Star Trek Picard – Nepenthe

Two to beam up.

Cruelty to Bunnycorns aside it was really nice seeing Troi and Riker.  I could have done without their tragedy being connected to the current synth storyline (any death of a child is tragic it didn’t need to be because synths were banned – we love these characters our heart will break for them without slipping the irony knife in).

This episode was really pretty much all I was really interested in for this show.  I can take or leave the Data daughter storyline, I think the mistreatment of the XBs is definitely interesting but there’s possibly too much going on in the show and it doesn’t feel like we’re focused on one narrative enough.  I’m sure it’ll all connect at the end.

But this was what I was excited for and they are great and it’s so nice they’re together and their daughter is what you’d expect from them.  I wish they were still serving in Starfleet but then Starfleet seems a little bit not quite the organisation we remember.

So that was all nice and I was thinking about it and I like how Troi especially but both of them have changed, people do change.

Now Seven is back next episode and frankly if I were a guest star from previous trek I’d be a little bit worried as this show is not afraid to pull that trigger.

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Unicorn Bunny – Friend, Not Food

I will admit that it was nice as a vegetarian that I knew that by the TNG era of Star Trek that everyone in Starfleet was essentially eating what I would describe as an ethical diet. Probably not vegan by our definition, maybe not even vegetarian to be honest. I’m not sure where replicated or synthesized meat might fall in people’s definitions.

The point is that it was clearly stated by Commander Riker that we don’t enslave animals anymore for food purposes.

Jump forward to ummm I’m not sure what the Stardate is now but now despite having ample options for protein we’d rather kill a living creature to make sausage for a pizza that already sounded awesome without bunny sausage.

This isn’t to get into the meat vs plant diet garbage but I suspect if you presented even a dedicated carnivore the option of eating two exactly the same portions of meat but one wasn’t the product of death then logically one would assume we’d pick cruelty free.

Someone pointed out the trope of Society Marches On which I think is absolutely perfect in this case. As a long term vegetarian I can tell you that the options for meat substitution now are unbelievably plentiful and some (not all by a long shot) are almost indistinguishable from their meat counterparts. This trend is becoming a multibillion dollar industry and I don’t see it dropping off especially as the substitutions become significantly cheaper and harder to distinguish.

It’s a very minor element to Episode 7 of Star Trek Picard but then the original line in TNG wasn’t that big either but as a vegetarian it was a great non-evasive representation (it didn’t continuously slap you in the face with its agenda – it simply was) and now it’s not on the agenda because especially in Star Trek Picard society marches on.

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Day 68 – Star Trek (2009): Spock

“One hundred twenty-nine years from now, a star will explode, and threaten to destroy the galaxy.”

I know it’s probably controversial to pick Spock for this film but I was so thankful to see Leonard Nimoy again that his appearance here has a place in my heart.

I don’t mind the Kelvin timeline films though I understand the problems people may have with them (Into Darkness does not fair well on repeat viewings – best not to think about the details lest it ruins the whole experience). I love the costuming for Spock in this film as well and would very much like one of those coats.

If you have a chance to watch the making of behind the scenes videos the feature on Nimoy is particularly good. He mentions at one point how this is his last scene ever (which of course it wasn’t) but it was a beautiful moment and we’re so lucky it was caught on film.

This is part of the 366 Characters from 366 Films project running throughout 2020. The original illustrations go on sale over on the Lee Draws Stuff store the same day (around 9:00 am Brisbane time) and are available until someone snaps it up.

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Day 67 – Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997): Dr Evil (Douglas “Dougie” Powers)

“Why must I be surrounded by frickin’ idiots?!”

Is it stealing the show if the character is played by the same actor? I do think that Dr Evil is a standout character in the Austin Powers franchise and possibly funnier than Austin. Probably a little more straightforward to draw than loudly dressed Austin but then I still have Goldmember to go so one last chance for him to be featured.

There are of course no shortage of quotable characters in this film and I remember seeing it in the cinema before the Austin Powers craze took off. If I remember correctly it may have had more life on home video rather than the box office.

I wonder if he’ll ever do a fourth film. An older Powers coming out of retirement and working with an older Dr Evil combating some new villain.

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Day 66 – Home Alone (1990): Kevin McCallister

“This is my house! I have to defend it!”

I don’t think Home Alone holds as dear a place in my heart as it does for other people. I enjoyed it on my first viewing for what it is but I don’t think I’ve even seen it a second time. I’ve probably seen the sequel more times on television.

