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I watched this apparently bootleg Star Trek trailer early this morning on AICN shortly before I went to sleep;



I'm amazed Paramount's not taken it down yet (at least not as of the time I'm writing this). Makes me wonder how unintentional this leak is. I'm surprised Hillary Clinton's not in it.

Let's see. First of all, I call no more noisy trailers ending with almost silent ominous title cards. It's starting to provoke a gag reflex.

Here are my thoughts; Zachary Quinto just isn't Spock. Maybe he'll be something interesting, but it won't be what made Leonard Nimoy's performance interesting. I like Simon Pegg as Scotty.

My prediction; this movie will turn a profit, but not by much. It won't revitalise the Star Trek franchise. This movie looks too mainstream homogenous for the geeks, and it looks too geeky for the mainstream homophobes.

I think I'll basically enjoy it as a fun ride, and then cringe in the moments where it gets schmaltzy for trying too hard. SETSULED HAS SPOKEN. Remember, I'm almost never wrong.

Lately I've been watching the original Tenchi Muyo OVAs from the early 1990s. I'm enjoying them a little more than I remember enjoying them in high school. More and more these days, I'm noticing how a lot more care and effort went into creating detailed worlds and characters in older anime series than is put into even the good modern ones. The cute little Ryo-Ohki is carefully animated with distinctly cat-like movements fused with puppy and a little bit of bunny. The average Ryo-Ohki type character in anime these days usually just settles for being small with exaggerated features.

But I love Tenchi's and Ryoko's mannerisms, too. You have to smile at Tenchi's understated mischievousness when he nicks his grandfather's keys. Or Ryoko pausing in her path of destruction to check herself in a mirror or casually fondling Tenchi's crotch. And I love how Ayeka's formality actually feels a bit like she is an aristocrat, as opposed to most modern anime that settles for just putting a girl in a frilly dress.

And, gods, the personality in the props. The junk in Tenchi's room, the stuff neatly arranged in Ayeka's barrels. Not many anime series take the time for shit like that anymore. Top wo Nerae 2 is the best example that comes to mind.
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From:spacecoyotevega
Date:November 17th, 2008 08:42 am (UTC)
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Oooooo that could be shiny, I saw hints of bitchy morality play skitched in between all those boring ol' esplosions. I do likes me some bitchy morality play, you think they'll update it to include the actual bitchiness and acknowledge the existence of moral ambiguity without ending the episode with some lame-ass Deus Ex Machina that renders the entire dilemma (& any accompanying bitchy-morality-play rules-lawyering) completely moot?

Ok, I officially can't remember how I started that sentence or what I was originally going to end it with. I blame Star Trek for my thing about bitchy morality play, though, since after certain point I always wanted the chance to scream back at the characters & wipe that damn smug complacent superiority off their Moraler Than Thou, You Want Fries With That? faces. Oh except I totally wanted to be Jadzia Dax. Either that or do her. Though I would not have admitted that at the time and agonized over it considerably.
(Y'know, even now the echoes of that homophobic little bitch is screaming at me for telling you. Well know what she can stick it up the orifice of her choice, I totally said it! I was way obsessed with Dax. She was fucking awesome.)

Edited at 2008-11-17 08:44 am (UTC)
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From:setsuled
Date:November 17th, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
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I saw hints of bitchy morality play skitched in between all those boring ol' esplosions.

I'm sure there might be something like that. I suspect it'll be something light weight or overwrought, but I'm only basing that on how corny much of the trailer seems to me. But trailers do make even good movies look corny, so I freely admit I could be wrong.

you think they'll update it to include the actual bitchiness and acknowledge the existence of moral ambiguity without ending the episode with some lame-ass Deus Ex Machina that renders the entire dilemma (& any accompanying bitchy-morality-play rules-lawyering) completely moot?

I strongly suspect they won't. But maybe I'm just being pessimistic.

after certain point I always wanted the chance to scream back at the characters & wipe that damn smug complacent superiority off their Moraler Than Thou, You Want Fries With That? faces.

I've known a lot of people who've had that reaction to Star Trek, particularly The Next Generation. I was somehow able to give myself over to the fantasy of humanity solving a lot of problems and people in charge actually having their shit together.

Oh except I totally wanted to be Jadzia Dax. Either that or do her.

One of the nice things about Trill is that you can kind of do both.
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