Gerry Canavan

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Nostalgia for the Future

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…even in one of the series’ high points, there’s this lingering suspicion that nostalgia and sentimentality is all these films ultimately have to offer.

Jason Bellamy and Ed Howard at the House Next Door consider the various cinematic failings of the first six Star Trek movies.

I’ve written before, I think, about the Trek franchise’s basic structural limitations, and how I’ve grown so sick of them that I find both episodes and movies from the series essentially unwatchable now. I think Bellamy and Harris do a good job unpacking that, and while I’d quibble here or there I find it hard to argue that taken as a whole Trek (like Star Wars) just isn’t very good—or rather that it’s fairly good at being fairly bad, which is kind of the point. There’s a long history of popcorn-style fare in SF, from the Buck Rogers series onwards; quantitatively it’s probably the bulk of SF ever produced, by a country light-year. But distill out the nostalgia and the ephemerality of spectacle and it’s hard for that sort of material to get me excited anymore—and that’s even before we start talking about the political perniciousness of a certain kind of Trekian science fantasy which I find both anti-historical and anti-ecological, implicitly arguing that technology will save us as a culture from ever having to take responsibility for our consumption, or to even simply think things through.

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May 1, 2009 at 12:54 pm

On Link Dumps

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I know I said I was going to cut back on link dumps, but in my defense I have been busy. I’m likely remain fairly busy (and therefore link dumping) until I get back from the inauguration, at which time I’ll be able to devote more time and energy to blogging. In theory, anyway.

Anyway, the link dump.

* Bastard Tetris: the version of Tetris that does openly what all the others just do secretly. (Thanks Jacob!)

* Things to say during sex.

* Another call for a Bush administration truth and reconciliation commission. Via Yglesias, who has more on the subject, as does Steve Benen.

* Big ups to Will Wheaton, who Twittered yesterday: Best thing I’ve heard all day: “We’re in the final 100 hours of the Bush administration.”

* Douglas Wolk has Watchmen for dummies.

* The stimulus package needs more trains. More from Yglesias.

* What’s in the stimulus for higher education? I could use a second yacht.

* Republicans continue to have trouble with the fact that 24 is not based on a true story.

* Name your child “Adolf Hitler” and you’re labeled a prat, and that’s the game.

* How many AAAAAs in KHAAAAAAAN? In honor of the late great Ricardo Montelban, Boing Boing reports. Via Bill.

* Is the world a giant hologram?

* And they’re going to make a movie out of Jericho. (Failed-)TV-show-to-movie is officially the latest trend—things used to run the other way.


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Rest in peace, Ricardo Montalban.

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January 14, 2009 at 10:42 pm

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