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  • Star Trek: Nemesis | Shiny Shelf
    from the rampant lack of subtlety on display The audience never for a moment doubt that he s the cackling big bad of the story which is a shame as the way the plot is constructed you re clearly meant to be unsure of his moral status The great Ron Perlman is buried under heavy make up as the Reman Viceroy and his performance consists of little more than fun body language and some gasping breaths Dina Meyer of TV s late lamented Birds of Prey is a comely Romulan Commander with nice hair and absolutely no evident personality whatsoever There are pleasing though wordless cameos from Whoopi Goldberg s Guinan and Wil Wheaton s Wesley Crusher and a sadly vocal one from Kathryn Grating Janeway Kate Mulgrew formerly the non star of UPN s barely watched disgrace Star Trek Voyager Although the production values are high throughout there are are no jaw dropping moments staggeringly inventive sets effects innovations or astonishing plot twists The death of Spiner s Data although nicely shot and affectingly played low key is about as surprising in context as the presence of the credit Based on Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry Spiner s final scene however is a fitting end to the actor s 15 year career as one of the series most beloved creations The plot s props Senatorial buildings underground mines monsters which look like Nosferatu Viceroys coupes d etat long gestating plans all betray a noticeable indebtedness to the Star Wars prequel trilogy and The Lord of the Rings and there are a couple of effects nods to The Matrix These are again a good thing Star Trek should be of its own time and reflect contemporary concerns it s the only way the concept can evolve and continue to provide entertainment Equally this is very much a post 9 11 Star Trek story The plot blends weapons of mass destruction and unprovoked attacks on civilian targets with military coups and worries about the Federation s responsibilities as the galaxy s leading democracy Quite what lessons we re meant to draw though from Picard s willingness to ally himself with the oppressive Romulans against the oppressed Remans and the victim of circumstance victim of the Romulans Shinzon I ve no idea Is the film perhaps saying that it doesn t matter what you ve suffered as once you cross a line one decided upon by someone else naturally you re beyond redemption and can be cut down without hesitation Probably best not to think about it too much the writer clearly didn t Star Trek Nemesis is entertaining Neither a revelatory viewing experience nor a cinematic dead duck it pootles through its screen time happily enough and for audiences who like these characters and these actors it s a pleasant enough 116 minutes At times it s dark and funky and at times it s very exciting indeed but there are plenty of longeurs in between It s a real

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  • Star Trek: Nemesis | Shiny Shelf
    couple of other major blockbusters out at the moment this movie is totally accessible to those who aren t huge fans and only have a passing knowledge of Star Trek As long as you know the basic concept of the show everything you need to know about Picard s history the Romulas Remus dilemma and Data s past are all explained without a second of infodumping This is a movie well aware that it should be looking for a wider audience than just the Trek fans and it s well aware that balancing fan pleasing cameos and references with audince accessibility is a fine line to cross For example the scene where the Admiral briefs Picard on his mission she mentions villains he s faced in the past but only villains from the Next Generation movies it s a restrained moment of fan resistance and at that point the TV series really does feel a generation away When the fannish moments do come it s a credit to the taut pacy script that several fan pleasing cameos and references slip in without ever seeming gratuitous or bewildering to the uninitiated Yes there s a couple of contradictions with wider Trek continuity but the film s internal continuity is totally consistent and they re breaches only the most dedicated of fans would notice and certainly don t detract from the film s enjoyability The action packed finale is truly great showing several ideas that just had to be done and is appropriate without being too predictable Without wanting to give away the ending I saw a cheesy reset button TV Trek ending coming a mile off and was pleasantly surprised when they resisted that path and did something else completely The acting is as good as it needs to be in what is essentially a no brainer popcorn flick Shinzon and Picard make a believable double act whilst the rest of the cast take their usual background roles and play them the same as always Most of all the cast seem to be having fun with the roles they may be playing for the last time and the audience can t help but enjoy the experience with them Star Trek Nemesis is an action packed restrained understated witty and epic picture and possibly the most satisfying and dignified of all the Next Generation films Let s hope it s not the crew s final journey after all Line Break By Jon de Burgh Miller Share Star Trek Nemesis Tags Jonathan Frakes Movies Patrick Stewart Ron Perlman Star Trek TNG 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

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  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season Three DVD | Shiny Shelf
    season kicks in with A Matter of Perspective an original take on the murder mystery plot and the first of several TNG episodes that play with the idea that what the mind sees isn t always what s really happening And then we get Yesterday s Enterprise one of Star Trek s finest moments Notable at the time for the return of Denise Crosby as her season one character Tasha Yar this was the first TNG big budget spectacular with a strong script and some great action scenes It certainly wouldn t be the last this season however After Sins of the Father a self discovery episode for Worf that sets the pieces in place for the Klingon storylines that would run throughout the show there s a run of enjoyable but inconsequential episodes until the end of the season that barely warrant a mention The only exception really is fan favourite Sarek that sees Picard becoming a surrogate son of the elder statesman of Vulcan the father of original Star Trek series character Spock Picard seems to gain a strength and sombreness from this episode that would last him through the rest of the show s life and serve him well for The Best of Both Worlds the episode that ends the season Without doubt the best TNG episode and possibly the best single hour of science fiction television ever The Best of Both Worlds takes a loose end from season one a cool new enemy from season two and mixes it in with the action pacing and confidence of season three to produce a gripping tense and shocking episode that sees the Federation s delusions of invulnerability destroyed as they find it increasingly impossible to stop the Borg from conquering the Solar System As the Federation s confidence in itself is shattered Paramount s confidence in Star Trek surges and with the final wonderful cliffhanger of Riker doing his duty and firing on his Borgified captain you know it can t get much better than this Overall the third season is a mixed bag The quality of episodes is very high with few dud episodes to sour things but there is a lot of mediocrity here Nevertheless the season contains enough classic and amazing episodes to drown out the shortcomings of the quieter budget saving episodes Line Break By Jon de Burgh Miller Share Star Trek The Next Generation Season Three DVD Tags DVD Jonathan Frakes Patrick Stewart Star Trek TNG 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

