The Problem with Khan, Spock, and Whales – Part 2

Star Trek III Search for Spock Klingons Kruge

In the previous installment, we began to discuss one of the greatest stories told in the Star Trek universe. Like any epic trilogy, we see our heroes face death, fight for rebirth, and ultimately deal with the consequences of their actions. In The Wrath of Khan, I presented that the story, while a fan favorite, was little more than a retelling of Moby Dick, told from the perspective of the whale (there’s a joke to be had in William Shatner playing a whale – you know it and I know it). Even despite the fact that it was a continuation of the nearly forgotten Space Seed episode from 1967, and the glaring problems with the events in the story, on the whole, the movie is remember for the brilliant score by James Horner, and a brilliantly-played-out space battle. And, of course, Kirk’s epic cry, “KHAN!” So now, let’s take a look at the second installment of this trilogy, the one that deals with rebirth.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
The Summary:
Our story begins where the last one left off, replaying the scene of Spock’s death and funeral, followed by Spock himself reciting the opening mantra from the television … Read the rest of my thoughts…

The Problem with Khan, Spock and Whales – Part 1

Khan Ahab Star Trek

In Star Trek fandom there exists an amazing paradox. A single story, told in three parts, is one of the most beloved stories in all of the Star Trek Universe, but it has the most startling inconsistencies and the least original plot points of all the Trek offerings. And while all of us Trekkies, have a deep love of Star Trek II:The Wrath of Khan and a fondness for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, I can’t help but notice the glaring problems. So, while I know this will be unpopular, I want to point out the problems with Khan, Spock and Whales.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
The Summary:
After the stunning failure of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, the people at Paramount were looking for a way to repackage the franchise in a way that was still familiar to fans, but not so glaringly time-specific. The nearly monochromatic outfits, sterile sets, horrific haircuts and Kubrick-esque “V’Ger” scenes  featured in ST:TMP were clearly the best that 1979 had to offer, but they were just not what the fans wanted or expected. Even the connection to the past (presented in Stephen Collins‘ Commander … Read the rest of my thoughts…

Phineas at the Movies – Hercules

***WARNING – THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS***

This afternoon, against my better judgement, I went to see the latest Dwayne Johnson star vehicle, HerculesDon’t get me wrong. I’m the biggest mark for “The Rock” that there ever was. I don’t think his body was attained by natural means, but I’m not about to cast judgement on a man that could probably break me in half without breaking a sweat. In all seriousness, though, while I haven’t seen all of his movies, I haven’t seen one I disliked. He throws himself into his roles and he becomes the character, though sometimes his dialogue seems forced (anytime he has to scream or be loud). When he’s relaxed and just being… well, normal… he’s fantastic. With that in mind, I thought I would set aside my misgivings and see the picture.

So, before we go any further, I should let you know how biased I really am against this movie. For those of you who don’t know me outside of the ‘net, I’m a total geek about mythology. No, I mean I am THE geek. Think about the person you know who knows a lot about mythology. All right, now I’m … Read the rest of my thoughts…

Delgado Does Disney: Part 4 – EPCOT

Sorry for the delay in getting the rest of these out. It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at the Casa Delgado, but I wanted to make sure I shared the rest of my experiences with you all. So let’s get right back to it and talk about EPCOT. Not many people realize this, particularly if they haven’t taken the time to see any of the documentaries about Walt, but EPCOT had always been a part of what he called “The Florida Project”. Walt was a visionary, and as much as he liked making people happy, he also wanted to help bring them the future. EPCOT was supposed to be the realization of that dream. And while it’s not precisely what Walt envisioned, I think he would be proud of the showcase of culture and technology his dream has become.

Walt was dissatisfied with cities in the 50’s and 60’s. He saw city life as the antithesis of what he was trying to create at Disneyland, and the “Florida Project” as the perfect opportunity to put his ideal community into place. He called this new city, EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow, and he wanted … Read the rest of my thoughts…

Delgado Does Disney: Part 3 – Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios Star Wars Breakfast

For the third installment of my vacation blog, I wanted to talk about Disney’s Hollywood Studios (henceforth HS), the second youngest of the four parks at WDW, and the one that’s gone through some considerable changes in it’s (relatively) young life. HS doesn’t really have an analog at Disneyland, but many of the rides featured here are found in the California Adventure park out west. What started out as an expansion at EPCOT has become one of the most visited theme parks in the world. And while it’s beginnings were certainly humble, the park is really coming into its own. The acquisition of Lucasfilms by Disney plays into this as well, as the park has already begun to expand its existing Star Wars related offerings. But I’ll get to that in a moment. Let’s look around first.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios, more commonly just referred to as Hollywood Studios or just HS, was the third park built at WDW. As I mentioned before, this park had humble beginnings – The Great Movie Ride was originally conceived to be a pavilion added to EPCOT’s Future World. Then-CEO Michael Eisner decided it would be better served surrounded by it’s own theme park. In 1989, the … Read the rest of my thoughts…

