The crew of the U.S.S. Internet prepare for another away mission. This episode, we declare our love for The Next Generation cast, but discuss how the transition from TV to big screen saw its share of problems, with an emphasis on Star Trek: First Contact and the Borg. Apologies for audio distortions...subspace frequencies can be unpredictable.
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"There's a...thing out there." And this thing first appeared back in 1979. It's designation? Star Trek: The Motion Picture. And after we saw it, some of us wondered, "Where are they going with this...thing?" (Oops, wrong franchise). The Red Shirts turn off all holodeck safety protocols to examine the problems and issues of Star Trek's big screen debut!
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Capt. Qstorm, Commander Big Sexy and Lieutenant Craig J. board the USS Internet to bring you the debut transmission of THE RED SHIRTS! Today's log contains data describing how we each became Star Trek fans and why we're still fans today!
Joseph P. Illidge, former editor of DC's Batman, former Milestone editor, and co-owner of Verve Entertainment shares his thoughts about the power of the blend dollar at the Black Comic Book Festival held this past January at the Schomburg Museum in Harlem.
SUPERGIRL FLIES HIGH WITH CRITICS BUT...Is it just me or is there no buzz amongst us geeks about Supergirl, which debuted last night? Here's what I thought about it five months ago. I make an error in the timeline of Kara's arrival on Earth, but I stand behind everything else...
I recall seeing Matt Damon in Interstellar and being blown away by his breakdown when his fellow astronauts revive him after being marooned and isolated from all human contact on a remote planet for years. Matthew McConaughey's character embraces him and he is reduced to a torrent of tears and sobs. The camera hangs motionless on this scene for what feels like an eternity and I was totally convinced that I was looking at a guy who had spent a lot of time alone.
In 1993, I watched a harrowing nerve-wracking film called Alive, about the plane crash of a Uruguayan rugby team in the Andes mountain range and how they managed to survive. Through no fault of their own, the passengers were plunged into hell merely traveling from point A to point B. Fast-forward to 2000 and I'm watching The Perfect Storm, about a fishing crew, desperate for money, who decides to sail through a confluence of storms in order to get back to shore and sell their catch before it spoils, allowing them to feed their families. Their decision was definitely risky, but one can understand the desperation to provide for one's family, which would drive anyone to behave in a foolhardy manner. Fast-forward a little later into the Aughts and I've got 127 Hours (young man trekking by himself in dangerous canyons and loses an arm), Into The Wild (young man decides to live in the wilderness and dies from consuming poisonous berries) and Grizzly Man (couple decides to live amongst grizzly bears. I don't need to tell you how that ends). I assume I speak for most people when I say that part of the enjoyment, thrill, suspense of seeing a movie is the fact that we as the audience identify with the protagonist, or the hero (or the anti-hero in some cases). When we see the hero on screen, we enjoy thinking subconsciously, well, he or she is doing exactly what I would do in that situation! I suspect with the typical horror movie, seeing the hero do the exact opposite of what we would do provides the fun. With that in mind, Everest is the greatest horror movie ever made.
The basic plot of the film involves Cruise's Ethan Hunt attempting to prove that a rogue anti-IMF team called The Syndicate is plotting to overthrow the world order through a series of covert terrorist operations. Problem is, the IMF has been disbanded and CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) is gunning for Hunt. First issue: how many times have we seen the hero who knows the truth be derided, diminished and hunted by his peers? Second issue: in light of the Avengers and SHIELD battling Hydra and Bond preparing to battle SPECTRE, does an organization called The Syndicate instill any sense of fear in you?