Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 7 “Lower Decks” Review

Star Trek - The Next Generation Season 7 (DVD)

Hey guys! I’m here to talk about another TV episode. Today, I’m talking about “Lower Decks”, an episode from the seventh and final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Season 7 was one of the only two seasons where I didn’t watch every episode when the season was airing, the other being season 6. Part of the reason for that was, by the time season 7 was airing, we no longer had cable, and CHRO, the channel TNG aired on here in Ottawa, was not an over-the-air channel. It was a cable channel. The second part of the reason is something I’ll get into when I get around to reviewing season 6 of TNG. For now though, let’s get on with the episode, as it’s fairly unique in the history of TNG.

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Unlike the majority of Star Trek episodes, “Lower Decks” focuses on a group of junior officers who are there on the ship, but aren’t invited to the briefings in the Observation Lounge, don’t necessarily work closely with their commanding officers (Riker, Worf, and Crusher), and aren’t told everything that happens on the ship. Which is refreshing, because unlike DS9, Enterprise, and most Drama series made today, TNG isn’t well known for having a large recurring cast of characters. In fact, I can only think of two characters that appeared in multiple episodes per season once they were introduced and that’s Guinan, Whoopi Goldberg’s character, and Chief O’Brien, who later went on to become a regular cast member on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The rest of TNG’s recurring characters are recurring in that they appear in more than one episode over the course of the entire series rather than more than one or two episodes per season like the recurring casts of shows like Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl do today.

“Lower Decks” isn’t the greatest episode of TNG I’ve ever seen. In fact I found it a little confusing and it felt like a mess from start to finish. That’s probably because the episode was more focused on the junior officers rather than characters like Picard, Riker, Worf, Data, and La Forge, and so we’re not really seeing the story play out the way it probably should’ve. Personally, and this is just my opinion, I would’ve had the episode focus solely on Ensign Sito, rather than the whole group of officers, as the episode feels more about her anyway. I’m going to actually do something now that I’ve never done in any of my reviews. I’m going to write down what I would’ve done with this episode.

I would introduce Sito, and make it so it was her first day aboard the Enterprise, and having difficulty because that was the ship that uncovered her squadron’s cover-up of the death of a Starfleet cadet in the season 5 episode, “The First Duty”, and some of the officers on the crew felt she’d betrayed Starfleet principles by willingly participating in the cover-up. However, Ben, the civilian waiter in Ten Forward, goes ahead and befriends her, much like Guinan did with Ro in the fifth season episode, “Ensign Ro”. However, unlike Guinan, Ben doesn’t convince Picard to give Sito a chance. Instead, Picard, like in the episode that aired, chose Sito for a position on the Enterprise, believing she could be a fantastic officer with real potential. But, Sito lacks confidence in herself due to the earlier incident at the Academy, as well as the harassment she experienced during the remainder of her time at Starfleet Academy.

In order to prep her for the mission to escort the Cardassian, Joret Dal, back to Cardassia Prime, Picard and the other senior staff begin showing her some favouritism to boost her confidence. This gains her the ire of Sam Lavelle, who is much like he is in the aired episode. Unable to reason with Lavelle, Sito considers asking for a transfer to Deep Space Nine to act as a member of the contingent of Bajoran Militia officers on the station, on Odo’s security staff. However, Picard and Worf inform her that they gave her preferential treatment to boost her confidence so that she may participate in a top secret assignment, alongside Lavelle, who was the better pilot in my version.

During the shuttle ride, Sam and Sito begin to understand each other and a friendship begins to blossom between the two of them. However, Dal betrays them and they nearly get captured by Cardassians much like Picard was in “Chain of Command”. Sito is killed and Sam returns to the ship, forced to inform Ben, who had begun to fall in love with the young Bajoran, that Sito died in the line of duty.