Delgado Does Disney: Part 2 – Magic Kingdom

So now that you know what I thought about the Pop Century Resort, I wanted to talk about our time in the Parks. Going to Walt Disney World (henceforth WDW) isn’t like going to Disneyland. In essence, Magic Kingdom and Disneyland are the same park, though with some notable differences. I won’t go into those here, but suffice it to say that if you’ve been to one, then the other would seem very familiar to you. I’ve not been to Disneyland yet, but I’m sure I’ll get there some day. Anyway, I’ll split this piece up to address each of the parks on their own, since each of them is very different. So without further ado:

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom (henceforth “MK”) opened in 1971, and was the beginning of the full realization of Walt’s dream. Disneyland started as a space for people to realize the worlds Disney was building while visiting the studios in Burbank. Immediately, he knew they would need more space, so he purchased some orange and walnut groves in Anaheim and the “Happiest Place on Earth” was born. But still Walt wasn’t quite satisfied. He wanted something even more expansive, so he started scouting out unused swampland in Florida, something he eponymously … Read the rest of my thoughts…

Delgado Does Disney: Part 1 – The Resort

Some of you might know that I went on a well-deserved vacation last week. The family and I spent 10 fun-filled days at the self-proclaimed place “Where Dreams Come TrueSpecifically, that’s Walt Disney World (since Disneyland is the “Happiest Place on Earth”) for the uninitiated. I’ve had a love affair with Disney World (which I’ll abbreviate as WDW to save my fingers) since I was a child. My parents – that’s my mother and adoptive father – took me and my older brother, Joe, to WDW on their honeymoon. Real sports, if you ask me, since I wasn’t quite 4 at the time and I know how much of a task that I can be. You see, we started taking my daughter when she was 3 as well. All in all, I’ve been 8 separate times. The first time, there was only Magic Kingdom, and my most striking memory is that I was terrified of The Enchanted Tiki Room – there are faces on the wall and they chant and move. Honestly, I don’t know how ALL kids aren’t. Of course, all kids didn’t have evil faces in the grain of their wood paneling, either. When I went in High School, EPCOTRead the rest of my thoughts…

The Hidden Hatred

It makes me sad that I have to pull my soapbox out for this, but I’ve just seen too many stupid comments flying around about a myriad of issues that all involve the same thing:

HATRED

There are lots of different kinds of hatred, but I think we can all agree that now, more than ever, two forms seem to be dominating out collective consciousness – misanthropy and racism.

We’ll talk about Racism first.

By now, if you don’t know about Donald Sterling, you live under a rock, or you’re renting out the Unabomber’s cabin for the Spring. The (hopefully soon-to-be ex-) owner of the LA Clippers Basketball team said some less-than-appropriate things during a phone call to his alleged mistress,  V. Stiviano. During the call, Sterling urged his frequent court-side companion not to bring black people to the games, and to stop associating with them altogether. This was after he mentioned previously asking her to remove all the pictures of black people from her Instagram account. I won’t recap the entire discussion, but suffice it to say that it can concluded that … Read the rest of my thoughts…

Show Me The Monetization

My daughter is getting to the age that she likes to play games on her mother’s iPhone or my tablet (which runs Windows RT – that’s another article). We didn’t let her play those games for a long time because once she charged $60 on my credit card purchasing in-game money for a game I didn’t even really like. I got my money back… eventually… but that event really made us aware of how careful we should be when letting her play on our devices. Even now, some years later, I still warn her not to purchase anything in the game.

It brings to light, at least for me, the paradigm shift in the video game industry that’s been more than a decade in the making. In fact, I would say that it goes back even farther. Like the Hebrews proclaimed:

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. -Ecclesiastes 1:9

Back in the fledgling days of computer gaming, developers were borrowing money to build the games, and then distributed part of the game for free. If you liked what you got, you could pay for more episodes for a … Read the rest of my thoughts…

Star Wars: A New Hope… Against Hope

I saw an interesting article at blastr.com (which in turn was a repost off a story from IGN and Deadline) regarding casting for the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise.  As evidenced by this post from a friend on Facebook, there is some mixed reaction to this news…

The discussion, short though it was, centered around the idea that somehow, adding a daughter to Obi-Wan’s story would somehow sully the character, the Jedi, and the Lore. Of course, this is just another in a long line of contentious statements involving the franchise since Disney’s 2012 purchase of Lucasfilms. Much of that discussion questioned whether or not Disney, obviously best known to children’s films and animated epics, would be a good steward for the our beloved long ago and far away galaxy.

Star Wars Disney

For my part, I think it would be harder to find a company better suited than Disney to continue the franchise. Here’s why:

They’d already been purchasing the Rights
A lot of people don’t realize this, but … Read the rest of my thoughts…