Some Friday Night links.

Moe Lane

PS: [Nah, I won’t mention it after all. It should be its own post, anyway.]

PPS: You know that you want this.

Revisiting the New ‘Stuff Just Blows Up’ Star Trek.

Dan Collins and David Thompson have more about that eye-rolling bad review of Star Trek that I… well, rolled my eyes over. David went on to mention “In the Pale Moonlight” of Star Trek: DS9; the clip that he’s thinking of is good enough that I’m reproducing it below.  It’s no accident that this is one of the most memorable events from the series. Or that it’s also one of the most contrary-to-stereotypical ones, either.

Would that there had been more of them.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Newsweek: new Star Trek just blows up stuff.

Everybody exhale.

The latest film version of “Star Trek,” however, is more brawn than brain, and it largely jettisons complicated ethical conundrums in favor of action sequences and special effects.

And let me be the second to say, Thank. God.

Moe Lane

PS: More seriously-missing-the-point:

“…but what’s missing are the typically progressive politics and moral dilemmas that made the original “Trek” more than a space-age adventure show and helped earn it legions of ardent fans.”

Umm.  No.

Star Trek Inspirational posters.

You may want to watch the original Star Trek again, Newsweek.

Just a thought.

Star Trek premieres… in Kuwait.

I meant to post on this story about the Star Trek movie and crew over the weekend, but never got around to it until AoSHQ reminded me:

I am in the Army and currently deployed to Kuwait. We have a movie theater on post that shows “second run” movies, meaning that we get the movie about a week or two after they are released in the states. At times, a special effort is made to show the movie here on the same date it is released in the states. With that being said, I was shocked to see the movie schedule that was published for the first half of April. According to this schedule the new Star Trek movie will have a “special premier” on April 11th. I found it very hard to believe that we would be able to view a big “summer time blockbuster” movie that won’t premiere in the States for another 27 days.

Sure enough, the movie actually did get played today and I was able to get in to see it not just once, but twice. Not only did the movie arrive in Kuwait, but J.J. Abrams and most of the “bridge crew” cast (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Eric Bana and Karl Urban) were here as well.

Continue reading Star Trek premieres… in Kuwait.

Yet another Star Trek TV show?

“All parties, by the way, absolutely detest answering questions on this subject, knowing any response they give will spawn headlines and inevitably get them yelled at by somebody”

The above is from this article speculating – speculating! – that the upcoming release of the new Star Trek movie could result in a reboot of the franchise for television. I don’t know what I’m grimacing more at, though: the thought of what the author called “Gossip Girl in Space”(both I and Allahpundit winced at the trailer, which makes this allegation altogether too horrifyingly believable); or the first line of the article, which claims that faster-than-light travel is theoretically possible [UPDATE: unless it doesn’t; see comments below].  I am given to understand that this is wrong in a fashion that makes physicists gibber; I look forward to testing that in the near future*.

Canceled Enterprise or no, there’s money in Star Trek.  It’ll be back.  Whether it’ll be back in the highly bizarre – if not really implausible – fashion suggested above is another story.

Moe Lane

*Yes, I know about tachyons.  That’s why the physicist is gibbering.

I agree with Rand Simberg about the Star Trek Commander Chair thing.

Or at least, with what he implies: this NYT article is inadequate.

An adequate article would have told that you could order such a marvelous item directly here.  Sheesh: it’s 2009.  There’s no excuse not to give the link.

Moe Lane

PS: There’s also this, if you’re on a budget.

PPS: If there are sites about how to build the blessed things, I’m not finding them.   Tanj dammit.

PPPS: Constant Reader Matt justifiably mocks me for my lack of Google Fu.