I think this episode gets the award for best reuse of old pilot footage ever. Thank heaven Leonard Nimoy was in both the pilot and the series. Otherwise they would have had to let this one go completely. Also this episode is a great chance for Star Trek fans in wheelchairs cosplay.
However I want to take issue with Pike as it relates to the JJ Abrams abominations. Was it absolutely necessary for the new time line to put Pike in a wheelchair again? In TOS he was horribly burned by delta rays in a training accident. So does it mean that regardless of time line he is inevitably fated to end up in a wheelchair? How about a timeline where he just stubs his toe or something? Also couldn’t they give Pike some kind of Darth Vader-esque power suit or something? I mean if JJ wants to be making Star Trek anyway. Image courtesy of the Star Wars t-shirts collection.
Anyway, this was an intriguing episode although it did result in the Talosians gaining their slave population assuming Vina can still have about 20 children and they aren’t too particular with regards to inbreeding. I did like seeing the formal uniforms and court marshal procedures. Although if the Talosians could create a fake Mendez with Kirk from thousands of light years away why didn’t they just create fake orders from Star Fleet telling him to drop Pike off toot sweet?
the Infamous Dave Inman
There is a lot of nerd debate between which is the better series, Star Wars or Star Trek, but let’s break it down to the real brass tacks. Obviously Kirk and Solo are the coolest characters from either series, and as they are both Captains the question is who would win in a fight?
I think I need to break it down to two different sub questions: fist fight or gun fight. Unfortunately we don’t have many examples of Han Solo’s hand to hand fighting ability, while Kirk seems to excel at it. I seem to recall Solo being pretty worthless in the rescue from Jabba until he got a blaster in his hand. On the other hand, he got that scar on his chin somehow. However, I think Kirk would prevail in a straight up fight, at least if he has enough room for a couple of shoulder rolls.
In a gun fight I think I will have to go with Solo. He is a practiced marksmen and quick draw expert, and does not hesitate to pull the trigger as Greedo found out when Han shot first. Also, blasters are way cooler looking and sounding than phasers.
Milienium Falcoln versus Enterprise I’ll save for another day. The Falcoln image I got from Dave’s Star Wars tshirt collection.
Darth Vader’s original surname was Skywalker. He knows he had kids at some point. If Yoda and Obi Wan wanted to keep the kids hidden from Darth why did Luke grow up with the surname of Skywalker? Is it really smart to hide a kid in a way that a modest Google search would uncover him? I mean, even if I didn’t believe my kids were alive I think I might Google my own name once in a while just to see what pops up. Dave has a service on Google that alerts him every time his business or this blog pops up somewhere. If I were a powerful Jedi and knew that my relatives were possibly strong with the force I think I might have that service set up for the name “Skywalker” just in case some long lost cousin surfaced that I could potentially recruit.
Dave’s already pissed. These things bug him a lot. The image I got from his massive Star Wars tshirt collection. What a nerd.
I’m torn on this. On the one hand, kids of all ages and dorks like Dave will probably enjoy it quite a bit. On the other hand, Lego has toys, video games, t-shirts, telephones, keyboards, and pretty much anything else you can use to fleece your fan base. They are effectively the Kiss of the toy world. Do they really need to make a movie?
I also kind of expect the lengths they will go to to include every aspect of the Lego universe will get annoying after a while. Also, will this movie be about Lego toys that run around like Toy Story, or will it be a world adventure where all the characters happen to be Legos? In other words, is it going to be derivative or just lame?
Dave is threatening to throw stuff at me so I will wrap it up quick. This image from Dave’s Starwars trilogy t shirts was the best I could find for a Lego image. You would think he would stock more Lego stuff given he has been collecting them since he was three and will talk about his collection forever at the drop of a hat.
Sorry to go back to this one, but this movie has a bunch of things that I have to wonder about. Dave would say it’s because Lucas is an incompetent move making moron, but I think when he wrote it he figured the movie would appeal more to kids than adults and therefore didn’t have to bother with stuff like continuity or making sense. Kind of like when you are telling kids the story of Santa Claus you really don’t have too get to deep into his back story.
So the question for the day is this: If the Trade Federation was going to conquer Naboo and the only real target was the capital city, why did they set their entire army on the opposite side of the planet and then travel over land? I would park my army outside the gates. It was established that Naboo really didn’t have much in the way of defenses, but even if they did I think it would be worth losing a few more droids in order to not give them weeks to prepare a defense. For that matter, given the fact that the army seemed to moving a leisurely walk, it could have taken months to get there.
You might ask how I know that they landed on the other side of the planet. Well, the fact is the quickest way to the Naboo city was through the planets core implying a distance of at least several thousand miles.
Dumb question, but it has been bugging me. The Republic logo I found in Dave’s Star Wars tshirt collection.
Unlike Dave, who has very strong opinions on what he calls the “whoring out of Star Wars ” by Lucas, I am honestly wondering. On the one hand, it can definitely be said that Lucas has milked so much out of his one cow that he should have enough dairy products to feed the nation. Between the six movies, all the comics, books, and video games you would think that eventually he would get tired of beating the same dead horse.
On the other hand, when I think about this I can’t help but think back to another mediocre movie that later was turned into an amazing TV show: Stargate SG1. The movie was definitely weak, but the show was amazing. Even if you don’t like it you can’t argue with the success of a show that went ten full seasons. Given the possibilities I think this could actually go somewhere, especially since they have announced that the TV show is going to be focused on the criminal elements for the Star Wars universe. In my head I see Boardwalk Empire in space, with the Hutts being the criminal kingpins.
However, Lucas doesn’t have a particularly good track record when it comes to doing something good while exploiting the only two good movies he made, so the possibility of this to suck is pretty high. I will watch it, and odds are have to listen to Dave bitch about it week after week. We’ll see.
This Japanese Star Wars image I got from Dave’s Star Wars T Shirt collection. It seems extremely cool.
It looks like Sly Stallone and the rest of the producers for the Expendables 2 are caving into fan pressure and making the movie rated R. I am actually cool with that, as I am personally responsible for some of that outraged fan pressure. I posted twice on this blog bitching about it and am glad to see that sometimes spinelessness works for the little guy.
Now if only we could get George Lucas to actually listen to his fans and ex fans and maybe make a movie that doesn’t suck. Actually I would be cool if he just undid all the horrible stuff he did to the original trilogy like making Greedo shoot first. You know, George, listening to what the people who put money in your pocket want really isn’t a bad thing to do.
This Lego Star Wars shirt image I found in Dave’s Star Wars tshirts. I played the game and it is weirdly fun.
The other thing I want Lucas to not do is not make a Star Wars TV show like he plans to and not have it involve time travel so he can use every era he created. These things always suck. Talk about beating a dead horse.