Sunday, May 19, 2013

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." "The man who said that was later betrayed and killed by his ally."

 Wherein Jack Makes An Announcement And Admits That She's Probably Turned Into A Fan Girl.

 I've probably been enjoying my not having to edit holiday a little too much. The other day I was at the bookstore and found a book which looked like one I would enjoy. The next day I found it at the library, two days later I had it finished. (Ranting review will be up soon.) I've also been getting to know Clara. I was planning on doing a review of each episode, but when I tried it it didn't work, so I plan to review all of the second half of series seven as soon as I've finished it.

 Now, as I mentioned, I have a huge announcement, but I'm going to save it for the end of this review. Make sure you read it, the announcement, though as it is for all of you.

 So, yesterday, I took my mum to see Star Trek. I've mentioned before not liking the new movie, the first one they did in 2009. I liked Simon Pegg in it, but that was about it. However, when I heard who was playing the bad guy in the new one, I made plans to see it, two years ago.

 I might also mentioned I DID NOT like the original movies either. I've only seen the middle three, the Khan series. I love the old TV series, but these three movies made me want to hide. I found the first one creepy - you know, bugs in the ears and Khan's outfit was disturbing. The second I found a bit dull, and the third had too many bad words in it for my liking. (I just can't imagine the Kirk I've come to know from the TV series swearing that much.) Anyhow, to compare Into Darkness with those three movies would be rotten because I like the 2009 more than those. So I won't be comparing. Instead, I'll be doing a list of what I liked and disliked about Into Darkness. (I'll warn if I give any spoilers.)

 First what I disliked.
 The bedroom scene. 8-P I know in the show Kirk kissed almost every girl he met, but did they really need him sleeping with girls in the movies? (Another thing I disliked about the three Khan movies. His son.) Anyhow, I wish they would leave those scenes out. Though this one wasn't as bad as the first movie, but still.

 Spock and Uhura. When I watched the first three episodes in the show it did seem like she liked him. And that was weird enough in the show. But the kissing? Oh, and the argument, it made me giggle because it was so awkward. I felt bad for Kirk. Were they my friends I would have shoved them out of the ship.

 There were bad words in it, though it seems like the third Khan movie was worse. Or maybe I'm just thinking so because William Shanter was in those and to me he will always be Kirk. (If that makes any sense. I think I just expect more of the original Kirk.)

 Okay, now what I liked. And where I admit to having become a fan girl.

 MICKEY! It is Mickey, on the big screen! With his slightly crooked nose and his glowering look of, "If you were the Doctor I'd punch you." Aw, how much I've missed Mickey.

 The cool battles. Space battles are some of the best ever. Though they shouldn't bounce the camera so much, it makes one miss some of the action - and, some of Sherlock's cool running.

 Spock, McCoy, and Kirk. Though Kirk and McCoy bicker more in the movies than in the show, they still caught the three's friendship. Spock and McCoy always one step away from slugging each other, and Kirk kind of stirring up trouble between them just because.

 SCOTTY!!!!!!!! Scotty has always been one of my favourites, even before I watched the show. I knew about him first because my dad would randomly shout, "Beam me up, Scotty!" And I adore the original Scotty, but if EVER anyone could replace him it would be Simon Pegg. No one else could come close, ever.

 The Tribble. Because, really, life is better with Tribbles.

 The fact I they mentioned mud, and the fact I believe they were talking about Mudd. "HARTCORE FINTON MUDD!!"

 Pike. Because Pike is cool, always has been, always will be.

 The Red Shirts who I think died. Though I'm still unclear as to if they actually did.

 And last, but only because I save the best for last, Benedict Cumberbach. The reason I wanted to see it in the first place.
 Yes, BC, playing a villain. With his British accent, his long coat, and his evil glinting grin. BC, who one moment looked so sad I wanted to give him a hug, and the next was betraying everyone. (And yet, oddly enough, I wanted to give him a hug even then and say it would all be all right. Pretty bad when you spend the whole movie rooting for the bad guy.)

 BC is AMAZING! I knew this in Sherlock, of course, but he plays such a convincing bad guy! The moment I heard his voice on screen I grinned enough for my teeth to fall out, then I almost fell out of my chair when I actually saw him. And I almost cheered for him when he was running. (And I can't believe I'm admitting to half this.) Oh yes, and I stayed long enough afterward to see his long name flash across the big screen - it went all the way across it if anyone wants to know. In huge letters as the old theme from the show played. Another moment I almost fell out of my seat.

 So, in short. Would I recommend it? Yes, more than the first or the three Khan movies. (Besides, there were no buggies, though Khan did have a new means of killing which wasn't much nicer.)
 But I would recommend it with caution. There is the scene in the bedroom, there is a part where a girl is seen in nothing but her under clothes, and there are bad words - though I don't remember if there are a ton or not.
 Many in my family didn't like the ending, but again as I don't like the first three movies, I rather enjoyed the new twist.
 Would I see it again? Oh yes! As soon as it comes out. I'm even considering buying it. And now I won't mind shouting KHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNN!!!! At random.

 And now, if someone has seen it, you must let me know because I'm dying to know what everyone thinks of the ending.

 Now it is time to move on.

 This is about my book, which means I must set aside my fan girliness.

 When I published Haphazardly Implausible I held a party of sorts. Many of you joined in, writing blog posts about some of your favourite books, which entered you in a chance to win my book. For A Stretch of Loyalty I thought I would do something kind of the same.