That sounds simple, but I felt that the aired episode had too many characters, and that the story was too split between the junior and senior officers. Overall, it was an okay episode, but I really feel like it could’ve been better. I’m not as familiar with Rene Echevarria’s work on Star Trek as I am Brannon Braga’s, Ron Moore’s, Ira Behr’s, Michael Piller’s, and Rick Berman’s, but this doesn’t seem to be one of his better episodes. Even in this season, there are episodes that he wrote that are better written than this one. I still enjoyed it, because it is a refreshing and enjoyable episode, but, it is a bit cluttered with characters and as a result we don’t get as much time with Sito as we would’ve had they focused more on her than they did.

That’s all I got here folks. I just thought I’d come on here and talk about the episode and give my thoughts on what I thought should’ve been done with it just to streamline it a bit. I’ll be back with a “My Thoughts” tomorrow or Thursday and then, depending on when I finish reading it, I’ll be coming on here to talk about the trade paperback collection, Green Arrow By Kevin Smith. Take care!

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Blog Update: July 18th, 2017

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Hey guys. I’m back with an update for this here blog. I decided to take ten days off just because it’s summertime and the weather has actually been nice here lately. Hot, but nice for the most part. I also had a dentist appointment last week, which was something I’d put off while I was having my surgery and dealing with the aftermath of that. So that’s why I’ve been putting off making more posts since I did my review of Spider-Man: Homecoming on the 8th. Before I get to the update for the blog, I just want to let you know what I’ve been doing in terms of my Fandom. This is going to be a weekly segment where I come in and let you guys know what I’m reading, watching, playing, buying, and where I’m going if it relates to my Fandom, because chances are pretty good that at some point whatever it is I’m doing is going to appear here on the blog.

So last week, I watched The Breakfast Club on TV for the very first time. Yes, despite it being out since 1985, until last Monday, I’d never seen The Breakfast Club. I knew about it from various TV shows and movies that I have seen doing episodes or scenes that pay homage to it, but, I’d never seen the movie itself. I thought about reviewing it the next day, or at the very least do a “My Thoughts” on it, but, I decided not to. The reason being is that it was on TV, and unfortunately, there were commercial breaks every fifteen minutes or so, and seen as how I wasn’t born yet when the movie was in theatres, and I’d never seen it on any home video platform, I couldn’t be sure if I was seeing an edited for TV version of the film, or the full film itself, so I decided to wait to review the movie until I could get my hands on a DVD or Blu-ray copy of it. And I did. Two days after I saw the movie I went on Amazon and bought it on DVD. It arrived yesterday, so expect a review of it sometime in the very near future.

At the same time I also bought Power Rangers (2017) on Blu-ray. As you know from my review of that movie I enjoyed it so much that as soon as I could, I bought it on Blu-ray to add to my DVD and Blu-ray collection. I watched a few of the bonus features on the movie yesterday afternoon and I can’t wait to sit down and watch the movie again as I haven’t seen it since opening weekend, just before I ended up in the hospital for my operation. I also can’t wait to watch it with the audio commentary with the director and writer to get into their heads a little bit and see what their thought processes were when they made the movie. The behind the scenes featurettes are pretty awesome too. They go in sequence from working with Haim Saban to develop the film, all the way to the red carpet premiere. So that’s pretty awesome.

I’ve been on a huge Star Trek kick lately. While I’m not watching any of the series all the way through yet, I’ve been watching an episode or two from each of the various shows at some point during a week. Just random episodes. Of course I also reviewed Star Trek V: The Final Frontier recently, and I’ve been watching interviews with the various people who worked on all of the shows, including the bonus features on the DVDs that I have. I’ve also spent a lot of time on Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki, reading articles on characters, ships, places, and behind the scenes stuff as well. Basically I’m immersing myself back into the Star Trek Universe.