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  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season Four DVD | Shiny Shelf
    too extreme or obtrusive A sibling of a long lost crew member pops up in Legacy an episode exploring the nature of sisterhood while Reunion sees Worf confront past ghosts and sets the scene for the season s conclusion These episodes provide tantalising scene setters but are really among the season s weaker offerings The show hits its stride once more however with Future Imperfect an episode that brings the alternative perception theme to the fore as Riker is seemingly transported into the future Final Mission sees not only Wesley Crusher s departure for Starfleet Academy but the resolution to the thread of Picard as his surrogate father An understated and fairly unmemorable episode this one begins a string of weaker episodes in the middle of the season The Loss and Data s Day are nice character pieces but basically filler whilst The Wounded is memorable for nothing more than the introduction of the Cardassians Devil s Due and Clues are a pair of interesting mystery episodes both with strong concepts that try something a little different but whereas Devil s Due falls somewhat flat of expectations Clues is a cleverly written script that provides one of the more enjoyable and interesting episodes of the season The fantastic First Contact takes up the theme of the Prime Directive and is in many ways a rerun of last season s Who Watches The Watchers but with a more intense pace as the Federation is shown to be not as infallible as would sometime seem Many claim this sort of thing wasn t contemplated until the latter years of Deep Space Nine but episodes like this one prove otherwise Galaxy s Child Night Terrors Identity Crisis and The Nth Degree are filler episodes of reasonable quality when taken alone but compared to the rest of the season they re not anywhere near the same standard The last half of the season consists of solid well written but basically unmemorable episodes with only The Drumhead a Salem witch trials parallel that continues to homogenise Star Trek really standing out as the best of the bunch Tying in the federation conspiracy with Picard s Borg conversion The Drumhead provides another interesting if a little heavy handed look at the darker side of the Federation The season concludes with another family episode this time exploring the problem s of Worf s relationship to the Klingon homeworld and the dilemma of blood relatives compared to adoptive ones As he struggles to find his identity he echoes a wider theme of this season Who are we where do we fit in the grand scheme of things and how can we move into the future without our lives being controlled by the past This is undoubtedly the most thematically unified season of any Star Trek Every level of family is explored this season through blood relatives surrogate relationships the family of the Enterprise to the wider family of the Federation This is a season that firmly establishes a

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  • Enterprise: Strange New World | Shiny Shelf
    vol 1 2 from Blackstar Line Break By Mark Clapham Mark Clapham is a Devon based writer and editor You can find out more about him at the egotistically named markclapham com Share Enterprise Strange New World Tags Enterprise 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 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

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  • Enterprise: Unexpected | Shiny Shelf
    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 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April

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  • Star Trek | Shiny Shelf - Part 2
    TV Enterprise Fight or Flight By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off 14 January 2002 Sky One After Broken Bow its unsurprising that the series first normal episode is a little low key Tags Enterprise Star Trek TV Enterprise The Andorian Incident By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off You can see the pitch meeting for this episode easily enough One of the writers is sitting across the desk from Executive Producer Brannon Braga and he grins and says excitedly It s set in a Vu Tags Enterprise Star Trek TV Enterprise Breaking The Ice By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off A meteor a vulcan ship and a recorded message to a class of school kids for most of its running time Breaking The Ice is about as low key as it gets It also works and works well Tags Brannon Braga Enterprise Rick Berman Star Trek TV Enterprise Fortunate Son By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off What could be more exciting than a space opera about freight Almost anything you might say and usually you d be right Tags Brannon Braga Enterprise LeVar Burton Rick Berman Star Trek TV Enterprise Cold Front By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off Finally we get back to the arc set up in Broken Bow and learn a little about the Cold War across time that everyone was going on about In this respect Enterprise is craftily taking a le Tags Brannon Braga Enterprise Rick Berman Star Trek TV Enterprise Silent Enemy By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off At last a pay off to all those gantries and gunmetal Silent Enemy is the spaceship as submarine drama those militaristic sets promised and has all the atmosphere and tension such a premise de Tags Brannon Braga Enterprise Rick Berman Star Trek TV Enterprise Dear Doctor By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off For much of its length Dear Doctor is a fairly successful stab at the kind of morality play which some seem to think Star Trek was invented for Tags Enterprise Star Trek TV Enterprise Shadows of P Jem By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off Gasp Enterprise demonstrates continuity shocker Tags Brannon Braga Enterprise Mike Sussman Mike Vejar Rick Berman Star Trek TV Enterprise Oasis By Stephen Lavington on 15 May 2002 Comments Off For a show with such great potential Enterprise seems singularly reluctant to take to the skies Of course this is no great surprise Tags Brannon Braga Enterprise Rick Berman Star Trek TV Newer Entries 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

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  • Just A Minute | Shiny Shelf
    probably most familiar to Shiny readers as the Voice of the Book in the original Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy was such a bad player of the game that I used to suspect he was messing up on purpose So filming a TV version without any flash visual elements allows you to focus on the words It s fun to see the players interact For example Paul Merton and Julian Clary s long running rivalry contains a lot of non verbal wind ups But that s a bonus rather than a distraction For the first time I want to see more But please invite Sheila Hancock as she s one of my very favorite players Line Break By Mags L Halliday Share Just A Minute Tags BBC2 Comedy Just A Minute Nicholas Parsons Paul Merton 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

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