- Blargh, it's not a cold anymore. I have a chest infection (with an eye infection on top of that). :-P I thought I was getting better, but my cough started to get worse around Tuesday. I'm on antibiotics now, plus I'm resting at home today, so hopefully this will clear up relatively soon. Persistent little cold bug going around the office. My supervisor said she has a sinus infection.

- One advantage to staying home is you get to watch copious amounts of TV. Space did a week long Star Trek marathon, with each day following a different theme. Monday had episodes all about Q, Tuesday was all time travel episodes, Wednesday was episodes all about the holodeck, Thursday was all about the Borg, and today is alternative realities. Nice way to get a mix of all of the shows in there. Plus, they aired all ten of the "classic" Star Trek movies. "Classic" was how Space billed them; I guess you have to define them separately from the Kelvin timeline movies. God, I love Space. Thank you for providing quality programming during the holidays.

- I saw this article today; I can't believe that Animorphs is 20 years old. I loved that book series when I was a kid. This was still back in the heyday of the book order form, so every time a flyer came out, I always got the latest Animorphs book or books. I was so consistent in my ordering habits, the teacher looking after the forms always knew to expect me. Oh man, good times. Do they still have book order forms in schools?

To the best of my memory, I got into Animorphs because I had won $5 worth through the order form. I can't recall what I had won at school in order to win this, but I do distinctly remember ordering book five (and maybe book six?). $2.50 each; now that's a bargain. It was a little weird starting the series on book five. Marco was talking about stuff from the first four books, like how they had just rescued Ax from the bottom of the ocean. A good way to get hooked, though. You have to go back and read the other books to figure out what's going on.

I haven't read any of the books in ages. I have all of the main books and most of the companion books packed up in a box somewhere. It'd be neat to read them now as an adult. I'm surprised Scholastic hasn't tried to do a revival. Or maybe they did; I vaguely recall seeing some new covers that looked completely different. I guess kids weren't interested. A new TV show would be fun, though. The one that aired ages ago on YTV was okay, but it could have been better. I mean, just look at the new Power Rangers movie. 90s nostalgia is all the rage right now.

- Need to do a year end wrap up post. I have to total up the number of books I read this year.
- I had some free time so I decided to watch the first episode of season three of Star Trek: the infamous "Spock's Brain". People always say it's the worst episode of TOS, but honestly, it wasn't that bad. Granted, I haven't seen every episode of the series yet, but when compared to what I've seen so far, I can say that there are worst episodes than "Spock's Brain".

Yes, the main point of the plot involves an alien race removing Spock's brain so they can use it to run the systems of their underground city, and yes, Spock's body lurches around with a fetching motor control device on his head, but it's not the weirdest plot ever. How often do we see stories where humans are used like batteries to power something? I think the episode gets a bad rap because everyone just giggles when they hear the words "Spock's Brain" and it's hard to be objective. Seriously, I wanted to laugh each time the phrase "Spock's brain" was used in dialogue.

This episode definitely falls into the category of "so bad it's good" rather than "oh my god, that was so boring I wanted to rip my eyes out".

- I finally got around to finishing my Jessica Jones infinity scarf, so I'll be going as her to my friend's Halloween party. Such an easy costume; I love it. I'll definitely have to wear it again during one of the days of the comic book expo.

- I've been working a temp job for the past couple of weeks and my manager said people totally dress up on Halloween, so I get to go into work in costume on Monday. That'll be fun. This will be the first time I've worn a costume to work. I'm thinking I'll go with my Fourth Doctor cosplay, since it's quirky enough that it doesn't look like my usual work clothes, but it's also comfortable to sit in. My co-workers and I have chatted about Doctor Who, so they will totally recognize the outfit.

- I've been so busy, I never got around to writing about the rest of Luke Cage. Sadly, I didn't enjoy it as much as Jessica Jones or season one of Daredevil. It was definitely a slow burner. Even towards the end, I didn't feel a huge sense of urgency.

Spoilers for Luke Cage season one )

Iron Fist is up next and then The Defenders. I'm really looking forward to The Defenders. DC has had some great success teaming up the Berlantiverse superheroes, so it's about time Marvel got in on that action.
Another season of Star Trek done! I quite liked season two. There was a good mix of really good episodes, good episodes, okay episodes, and down right bad episodes.

Things I never knew or noticed before until now:

- The hand phasers actually slot into the top of the phaser pistols. If you look at an actual phaser, you can see that the top bit is a hand phaser. I never noticed that before. It's a cool little detail that they didn't need to have, but someone came up with it anyway.

- Each department has its own unique insignia. Command has the black star in the middle, sciences has the overlapping circles, and engineering has a swirly thing. It's a detail that's lost in the later shows, but it's another example of having extra detail where you necessarily don't need any.