Currently I’m reading two books. I’m reading Green Arrow By Kevin Smith which is a trade paperback that collects Kevin Smith’s entire run on Green Arrow from 2001 and 2002. That’s going to be my next comic book review. I’m also reading Galactic Patrol by E.E. “Doc” Smith. For those of you who don’t know, Galactic Patrol is an old Science Fiction novel written and published in the late 1930’s, as the first book in a series called Lensmen, which is considered to be the first Space Opera and it inspired George Lucas when he was writing the second draft of the script for Star Wars in 1975. I think it may have also inspired Gene Roddenberry when he was working on the first pilot for the original Star Trek series in 1964, as it was published right about the time he would’ve been in high school, and reading pulp Science Fiction magazines. Anyways, I’m thinking of making that my next novel review, as I’ve only done one of those on this blog before now. We’ll see what happens when I finish reading it and whether I’m reviewing something else at the time.

On Saturday, I’m going to another Geek Garage Sale with my best friend, Brad, so we’ll see what I pick up there. I don’t usually have anything specific that I plan on picking up there, because it’s usually different each time I go, but, I do usually find a few comic books and maybe a movie or book for a decent price. I’m really trying to stick to a budget this time around, so I probably won’t get a huge haul this time.

Now, what’s on the agenda for the blog this week? I have two things for sure on the list for the week. A TV episode review, and a “My Thoughts”. They’re both going to be Star Trek related, because, again, I’m on a huge Star Trek kick lately, and I have yet to really talk about the franchise on the blog, because there’s so much to talk about and so many episodes to watch that I could do an entire blog focusing solely on Star Trek and never be done. So, it’s really a matter of finding a topic, an episode, a movie, a season, or a series to start with. Anyways, the episode that I’m going to be reviewing is from the seventh season of Star Trek: The Next Generation called “Lower Decks”. I chose this episode because I was thinking about why I like Star Trek: Enterprise when a lot of people don’t, and that got me thinking about the evolution of the franchise as a whole, and that, had Rick Berman, Michael Piller, Jeri Taylor, Brannon Braga, Ira Steven Behr, Ronald D. Moore, and Manny Coto, the seven people who basically took over the franchise before Gene Roddenberry died, due to his poor health, had taken the safe route and stuck with the difficult formula established by previous Star Trek: The Next Generation showrunners, Gene Roddenberry and Maurice Hurley, the franchise would’ve died during the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation and we wouldn’t’ve gotten the other shows or any of the movies after Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).

The “My Thoughts” post is going to be on Star Trek: Enterprise, whether it should be considered “true” Star Trek, and why I like it as much as I do. This all relates to what I was saying before about the evolution of the Star Trek franchise and why I believe it should’ve evolved, rather than stagnating after the second season of TNG. So that’ll be my second post for this week. And as I already mentioned I have a comic book review lined up as well as possibly a novel review, so stay tuned for those as well. That’s all I have to say right now. I just wanted to come in here and talk a little bit about my life in relation to my Fandom, and update you on what’s gonna happen here on the blog this week. Later!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

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Hey guys. How’s it going? I’m doing quite well. I just got home from seeing Spider-Man: Homecoming, and I wanted to just come on here and talk about the movie a little bit. This is just a general discussion on the film by me, so there won’t be any spoilers in this review.

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First off, I just wanted to say, wow! This is probably the best Spider-Man movie we’ve had since 2004’s Spider-Man 2. Not that I didn’t like Spider-Man 3 or either Amazing Spider-Man movies, but, the previous Spider-Man movies, including Spider-Man (2002), and Spider-Man 2 were missing that awkward, goofy, teenage Peter Parker/Spider-Man that was created in the comics. Now, I know all of these movies are adaptations, and when you’re adapting something from a comic book, TV show, or novel to the big screen, you have to change some things so that they’ll appeal to a larger audience. But, the awkwardness, goofiness, and unluckiness are what makes Spider-Man so appealing, because he is us. He can barely get through a day without making mistakes, learning from those mistakes, and then being brave enough to try again, even though he failed the first time. And that’s what I feel the previous Spider-Man films were lacking. And that’s not to say those movies aren’t valid and aren’t good movies, but both Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield’s portrayals were very different and they didn’t quite get the material.

