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Winn cochrane

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August 12, 2008
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Happy Solar Sailing!

I like the concept of space travel. There are risky yet tantalizing ideas for traveling to other stars with existing technology.

I wonder if the Prophets visited Steppenwolf - j/k.

About MeEdit

I like science. I am also learning about Wikis, and beginning to see how an intellectual academic community can spring up from grass roots.

Here's a list of my contributions.

Wish List for Star Trek Sequel 2012!Edit

MOAR KLINGONSEdit

Since the screen-writers have taken artistic license with the Romulans, I suggest they do something similar with the Klingons. I bet that a new movie could make bad guys even more bad. What about more realistic battle scenes? I realize that it can't be too dark or gory due to MPAA ratings, but Klingons can become serious business if given the right treatment. Keep in mind that Roddenberry himself altered the appearance of Klingons for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (disregarding for a moment the whole ENT: "Affliction" back-story.)

Kirk Flexing his AuthoritahEdit

I would like to see Kirk get into some real management issues with his crew. He is young, and he has a lot to prove - WITHOUT Spock giving him pointers. I'd really like to see Kirk struggle with issues like self-confidence, or even being *too* pushy. It's these kind of struggles that made the "Wrath of Khan" movie dramatic and made Kirk's character admirable.

TNG Story StyleEdit

If mystery was the bread-and-butter of ST:TNG, then under-handed dealings were the dramatic counter-point. While a mystery adventure searches for the truth, evasionary tactics by enemies attempt to cloak and hide that same truth. For instance, many episodes with the Romulans (especially TNG: "The Pegasus" and appearances of Tomalak) had ample doses of both. Picard would often throw the smarminess of Romulans back in their face. The episodes TNG: "Gambit, Part I", "Gambit, Part II" are similar, although less suspenseful. As a twist, sometimes the aforementioned evasive enemy is actually a friend TNG: "Clues". This kind of intellectual chase made the show engaging. Another good mystery was in TNG: "The Chase" albeit with a bit of a sappy message.

High-Concept EngineeringEdit

I appreciate that the screen-writers are trying to avoid techno-babble, so as to not alienate any new-comers to the Trek franchise. Barring that, I'd really like to SEE cool things if the characters can't talk about them. I like to see isolinear chips, plasma conduits, transtators, wires, tubes, components, etc. Maybe the screen-writers should visit a telecommunications electronics research-and-development laboratory to see what the "real world" looks like, and adapt it to film. (Such a visit can be arranged, ahem.)

Review of 2012 "Into Darkness" Film, and Ideas for Next FilmEdit

Last night, I wrote an epic list of GREAT ideas. Somehow, it didn't get posted. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUU...

Oh, well. I'll just re-write it.

The best idea that stood out from what I wrote is this:

Review of 2012 FilmEdit

What I didn't like about "Into Darkness" was: the cinematography, and the humans-as-bad-guys storyline.

Story LineEdit

First, about the story line. Sure, "government agencies gone corrupt" is a timely tale that needed to be told. However, such a tale is easy to tell, and the ethics are very obvious. Next time around, the Trek franchise should take on a more challenging tale.

CinematographyEdit

The scene where Kirk shoots a bat'leth-wielding Klingon with his phaser is the best illustration of why the cinematography of "Into Darkness" was bad. That moment was an obvious reference to "Raiders of the Lost Ark," where Indy shoots the scimitar-wielding swordsman. The difference is this: in "Raiders" the swordsman was dressed all in black, against a clear blue sky and villagers robed in white. He stood out. In "Into Darkness," the shady Klingon was lost in a dark background. Also, latex weapons painted in a metallic finish DO NOT SHOW UP on the silver screen. A bat'leth ought to glint and gleam like a surgical instrument, like a gem.

Overall, the movie had too much visual noise. I prefer a cleaner look. "The Wrath of Khan" was good because it was suspenseful, not bombastic. I also liked the "300" films, because a still from almost any moment in those films looks like a polished photograph, or a comic book panel.

Suggestions for the Next FilmEdit

TOS and TNG and DS9 were at their best when they depicted not just a bad guy, but a whole alien culture. One movie is certainly enough length of time to draw up a rich culture that analogues a modern-day newsworthy political situation. This is how Trek can continue Roddenberry's vision and revive the "morality tale" style of story-telling.

Some of the best examples of this:

Runners-up in this category:

  • TNG: Symbiosis - about two societies, one that has become addicted to a drug supplied by the other.
  • TNG: Legacy - with Ishara Yar, about the slums on Turkana IV.
  • VOY: Living Witness - about the Doctor being awoken in a museum of a planet, correcting an alien society's depiction of history.
  • DS9: Armageddon Game - Bashir and O'Brien destroy a planet's chemical weapons, only to be hunted down after completing the task.
  • TNG: Attached - the paranoia of two societies against each other makes the Federation deny them membership. Picard and Beverly are telepathically attached.
  • TNG: The High Ground - terrorists use the Enterprise as leverage in their political struggle.
  • DS9: Business As Usual - Quark and his cousin Gaila sell weapons together, but Quark has doubts.

I'd like to see the Enterprise accidentally get tangled into a society's internal dispute, then extricate themselves from it using the Prime Directive and some smart maneuvering. Then, the bad guys from that society can threaten the Federation, and the Enterprise can save the day. This kind of plot is similar to the 2009 "Trek" film, but the Romulans in that film were not fleshed out well in that film: the writers took for granted that the audience knew how bad the Romulans are.

Star Trek lets us fans envision a future where mankind endeavors to improve itself, and has already overcome the pettiness of so many modern-day bitter disputes. Let the aliens be the principal bad guys, for the sake of clarity in the story telling. Maybe Kirk and crew can have an internal, analogous dispute to that of the aliens', but they should resolve it peaceably in a futuristic-Earth manner, whereas the aliens can't and don't.

To me, the most compelling news story today is the parallel between:

  • the religious nature of the Syrian and Iraqi and Egyptian conflicts, attempting to establish a new caliphate to replace the defunct Ottoman caliphate, and
  • the Catholic Reformation of Martin Luther's time period, and the chaos that resulted from rejecting the Catholic Pope, and
  • the bloody French Revolution of 1789.

There is a story in this, somewhere! Winn cochrane (talk) 23:50, July 1, 2014 (UTC)

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