 Instead of books, this time, I thought it would be fun to do characters. Here is how it will work.

 Over the next, less than a month before my book comes out, I will be writing a series of posts on characters. Heroes, villains, in-betweens and what I think makes them special. And I thought it would be fun for you, my readers, to join in.

 What you would do is write your own post about characters. It can be an annilization of your favourite characters, or even something about what you think makes certain characters memorable  Which kinds of characters do you like best? When you have written such a post, leave the link in a comment box on my blog. I will read your post and write your name on a slip of paper which will be put into a hat. (You may enter more than once.) On the 14th of June I will draw a name from the hat, which will determine the winner.

 So what do you all think? Does it sound like fun?

 Also, I'm planning on holding another party after my book is out, but I'm still working on details so I will explain more on that tomorrow. Right now I am off to bed.

 Quote is from the movie.




  1. Hahaha, as soon as I read your post title, I knew you had seen Into Darkness. I loved that bit, and really...most of the dialogue between Spock and Kirk.
    And yeahhhhh...I came out of the movie quite the fangirl myself. It was such a good movie!
    I also found the Spock and Uhura romance a little...awkward, to say the least. It was a bit odd. But then, kinda made me feel good to know that Spock was with someone.
    And Benedict Cumberbatch???? Oh my is pretty awful to be rooting for the villain/wanting to hug him throughout the whole movie. That scene where he was crying? It made me weep. :P Also, he had an awesome coat. And there was one scene with his fast talking that almost felt like Sherlock. Yay!
    Also, I was so excited to see MIckey! I recognized him right away, haha. That was a bit of a problem, though, because I kept mentally making Doctor Who references throughout the movie.

    Decked Out in Ruffles

  2. Haven't seen Into Darkness yet.... I'm still debating whether I want to see it in theaters or not.

    Ooooo exciting news! I think I'll take part this time around.

  3. I'm seeing Into Darkness sometime this week with my mom -- since no one else will go with me. *sigh* Anyway, I saw the first one last night to refresh my brain {I had only seen it once}. Yeah, I know you hated it - but I have never seen the originals, so - Hey! I liked it! Plus Thor played Kirk's dad. :') Oh, and Molly wouldn't believe me that Eomer was in it -- even after I *showed* her a scene with him! She just doesn't trust me. *shakes head*

    Anyway - nice review...even if I haven't seen it yet....I shall soon though. ;)


  4. I'm a big Star Trek fan, so I dug everything about the movie.
    Characters... will have to think on that one.

  5. Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing, and I spent the whole movie rooting for him, too.

  6. I did not read the movie review portion of this post, as I like to go into movies not knowing much about them (I even avoid trailers if at all possible... I'm weird, I know).

    I love Benedict Cumberbatch though... and loved the first remake of Star Trek... so I'm not worried.

    Your characters posts idea sounds like great fun! I will definitely try to think up a post or two in order to participate!

  7. I've heard it's amazing!!!! And your posts on characters sound fun! I'll look forward to that!

  8. I'll let my sister know that you give the new movie your stamp of approval. I haven't seen either of the new movies, but I've seen bits and pieces of all of originals. I like them ... but I'm not Star Trek's biggest fan. (I have a character who likes to torment Spock though. And, I'm not kidding, my sister was reading one of the books, and she found her! She had disguised herself as a human under the name of Evan Wilson, but she was Elise. No two ways about it.)

    And I'll be doing up some character posts ... *rubs hands in anticipation*

  9. Probably not going to see Into Darkness (at least not until it comes out on DVD) since I wasn't too crazy about the 2009 movie either.

    Oooh, fun news! I'll have to think a little about characters now. I think I might know some of them that I'd wanna chat about.

    Well, you've read the best Dekker books then! The Circle trilogy were the books that put Dekker up on my high tower of amazing authors. I totally recommend Blink- it's theme (free will and God's involvement with time) really gives you something to chew on. Plus, the two main characters are awesome. And I forgot about the slugs in Sinner! xD Yeah, his books can be pretty freaky sometimes. If you're not too into thrillers, then I'd stick more towards his fantasy stuff. His Mortal books with Tosca Lee are a lot like the Circle trilogy, if you want more of his writing that isn't nearly as freaky.

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  11. I do enjoy Star Trek, but I haven't had a chance to see the movie yet, but I LOVE that tribbles show up.

  12. I have not finished reading your post yet. I got to "Tribble" and got so excited. There was a *Tribble* in the new movie?!? Sherlock *and* a Tribble? Darn, darn, darn. I might have to break down and watch the new Star Trek movie after all. (There is not Kirk but Shatner, imho.)

    Scotty has always been my favourite character. Since I was yea high, and had no interest whatsoever in Scots, or kilts or bagpipes.....

    And now. I shall finish reading the post ;-)

  13. I have not been interested in these movies at all, because in my mind William Shatner and the old TV series crew is THE crew of the USS Enterprise. However, your review has me at least considering to watch the movie. Of course, for BC... but also for the Tribble!

    I LOVE your idea for A Stretch of Loyalty! So, so much!

  14. Well now that I know that there's a bed scene i don't know if I want to see it. *inner self tells me I should* BENEDICT!!!!!!!!! I freaking died when he was in the cast.......and then Mickey omgosh!!! Doctor Who and Sherlock dang....


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