Trek sustained itself as a property for more than two decades Jeffrey Katzenberg who knows a thing or two about Hollywood finance has called the film the foundation on which this entire enterprise pun intended was built The Star Trek features films that followed in the subsequent decade would have far more in common with each other than with the first and so regarded as both an oddity and somehow unfinished it languished unloved When it premiered on television in 1983 the first attempt to rescue its posthumous reputation was made An additional quarter of an hour featuring beloved characters was cut back in an attempt to add the audience engagement factor the picture so spectacularly lacked Although some of these scenes did add to the film some were superfluous some were obviously incomplete takes not intended for public consumption and all of them combined to slow the picture s pacing already at a crawl to a virtual standstill The balance between character and effects the original editors had been unable to find back in 79 still eluded those preparing this longer version This cut was later released on videocassette and was for a while the most widely distributed version of the film which damaged its reputation further The fact that this version both on television and video was panned and scanned and thus lacked the moments of visual majesty that had made the film bearable didn t help either In the late 1990s the DVD boom took off and all the Trek features bar the first were released At first it looked as if Wise s picture had been neglected yet again

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  • Enterprise 4.01 – 4.09 | Shiny Shelf
    an asset Brent Spiner is to this arc Unkind things have been said about Brent Spiner on this site They doubtless will be again especially if I ever have to review an episode of TNG in which he does his little girl acting but in Enterprise the man really turns in the goods Spiner s tics and rhythms always found their very best expression in the display of the morally dubious Lore was always a more interesting performance to watch than Data although Data is the more interesting character and Soong is much more interesting performance than Lore Lore was incidentally Gene Rodenberry s last great gift to the series he created and did so much to shape Somewhere between visionary and crank Hannibal Lector and medical pioneer Soong is a fascinating character Spiner apparently had a hand in convincing the production team to make Soong a more conflicted figure a man with principles that are simply not our heroes principles rather than someone who is determined to be a villain That s to the man s great credit and I earnestly hope we see Dr Soong again on this show Producer Coto s first act more or less upon taking over Enterprise was to promise fans that there would be an episode featuring a green Orion slave girl If you think about it for a second you realise that it s virtually the earliest possible continuity reference to make in Star Trek The Cage pre dating as it does Kirk McCoy Starfleet and the Federation The only thing that comes before it is a ship called Enterprise and we ve already got that covered Much of this year s strength lies in the multi part format but something else Coto who storylines every episode has brought has been an appreciation of how TV functions now Watch the subplots fly by Watch the intercutting of plot threads See scenes end with denoument Listen to dialogue you can imagine saying It s ironic that this season is more like Star Trek than any Star Trek in an age when it s also thrown off all the conventions and clich s one associates with the series clunkier attitudes to storytelling The next three part story The Forge Awakening Kirshara largely takes place on Vulcan a planet we ve visited far less often in Trek than you might think It takes in terrorist bombings conspiracies and long gestating plans for pre emptive invasion It also takes a thread from one of the all time great Trek episodes Amok Time and pulls it backwards into the new plot creating in the process something which is a true prequel in the The Magician s Nephew The Phantom Menace sense something which cunningly moves the pieces to where we know that have to end up but does so in interesting and exciting ways The middle episode is the strongest of both the arc and the season Building on the front of things that even the most

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  • That Was The Year That Was – Part One | Shiny Shelf
    managed to be an example of both It dealt with horrors ancient and modern biblical and social and this was its first release since it was written and performed just the once in 1938 The triumphant return of Morrissey can t have passed anyone by First of the Gang to Die being probably the best song he s written in twenty years It was a fitting time too for that Woody Allen favourite Marcel Ophels The Sorrow and the Pity to get an overdue and digitised revival at the NFT Even at four hours it didn t overstay its welcome offering timely firsthand insights into the politics of occupation in this instance Nazi occupied France The NFT also screened Orson Welles sly TV documentaries about Basque culture both unseen for decades while the National s Measure for Measure said more about voyeurism emotional blackmail and shameless ideologues than most people could cope with in one evening In other spheres Grant Morrison s We3 proved yet again his status as one of the most creative writers in the English language That he did it virtually wordlessly makes it even better Also worthy of note were Bob Morales cruelly shortened run on Captain America more social comment the brilliant Identity Crisis Bendis Daredevil still and Benito Cereno and Graeme MacDonald s head spinningly ahistorical Tales From The Bully Pulpit A late event was The Tears next year s best band playing their first gigs in London and Oxford Oh and course this year we lost Jacques Derrida But as a learned friend of mine pointed out Derrida s dead Long live Derrida C est le difference non Jim Smith It s been another magic year for British comedy despite the departure of The Office This is largely due to BBC3 which after a shaky start appears to have found a role as proving ground for more esoteric comedy The Mighty Boosh Little Britain much stronger second season The Smoking Room Monkey Dust all great Honourable mention also to Darkplace and Peepshow on Channel Four I loved every gorgeously drawn page of New Frontier and awaited each of its six issues with glee after recovering from the shock of Hourman s apparent death in number one Of course this is about as subversive and shocking as saying Shaun of the Dead was my top film or The Killers my top band both of which happen to be true With Resident Evil Apocalypse and Alien Vs Predator it s difficult to imagine there were any cinematic disappointments this year This would be to forget the mighty King Arthur an insult in every way shape and form Blander than a bag of flour but still teeth gnashingly annoying I came away feeling actively cheated Similarly bland and disappointing was the Beastie Boys latest To the Five Boroughs Few musicians can make listenable protest music and this cloying mix of anti Bush whining and saccharine post 9 11 New York tribute is no exception Reckon it

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  • Alien | Shiny Shelf
    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 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

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  • Brad Meltzer | Shiny Shelf
    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 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

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