Tom Holland is fantastic as Spider-Man and Peter Parker. He brings that youthfulness, the humour, and the believability to the role that the previous versions lacked. He felt like the character I know from the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko comics. Which is a rare treat given how old that material is, and the fact that a modern, general audience going to see this movie wouldn’t have read the source material. Even the comic book geeks going to see this movie wouldn’t necessarily have gone back and read any of the old issues from the ’60s.

It was really weird seeing Michael Keaton as the Vulture. Mainly because he defined Batman in two movies for my generation, not to mention other movies that he’s been in since Batman (1989). Honestly, he was a great Vulture. Now, I admit, I’m not very familiar with the character, as I never saw the episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series that he appeared in, he wasn’t in any of the previous live-action movies, and I haven’t read very many issues of the comics that he’s appeared in. However, I am familiar enough with the Vulture to know that the way Michael Keaton played him was slightly different from the comic, but was close enough to the comic book character. In this movie the Vulture also has a connection to one of Peter’s classmates, but I won’t reveal who that classmate is or what Vulture’s connection to them is.

Unlike most people, I didn’t have any problems with Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. Everyone is stuck on the fact that Marisa Tomei is too young and attractive to play Aunt May. However, this is the beginning of a franchise. If you want Aunt May to stay in the movies for as long as these movies are produced, then you can’t believably have an 80 year old actress playing the character, and realistically, if you have a teenage Spider-Man, then you need an Aunt May who is younger. In fact, that’s the route Brian Michael Bendis went with when he recreated the Spider-Man mythology for the comic book series, Ultimate Spider-Man, back in 2000. So, if you’re one of those people who has a problem with a younger Aunt May in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then you have a problem with her in the Ultimate Universe.

Should you go see Spider-Man: Homecoming? Absolutely. I highly recommend this movie. As this was my first time seeing the movie, I didn’t really seem to have problems with it. Aside from Peter’s friend, Ned. He’s supposed to be Ned Leeds, the future husband of J. Jonah Jameson’s secretary/assistant, Betty Brant, but, he’s really Miles Morales’ best friend, and sidekick, Ganke Lee. At least that’s the role he plays. I wish they would’ve called him Ganke, because Ned Leeds is supposed to be older than Peter, and is supposed to eventually be framed into taking the rap for the original Hobgoblin in the comics. Also, Betty Brant is too young in the movie. She’s supposed to, again, be older than Peter.

That’s all I have to say on the film for now. When it comes out on home media, I’m going to do another review and talk about my second viewing, and see if it changed my opinion any from this time around. I just wanted to come on here and give you my general thoughts on the movie, and let you know whether you should see it, or skip it. It’s a definite “see it” movie. Later folks!

Runaways: The Complete Collection Volume 1 Review

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Hey guys! Happy 4th of July to all of my readers who live in the United States or are American born, but living in other countries. I’m back with a comic book review, and today I’m going to review the trade paperback, Runaways: The Complete Collection, Volume 1. This is the first volume in a series which collects all of the original issues starring the teenage superheroes, the Runaways. There’s four volumes in total, with the second series split between volumes 2 and 3. This first volume collects the entire 18 issue original run that was published from July 2003, until September 2004 before being canceled.

Before I get into the book itself, let me give you a brief history of the Runaways and the basic premise for the series, in case you’ve never read it or have never heard of it. And if you haven’t heard of it, that’s okay, because they’re not exactly A-list Marvel heroes and they’re not in constant publication either. So, the Runaways is a group of teenagers who live in the Marvel Universe, and they were created by Brian K. Vaughan. If you’ve heard that name before, it’s because he’s the guy who created both comic book series, Y: The Last Man and Saga, both of which were and are hugely popular and bestselling comic book series.

