Three Ridiculous Things About the J.J. Abrams Star Trek Movies

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I don’t spend a lot of time on the well-worn issues–lens flares, red matter, silly coincidences, Khan’s British now, using the transporter to go across the galaxy. Instead, I talk about my own issues not only with the two movies Abrams made, but also with Trekkies’ reaction to it, and with the creative team’s counter-reaction, which lead me to conclude that Trekkies’ relationship to their franchise has become at least a little dysfunctional.

I’ll be looking at the other Trek movies in their turn, but I kind of wanted to start at the end. Next up: Star Trek: The Motion Picture.



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Close Encounter

Neil and I set up my telescope in his backyard to catch the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus last night. I must say that taking pictures through a telescope with an iPhone, manually, is a pain in the ass.

Here’s the best shot we got. Jupiter’s on top.



We got some nice long looks at Saturn too, but none of the pictures turned out at all. Maybe when I get a proper adapter.



RIP James Horner

The first James Horner score I heard was this one, when I was 10 years old, in a movie theater in Tooele, Utah, waiting to find out if Spock would really die:

His main title theme is my favorite among the those of the Star Trek feature films. (And Jerry Goldsmith’s piece for TMP is hard to beat, whatever you think of the movie.) I also admired his work on Field of Dreams and Braveheart. I didn’t care much for Titanic, but Horner did a great job with the music. I was hoping we’d get to keep him longer.

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