- Scotty is second in command after Spock. TOS featured Kirk, Spock, and Bones so heavily, that you kind of assume that Bones is in the chain of command, but nope, it's Scotty who takes over when Kirk and Spock are both off of the ship.

Review of Star Trek season two, episodes 15-26 (spoilers) )

All right, third season next. I'm going to put this one off for a bit since the new TV season is starting soon. Also, two words. "Spock's Brain".
Happy 50th anniversary Star Trek!

I've been making my way through season two of Star Trek at a much slower rate than season one, so I'm only half way through the season, but I figured that today would be a good day to get my thoughts down. I know, "The Man Trap" aired September 8, 1966, but it actually aired two days earlier in Canada on September 6, 1966, so as a Canadian, I'm celebrating early. :-)

What I've noticed so far is how they emphasized the characters this season. First season, the main focus was on the trio of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, but this season, you see more interaction with the other main crew. Scotty's had more to do, Uhura doesn't just sit there and say "Hailing frequencies open", and Chekov, while introduced this season, has more personality to him than the random navigators they had come through the bridge. I feel like Sulu hasn't had much, but George Takei was absent for a bit while filming The Green Berets so maybe that has something to do with it. I guess it reflects how life would be aboard a starship. As you spend more time with people, your relationships grow deeper and everyone gets a lot closer.

Review of Star Trek season two, episodes 1-14 (spoilers I guess) )

I feel like the majority of the TOS episodes that I had seen before this re-watch were from season two. Maybe this was TOS' best season. Looking ahead to season three, none of the episode titles look familiar.
After attending the Star Trek 50th anniversary con, I was left with a desire to re-watch every Star Trek show, so I got the first season of the original series from the library. I managed to watch 29 episodes (30 if you include the failed pilot "The Cage") in a week, and man, I'm totally not doing that again. I don't know how people binge watch shows. Just sitting there for hours started to drive me nuts.

Funny thing about TOS. I've seen some episodes, but that number before this re-watch probably amounted to less than half; a quarter maybe if I'm generous. On the other hand, I've seen every episode of the other four shows. So why the discrepancy? I think my opinion of TOS was shaped by the general impression non-Trekkers have of the show. When I thought of Star Trek, I pictured cheesy special effects and over-the-top acting and really weird costumes and who the hell wants to watch that? Thankfully, watching all of Classic Doctor Who gave me a better appreciation for 1960s sci fi, so I approached this re-watch with an open mind. And I'm glad I did.

Yes, Star Trek had a small budget (forcing them to film on very Earth looking sets sometimes), but it had big ideas and that's the most important part. It's easy to assume that all of the stories had horribly fakey science with no plot structure at all, but really, the majority of the episodes were human stories in a sci fi setting. That's the element that gets ignored when regular people try to sum it up.

Star Trek season one review (includes 50 year old spoilers) )

I might get around to watching season two, but I can't handle these marathon sessions. Towards the end, I was doing five episodes in a day and that's a lot of Star Trek to sit through.
So, my big Star Trek vacation. I attended this con five years ago, and it had been impressive then, but this year was even more impressive. Over 100 guests (some major, some minor), and seating for 6000 in the main panel room. That may not seem like a lot - hell, the Corral here holds just as many people - but that's still up from the seating for 4000 attendees when I was there last. Total attendance was, supposedly, around 10,000. That's a lot of people to squish into the hotel's convention area, which is large, but contained to one section of the hotel.

Actually, now that I think about it, that's probably 10,000 attendees over five days. The con sold one day admission passes for the first time. Still, that's a ton of people for any con in general.

Everything kicked off on Wednesday and went on straight until Sunday. I'm so glad I had a room in the hotel. After a long day, you could just go back to your room and lie down.

I should note that I didn't get my new camera until Saturday, so there's a mix of pictures taken with my phone and with the camera. I should also warn you that this is a long post with several pictures.

Star Trek Las Vegas 50th anniversary convention )

Now I really want to re-watch all of the Star Trek shows, starting with TOS and ending with Enterprise. That's only what? 700+ episodes? Wait, should I include the animated series, too?
Man, I have a Star Trek hangover. That was a very busy five days. I'm ready to have a good night's sleep in my own bed.

But the convention was great fun! I sat in on a ton of panels, got a few autographs, saw some awesome costumes, and generally was grateful that I love yet another fandom that has stood the test of time. I seriously want to watch all of the episodes from every series from start to finish.

I need to organize myself, but then I'll have a general write-up. I will actually have non-crappy photos for once! My uncle, who also attended the con, gifted me with a new camera (thank you so much!), so I was able to snap some decent pics from our seats in the 14th row.