In 2003 Vaughan came up with a concept that was, and still is, unique to comic books. A team of teenage superheroes who didn’t wear costumes, didn’t have codenames, didn’t have a team name and who’s sole purpose was to take down their parents who were actually members of an evil organization bent on the destruction of the world. Yeah, I know, it sounds crazy. But, Marvel greenlit the project, probably because this was only a few years after Marvel filed for bankruptcy and were already raking in the money from the Ultimate books they were publishing at the time. Now that I’ve completely tantalized you with this tale of a weird concept that Marvel actually bought into, let’s get into the book itself.

Runaways: The Complete Collection, Volume 1 is an awesome book. I first learned about this book about seven years ago when my best friend lent me a series of trade paperbacks collecting the entire three volume series of this comic book series. I wasn’t, and am still not, a huge Marvel fan. In fact, aside from Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the first Iron Man movie, I didn’t like Marvel at all (this was before The Avengers came out, taking the general audience by storm). Anyway he lent me all of the volumes he had of this series called Runaways and I was hooked.

Vaughan must’ve been inspired by Smallville, which was hugely popular at the time, because every time I read this book I see elements that were taken from that TV show. Namely the lack of costumes and codenames. Also The O.C. hadn’t premiered yet, but when I read this book, I see elements of that show too, namely the fact that all of the kids’ families are rich and live in Los Angeles, rather than in New York City like most Marvel superheroes do. Also there’s a panel in the fifth issue where there’s a shot of Molly Hayes’ house and it not only looks like the Cohen house from The O.C. but the angle of the shot is very similar to a stock shot of the Cohen house. Of course, by the time the fifth issue was published, The O.C. had already aired, so it’s very possible that Adrian Alphona, the artist on this first book, took inspiration from that show, since both the show and the book are set in California.

The characters themselves are more relatable than even Spider-Man is. Why? Because, unlike Spider-Man, who just has constant bad luck in his private life, these kids are real kids. They struggle with their sexuality, they struggle with their parents, they have their own opinions on the way the world is, and they don’t always get along. One of the kids even betrays the others to their parents. I won’t say who it is, but the way the book portrays it, is that it could be any of them, as at one time or another, each of the kids reveals motivations for betraying the group, and, right up until the revelation of who it is, you can’t predict it and you know it could be any of the six kids.

Vaughan puts in so many pop culture references in this book. He references the ’60s live-action Batman series, several old guard Hollywood stars are referenced and of course little references to other Marvel superheroes are thrown in as well. I think Star Trek and Star Wars are mentioned as well. So it’s really grounded in the real world, which, in this case, isn’t a bad thing.

I do have a few problems with this book though. Didn’t the Avengers have a West Coast division at this point (circa 2003-2004)? If so, how were they not aware of the Pride? Even then, why doesn’t S.H.I.E.L.D. know about the Pride? Surely Nick Fury would be investigating even the slightest hint of an evil organization operating in Los Angeles. But, S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t even mentioned in this book. Also, in the opening of the book, Alex Wilder, the leader of the group, is playing an M.M.O.R.P.G. Not just any M.M.O.R.P.G though. A Marvel one. Except, I’m pretty sure in those kinds of games, characters don’t suddenly take on the personality of the person playing that character. Being only a casual gamer, I’ve never played this kind of game so I don’t know. If any of you gamers know, please let me know in the comments.

Aside from these minor problems, I enjoyed reading this book again. In fact this is one of the few comic books I own that I’ve been wanting to come on here and talk about. At some point down the line I’m going to do a “My Thoughts” about Runaways and teenage superheroes in general, because this series is my favourite Marvel series of all time. For now I’ll just say that you need to pick this book up if you haven’t read it yet. While it’s about $40 Canadian it’s worth it as you get 18 issues in one volume as opposed to 6 issues per volume for the regular trade paperbacks, digests, and hardcover collections. This is also the easiest way to get this series, as the original trade paperbacks are probably not in print anymore, and the individual issues are hard to find as well.

