Tonight, the boys and I went to the big event - the theatrical presentation of STAR TREK original series episodes "The Menagerie," parts one and two. The shows have been digitally remastered into the HD format complete with enhanced special effects and cinema surround. Also featured were an introduction by Eugene "Rod" Rodenberry as well as behind the scenes footage.
As I had anticipated, it was a sold out house. Contrary to last night's Razor presentation, this was not a free event. I gladly paid $12 for my ticket!
Remember how they told us there was no market for Trek anymore? That Trek is fatigued and needs a rest? Well take a look at the evidence presented - a sold out theater on a week night.
It was a sight to see.
Eat my shorts, Rick Berman, and all you other miserable sons-of-bitches who've tried to kill Trek with your mediocrity!
Now, I won't review the episodes themselves, since we all know what THE MENAGERIE is about. What I will say is that on the big screen, the image seemed a little dark. Also, while the sound was adequate - I wasn't dazzled. Frankly, I think I get better sound out of my home entertainment center.
Seeing the show in such a format reveals some things that are easy to forget... for instance, how beautiful Majel Barret is in this role. I'm so used to her bottle blonde Christine Chapel, that I'd forgotten how stunning she is as the enigmatic Number One. Susan Oliver's Vina is likewise breathtaking though the digital enhancements make her seem a bit tarted up.
Something else, it seems to me that TOS is much better at sexy than any of the other Trek shows. The sexual tension in the original series is organic, whereas it always seemed awkward in the subsequent shows. Remember the TNG episode "Justice" where the locals are all scantily clad? That was beyond awkward. It was creepy!
But I digress.
It was an excellent experience. We had a blast.
SCOOP: I have it from a reliable source that once Paramount is finished with the digital enhancements to all the original series episodes, they plan on taking a crack at TNG. For instance, all season one episodes will be provided with actual scripts.
(...Very Mild Spoilers...)
Geek Week is off to a rockin' fine start with the absolutely free screening of the SciFi Channel original movie Battlestar Galactica: Razor Monday night. With November sweeps upon us, I am certain that the showings here and across this great land were coordinated to generate some buzz prior to SciFi's broadcast in a week and a half.
It'll do just that, I'll wager.
The evening started with our gang getting together for dinner. Our numbers were comprised of Gary, Rodger, his wife Irene, and myself. BSG fans all.
As we supped, conversation turned to tomorrow night's Geek Week event - the screening of original series STAR TREK episode "The Menagerie."
"You gonna see that with us, too, Irene?" I asked.
"I'm a geek," She said, "But not that big of a geek."
Other geekishness followed. For instance the showing-and-telling of Rodger's new iPhone and my new iPod Nano, tech speak relating to ripping of DVDs to watch the video on your iProducts, the need for more hot lady sports reporters...
"Like Phyllis George?" Gary asked. She hosted the NFL Today back in the 70's and 80's.
"Sure, if you want to go with a retro choice," Rodger nodded.
"She was Miss America," I added. "1971."
They seemed impressed with my knowledge of pageant trivia. Or were they just uncomfortable?
We headed over to the theatre to queue up for the show.
The ticket for entry was the printed copy of the reservations we made a few weeks ago. Gary, the first of our party to proceed through this checkpoint, handed over his RSVP.
"Your left hand please," The lady asked.
"What?" Gary shifted with unease.
"Nothing's free," I whispered.
Our hands were x'd with a marks-a-lot.
Irene remarked that Suzanne would never believe I was out seeing a movie. "Instead," Irene laughed, "We went clubbin'!"
Lots of people were there, all in line for BSG.
Entering the theatre, the title graphic blazed on the screen with a swirling celestial cloud billowing round and round. I am certain that there was some subliminal encoding. I fear I may be the secret Cylon...
Since there was no charge for the screening, you can't really call it a sold out show. The only seats I saw available at show time were those terrible seats all the way down at the foot of the screen.
Rodger leaned over to me, "If the Cylons are called 'Toasters,' that suggests that there's toast in the Battlestar Galactica universe."
"Yeah," I nodded.
"Do you think their toast has the corners cut-off? Octagonal?"
Razor was frakkin' excellent. First of all, any opportunity to see Michelle Forbes is a treasure. And I love her as Admiral Cain. Just terrific.
Razor shows us two stories, with flashbacks to a third.
The first story tells us about what the crew of Battlestar Pegasus experienced during the Cylon invasion. We learn how Pegasus and her crew got to where we meet them in the series. It's an interesting story of how under the similar circumstances faced by Admiral Adama, Admiral Cain chose a darker, divergent path.
Forbes is a terrific actress. Her portrayal of Cain is dead-on. My only complaint in this regard is that we see her too little and she's not given a wide enough arc in the telling of this story.
The second story is that of Pegasus newly under the command of Commander Lee Adama (son of Admiral Adama, played by Jamie Bamber) and focusing on his XO, Kendra Shaw (convincingly portrayed by Stephanie Chaves-Jacobson). Shaw is a conflicted, tortured character struggling to come to grips with the choices she's made while under the command of the brutish Admiral Cain.
The third story, told in the flashbacks we've seen online in SciFi.com's Razor Flashbacks, is of a young Bill "Husker" Adama fighting in the last days of the earlier Cylon War. And this is where I was disappointed.
