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SoTD: 20th Century Towers – Death Cab for Cutie.

by johndsykes86

Just feels appropriate for my mood.  Sod off, i’m not depressed 🙂

we’ll correct collegiate mistakes
a shower of formal ideals
completely soused
the hearts on our sleeves,
as they drowned we could hear them screaming
“oh, what a tragic way to see our final days.” 

I attempt to talk up the town:
“the answers are in the arches of the 20th century towers
and in comfortable cars in motion.”
and yet it still remains, this incessent refrain:
“you’re just like the rest. your restlessness makes you lazy.” 

keeping busy is just wasting time
and i’ve wasted what little he gave me
(all around)
i know the conscious choice was crystal clear,
to clean the slate of former years
when i sang softly in your ear and tied these arms around you.

Nerd Rage: Phasers set from Stun into Darkness, bitches, Darkness.

by johndsykes86

I will disclaim myself here a bit. My experience with Star Trek is limited to episodes of the original series, TNG and DS9. I do not claim to be an omniscient Star Trek geek who can call up any information about the shows. I also somehow mistake Cardassians for Kardashians in my brain, which has lead to more than one stern dressing down of the man you know as Sykes and is completely deserved.

Faulty memory aside, the series has always stood apart from most sci-fi fare for several reasons. I also realize that this reaction is mainly from the teaser trailer and the movie from 2010. That may discredit anything I say later because I may be mis-remembering plots or motifs or STID could totally be the opposite of what I saw this morning but frankly, this needs to be out of my system as its something that’s bothered me since 

Also, this may be spoiler-laden. But after 5 years, I consider media  a spoiler-go zone. 

GL, HF. 

Space: The final frontier. It seems a bit more black nowadays.

I watched the teaser trailer for Into Darkness this morning. While the excitement of seeing future Spike Speigel Benedict Cumberbatch roundhouse kick everyone into submission brought cheer to an otherwise maddening morning, the more I thought about the minute or so of teaser footage I watched, the more I realize that its not Star Trek anymore

Its not the days of Crusher aiming above his station to get the girl or Data being questioned about whether he had rights. It wasn’t about Tribbles being Tribbles or Sulu thinking he’s Don Quixote and laughing hysterically while climbing back up the engineering ladder anymore.

Yes, I get it. There’s no way you can accurate keep to the the spirit of Star Trek in a feature movie without A. Creating a boring movie or B. Running out of time. I also realize that most of the movies pre-reboot do not handle the essence of Star Trek well either. Star Trek Into Darkness feels different.

Star Trek is becoming a just another pew-pew-boom franchise and I will be complicit in its change.

I know this change was coming. I knew it when I got older and realize that Gene was dead. I knew when Enterprise was ended and JJ picked up the reboot. I understand Star Trek as it is now will never be the Star Trek that my father set me down to watch or that my mom nicknamed me after (John-Luc Picard, my momma made it so)

I just  really find myself missing the exploration, diversity and exposure to other cultures and new species that made Star Trek great. I realize that it doesn’t make for a blockbuster and frankly, my dearies, I don’t care.

Perhaps I’m judging JJ Abrams too harshly. Maybe he’ll surprise me. Maybe he wont. However, don’t think for a second that any amount of glitz, boom and Cumberbatch will allow me to suspend disbelief. I want to feel like the deck of the Enterprise is a family. I want to be challenged about how I view the world and how the world views me.  Above all else, I want my wonderment back. That humankind could conquer its overwhelming urge to prejudge and destroy to strive for something greater than stopping Cumberbatch, which judging by the teaser will take the whole of Starfleet to do it.

To paraphrase another favorite movie of mine: There once was a dream that was Star Trek.

Someone make me believe again.

Because this was stuck in my head this morning…

by johndsykes86

 

On the Duality of Man…

by johndsykes86

Relevant to my interests.

From Full Metal Jacket:

Pogue Colonel: Marine, what is that button on your body armor?
Private Joker: A peace symbol, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Where’d you get it?
Private Joker: I don’t remember, sir.
Pogue Colonel: What is that you’ve got written on your helmet?
Private Joker: “Born to Kill”, sir.
Pogue Colonel: You write “Born to Kill” on your helmet and you wear a peace button. What’s that supposed to be, some kind of sick joke?
Private Joker: No, sir.
Pogue Colonel: You’d better get your head and your ass wired together, or I will take a giant shit on you.
Private Joker: Yes, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Now answer my question or you’ll be standing tall before the man.
Private Joker: I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir.
Pogue Colonel: The what?
Private Joker: The duality of man. The Jungian thing, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Whose side are you on, son?
Private Joker: Our side, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Don’t you love your country?
Private Joker: Yes, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Then how about getting with the program? Why don’t you jump on the team and come on in for the big win?
Private Joker: Yes, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Son, all I’ve ever asked of my marines is that they obey my orders as they would the word of God. We are here to help the Vietnamese, because inside every gook there is an American trying to get out. It’s a hardball world, son. We’ve gotta keep our heads until this peace craze blows over.
Private Joker: Aye-aye, sir.