That’s all I have to say on this book, but I thought I’d come on here and talk about it for a bit, since I’ve only done reviews of single issue comic books on this blog so far, and like I said, this book is something I’ve really wanted to talk about for a while now. I’ll be back with a few “My Thoughts” posts, as well as another movie review and possibly a TV show review. Take care guys!

My Thoughts: Reviews, Reviewing and How I’ve decided to do TV Show Reviews

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Hey guys! Happy Canada Day for those of you living in Canada, and for those who aren’t, happy Saturday. I don’t have any plans for today, so I decided to come on here and talk a little bit about reviews, reviewing and how I’ve decided to do my TV show reviews.

I’m a fan of review channels on YouTube. However there is one channel in particular that I love. It’s called Geekvolution. They review movies, TV shows, and comic books, with a few specialized shows that they dedicate to other geeky topics. However, over the last few years, I’ve found that Geekvolution has become a lot more academic in how they review movies and TV shows. And I don’t mean educational. I mean academic in that they look at a piece the way a scholar would look at History or Geography. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, but personally it makes the reviews extremely boring. Especially in the superhero movie review series, “Superhero Rewind”, where Captain Logan critically analyzes every detail of a movie, often times making the videos over an hour long. Other channels and networks, such as Fandom Knight, don’t go into nearly as much depth and analysis as Geekvolution does, but their reviews are a lot more entertaining and just as informative. Why? Because reviews don’t always have to be this long, complicated, in depth analysis. Sometimes they should be short, sweet, and basic.

Take my reviews for example. If I have a lot to say on a topic, then I write a long review. But if I don’t, because there isn’t much to say about a movie, a comic book, or even a TV show or TV show episode, then I’m going to write a shorter review. There are all kinds of ways you can review something. But, if you are a reviewer, you have to review the way that feels more natural to you. You also can’t bore your audience. I mean, you can bore your audience, but if you do, that probably means you’re not going to have an audience left when you’re finished. Now, I’m not condemning people for taking the more academic approach to reviewing. I’m just saying that for me personally, I get bored with those kinds of reviews if I watch or read them all the time.

Reviewing anything can take a lot of time and effort. Even if it’s a simple review, written or recorded on camera or through a microphone, using only the knowledge you have of a movie or a comic book, and based only on your opinions, without any additional research. I’ve spent an entire day on writing a review because while they haven’t always been complicated reviews, sometimes I need to take an hour or two to collect my thoughts, and figure out just what my opinion is, on a particular subject. Which is fine, because I’m not perfect, and I can’t always “bleed” out onto the page when it comes to movies, comic books, TV shows, novels or video games. Especially if it’s something I’ve never seen, read, or played before. If I’ve seen it, read it, or played it before I can talk about it forever. Whether I like it, love, it dislike it or hate it.

So, I’ve decided to take a unique approach to my TV show reviews. I’m going to choose a few episodes, maybe seven or eight, from each season of a show that I have, and I’m going to review them one at a time. Then, when I get to the end of a season, I’ll come on here and talk about how I felt about the season as a whole, and if I have that season on DVD or Blu-ray then I’m going to talk about the DVD or Blu-ray set. If I don’t have the season on DVD or Blu-ray, then I’ll just talk about the season. And then, when I get to the end of the series, if I happen to have the entire series, or if I don’t have the entire series, when I get to the end of the final season that I happen to have, either digitally or on DVD or Blu-ray, then I’ll come on here and give my thoughts on the series in general. For example, I have the first four seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation on DVD, so when I finish the final episode on the final disc of season 4, and I’ve finished watching the extra features that are on that season, I’m going to come on here and talk about Season 4 of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and then I’m going to come on here again, and talk about Next Gen as a whole, because, even though I don’t own the whole series on any media platform, between watching reruns on TV, and watching the majority of the series during it’s first run between 1987 and 1994, I’ve seen all of Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I can talk about it, and basically go over what I think of the series.

