marcicat: (polar bear)
All I know about Star Trek Discovery is what starandrea has posted and the (surprisingly little) that has crossed my tumblr dashboard.

Here is what the show looks like in my head:

1. There is a woman. (I hope more than one?) She is great. I like this part.

2. A desert? There was a desert in the trailer. I'm guessing this was not important, since the show is named after the ship.

3. There is a ship. The woman is not the captain? I don't know why.

4. There is a tall alien. Presumably there are other aliens also. Probably in the Star Trek universe they are not called aliens? Because it seems like in space they would either all be aliens, or none of them would be.

5. I would like for there to be a cat, but I feel like the internet would have told me if there was one. Data had a cat. That was pretty great.

6. I like to imagine that the bridge crew has cupholders. (I like to imagine everyone's station has cupholders.) So they can bring their bevs to work.

7. I really hope that instead of focusing on the war with the Klingons, the writers of the show take time to boldly explore and inspire new tropes for fan creators everywhere to embrace.
marcicat: (loaf cat)

Naturally, after I watched the movie again, I had to go back and read what I’d written about it before. Many of my thoughts were the same the second time! But since I saw it in 2008, I did not know a Very Important Thing about the casting: Bruce Greenwood (the president of the US in NT2) was about to play Christopher Pike in the Star Trek reboot.

(The best part is that he plays the two roles virtually identically. If ever there was an obscure crossover time travel AU just asking to be written…)

Anyway, NT2 comes across as basically two separate movies. The first half is a humorous buddy heist comedy, while the second half morphs into an action adventure family drama, complete with heavy-handed (though at times incomprehensibly off the mark) messages about legacy. I enjoyed the first half very much, and can only assume that this was filmed as a two and a half hour movie, and the twenty minutes that got cut offered some sort of explanation of the bad guy’s motives and backstory that made his whole plot line make more sense in the second half.

In conclusion, the real message of National Treasure 2: being in life and death situations together is a poor substitute for open communication as the foundation of a long-term relationship. And can we please elect Christopher Pike to be president of something?

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (pacman stealth)

Because I love fics that focus on the crew being awesome — of course they support the command team, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make a game out of some friendly heckling.

Echolocation, by Darksknight

“Oh, um, were we not supposed to know?” The girl with silver hair blushed a deep blue.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (penguin)

We get a lot of weird questions at my job, and yesterday saw a repeat of one of my favorites: “I read online that an ingredient in YOUR products is also in RAT POISON!!! What do you have to say about that?!?!?!”

(This question always seems to be accompanied by the gotcha punctuation.)

And I LOVE being able to say, “Yep. It sure is.”

Because THEN I get to say, “See, it’s Vitamin D3. In high enough doses, it would be toxic to us too.”

(Yesterday I was accused of “enjoying it too much.” But I say if you can squeeze some joy out of educating someone about rat poison and vitamin toxicity, you should go for it!)

I am always surprised when I realize that not everyone understood what Captain Kirk was talking about in ‘The Trouble With Tribbles,’ when he said:

“Too much of anything, Lieutenant, even love, isn’t necessarily a good thing.”

Tons of things that are super good for us in small amounts are bad for us in huge amounts! Vitamins! Minerals! Water! Tribbles! This should not be brand new information to anyone!

In conclusion, watch Star Trek for life lessons, and don’t eat rat poison.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

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I have mixed feelings! Because on the one hand this is clearly the best of the TNG movies, and on the other hand it’s one of those problematic faves. (If one had four hands, the third would be ‘of course we’re not worried about continuity, this is Star Trek’ and the fourth would be ‘has there ever been a more goofy plot shenanigan than the manual control joystick on the bridge?’)

Okay, so first: fun movie! Clearly this was written by someone who (like me) was highly influenced by ‘The Sound of Music’ when it comes to what makes an exciting story. (Evacuation in the middle of the night into the mountains!) And especially compared with the reboot movies, there was very little death in this movie. (Not none, but not the enormous casualties of some of the others.)

Second: It was actually a little creepy that the Ba’ku were all white. And what was up with the whole ‘oh, we don’t use machines’ schtick? Gosh, I guess we better get rid of this loom, then! And this irrigation system!

Third: I mean, I don’t know how much continuity is really expected, so that’s whatever. But even just within the bounds of the movie, it felt like there were a lot of loose ends that were never resolved and didn’t even make much sense to begin with.

Fourth: Goofy plot shenanigans everywhere! I loved them all.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

movie day!

Mar. 12th, 2017 09:06 am
marcicat: (penguins sliding)

Time to check that last Star Trek movie off my re-watch list! (There are maybe a few things I want to get done first today.) But after that, it’s Movie Day!

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (sky circles)

1. First Contact was sort of a weird movie, although I absolutely enjoyed re-watching it.

2. Lily, best character. A+

3. So, I get that maybe this was a budget issue? But Starfleet in First Contact is really human-centric. There’s like one human-looking alien to every 50 humans.

