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These Are The Episodes… Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 3

Posted by Matthew on October 20, 2013
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Deep Space Nine

The second season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ended in a dark place. The Federation finally made contact with The Dominion, a major power in the Gamma Quadrant we heard about throughout most of the season, with disastrous results. The Dominion, it is made clear, is not to be trifled with and hammered that point home in a big way.

The Federation is left reeling and war seems all but inevitable.

Season three picks up where season two left off. The Federation tries to find a way to avoid a war, The Dominion slowly begins to infiltrate the Alpha Quadrant. Bajor is still experiencing growing pains as an independent power leading to power struggles politically and conflicts of faith as they work toward Federation membership. Meanwhile the ever present Cardassians are working in the background, but to what end?

These are the episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 3.

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These Are The Episodes… Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 2

Posted by Matthew on October 13, 2013
Television / 7 Comments

Deep Space Nine

After a slow first season of world building and character development the second season of Deep Space Nine begins to really lay the groundwork for the continuing overreaching plot that would continue through the rest of the series. We continue to learn about our characters backgrounds and at the same time some of the defining relationships of the series, such as Bashir and O’Brien’s friendship, begin to take shape.

Tensions with the Cardassians mount as well causing friction with the not only the Bajorans and but also Federation citizens who find themselves on the other side of a redrawn border with the Cardassians (a story thread introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation). Further more of the history of the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor is explored and throughout this season we start to hear rumblings about an as yet unencountered power in the Gamma Quadrant: The Dominion.

Structurally the storytelling becomes more serialized starting with a story arc that spans the first three episodes; a first in Star Trek.

These are the episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 2.

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These Are The Episodes… Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 1

Posted by Matthew on October 06, 2013
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Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine gets off to an admittedly slow start. Being the first chapter in a multi year story most of the episodes are either world building –lots of weird things coming through the wormhole and the Federation working with Bajor, a world recovering from a 50 year occupation by the militaristic Cardassians– or character development. While this isn’t a bad thing it can make the season overall feel pretty slow. That being said, without all the character development the later seasons wouldn’t pay off as well as they do because we wouldn’t understand the world or know the characters as well as we do.

So, These Are The Episodes… of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 1.

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These Are The Episodes… Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Introduction

Posted by Matthew on October 03, 2013
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Deep Space Nine

Everyone I know has seen at least some measure of Star Trek. With around 725 episodes (depending how you count) broadcast from its 6 television series and the 12 motion pictures it’s pretty much impossible to not have seen any at this point.

Of those perhaps the most underrated is Deep Space Nine.

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Everything Wrong With Star Trek Into Darkness in 7 Minutes or Less

Posted by Matthew on September 22, 2013
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Star Trek INto Darkness

Er all know how much I really didn’t like Star Trek Into Darkness (most of Star Trek fandom doesn’t, it was recently ranked worst film in the series by fans at the Vegas Star Trek Convention.

Well now when people ask me why I can just show them this video! Handy!

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Film Crit Hulk on Current Blockbusters

Posted by Matthew on June 12, 2013
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Film Crit Hulk

Film Crit Hulk is one of my favourite writers going. If you’re not familiar with his work, well, you should be because it’s amazing.

In the most recent article he’s taking on how most of the current hollywood blockbusters seem to be needlessly convoluted.

AND SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THE STORIES IN ABRAMS’ WORK WE DON’T FIND MUCH IN THE WAY OF STORY AT ALL. WE FIND PLOTS. IT’S ALL MASTER SECRETIVE PLANS BUILT ON REVEALS UPON REVEALS UPON REVEALS. WE WATCH AS BRILLIANT CHARACTERS PLAY A HIGH-STAKES GAME OF TRYING TO OUTSMART EACH OTHER. WE WATCH THOSE PLANS GET TEASED OUT IN INCOMPREHENSIBLE WAYS. WE WATCH THEM UNRAVEL A STORY WITHOUT A HINT OF ORGANIC DISCOVERY. WE WATCH FILMS WHERE THE MECHANICAL PLOT DICTATES CHARACTER REACTIONS, RATHER THAN CHARACTER’S ACTIONS DICTATING THE STORY. AND WHILE THE MOST OBVIOUS TEMPTATION IS TO JUDGE THE MERITS OF THESE FILMS ON WHETHER OR NOT THESE CONVOLUTED PLOTS HAVE LOGICAL RESOLUTIONS (AND THE INTERNET DID INDEED GO NUTS DISMANTLING THE LOGIC OF STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS), HULK ARGUES THAT THE FUZZY LOGIC ITSELF DOESN’T REALLY MATTER. THE TRUTH IS THAT THE REAL VICTIM OF THIS CONVOLUTED PLOTTING IS TRADITIONAL DRAMA. BY OBFUSCATING CLARITY IN THE NAME OF A GRANDIOSE PUZZLE, WE CAN’T HELP BUT GET IN THE WAY OF THE OPTIMAL EMOTIONAL RESONANCE IN OUR STORIES. WE MAKE THEM FEEL LIKE CONSTRUCTIONS. WE SHOW ALL THE STRINGS. AND IT’S GOTTEN TO SUCH AN OBLIVIOUS STATE THAT THIS IS BAD THAT WE NOT ONLY SHOW THESE STRINGS, BUT THEN TURN TO THE AUDIENCE AND SAY “Hey! Look at all those strings I tied! Don’t they look complicated!?!?! I did that!”

