• Entertainment,  Life

    Facebook on My Phone

    by Or rather, Facebook not on my phone. I took it off a week ago yesterday, barrelling past the various, “are you sure” questions and the reminders that it would be really easy to activate again if I wanted to. Yes, I’m sure. No, I don’t want to change my mind. I don’t really care if it’s easy to activate again. Get it off. Gone. Removed. And I’ve got to tell you, it’s done wonders for my mood. I’m on record as saying that social media has potential to be awesome, a great engagement tool, something to keep us in contact with people easily and build relationships with. I’m also…

  • Entertainment,  Television

    Star Trek Sunday: Chronological vs Series Order

    by I have a general preference for series order when it comes to watching Star Trek. Or I would if I were starting from the beginning for a re-watch at this point. At this point in my life, I’m more likely to take each series as a separate entity. My daughter and I are closing in on the final season of DS9 and I’m preparing to do an Enterprise watch of my own. More on that another day. Most people seem to suggest that if you’re going to start a watch of the entire universe, you go in series order. That looks something like: TOS TAS TOS Movies TNG TNG…

  • Entertainment,  Television

    Star Trek Sunday: Lower Decks Revisited

    by Way back in August, I posted about my initial reaction to Lower Decks. The verdict at that point was that it was my favourite new iteration of Trek since Enterprise ended. We were only two episodes in at that point, but the first season is over now and it’s been renewed for a second season. I hope it gets more. Why? I’m going to steal most of the paragraph I wrote last time: Lower Decks is about friendship, loyalty, compassion, understanding, finding your way, coming of age, and expanding what it means to be a Starfleet officer and a sentient being, human or otherwise. The character interactions come back…

  • Entertainment,  Gaming,  Uncategorized

    Rediscovering Halo

    by When I bought the Xbox One a couple of years ago, I specifically got the Halo edition because it came with Halo 5 and I’ve been a fan of the series since I discovered it in 2003, a couple of years after the first one came out. The new console also came with the Master Chief Collection, which puts the first six games into an integrated collection. When STO (my primary gaming entertainment for the last year or two) was having its recent update snafu and I couldn’t play for a couple of days, I happened to notice the Collection was still installed, though I’d never actually booted it…

  • Entertainment

    Star Trek Sunday: The Reboots

    by I am on record in several locations as saying that I am not a fan of the Star Trek reboots. I want to be. I really do. Anything that puts the words Star Trek on the front of its name has my intention, and if it has even some redeeming qualities, I will probably enjoy it. And I have enjoyed parts of the reboot movies. They each had their moments. As a matter of fact, if we look at the first of the splinter timeline movies, way back in 2009, I enjoyed most of the first half of the film. The casting was excellent, and while I didn’t like…

  • Entertainment,  Television

    Star Trek Sunday: DS9

    by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine began its run while I was in my fourth year of university. By then I’d long grown beyond the Star Trek Club, which yes, I joined in first year to be with other like-minded Trekkies, though I found myself not quite as like-minded as I might have liked. I wonder now if it was just a vocal few, who, when we got together each week to watch and discuss the most recent episode, were just keeping everyone else silent on topics. But I remember a strongly expressed dislike for Wesley, which I didn’t share because I saw shades of myself in the character, and…

  • Entertainment,  Television

    The Next Generation Arrives

    by It’s a Saturday in late September, and the year is 1987. Half a dozen teenage boys sit around an old kitchen table in someone’s basement, engaged in a role playing game descended from Dungeons & Dragons, but with a greater emphasis on realism and detail. It’s the middle of a combat sequence. They clash with a demon that outclasses each of them individually by a wide margin, but is evenly matched with the group as a whole. If they work together, they may defeat the beast and live. An alarm goes off. Everyone looks up. Someone speaks, the boy whose house they’re playing in. “Okay, we’re done. Time for…

  • Entertainment,  Life,  Movies

    Theatrical Trek

    by I have seen every Star Trek movie ever made for the theatre, in the theatre. I didn’t see all of them first run, but most of them. After a lifetime of only being able to see the TV or videocassette versions, I managed to catch Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the theatre in my 20s. It happened at a review theatre in the city I was living in a time, maybe during some small science fiction review festival. I don’t remember what the theme was, if any, but I think as part of the same series we saw the fourth Alien movie, and the first Starship Troopers. That…

  • Entertainment,  Television

    Favourite TV SF of the 80s

    by So I was still watching Star Trek TOS in the 80s (I’m still watching it now sometimes), but I was watching a lot of other TV SF, too. Things that stand out in my memory, in alphabetical order so there’s no calling favourites: Alien Nation. One whole season and then five TV movies stretching deep into the 90s, proving that it was cancelled too soon. It also wouldn’t be believable if made today. I mean, the US accepting actual aliens as immigrants? Alf was more a sitcom than SF, and probably ran a season longer than it should have. Or two. The concept was fun but the jokes were…

  • Entertainment,  Television

    Earlier in 2017 in Serialized Genre TV

    by There has been plenty of other new genre work for the small screen this year, aside from the currently premiering fall stuff, and some of it may even be good.   Legion, Season 1 I remember reading about this not long before it first aired and then… nothing. Just rediscovered again recently and I have the first episode queued. I’m interested to see how this plays out, maybe. David Haller has been a pretty flexible character in the comics and they’ve done interesting, ridiculous, and just plain stupid things with him. With current FX available, this could be well done, or it could be a large steaming pile.  …