Happy birthday to Star Trek! Today is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s first episode airing, and to that, I’d like to talk about the show and the specific series that made me a Star Trek fan for life. =)
As some of you may already know, this week I saw the movie Star Trek Beyond. I posted a spoiler-free review of the movie here. In this post, I’m going to discuss some of the things I loved (and didn’t) about this new Star Trek experience — so spoilers away!
Last night I saw the new Star Trek movie. I was excited because in addition to loving Star Trek, I really enjoyed the 2009 J.J. Abrams film — it was an awesome action movie with a great origin story and character arc for Kirk. However, after the debacle (is that too strong a word?) that was its sequel, Into Darkness, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this new movie Beyond.
For one thing, it’s changed hands — Beyond is directed by Justin Lin (best known for Fast and Furious movies) and co-written by Simon Pegg, who was in the previous films and is also a longtime Trek fan. Though I wasn’t sure what to think of Lin, I wanted to believe in Pegg’s fandom, and I watch all of his movies anyway.
Now that I’ve seen Beyond, I have to say that it’s the best of the three new Star Trek movies, even if it doesn’t exactly shine. It feels like it can’t decide whether it wants to be more of a Star Trek movie or more of an action movie, so it walks a tightrope between the two that may not make it the most memorable or exciting movie the world… but hey, at least it keeps its balance.
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Since this is the last day of Women’s History Month, I spent a little time thinking about my favorite female characters from sci-fi and fantasy. While I could unleash a pretty long list, here I just want to share three characters who really inspire me. They’re the kinds of characters I want to create in my own fiction, and even though they’re fictional, they’re people who make me excited to be alive and want to do amazing things like they do.