Can Star Trek Survive the Voyage Home?

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is obviously the follow up to Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and it is the first Star Trek movie that I remember coming out as a kid.  I was very excited when Dad brought home the VHS tape for us to watch.  It is also the completion of a three story arch that started with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  Is it as good as I remember? It is defiantly one of the better Star Trek movies.

This movie starts right where the last movie left off.  Spock is still trying to remember who he was and is, and the crew of the Enterprise is taking their stolen Klingon Bird of Prey home, so they can stand trial for disobeying orders and stealing the Enterprise, but on the way home a giant probe is threating the Earth and sending out some sort of strange sound.  When Spock hears it he recognizes it as humpback whale songs, but since they are extinct they cannot answer back, so the crew of the stolen Klingon vessel go back in time to get some.

Even though this is hardly the first giant thing to endanger the Earth in Star Trek, it is still a fun story, and seeing the crew as fish out of water in the 1980’s is pretty humorous.  The Voyage Home is one of the funniest Star Trek movies made.  Leonard Nimoy does a great job as the director of this movie, and gave Gene Rodenberry the time travel movie he wanted to make with the second movie, without the need to make sure JFK gets assassinated.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a good movie, and it is miles better then movies that are about to follow, unless I am remembering them wrong (I am not).  It is hard to believe that his movie is almost 30 years old, but then again I am almost 31 (sigh), but it holds up well.

Looking for Good Omens?

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Good Omens is a book that was written in 1990, by Neil Gaiman, writer of the Sandman comic book series, and Terry Pratchett, writer of the Discworld books.  The book has won critical acclaim and has sold quite well.  But the important question is whether I liked it or not, and I am glad to say that I did.

The book is about an Angle, Aziraphale, and a Demon, Crawly, that decide to try and stop the apocalypse, so they set out to bring up Adam the Antichrist properly, so that when he is old enough he won’t do what he was born to do, and destroy the world.  There is also a fun subplot about the four horsemen: War, Famine, Pollution (Pestilence retired), and Death.

For those of you who have read Terry Pratchett books you will instantly pick up on this being one of his novels.  The zany off the wall style, and all the random footnotes that you can’t wait to read, and added in to the mix is quite a bit of Neil Gaiman’s style and what seems like effortless character building that all his books are known for.  I very rarely laugh out loud while reading books, but it was common occurrence while reading this book.  Its one weakness is that it gets a little sacrilegious here and there.

It is a shame they never got to write their follow up novel, and with Pratchett having Alzheimer’s disease, they probably will not get too.  Good Omens is a funny book written by two of England’s best living writers.  If you want a good laugh then this book is for you.

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

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El Shaddai is video game based off the Book of Enoch.  It came out in the summer of 2011 for most major platforms.  I decided to give it a try when the price dropped to two bucks on the Xbox Live store, but was it worth the reduced price?  I think so, but two dollars is probably as high as I would go.

The game pretty much works like this.  You run in a straight line, and then when you get to an open area people pop up and you hit them a bunch of times and then you run some more.  What makes this game interesting is the story since it is based of the Book of Enoch, which is not Biblical canon for most Christian groups, but is viewed like ancient historical fiction.  The game also has great visual style, and every new chapter shows you something cool, but sadly the game still is just you running and then hitting stuff, so it gets old.

If the game is ever on sale again it might be something you want to take a look at.  It might help you kill some time, or you could just read the Book of Enoch, and call it a day, your choice, but I do applaud the people that made this game for trying something different.  It was just a shame they couldn’t vary the gameplay a bit.

Is The Search for Spock Successful?

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is the first Star Trek movie directed by Leonard Nimoy, and even the though it is the third Star Trek movie it is really the second movie in a trilogy of sorts that ends in the next movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.  So how does Nimoy fair in his directorial debut? Not bad, but not great.

This movie directly follows Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan‘s plot, so Kirk’s son is checking out the new Genesis planet, and Kirk is home mourning the loss of Spock, when Spock’s dad rushes in to Kirk’s apartment and asks why he left Spock’s body on Genesis, and why they didn’t meld minds at the end of Spock’s life to do some kind of Vulcan mind backup.  They soon discover that Spock backed up his mind in Dr. McCoy’s head, so they get McCoy, steal the Enterprise because Star Fleet is going to trash it, and are off to save Spock.  Also, Christopher Lloyd plays a Klingon trying to take Genesis as a weapon.

That is the type of plot you get when you realize killing off Spock, a major draw to your franchise, is a bad idea, so you have to unkill him, and the plot is really the weakest part of this movie.  The actors do a great job with what they are given, but the story really is just a way to bring Spock back from the dead.  Nimoy does a pretty good job as the director, and it is not hard to see why the kept him on to direct the next film.  He is definitely better then Shatner, but we will get to that later.

This movie is pretty good, despite just being way to have Spock back, and we all know that without Spock we couldn’t have had the latest Star Trek movie, so it is an important film for that reason alone.  It is not the best Star Trek movie, but there are much worse.

Walking Dead Season 3 Wrap Up

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I wasn’t going to write this post, since I don’t know how much I can share without spoiling things, and I have mentioned the Walking Dead on my site before, but my wife said I had to, and it is best not to argue with your wife when it can be avoided.

Season 3 ended on a high note.  It was tense and full of action just like we all wanted it to be, but there are still some moments that make you scratch your head, and make you think that just possibly the writers are making it up as they go along.  I think that can be said for the whole season as well.  The show has such epic highs that we tend to gloss over the fact it can be uneven at times, and even make the zombie apocalypse boring here and there, but then they have an episode like this to wrap up the season and all is forgiven, and it will be a painful seven months until the show returns.

<Spoilers>  I like where the show ended up.  With Woodberry and The Prison merged, and The Governor no doubt out raising his new army somewhere. </End Spoilers>  It is an ending that lets you feel this season is over, but still interested in what is going to happen next season, and I am.  It may be that the only way I will be able to wait the next seven months out is to re-watch the show from the beginning.