But the film certainly has its place in film history and for many people it is an integral element of their childhood and/or Christmas. I’m surprised there wasn’t more (that I remember) outcry about kids mimicking his traps and defensive measures which in reality would easily have killed the guys trying to break in or at the very least burned the house down!

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Day 65 – Starship Troopers (1997): Lt. John “Johnny” Rico

“This is for all you new people: I only have one rule. Everyone fights. No one quits. You don’t do your job, I’ll shoot you myself. Do you get me?”

I love Starship Troopers, I loved the book before it and see them as two completely different entities. The music is phenomenal and one of my favourite scores that shows up a lot in my playlists.

The effects were spectacular at the time and I think they hold up well today and I really love the brutal story line. The world driven by the idea of value in citizenship and that force is the best way to respond to any problem. Science driven by war and the futility of the meat grinder that is the mobile infantry. It’s fascinating realising how caught up in the wave of nationalism and the portrayal of the “bugs” as lessor lifeforms. It’s a lot more interesting than I think some give it credit.

Rico is the young man we follow throughout as he is caught up in it all for probably the wrong reasons but then settles into his role as circumstances put him deeper and deeper into the ideology.

This is part of the 366 Characters from 366 Films project running throughout 2020. The original illustrations go on sale over on the Lee Draws Stuff store the same day (around 9:00 am Brisbane time) and are available until someone snaps it up.

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Day 64 – Judge Dredd (1995): Judge Joseph Dredd

“I never broke the law! I AM THE LAW!”

Visually stunning. Perfect casting. One complete mess of a film that completely misses the point of the source material and it appears that everyone has a different idea over what they were making.

I get why Stallone doesn’t want to be under the helmet but he should never have taken it off. The basic storyline also isn’t that bad but there is no biting satire. Mind you though it makes no sense, seeing one of the ABC warriors is pretty bloody awesome (though should not have been in here).

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Day 63 – Glass (2019): David Dunn / The Overseer

You’re keeping him here without guards? I have to get out of here before he gets out.

There’s a lot of missed opportunity in Glass but at the same time I get what it’s trying to do and when I walked away from the film I understood why people mightn’t like and why I kinda did. Is it as good as Unbreakable? Not in a million years but then Unbreakable is my favourite M Night film.

I think there are definitely ideas in here that are interesting but it’s not a film I would bother revisiting unlike Unbreakable which I can watch over and over.

In case anyone is wondering Signs is a close second.

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Random Trek Tuesday #4 – The Practical Joker (TAS)

I said one sandwich, that’s all. Someone turn off this infernal food factory.

To be completely honest I find the TAS episodes to be pretty hit and miss, more often than not they have really interesting elements but they don’t always translate into awesome episodes.  This episode surprised me though, it has been a very long time since I revisited the animated series and I really didn’t have much memory of this at all.

It’s a pretty loose episode that might actually suffer at the hands of the 24 minute running time.  There’s so much that could of been made of this episode and it actually would have worked great as a full blown live episode.

It really just needed a little more sophistication around the reasons why – probably specifying that it was an alien entity that read the computer banks and fell in love with the idea of practical jokes.

I could have easily gone with the “Kirk is a jerk” or “black ring around the eyes Spock” but something caught my eye with poor Scotty having a pie shot at his face.

So check out the episode if you’re playing along at home, this is probably not a bad example of the animated series.

Also look out for an early version of the holodeck!

This is part of the Random Trek Tuesday. I have gathered together EVERY episode of Star Trek, every season, every series and every film except for Star Trek Picard and put them into a big spreadsheet. Every week I let the randomiser pick one episode out which I’ll watch and then draw a scene from. You’ll find the original over on the Lee Draws Stuff shop immediately after publishing here on a Tuesday night (unless already sold).

Day 62 – Uncut Gems (2019): Howard Ratner

“I disagree.”

Oh wow, this film was intense. The constant tension throughout was amazing and by the end of the film all I wanted was Howard to simplify his life and stop making it more and more difficult.

Sandler was definitely robbed an Academy Award nomination, the film deserves every accolade it gets and since it’s on Netflix if you have a subscription I highly recommend adding this to your watch list!

This is part of the 366 Characters from 366 Films project running throughout 2020. The original illustrations go on sale over on the Lee Draws Stuff store the same day (around 9:00 am Brisbane time) and are available until someone snaps it up.

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