This way, I can break a series down, talk about particular episodes, talk about seasons, and then talk about the series as a whole, and not spend so much time reviewing every single episode of a series that I happen to have. Especially if I have the complete series, because in some cases there are a hundred and some episodes in a series. Which is a lot of TV. The episodes that I take the time to talk about individually will be ones that are important to the overall storyline of the season, or just episodes that I happen to enjoy or find interesting. The two episodes of each season that will always be reviewed are the season premiere (series premiere/pilot episode in the case of a first season), and a season finale, because they are the most important episodes in a series. Especially because of the way Television is serialized these days.

That’s all I wanted to come on here and say today. I was going to do it yesterday, after I posted my review of the Star Trek: The Next Generation game for the Nintendo Game Boy, but I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to approach the subject. Anyway that’s it for now guys. Take care!

Star Trek: The Next Generation Game Boy Game Review

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Hey guys. I wasn’t going to do a review or write a post of any kind today, but this morning I was playing Star Trek: The Next Generation for the Game Boy, on my Game Boy Advance. I actually got to level 3 with a 100% mission success rate. So, I decided that this would be the perfect game to be my very first video game review. As a result, here I am, writing to you guys.

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There isn’t really a story to this game. It’s basically a training simulator game. However, it’s neat because you get your missions from Captain Picard and you get status reports from Worf, Data, La Forge, Chief O’Brien, and Riker. It’s weird because you have a time limit in which you need to complete a mission, but the way the game mechanics are, you can warp to any planet on the menu of planets you can go to for missions. As you level up the missions get more complicated and more difficult to complete. Normally it’s like the Romulan and Klingon ships become faster, and you end up facing three ships. If you’re using the transporter, the people or things you need to beam up become more numerous. Which takes more time and occasionally you run out of time on the mission while you’re trying to complete it.

Personally I prefer Star Trek: The Next Generation – Future’s Past for the Super Nintendo. Mainly because you can do more on that game and I just like the feel of that game more than this. However, this game is pretty good for an old Game Boy game. The graphics are decent and the game is actually a challenge. Especially in the upper levels, of which there are only five.

I actually beat the game once, two or three years ago. It’s extremely difficult because you have to beat the Borg and you have to try and beam up the virus  you need to beat the Borg Cube with, from Earth, while the Cube is firing on you, which gets you destroyed pretty quickly. It took me an hour, maybe two hours to beat, because if you fail the Borg mission you gotta go through a series of other missions before you get to it again and that can take forever because the missions on the Captain level are the most difficult and you need to successfully complete a certain number of missions before you get the Borg mission.

Anyways I would say check this game out if you’ve never played it. The reason I say this is because it’s a relatively simple game, even in comparison to other games for the Game Boy and the Game Boy Color. So you could probably beat it within an hour if you’re really good at video games. And if you’re as good as I am, which isn’t very good, it can take you only 2 or 3 hours, depending on how many times you screw up the Borg mission. So it is a quick game, though fairly difficult.

That’s all I wanted to say about this game. I thought I would start with something pretty simple for my first video game review. Anyway, I think I have one more “My Thoughts” post in me before I end for the weekend, but we’ll see what happens once I’ve posted this review. In the mean time have an awesome weekend!

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Review

Star Trek V - The Final Frontier

Hey guys. I’m here with a movie review. Today I’m going to be reviewing Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, considered to be the worst of the six films starring the cast from the original ’60s series, Star Trek. My history with this film is quite different than probably most people’s is. Mostly because the first six Star Trek films were a constant in my life. One of the nurses at the hospital owned the five film 25th Anniversary VHS box set and she brought it for me to watch at the hospital, and, later my dad got the six film VHS box set for Christmas, and whenever I wanted to watch a Star Trek movie, I would choose either this one, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), or Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was too scary for a four year old kid to watch, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home included a hospital scene, particularly a brief scene in an operating room. So that left the first, third, and fifth films, and then later the sixth one once that came out on VHS.