4. I do love that both the team on the ground and the team on the ship noticed that they’d lost communications with each other and basically shrugged it off. “I’m sure they’re fine. What could go wrong?”

5. Not entirely sure why the Borg decided that inventing time travel and conducting an in-depth study of human history was a more strategically sound plan than, say, just bringing a couple more ships to the fight.

6. They basically invented a random member of the bridge crew just so they could kill him off later? That seems harsh.

7. Why do Worf’s self-destruct codes still work for a ship he’s not serving on anymore? That seems like a security flaw.

8. Kinda feel like the crew oversold the whole ‘oh, we live in a utopia without money and the future is amazing’ story, since they were *literally* fighting space aliens at the time. (I guess ‘we live in a utopia without money but we’re also at war with a terrifying and powerful enemy’ wouldn’t have been quite as inspiring.)

9. It didn’t seem like there were enough people on the ship. Where was everyone?

10. Apparently time travel is really easy to reverse engineer? No one seemed excited about this. They didn’t even have to slingshot around the sun!

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (starburst)

Yesterday I planned a Star Trek movie marathon of the three TNG movies (Nemesis doesn’t count, I’m ignoring it forever). I only made it through Generations and First Contact before I started dozing off, which I guess means I’m now officially a grown up.

Here’s my question: seat belts. The reboot/Kelvin timeline is all about seat belts. TNG doesn’t even have chairs that stay bolted to the floor when they crash the ship into a planet.* (Who designed that?!)

So what gives? Is this a social/cultural shift, that now seat belts are considered more standard and so it makes sense that movies made today would include them? Is it a deliberate in-universe callout to the differences in how Starfleet views spaceflight in the Kelvin timeline? Is it just because they came up with a neat special effect and wanted to use it?

[*I had my movies all confused, and I thought Insurrection was the one where they crashed the ship into the planet, and then I figured I should probably just go watch them all.]

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (tron sunrise)

Okay, I have a lot of thoughts about this movie, mostly about how it was startlingly more fun to watch the second time around. Probably I was less worried about what was happening in terms of plot, so I could focus more on what the characters were doing, which is the part I like.

But I have to ask: the hair — is Kirk stress-growing his hair?* Is the crew having secret meetings to discuss the length of time since Kirk’s last haircut and its possible correlation to his mood?

(*At one of my jobs, when the person in charge was experiencing a particular stressful period of time, he’d let his beard grow. This made everyone tense. We knew things were turning around when he shaved again.)

(I feel like Kirk’s characterization was all over the place in this movie, which — to be fair — was not actually inconsistent with the other two movies. But I would assume that many members of the crew pay very close attention to things like his hair and wardrobe choices, and probably discuss it on incognito chat forums, or whatever the Enterprise has.)

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

STAR TREK

Sep. 10th, 2016 06:31 am
marcicat: (moon with clouds)

Okay, everyone’s seen this, right? I saw it linked a couple places before I actually clicked through, so just in case —

Long Live, Star Trek vid by llintrek (Llin)

Covers all series, plus the movies, old and new. Very fun — there was a lot more hugging in Star Trek than I remember!

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: xkcd grownups (xkcd grownups)

Find It And Keep It, by shinyjenni

A nice gentle story for a Friday — presents that the Enterprise crew give Jaylah.

Scotty has brought her a piece from the Franklin’s engine. “Stole it while we were looking her over,” he explains.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (sky circles)

I read this fic before seeing the movie, and enjoyed it despite not having any idea who anyone was or what they were talking about. Post-viewing, I read it again — still liked it!

Carry It With You, by cosmic_llin

So much of what she’d thought of as hers really belonged to the ship. She took a few of those anyway, glaring defiantly over her shoulder at Commodore Paris, who didn’t tell her not to.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

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I liked it! Similar to the other two movies, the closer you look at the plot the less it makes sense, but in a cheering reminder of the first one, I found I didn’t really mind. It made me want to make up my own finagled half-answers to explain things, instead of making me want to throw up my hands and walk away.

Insta-rec:
Bluebird, by waldorph

The Enterprise was coming back together, different, but they’d gone back to the planet to salvage bits. Mostly because Scotty had thrown what could only be generously described as a temper tantrum and commandeered a ship. Jim had gone just to give it a veneer of sanction.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (starburst)

Aww yeah, it’s STAR TREK day! In IMAX! 3D!

(It was a very weird week at work, exacerbated by every decision needing to go through five steps of approval, with at least one of the five always on vacation. The weekend is a welcome reprieve.)

Time to go watch EXPLOSIONS IN SPACE! And also some EXPLOSIONS ON A PLANET! Most importantly, time to see the SPACE FAMILY learn the power of FRIENDSHIP and BEING AWESOME!

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: nano mug (nano mug)

So far we’ve had ‘Star Trek’ (mysterious and powerful unknown alien shows up and starts wrecking stuff) and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ (Khan shows up and starts wrecking stuff), which is actually pretty spot on with the original first two movies.

