Friday, September 15, 2017

Finally, A White Guy Who Has Not Read But Has An Opinion On Hillary's Book and Also, Good Trek Bad Trek #37 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Intro: I’ve loved Star Trek since I was a kid. I started by watching TNG in 6th grade. I’ve been a fan since then and though I’ve spent a lot of time watching Star Trek, I’ve never watched The Original Series. So, I’m watching and reviewing them as a fan of Star Trek, but one who’s never seen any of them. So I’m watching all the TOS episodes for the first time and saying whether or not they suck. At the end, I give examples of better and/or worse Star Trek episodes to watch that remind me of this episode. Usually, I ramble on about some bullshit before the Trek. That’s it.

Big week for media releases. There was a special screening of Star Trek 2 that was in theaters to mark the 35th anniversary of its release. In addition to that, some lady named Hillary Clinton released a book. It caused quite the stir. I guess this Clinton character ran for something called the “presidency” last year and evidently it did not go as planned. Some folks are welcoming this book others are pretty angry about it. They think that she should just go away and only be seen in blurry shots of her in the woods. 

I haven’t read the book yet. For starters, it just came out and I’m a really slow reader. Even if I picked it up at midnight the day it came out like some kind of Harry Potter nerd for politics I’d probably still be going through the preface. Also, I was not a Hillary fan. I voted for her. I’m sure she would’ve been a good president but I wasn’t a huge fan. I listened to her on the Pod Save America podcast and now I kinda want to. I want to hear more about why she thinks she lost.

Listening to her on that podcast didn’t make me think that she was right about all the reasons she lost. I think she has way too rosy a view on how civil the 2008 primary was. She remembers a very civil affair akin to a French salon where she and Obama traded lofty ideals with a snifter of cognac and there were no hard feelings on either side afterward. Maybe that was her experience from the inside. On the outside looking in it looked a whole hell of a lot less so. I remember some borderline racist comments from both her and her husband. Her thoughts on the media landscape are interesting. I think any look at how any Democrat has lost anything in the past 25 that doesn’t put some blame on Bill Clinton rings hollow. I’m a little biased, but I think Bill Clinton is a monster who did irreparable damage to the Democratic party and until the whole party comes together and says “fuck that guy” they’re going to have a huge blind spot. I liked hearing her take on the media landscape. Though I really don’t think the Democrats need to create their own Breitbart. The last thing this country needs is yet another news source catering to dumb dumbs party loyalists who want to be told how right they are about everything. I also really enjoyed hearing her thoughts about running as the first woman. She was open and frank in a way that she rarely has been and it made me want to read the rest of the book. 

Regardless of what you think of her breakdown of the election, she was the nominee. She was the nominee and shit went down and she lost. A whole bunch of stuff went into that loss. Some of it she’s spot on about. Others, I think she’s pretty wrong about. She thinks that Bernie didn’t respect the process because he’s not a real Democrat. She’s right. He’s not a real Democrat and he did make a lot of waves in the Democratic primary. That’s not saying she’s right in that being an unfair thing that happened to her. It means that maybe people don’t really give a shit about being a proper Democrat. They shouldn’t. The Democratic party has been sucking for a long time. If you’re a creature of the Democratic party you might not be able to see how much you guys suck. 

If you think she’s wrong about all her assessments about why she lost the election then book carries more weight not less. Regardless of what you think of Hillary, she was a much better candidate than Trump and her loss is our loss. Sometimes you’re too close to see your mistakes clearly. Her running for the presidency is a lot like this here blog. I will proofread it. Probably. Unless it takes too long to write it, then I’ll just say “fuck it” and publish it. Regardless of whether or not I do though it will probably be riddled with tpyos. Because I wrote it, I know what I was going for so they’re harder for me to pick up. Hillary’s campaign was also riddled with typos. She proofread it. Then it went live. Now she’s reproof reading it. But boy oh boy, there’s still a whole bunch of errors in there. Her thoughts about why she lost are important. Equally important are the other reasons for her loss that she isn’t able to see.

Regardless of what you think of Hillary’s book, I think we can all agree that Trump having access to the nuclear arsenal is almost as bad as Khan Noonien Sing having access to the Genesis Device. I watched Star Trek 2 last weekend. 

