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Episode Seventeen: We Were Unpopular Before It Was Cool [May. 30th, 2009|08:19 am]
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Episode 17 is live! Thank you to Devin as Emergency Guest Editor this episode!





SHOW NOTES

CAUTION: MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR THE NEW STAR TREK MOVIE IN THIS EPISODE.

Thank you very much to Lewis Lovhaug for joining us once again! You can see more of Lewis at Atop the Fourth Wall and at the main That Guy With the Glasses site!

Speaking of That Guy With the Glasses, we would be remiss if we did not congratulate them on their one-year anniversary! Their own personal Ultimate Showdown Of Ultimate Destiny can be viewed here, and trust us...it is hysterical.

Geeks! May 25th is Geek Pride Day! Read about it here!

The "I Am A Geek" video can be viewed at http://geekadvancement.com/, and Wil Wheaton's thoughts on it can be found on his blog here.

Congratulations are in order to Joss Whedon and the cast and crew of Dollhouse for its upcoming second season! You can find all kinds of news and information on Dollhouse at Dollverse, and an interview with Joss Whedon regarding the renewal can be read here.

If you're on Twitter and love Dollhouse, you can follow Eliza Dushku (@ElizaPatricia), Dichen Lachman(@Dichenlachman) and Miracle Laurie(@miraclelaurie).

Unless you're just stubborn about it, Dayna, Star Trek is a must-see for sci-fi fans. Its page at IMDB can be found here, and Lewis' full review is here.

Also worth reading is Bad Astronomy's Review of the Science Of Star Trek.

W00t fan promotion: Animikean's Neutron Dance painting. Hope you win; it looks awesome!


DON'T FORGET! Our one-year anniversary show is NEXT MONTH. If there's anything you'd like to ask us about the show, ourselves, or if there's anything you'd like us to go over, comment here or send us an email at made_of_fail@yahoo.com.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-05-30 08:36 pm (UTC)
I am so, so chagrined by the fact that I recognized that cake-baking song and it only took me two seconds to figure out that it was from goddamn Lazytown. Blame my younger siblings...

I've never really watched Star Trek, even though my parents both did, but I went to see the movie and really, really enjoyed it. (It has nothing to do with the gorgeous cast, I swear. Can you tell I'm a teen girl? Didn't think so.) I've always been a fantasy nerd, and that combined with my dad's overindulgence in the sci-fi (or syfy, is it now?) channel has led me to enjoy science fiction as well. I'm dying to go see it again.

I agree that Nero was somewhat weak. Sure, he was powerful and did damage, but out for ~revenge~? How original. And all of the coincidences started to annoy me as well after a while. The action seemed a bit lacking in certain areas. I was expecting more during the Final Battle, although I'll have to look for the points Kevin made when I see it again. I really need to see it at least once more - maybe I'll appreciate it better then. As for Chekov? My first thought when he grabbed Kirk and Sulu as they were falling: Wow, he must be great at video games! Wictor wictor!

Have you guys seen Fanboys? I thoroughly enjoyed it as a girl who's been watching Star Wars since I was born, and as someone who saw Star Trek a few days before I watched it. I'd really like to know what you think of their portrayal of ~the ultimate fanboys~ and, of course, the stereotypical hot chick who somehow likes Star Wars and fanboys.

On a closing note: I see your Schwartz is as big as mine.

Loved the show, as usual. (Long-time listener, first-time reviewer.) I pumped for the next episode. I think I remember you guys saying that you're doing a Harry Potter episode in July with Cleolinda, right? If so, I'm sure it will be the greatest thing ever. Can't wait!

-Alexis
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[User Picture]From: goddess_lite
2009-05-31 04:28 am (UTC)
another great show loves i dont have interest in seeing the new star trek movie and Dayna you not the only one that be came a follower of TNG becuse of will i mean that uniform enough said. can't wait for the next episode.
as always
Light and Love
sheila
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[User Picture]From: 90scartoonman
2009-06-01 04:52 am (UTC)
I would totally buy a "We Were Unpopular Before It Was Cool" shirt.
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[User Picture]From: skybreak_seeker
2009-06-08 04:41 pm (UTC)
No good comics still going?!

Atomic Robo?!

AM I FRAKKING TALKING TO MYSELF. ARGH.
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From: noelct
2009-08-06 12:05 am (UTC)
Still catching up ...

I'll agree that the film had iffy continuity, heaps of coincidence, a forgettable villains, and loopy logic worthy of ... well, worthy of STAR TREK, but that's a part of the charm the series has always had. While the series increasingly stumbled over themselves trying to make things realistic, this flick brought it right back to the franchise's pulpy roots, where it wasn't about the genuine properties of black holes of being a slave to continuity, it was about exploration, it was about adventure, it was about gathering a group of capable individuals and sending them out to enact great change. That right there is exactly what I got from this flick, alongside some sharp direction, a stellar cast (nobody mentioned Karl Urban), and a delightfully cheeky sense of humor.

Having read the novelization (Alan Dean Foster rules), I think I can clear up a couple points.

Kirk's adolescent ride ...

Just before he hit the road, there was a scene set inside his broken home, where his deadbeat new step dad wants to sell their dad's old car. Kirk just passively hovers in a corner as his brother (the kid he passes on the road) chews the man out, decides to leave, and gives Kirk a little speech about standing up for himself. It's with that that Kirk finally kicks into rebel mode and takes the car out for one last great ride instead of letting it be sold for a few bucks. Without that setup, many little details in the scene just don't make sense.

Kirk vs. Nero on the bridge ...

As written, Spock went after Old Spock's ship and Kirk went after Pike, and neither of them once met Nero face to face (another element lifted from KHAN). I'm assuming that scene was added in late reshoots, which would explain why it feels rushed, poorly conceptualized, and tacked on.


Kevin, have you ever checked out the fan series, STAR TREK: PHASE II (formerly THE NEW VOYAGES)? It starts off a little clunky, and the actors are obviously not professionals, but everything is filled with an infectious sincerity, the sets and costumes are spot-on, and the third episode "World Enough and Time" (co-written by GARGOYLES creator Michael Reeves) is truly one of the finest hours of TREK I have ever seen.
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[User Picture]From: retrotaku_ftw
2010-05-11 09:56 pm (UTC)

Comics wroth checking out

Invincible: its a good title and i really enjoy it. it features a young boy that is the son of the worlds greatest super hero and the words his like super man but come to mind a lot in reference to Omni-man, yet there is still more then enough room Between him and his dc counter part. Not to mention the key differences in there lure that makes Omni Man his own unique character that i love.
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