Which means ‘Star Trek Beyond’ must be the one that’s kind of like Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Here are my predictions, which I’m making up right now:

1. The Enterprise will be destroyed! (Seems like a good bet based on the previews, and also every other movie so far.)

2. Someone’s gonna terraform a planet! (IDK why, I just always thought that part was cool.)

3. Secret children! (Because why not, really? Except they’re all pretty young anyway. Maybe secret siblings?)

4. The Enterprise crew will steal a Klingon Bird of Prey! (Basically they are all criminals in the current universe, so this makes sense.)

5. Kirk’s mom will make a cameo! (b/c Kirk and Spock’s roles were kinda swapped from Wrath of Khan, so that would mean we get Kirk’s parent instead of Spock’s for this movie, or something.)

6. And this is really the most important, as far as I’m concerned: NEXT TIME WE GET WHALES!

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (hug it out)

But can you imagine if we’d gotten two hours of Kirk, Spock, and Uhura pretending to be space pirates, with Captain Sulu “chasing” them in the Enterprise, and McCoy as the grumpy go-between?

Pike could have done his whole ‘we’re taking the Enterprise away from you’ speech, but it would turn out later that it was just a cover so that Kirk could undercover Admiral Marcus’ secret plan. (Like that Voyager episode, with Tom Paris, because if a plot works, why not do it again?) And Kirk could be all ‘if we’re doing this we’re doing it my way,’ and Pike would just sort of sigh and wonder how this became his life, because really?

And then Kirk would steal a ship and Spock would insist on coming along and Uhura would roll her eyes and say she was already packed, and what were they waiting for, and off they’d go!

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (life changing business card)

Right, so, annual performance reviews. For whatever reason, my workplace does these in February. Except this year, when they’ve been delayed. All that really matters to me is that this delay means any potential pay increase won’t kick in until March. (Not cool, workplace. Not cool.)

The worst part, though is that we’re being fed a line about ‘these are so important to us, we want to make sure we have enough time to come up with thoughtful comments so we’re all improving.’

No. Either somebody important in the approval process is taking a vacation at a crucial time, or the company’s trying to save money by gradually pushing back the date, but there’s no way it’s because they want to provide us with more insightful feedback on our work performance.

Performance reviews are pretty much just like how Riker made them look in Star Trek — you put them off till the last minute, then slog through them all at once with as much copy/paste from the previous year as you can get away with. So it has always been, and so it always will be; that is the reality of management.

What workplaces consistently delude themselves on is the idea that they are fooling anyone. But work history isn’t linear — half my current team of minion-level coworkers were management in other jobs. There is no fooling us about performance reviews.

In the words of Nick Fury, “It’s stuff like this that gives me trust issues.”

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (puffin)

After I watched ‘Home’ over the weekend, I figured I should also watch ‘Penguins of Madagascar.’ It was cute! Not a movie I’d rush to watch again, but I’m not unhappy to have seen it once. (I wish everyone at my workplace had seen it, so we could quote it!)

1. I liked that they saved the cricket.

2. I liked that the villain got to be loved at the end. (Though I’m still unclear as to how he got shrunk?)

3. Is Benedict Cumberbatch the only supercilious British voice in the world? How is he in everything?

4. Skipper is how I imagine fandom!Kirk, if he was to be suddenly a penguin.

5. “Frankly, I’m surprised we have a self-destruct sequence.”

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: drama llama (drama llama)

I have already recced these fics, but it looks like it was waaaaaaaaaay back in 2009, so I figure I’m in the clear.

This is the perfect quote for those times when I am 10,000% done with whatever is going on (usually at work, so I try not to say it out loud, because I did once, and everyone in hearing range thought I was crazy):

“What’s next, a fucking salt-craving shapeshifter who’s in love with Bones?”

-from cut and fucking paste, by crimsonclad

And as a bonus, the sequel fic features this amazing exchange, which I feel truly deserves to be featured in its entirety.

from edit, by crimsonclad:

“Mr. Scott. What is the one thing I hate more than anything else in the entire universe?”

Cringing, Scotty’s eyes turn even more apologetic than before. “Having your pain and personal life being made into fodder for the shipwide gossip mill, sir?”

Jim feels his expression turn baffled. “Dude, have we met? No, fuck, I hate being left out of the loop, you know that! Look, I get that the crew wants to gossip about their senior officers. That’s cool– fun tradition. But Scotty! I thought we were Delta Vega bros forever! We almost got tattoos together! Forward me all the good stuff, okay? No one’s going to get in trouble, jeez. Unless they say racist shit about Vulcans, because, you know, fuck that noise.”

Star Trek Reboot: WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALL

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (moon and stars)

Last night I was reading Choices, by AlphaFlyer, and — although it has nothing to do with the story — I couldn’t stop thinking about Chakotay’s quote from the show:

“You were working for her. She was working for them. Was anyone on that ship working for me?”

(What memories! Voyager made some a lot of storytelling choices I didn’t love, but there were good times too!)

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

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