Star Trek V - The Final Frontier (Screencap)

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier to me is probably the only one of the six original Star Trek films to be most like an episode of the original series. The other movies, were either special effects spectacles, or they were action driven films that would appeal to a general audience than what Star Trek normally would be. Because unlike TV shows, or even novels and comic books, movies have to be accessible to a large audience so that the movie can make money. That’s why Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home was so successful. It was accessible to a wider audience, because the movie wasn’t a Star Trek movie. It was a slice-of-life/fish-out-of-water film that happened to have Star Trek elements in it. But, I’m not here to talk about Star Trek IV. I’ll talk all about that when I review that movie.

I quite enjoyed watching Star Trek V. In fact, it’s one of my favourite Star Trek movies. Now, most people will disagree with me because this movie is considered to be the worst of the six Original Series movies, but I personally think it’s a good movie. Is it a great movie? No. But, it’s a good movie. In fact it’s a great Star Trek movie.

I do have a few problems with this movie though. The first is the fact that the entire film is based on the crew finding God, by a fanatic, rather than coming upon the entity while out exploring as they did in the TV series. There are several episodes where Kirk & Co. are just out exploring the galaxy, when they come across a god-like entity. That’s a pretty shaky premise to try and attract the attention of a general audience with. Especially since there are so many different groups within that general audience. I’m actually surprised that Paramount allowed Bennett and Shatner to make this movie.

My second and third problems are in-Universe, story problems. The first of these problems is that Starfleet let the Enterprise leave spacedock in the condition they were in. Okay, we know that starships are occasionally forced to leave spacedock or the shipyards prematurely, because of a crisis or for a simple shakedown cruise that turns into a crisis. But, Starfleet Command was well aware of the fact that the ship was in shambles and nowhere near ready to leave dock. Oh, and while we’re on the subject, how was the ship in that condition to begin with? At the end of Star Trek IV, the Enterprise leaves Spacedock and jumps to warp. Are you trying to tell me that the ship was actually damaged when they left at the end of IV, or did something happen in between movies that forced the ship to return to Spacedock for repairs and that’s what Scotty was working on when we first see him in this movie?

So, the Federation sends the Enterprise and the Klingon Empire sent Captain Klaa’s Bird of Prey to Nimbus III. Where were the Romulans? One of the three representatives captured by Sybok on the planet was a Romulan. So, why didn’t the Romulans send a rescue ship of their own? That’s a pretty big plot hole. Especially since if you watch any of the first three TV shows (Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) if somebody was bright enough to get the idea to kidnap and hold hostage a representative from the Federation, the Klingon Empire, and the Romulan Star Empire, all three governments would respond by sending a ship or a fleet of ships to rescue the hostages. For some reason though, until Star Trek VI the filmmakers were really reluctant to use the Romulans in any of the movies.

One thing I have to praise the movie for is how William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley portrayed their characters. Of all of the first six movies, this is where Kirk, Spock, and McCoy feel like the Kirk, Spock, and McCoy from the TV show. Sure they’re older, both the actors, and the characters, but they still feel like those characters. Whereas in the other five movies (six for Shatner) they feel just a little bit off. Again, I’ll cover that when I get around to those movies.

The only other thing missing from this movie is the sophistication of the TV show. Of any of the Star Trek TV shows. There’s too much simplicity to this film, and ultimately the story falls flat, when it could’ve carried it a lot farther than it ended up doing. I like this movie, but the story just isn’t as good as it could’ve been. Partly because of the writer of the script. Yes, the story was conceived by Shatner, but as we know, Shatner is a very good writer and storyteller. David Loughery however isn’t. At least when it comes to the sophistication that fans expect from Star Trek, whether it’s a TV show or a movie.

Anyways, if you wanna watch this movie it’s at least entertaining. But, you can skip it without any problem as it’s a standalone film and doesn’t have many ties to the rest of the franchise. That’s all I have to say about this movie. I’ll be back with more posts ASAP. Take care guys!