This week, the nerds change format slightly and decide to segment their movie reviews. Listen as they do a late summer movie wrap-up by discussing Ghostbusters, Star Trek: Beyond, and Suicide Squad. This episode was brought to you by Taco Bell and AARP (just kidding, but not really).
Editor’s Note: This week four of Nerdonomy’s writers will be posting reviews of Star Trek Into Darkness. Knowing that no review is without subjectivity, we hope to give our nerdlings four different perspectives. Don’t worry; we’ll warn you if there’s a spoiler.
As a big fan of J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot, Star Trek Into Darkness was my most anticipated movie of the summer, narrowly beating Man of Steel. I’m not a huge Trekkist like Eric Bricmont, nor am I a huge fan of Star Trek in general, but it was J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot that got me interested in the characters, and thus developing an interest in the franchise as a whole. After seeing Into Darkness with the Nerdonomy family (minus Sean, in which he joined us in spirit) in IMAX 3D, I found multiple things that satisfied & excited my movie-going experience and faith in J.J. Abrams style for future projects.
And we’re back! Fresh off of their appearance at BayCon 2013: Triskadekaphobicon, Eric, Bryan and guest Kevin Sutorius delve into the history of science fiction, and key figures/works that pushed the genre forward.
Where Star Trek Has Gone Before
RED ALERT!!! – SPOILERS ABOUND – RED ALERT!!!
Stop now if you haven’t seen the movie. Bookmark this, go watch it and then return.
I love Star Trek. I love it. If you follow the blog then you already know I’m not a Trekkie, for Trekkie doesn’t even sum it up. I had to create an entire religion (Trekkism) to explain my devotion for the franchise. So in 2009, when J.J. Abrams released his rebooted version of the original series, I was skeptical. I remember the nervousness I felt watching the first few minutes, thinking to myself, “Ok, here we go. Please don’t screw this up!” By the end of the first 15 minutes, I could clearly see where he was going, with his alternate timeline/parallel universe. Later in the movie, they even take the time to spell it out on screen for anyone that hasn’t figured it out yet. This development in the plot was equal parts predictable and pleasing. Every fan in the audience was relieved; here was our out. Now Abrams could do whatever he wanted (within reason) and we could enjoy the ride.
Eric and Bryan are joined by friend Jeremy Commandeur for an epically nerdy episode where they discuss different points in history that have been visited by Star Trek characters over the years.
Photo Credit: Still from “City on the Edge of Forever,” Star Trek: The Original Series