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Long delayed but it has arrived for your listening pleasure. Yes, Mr. Gene and I have taken the podcast on road to talk about Star Trek Beyond. Did this movie win our hearts or did it suck like Star Trek Into Darkness???

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The one and only Monster is going solo for awhile until schedules are aligned by the Gods. This mini version podcast will be taking about the latest news in scifi genre for the past week. New recordings will be done on Saturdays with the release on either Sunday or Monday the latest.

On this podcast:

Harrison Ford in a plane crash

Leonard Nimoy passes away

Harve Bennett passes away

First look at CBS Supergirl in her costume

The Monster Scifi Show | How to save Star Trek: Make it the True Detective of science fiction – Vox.


I had already went down this road on what the next Trek movie and the overall franchise direction should focus on. The article below, if correct, does offer more food for thought. I do like the idea of seeing more female characters from being in less supporting roles to being one in position of authority. My favorite part of this piece is the possible introduction of McCoy’s ex-wife. If it plays out in my head, we can see a better bonding of the holy trinity of Kirk, Spock and McCoy via their female relationship. Urban definitely needs to have more screen time. He is just as valuable a team member as Kirk and Spock and not just not being the comic foil of doing medical testing in the most inopportune time. Let’s see the classic elements come back to Trek while still doing something new. As for the Bryan Cranston-like villain let’s not go down the same path as Nero and Kahn as just one-off characters. Let this not be our last battlefield; Star Trek must live.

I’m a forgiving soul but even I struggled with Star Trek into Darkness.

After initially enjoying the film’s scope and the welcome integration of dubious Starfleet Intelligence practices into the rebooted universe, I found that the further away I got from my first viewing, the less I saw to like.

I’m not saying it’s inherently a bad movie, but there was a lot to put me off: the whitening of Khan, a horrifically botched misinformation campaign throughout production, and the fan service inclusions of both Klingons and Old Spock.

But what drove home the final nail was the ‘Carol Marcus lingerie scene.’ Having Alice Eve strip to her underwear was arbitrary to the point of feeling clinical, and certainly did nothing for what was already an ill-served character. This choice seemed to reveal the movie for what it honestly was, being both loveless and exploitative of its founding elements.

via The characters of Star Trek 3, from lots of new women to a “Bryan Cranston” villain | Film Divider.


Driving into work, wondering what will be the official word from the Branch Manager’s meeting, a certain phrase popped into my head, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.” Those who know this famous phrase will remember watching Spock saving the Enterprise from certain doom from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. And to boot, another phrase from the same movie, “How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life, wouldn’t you say?” This was the line delivered by then Admiral Kirk to a young hottie Lt. Saavik played Kirstie Alley earlier in the same movie. Just as those who follow the bible or some other religious text, they use these principles to help guide themselves through life’s more challenging times. I use  scifi references which has no less merit.

As you may or may not know, Miami is facing a $400 million budget gap. For the past several years, this gap has existed and somehow, the library has managed to stay pretty much intact. However, the ex-mayor Carlos Alvarez was voted out of office for his raising of property taxes earlier this fiscal year. The new mayor would not only have to repeal those increases but issue further saving measures; this is exactly what is taking places. Of course, this will have to go the commissioners to be voted as well as several public hearings before the final vote.

via The Needs of the Many…. « Page 49.


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Recorded this on sunday night and this is the first of two Star Trek review podcasts. My co-host Mr.Gene is back and we have a special guest – Tony from the Cinemaviewfinder.com. You might have seen several of his posts on this site before and below is the latest review from his blog. Take a listen to our podcast, read the entry below, and enjoy all that Star Trek means to us as fans of this scifi series. If you want to do a direct download for all my past and present podcast, click here.

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2009

Movie Review: Star Trek (2009)

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek captures the spirit of Gene Roddenberry’s original creation better than any other subsequent spinoff or sequel has up until now. I’m even including the six films which starred the original cast led by William Shatner. This enormously enjoyable summer confection is still lacking the all important philosophical depth of the sixties-era sci-fi actioner. But with the once ailing franchise now reinvigorated by Abrams and crew, it looks like there will be plenty of opportunity to perfect the brew.

When I say the film goes back to Star Trek’s beginnings, I’m not kidding. We see the birth of our hero, James T. Kirk, during a turbulent battle in which his father dies at the hand of the Romulan villain, Nero (Eric Bana). There’s also a glimpse at the childhood of the stoic Vulcan, Spock, a painful time when he is teased and bullied for being half-human. Twenty minutes of this setup are a bit too much for anyone but the fanboys. It’s enough to know that Kirk (Chris Pine) grows up with a chip on his shoulder due to daddy’s absence, and Spock (Zachary Quinto) has his own – an inner emotional turmoil due to his mixed parentage – that he hides from his father’s race which forbids such emotions.

via Cinema Viewfinder: Movie Review: Star Trek (2009).