The film had very little of the Razor Flashbacks incorporated with all those great dog-fight scenes and the classic Cylon Raiders. I had looked forward to seeing those scenes on the big screen, 'cuz they looked hella-cool online.
Apparently, you won't see those scenes in the November 24th airing on the SciFi Channel. Rather, those scenes will be incorporated into an extended version of Razor to be released to DVD on December 4th.
You get to see some of your favorite characters such as Bill Adama, Starbuck, President Roslin, and a smidge of Boomer. We also see a smattering of well-placed, much needed humor.
So, did I like it?
Let's see if this answers the question: I will watch the November 24th broadcast and I will buy the DVD on December 4th.
Mother Frakkin' right I liked it, gods dammit!
RPGNow.com is deep in the spirit of Geek Week by having their very own ThanksGiveAway!
RPGNow and over 60 of their publishing partners are offering dozens of FREE RPG titles. Monday, November 12 through Friday, November 16. Check the site after 10 AM EST each day to find exciting new gifts!
Playing directly into the kink of fanboys everywhere, Project Rooftop and Zeus Comics are joining together to play a little dress-up with the Amazon Princess herself. The Wonder Woman Wardrobe War invites people everywhere to submit their own take on Diana's classic outfit for the chance to win valuable prizes!
The contest honors Gail Simone's upcoming run writing for the world's most recognizable superheroine. Simone is the writer responsible for the crunchy goodness that is Birds of Prey. Simone's Wonder Woman comes out this week on November 14th!
As I sketch out my submission for WW's new togs, it's looking a lot like this...
Tomorrow begins Geek Week!
Wednesday: Penned by Gail Simone, Wonder Woman #14 comes out!
Friday thru Sunday: Wizard World Texas!
What a wonderful, special time Geek Week is. It's a time when a geek's head turns to thoughts of Talosian mind masters, Cylon invasions, bargain bin comic books, and Amazon Princesses.
"Every week is Geek Week," Some people (such as my wife) might say.
To that I say "Shush!"
It's Geek Week after all.
Have some respect!
When Jamie and I were boys playing and scrambling through the neighborhood, it was Our Boy Kirmser who was the one to get hurt. Whether it was getting his leg sliced open while scooting past an airconditioning unit with a jagged edge or having his foot sliced open on an errant can lid, it seemed that Jamie was always firmly situated in the path of harm.
Sometimes (the blogger admits with shame), I was responsible. For instance...
Jamie and I often snuck into the old Arlington Stadium usually during off-season or when there wasn't a game going on. After all, it wasn't about sneaking into a game. It was about access to this huge structure. The security was awful, so you could easily slip in and wander all through the place, visiting the dugouts and player locker rooms. In retrospect, it is shocking to me how much access we had.
One day we found some stray cats in the deep underbelly of the stadium. Jamie had picked one up, but she was antsy and wanted away. So I made a recommendation to the K-man.
"Why don't you hold her legs under your arms? That way she can't get away."
Jamie followed my guidance at once. And it worked. The cat's movement was restricted. I felt pretty good about myself until...
The cat bit the livin' ghee out of his arm and leaped to freedom.
Upon returning home to consult with his mother, there was much discussion about the risk of rabies, distemper and other nefarious illnesses the cat likely exposed him to (e.g. Scurvy and Syphillis). Fifty shots, people kept saying. Fifty shots in the belly. That's what Jamie will have to have.
"Why in the world were you holding a stray cat to begin with?" the question was eventually asked.
"Aron told me to."
From that point on, I made myself scarce at the Kirmser household until such time as the issue of Jamie's rabidity could be resolved.
Over on The Private Life of Clark Kent, the blogger shares a "tidbit" from a WB publicist concerning JLA movie casting rumors. Word on the street has been that an official casting announcement will be made at WWTX. Those rumors are receiving a lot of scrutiny...
...And there's absolutely no need to venture down to the Stockyards while you're at Wizard World this year because WWTX will have its very own mechanical bull! The Hero Initiative announced yesterday that "...artists Tommy Castillo (Detective Comics), Phil Hester (The Darkness), Angel Medina (Sensational Spider-Man) and Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies) will all have special “Hero Initiative-no bull!” donation jars. All four artists will accept donations for Hero all day Friday and Saturday until 3 PM, and the artist who raises the least will have to ride the bull AND draw a sketch while doing so! You can show your support to keep your favorite artist off the bull by visiting them and dropping a few bucks in their jar."
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
I don't know if they'll allow others to ride the bull, but when I mentioned this to the Wife she said: "I don't want you riding the bull."
"Oh, I'm riding that bull."
She provided me with her trademark scowl.
It had no effect on me.
I was, after all, born to ride.
I reported last week that Michael Golden was making the trip to next week's Wizard World Texas convention here in Arlington. Today, I caught a press release revealing that Michael "I drew Micronauts" Golden will be teaching a Wizard School Art session.
In other news... I have no idea who they are, but Cat Torpedo Comics will be in Artists Alley. Apparently they produce a book called WONDER TEDDY, which I think must be about a woman's undergarment that imparts wondrous powers to the wearer. Please let it be about a woman's undergarments! Because if that's what it's about, I'm in!
Oh, by the way, does anyone know of Black Bastard is gonna be at WWTX?