The 50s

I feel bad that I didn’t continue doing this throughout the year, either for my friends who turned 50, nor the Star Trek episodes that premiered 50 years ago, or movies that first screened in 1967.

That said, Happy Birthday to all of my friends who have turned, or are turning, 50 this year.  May you all live longer and continue to prosper.

October 6, 1967, premiere date of Star trek episode ‘Mirror, Mirror’.

A transporter mishap slips Captain Kirk and his companions into a parallel universe, where the Enterprise serves a barbaric Empire instead of the Federation. This episode spun off several plotlines in Deep Space Nine and Enterprise.

Spock with a beard is an image that always intrigued me.  It’s why I tried to maintain a similar style of facial hair back in my 30s.

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Years later I would meet Barbara Luna (Marlena Moreau) at WonderCon in San Francisco.

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The one thing that always puzzled me was the idea that the Terran Empire’s ships orbited planets clockwise, instead of counter-clockwise.

Never really looked for an explanation.  It just seems silly.

Set phasers to stun…

Yesterday I decided to cancel my pre-order for Star Wars Battlefront II.

*pause for shock*

I simply cannot play many video games anymore, especially newer ones, due to RSI or just not enough free time to play.  I barely played the first Battlefront, and haven’t really touched Injustice 2 or Overwatch or Agents of Mayhem.

When I cancelled my order at Best Buy, I got back a $25 reward certificate.  I already had a couple of $5 ones, and a $10 gift card.  I browsed the site and found that they Wand Company’s Original Series Phaser remote was on sale, and along with my certificates and gift card, it was about 50% off.

What the heck, I thought.  I already had the bluetooth communicator, so why not complete the set?

Behold!

Boxed.

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35th Anniversary Observations

  • There was a 20 minute interview with William Shatner before the movie started
  • As the opening credits rolled, I was taken aback at the number of actors from this movie who have passed away, and not just the regulars from Star Trek: Paul Winfield, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Ricardo Montalban
  • Real theatre sound will always trump even the best home theatre systems
  • Explosions were much brighter than I remember
  • Transporters are LOUD
  • Signage was clear and readable
  • Some scenes actually looked blurry, I wonder if these were the Director’s Cut clips that were added, but don’t look that bad at home on blu-ray
  • Spock’s death scene seemed quieter in the theatre, as if everyone was holding their breath
  • Glenn: “We’re older than Kirk was in this movie.”

35th

I just finished watching Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for the umpteenth time.

This time it was for the 35th anniversary of it’s theatrical release.

I wish I had know that it was going to be part of one of Cinemark’s Movie Classics program last Fall.  I haven’t seen this in the theatre in… 35 years.

Looking back on that day in 1982, when my classmates and I took MUNI down to the Regency I theatre on Van Ness Boulevard, I can’t recall everyone who was there.

Stupid aging.

And to this day, like every time before, I still cry when Spock dies.

It’s gotten worse since Leonard Nimoy passed away.

This remains my favorite Star Trek film.  Period.

Tuesday

More ships for Attack Wing came in.  Yay!

I still have a few more ships coming in.  Yikes.

Also, update!

IKS Gr’oth repaint, D7-class
IRW Algeron, D7-class (Romulan)

Sports gaming week overlapped into this week.  I knew a schedule wouldn’t work.

Star Trek Attack Wing has me watching the Star Trek films again.  Not that that’s a bad thing, of course.

Weird not having my usual shows on TV, until Fall.

Star Trek Attack Wing

After an enjoyable evening of playing 4 games of X-Wing Miniatures at Nelson’s house, I decide to bite the bullet and order a copy of Star Trek Attack Wing.

The starter set comes withe the three starship miniatures shown, from Star Trek: The Next Generation.  I myself am a bigger fan of the Original Series, so of course I went and ordered a few TOS ships.

My one beef with this game is the size of the original Enterprise miniature, and the price they charge for it ($14.99 retail).  After looking at the number of other items (cards, tokens, etc.) that come with it, and after using reward points that game me a $10 coupon at an online store, I figured that it was worth getting for $1.97 (originally $11.97).  Heh.

Edit: behold!

You’re paying for more than just a miniature, that’s a lot of game material for this ship.

I browsed the available Klingon ships and came across this one, the ship that attacked V’Ger in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

And then there’s this ship, the Romulan vessel that attacked the outposts along the Neutral Zone, until it was stopped by the Enterprise in “Balance of Terror”.

The Klingon and Romulan ship miniatures are much bigger than the Enterprise miniature, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but whatever, I’m getting my TOS fix with those three.

Randomness 5.16.2017

Thoughts after last night’s Supergirl episode:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Watched 10 minutes of Logan Noir, it looks great.

Mind control?  Disguised Daxamite? #supergirlthoughts

Is the current popularity of Star Wars sapping away my interest in Star Trek?  Or is it the debacle that is Star Trek Discovery?

How do you like your eggs?