Recap:

Kirk is old. Not nearly as old as he is now, but he’s getting older. He’s an admiral and he’s bored with life. He’s helping train a new crew for the Enterprise and also it’s his birthday. So he’s bummed. He takes the training crew out at the same time that Pavel Chekov and his new captain are looking for barren planets to test something called the Genesis Device. A machine that takes a barren planet and immediately causes life to spring up out of nowhere immediately. The planet has to be barren because if it isn’t then all the life currently on there dies. They get to the planet and, SURPRISE, it’s not barren. Khan and his crew have been living there since Kirk and the gang abandoned there after the events of the episode Space Seed. 
The incomparable Ricardo Montalbán

They put bugs in Chekov’s ear and that makes him do whatever Khan tells him to. He wants the Genesis Machine and he also wants murder Kirk for all the abandoning him on a planet that went nuts and is now a barren death trap. 

Chesty La Rue

Kirk comes out and gets attacked by Chekov’s commandeered ship. Both ships are damaged and hiding. It’s a great movie and you should watch it. I guess I won’t give the ending away, but despite the fact that Kirk feels old and washed up, maybe it’s those years of experience that will help him get an edge up on his old nemesis. It’s more like a submarine drama than it is a space action flick. It’s really good and now that I’m more familiar with the crew I liked it even more. 

Good Trek:

Yeah. It’s great. I only saw it for the first time a couple years ago. It was the third TOS movie I saw. I saw 6 in theaters and 4 when it was playing on TV one day when I was a kid. Seeing it in a vacuum I liked it, but I always thought it was good but kind of overrated. I guess I still do, but for different reasons. I don’t know why it’s considered the best Trek movie. That is 6 I think by a country mile. I don’t know how this revitalized the franchise, I can’t really see how this would have appealed to a larger crowd than were already into the show. It’s very dependent on knowing what came before. It really helps to have a relationship with the aging crew and with knowing the relationship the crew had with Khan. I liked it when I first saw it, but this time I loved it. I still prefer The Undiscovered Country more, but I liked it so much more this time through. 


For as mediocre an actor Kirstie Alley is, you’d think portraying an emotionless Vulcan would be right up her alley. You’d think that and you’d be wrong because she’s just awful.

It's obvious that it's a sequel to Space Seed. The villain is the same and all that, but it feels a lot like Balance of Terror, Which is still my absolute favorite TOS episode as of now. Only halfway through, but still. I guess the director watched all of TOS before making this looking for plots to use. It shows in that he seemed to really get the crew and how they interact. It also showed in that he seemed to really get what made the show fun to watch and how these characters would respond given being faced with Khan's wrath. I, like the director, am watching all TOS episodes. Not because I'm cramming to direct a movie. Just for the fuck of it. 
Me and the Star Trek II poster. Not pictured is my embarassed wife who snapped it. 

Now being more familiar with the TOS crew and with the episode Space Seed where we first meet Khan, it’s amazing. When I first saw the movie Khan was just a pretty old guy with jacked pecks for a guy his age. I gathered that he was left on a planet by Kirk, but I didn't’ really get the hatred. If you haven’t seen it you should watch it. After you watch Space Seed you should watch this. It’s very very good. 

Bad Trek:

Shatner droning on about some Stupid Shatner bullshit 

Before the feature, there was an interview some guy from Access Hollywood did with Shatner. It was about twenty minutes long and it was fucking brutal. Just awful. William Shatner is a dumb boring blowhard and even though I just paid money to watch the movie I wanted to walk out for subjecting us all to that awful part of it. Jesus Christ. Even the interviewer. A guy who does this for a living looked like he was gonna blow his brains out halfway through one of Shatner’s dumb ass rambling non-stories. The interviewer was a self-proclaimed Star Trek nerd who had a Trek themed bar mitzvah and couldn’t wait to talk to Shatner. Soon as he got five minutes into the interview realized that it was a mistake and couldn’t wait to get out of there. If you want to watch something good watch Khan. If you want to watch something awful watch Shatner speak about anything for any amount of time. 

That's it for this week. I'll probably go back to watching episodes again next week. Unless they rerelease Trek 6 in theaters. Then I'll probably watch that. 

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