Yeah, it can be tough to read a line or two of all caps let alone 5600 words of it but I promise you it’s totally worth the time. It manages to sum up everything I’ve been feeling about a lot of movies in a much tidier package than I’ve been able to so far.

So go read. I’ll wait here. Tell me what you think when you’re done.

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Podcast Episode 48: Doctor Who, XBOX One and Star Trek Into Darkness

Posted by Matthew on May 24, 2013
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We’re back again with another episode of Awesome Friday! We have three major things to talk about. The finale of Doctor Who, the reveal of the next XBOX and Star Trek INto Darkness.

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Why I Was Disappointed by Star Trek Into Darkness (Spoilers)

Posted by Matthew on May 20, 2013
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Star Trek INto Darkness

In my review of Star Trek Into Darkness I ended up in a weird place. I think the film has some pretty amazing action sequences but that it’s not a very good movie. Which is to say, it’s just not a very good movie.

Since some of you have asked why I had the reaction I did I am going to explain it. I would have done in the review but I didn’t want to spoil anything. That will not be the case here; in order to fully explain my problems I am going to have to fully explain them. So if you haven’t seen Star Trek Into Darkness yet you may want to give this article a pass. Otherwise his the jump and let’s get going.

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Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Posted by Matthew on May 17, 2013
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Star Trek INto Darkness

So, time to talk about another of my most anticipated films. I am a life long Star Trek fan. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. When I was a kid I watched The Original Series. When it debuted on TV I watched Every episode of Next Generaion, Deep Space Nine and even Voyager despite all it’s problems. Enterprise, I am of the opinion, got cancelled just when it had gotten really good. I’ve seen every movie multiple times and, perhaps most relevant to what I am about to say, I really liked JJ Abrams 2009 reboot of the franchise.

Yes, it has problems. Hell, the whole plot falls apart if you pay more than a cursory amount of attention to the details, but it has that certain extra je ne said quo is that makes me forget all this as I watch it. Despite it’s ridiculousness it sucks me in and I enjoy it every time.

Naturally I was excited for a sequel and today we got one. So how is it? It’s… well it’s something.

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Why I’m Worried About Star Trek Into Darkness

Posted by Matthew on May 15, 2013
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Star Trek Into Darkness

Most nerds seem to grow up one of two ways: Star Wars fan or Star Trek fan. That’s not to say that a fan of one can’t be a fan of the other but if you ask people they will invariably identify one way or the other when it comes right down to it. Simon, for example, is a Star Wars fan. I am a Star Trek fan. A Trekkie, through and through.

So tomorrow, for me, is a big day: there’s a new Star Trek movie coming out. I haven’t seen it yet but I will be tomorrow at least once, and potentially twice because that’s how much of a nerd I am.

If you follow [my twitter][twit] at all you may have noticed though that while I’m excited about new Star Trek I’m also rather worried about it. People have asked me why so here are the answers.

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Everything Wrong With Star Trek (2009)

Posted by Matthew on May 07, 2013
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Star Trek Into Darkness

While we’re waiting for Star Trek Into Darkness the fine folks at CinemaSins have recounted all that’s wrong with 2009s Star Trek. Lets swatch!

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New Star Trek Into Darkness IMAX Poster Is Slightly Spoilery

Posted by Matthew on May 01, 2013
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Star Trek Into Darkness

So there’s a new Star Trek Into Darkness poster and there’s two things to know.

  1. It’s pretty damn cool looking
  2. It’s kinda a little spoilery

See it after the jump.

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New Star Trek Into Darkness Character Posters are Spiffy

Posted by Matthew on April 24, 2013
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Star Trek INto Darkness

Here are some shiny character posters for Star Trek Into Darkness from the UK courtesy of Collider.

See them and some comments after the jump.

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THERE IS A NEW STAR TREK TRAILER AND I AM VERY EXCITED

Posted by Matthew on April 16, 2013
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Star Trek INto Darkness

IS IT 17TH MAY YET?

All joking aside, this is looking good although perhaps a little predictable. Clearly looks like the bad guy gets the better of Kirk due to Kirks arrogance which ends disastrous consequences and then has to fight back from a place of defeat with perhaps these help of his friends and colleagues.

None of this is a bad thing necessarily, that could be an amazing movie. It is well worn material though so we’ll have to see.

Then again, they might be leading me to think that so that they can hit me with something totally different. Either way, seriously, is it 17th May yet????

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Star Trek Into Darkness International Trailer is better … at everything…

Posted by Matthew on March 22, 2013
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Star Trek INto Darkness

The closer we get the more exictied I get about Star Trek. Dyed in the wool fan I am, but this trailer is also just fantastic. Sets up the bad guy as a legitimate threat better than past trailers have and shows a lot more action from the plot than a lot of previous efforts have.

It’ been hard keeping myself in the dark about this one but damn if I think it’s not going to be worth it. Tell me what you think after you;ve watched it.

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