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Reaction – “The wait is over”

Posted by Michael Warren on May 8, 2009

OK, Star Trek instant reaction:

Bloody hell, that was good.

Near-instant reaction (i.e. having returned home afterwards) – with SPOILERS – below the cut.

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Review – Back to Earth, part 3

Posted by Michael Warren on April 12, 2009

Yeah, I couldn’t think of a memorable quote to use… tells you a little bit about the review.

Having considered through the making of (which definitely felt far too short), I’m more at ease with part 3 than the immediate reaction I had.

It is something more of a mixed bag, this one. Some good moments, some weak moments. The fakeout with the chase sequence was fun, and there were some good character moments, particularly for Craig (both as Lister, and as himself). The Kabin scene and Kryten’s “interrogation” were a big minus, though, and almost spoiled the rest of the episode for me.

I felt a bit too lost with the Blade Runner references – last night, I enjoyed them without knowing what they were; tonight, knowing that they’re Blade Runner references, it feels rather different. The fact that I was told that there were references actually impacted how I saw them in this part.

The ending seemed a little bit too pat (oh, it was the despair squid, oh, Lister’s staying for Kochanski, oh, Lister’s going back, oh, everything back the way it was), but I’m still, overall, quite pleased with the episode. There were some good moments of humour, some good moments of pathos and emotion, and it didn’t quite disappear up its own arse, as I might have feared.

The writing out of Katerina in part two seems even more abrupt and silly after all three, though.

But, they kept the secret of Chloe Annett’s appearance incredibly well, considering the press interest in the series, and the extensive pre-release publicity. And that resulted in a genuine surprise which I really enjoyed.

I look forward to the DVD release, and hope we get to see Back to Earth in a feature-length form there.

As I mentioned above, the making of that followed was good, although rather too short (we’ve been a bit spoiled by the documentaries on the DVDs – this really needed to be 90 minutes long!).

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More soundtrack stuff [UPDATE: Not official]

Posted by Michael Warren on April 6, 2009

Sorry for the lack of posting lately. Work has been extremely busy, and has prevented me from writing anything meaningful outside of it.

Anyway, today I discovered that the page for the Star Trek soundtrack at UK retailer Play.com has a copy of the cover, and what looks to be the proper track list. Read more behind the cut.

UPDATE: It turns out that none of this is official. Hopefully, that means “completely wrong”. The cover is “definitely not” the official cover.

FURTHER UPDATE: Only the cover is wrong.

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“You will experience fear.”

Posted by Michael Warren on March 7, 2009

After someone over on this side of the Atlantic got a little impatient, and put it online a few days ahead of schedule, Paramount officially released the new Star Trek trailer on Friday morning (when they were originally planning to do so on Monday morning). It was a nice thing to wake up to – although it did almost make me late for work as a result of the magnificence.

Yes, I thought it was spectacular. Giving us action, characterisation, emotion and jaw-dropping visuals, it blew the first trailer out of the sky. And it gave us our first looks at a number of things, including [highlight to read] George Kirk, the Enterprise in full, and James T. taking his place at the conn.  I had to go back and watch it through a few times just to process everything. And the music was just right, Two Steps from Hell once again delivering a spine-tingling piece.

I close out with a few of my favourite images and moments…

"Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes..."

"Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes..."

"We've got no captain, and no first officer to replace him." "Yeah, we do."

"We've got no captain, and no first officer to replace him." "Yeah, we do."

Tell me this didn't give you goosebumps...

Tell me this didn't give you goosebumps...

The angles on some of these shots are like nothing I've seen in Trek before - and that pleases me.

The angles on some of these shots are like nothing I've seen in Trek before - and that pleases me.

The whole thing has a "blockbuster" feel to it...

The whole thing has a "blockbuster" feel to it...

Prepare for the beginning

Prepare for the beginning.

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Review – “To be regarded in his own age as a classic…”

Posted by Michael Warren on January 22, 2009

A Singular DestinySo, Destiny has reshaped the state of the Star Trek universe. And now, the ripples from that catastrophic trilogy are beginning to spread. A Singular Destiny is the first novel to explore this new horizon – and it sets the seeds for the next two years’ worth of stories.

Did it live up to expectations? Find out below…

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Unveiling the next stage of destiny…

Posted by Michael Warren on July 13, 2008

So, Friday night, at the Shore Leave convention, Pocket Books unveiled its release schedule for the next 18 months. It’s a fascinating array of novels covering the entirety of the Star Trek franchise. I thought I’d take you through the announced novels, with covers where available (click them for full size versions from Memory Alpha), and provide my reactions to them.

A note on dates: mass market paperbacks (marked here as paperback) usually appear in the middle of the month prior to their scheduled date, trade paperbacks around the beginning of their scheduled month. Hence why Fearful Symmetry has been out for several weeks, Infinity’s Prism is just coming out, and Greater than the Sum should be out shortly.

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