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no BEASTIES but we still got the dirt bike

Let's get it right out there: This was a good movie! It's not deep, not particularly intellectual, and as superhero movies go, it was not overdone (glaring at you, Batman vs Superman and Transformers). This is actually an Avengers movie with Cap's name on it as a headliner. The movie is actually quite political as far as action flicks go. I won't go too much into that to avoid spoilers. :)

This movie opens in a flashback to 1991, when the Winter Soldier(s) are first created and activated. We see Bucky going through the painful process of Winter Soldier transformation, and we get a backstory about how Hydra created these Winter Soldiers and why. Flash forward, and we are witness to a terrorist attack which summons the Avengers. In this movie (only these, no Hulk):

Captain America
Black Widow
Scarlet Witch
Iron Man/Tony Stark
Ant Man
Black Panther
Winter Soldier
Iron Man/Rhodes

Black Panther is a new addition to the franchise, and he is BAD ASS. He appears to be as strong or stronger than Bucky (Winter Soldier), and has some interesting powers. I'll let the movie introduce him properly. And a pleasant surprise is FINALLY a great Spiderman who better fills the role as laid out in the comics. He is a teen, like he is supposed to be, and without any girlfriend baggage in this movie. And he is super BAD ASS. He and Stark have great chemistry in this film. BTW, this is the most thoughtful Tony Stark ever portrayed in these Marvel films. Robert Downey Jr has made this his, and he has fleshed out the role like nobody else really could at this point. He can grow old doing this.

The story behind this movie is political. Not subtle either. It is at the center of the "civil war" (which is fought between these Avenger superheroes). Again, I cannot give details without spoiling it, but it does not bog down the film and gives things a twist. I do find it more interesting than bringing...
Wow. Remember this kid?

That is Jake Lloyd as a kid, playing the young Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace. Cute kid, full of life and a path to greatness just by being in Star Wars. This is him today:


He evidently has been diagnosed with schizophrenia:

His so-called fall could rival even that of his on-screen character, Anakin Skywalker. However, the true story of child star, Jake Lloyd's post-Star Wars life may also have a glimmer of hope as he has been officially diagnosed with schizophrenia and will get appropriate treatment after spending ten months in prison.

Last year, Lloyd made headlines after he was involved in a high-speed chase with police that ended with him crashing into a tree. He was arrested on June 15, 2015.

The mother of the 27-year-old actor maintained that his reckless behavior was due to a mental condition he was not taking his drugs for. She even admitted that he had previously tried to attack her when he skipped taking his medication, but she chose not to press charges.

He was involved in a high speed car chase with police:

The Star Trek prime universe timeline can't really go much past Voyager without becoming silly and implausible. Why? Well, there are several reasons, I think.

Starfleet technology is now too godlike.

Admiral Janeway has given the Federation transphasic torpedoes, ablative armor, Borg nanoprobes (and the knowledge of the Borg amassed by Seven of Nine). The Borg are no longer a threat because they no longer have a transwarp network.


Seven of Nine

Seven of Nine is likely the smartest human in the Federation. Smarter than Doctor Bashir, the Augment even. Her Borg implants (Borg shields, cortical processor, nanoprobes) give the Federation some easily weaponized technology making them almost invulnerable. I wish she could really do this...

Overuse of the time travel trope, making it part of Starfleet technology.

In two episodes of Voyager, we had the time travel trope used. Once to have an excuse to bring a "mobile emitter" into existence in order to allow the Doctor to leave Sick Bay, and again to stop Captain Braxton from changing history in the episode "Relativity". Actually, there was a third time, which was used to trope Voyager all the way home using future technology.


The Doctor


I liked the Doctor character, Robert Picardo. His personality made him a fun character to watch. But let's face it...the concept of him was silly, even given the already silly holodeck technology. Too many logical paths get broken trying to suspend belief. A sentient program created by a non-sentient computer, and processed and projected via "holo-emitters" which give him enough substance to hold things, to punch people and to (evidently) have sex...this is also done by that holo emitter? :) Mkay.

So, as you can see, we cannot really venture past the Voyager Engdame period because it gets too silly and too many things change. Think...
Here is the Rogue One Official Teaser Trailer. It looks most definitely Star Wars, but the casting and feel is very Twilight-ish IMO.

For those who do not already know, Rogue One slots in between Episode III and Episode IV, and in the trailer we see the parabolic lens being installed on the Death Star (the one destroyed in Episode IV). There is the new look from The Force Awakens, and also a whole new set of characters. This is the Star Wars timeline:
"Voyager, a sci-fi series based on events from a near future."

"The most innovative and realistic TV series about space exploration and extra-terrestrial life - because we want to believe.-voyager staff"

Looks great! I am excited-hope we get to see it on some format/media!

They have reached their kickstarter goal--just need more fan support and enthusiasm from those who demand better sci fi then syfy :)

As we all know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the latest cinematic chapter in the Star Wars saga. After the three classic original films we had the prequels which were to me three of the worst movies ever made. And of course there was the literary world of the EU which ran the gamut from good to appalling in quality, the video games, toys, merchandise and so forth. It was against this backdrop that Disney bought Lucasfilm with the intent of moving the Star Wars franchise back into active status. And after a long and in spots controversial process the end product is now in theatres.

So, how is it?

The Plot

The story is interesting in that it is both simple but there is depth in the right places. It also knows well what to explain and what can be left to the imagination. As a result, it is focused and not difficult to follow. As reviews in the media have said it resembles the plot for the Original Star Wars but only in more general terms – it is far from a copy/remake.

It is in this plot that one can see the results of a decision made by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy that instantly perked up the Star Wars fan community; bringing in Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark) to both co-author the script and make sure the end product had the correct plot threads and elements to be “Star Wars”. All of the plot elements in the film fit perfectly into the Star Wars “canon”, the characters and their dialogue are right and so forth.

Part of the plot of course is the characters and how they are drawn. And they are overall drawn well. Some characters that people expected to get more time were only there briefly (Captain Phasma, Poe Dameron). This was part of keeping the story focused on three of the new characters (Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren) plus Han Solo. Leia and other OT characters were present but more background. And like I said, they were sufficiently well drawn to let...
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