Sleep now, though...
- Off to Las Vegas for a Star Trek 50th Anniversary convention. The con actually started today, but it's just pre-registration, so things really don't get started until tomorrow. I thought they would ease into things, but they have guests panels starting tomorrow plus autographs and photo-ops. This con means business. ;-) Since I assumed nothing would be happening tomorrow, I bought tickets to Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. attraction at Treasure Island. So once I land in Vegas, I have to rush to the hotel, drop off my bags and/or check in, then book it over to the Strip. I'll do registration in the evening; hopefully that won't take long.

- In preparing for my trip, I decided to back up my phone just in case. I was prompted to do a software update, so I hit yes and did the download and install. Stupid phone decided to stall in the middle of the update so suddenly I didn't have a working phone. :-P This totally wasn't something I wanted to deal with a day before my vacation. Thankfully, there's an Apple store at the mall so I rushed over there to get help. One of the guys did something and the update finally took. Luckily, I had a back-up of my phone from when I was trying to install the update, so I didn't lose anything.

But this whole thing made me realize just how dependant I am on my phone. It's not just that all of my contacts are on it. I'm so used to using my phone as a watch that I had no idea what time it was when I got to the mall. Hell, I didn't even know what time it was to go back for my appointment with the Apple guys. It was so disconcerting not knowing the time of day at a glance. It's scary how much of your life is tied up with one device.

- All right, have to finish packing. Yes, I'm still packing.
I saw Star Trek Beyond today and you know what? It wasn't that bad. I certainly enjoyed it more than Ghostbusters (not that Ghostbusters was really bad) and it was definitely much better than Star Trek Into Darkness. No re-hashing of old storylines here, thank you very much.

The theme of the movie certainly lives up to the spirit of exploration that's embedded in the heart of Star Trek, but it also slaps on some showy summer movie antics that made me roll my eyes. I will be so happy when the new Star Trek show premieres. The franchise needs to get back to telling smaller stories.

Spoilers for Star Trek Beyond )

I say Star Trek Beyond is a solid B. Maybe it was rushed so it could be released for the 50th anniversary, but at least we got something to celebrate the franchise.
- [livejournal.com profile] newnumber6 mentioned he was going to re-watch Sliders and that got me wanting to re-watch, too, so I got my hands on the first season. I probably haven't seen any of these episodes since they aired 20 years ago, but I could remember bits and pieces. Some of the CGI is a bit dodgy, but the premise is still a great one. It's a shame that there aren't more TV shows dealing with alternative worlds. The story possibilities are endless. It'd also be cheaper than a time travel show, as travel is regulated to one time period. So you can have an unfamiliar setting, but you can still have familiar landmarks and technology.

If someone decided to reboot Sliders, I actually wouldn't mind, but it would have to be done right. These days, I think a writer/producer would be inclined to add an overall arc and a big mysterious backstory, which is what brought down the show back in the day. I don't care about aliens who can also slide and an Earth Prime and Quinn being from another Earth that wasn't ours and having a secret brother. Keep it simple. The only arc that should matter is whether the characters find their way back home.

- I finally finished book five of The Expanse series. As the the library didn't have the ebook version, I had to read a hard copy and I swear I read slower when the words are on a page rather than a screen. I guess my eyes are more used to reading off of my phone. Thing is, I prefer reading The Expanse books on my phone as the actual books are thick tomes that don't travel very well in a backpack or a purse. But anyway... I'm caught up! Book six lands in November. It's crazy how they can put out a book every year, but since James S.A. Corey is actually two guys, I can see how the work can go faster.

All of The Expanse books are good, but Nemesis Games was really good. For once, the four POVs weren't split between Holden and three new characters. Every member of the Rocinante crew got to tell their portion of the story and it made the plot more compelling since you know these characters and you really worry when any of them are in trouble. I don't know if book six will follow the same formula. It'd be nice if it did, but that means the crew has to be split up again, and I'm not fond of the idea.

The TV show needs to play catch-up, but if the producers don't want to make a book a season, then that's okay, too. It just means more of the plot will make it onto the screen. The series is chock full of things that shouldn't be overlooked.

- Looks like Space will be airing the new Star Trek series next year. Not to brag, but Canada will be the only place where it won't be behind a pay wall. Thank goodness for Canadian content. Now I won't have to watch the show through "alternative means".

- And Star Trek Beyond is out in theatres this weekend. I'm seeing mixed reviews, which is not great, but I'm still going to see it regardless. If I don't see it opening weekend, I'm totally going to get spoiled on the plot at the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas and I so don't want that to happen.
- First week back at work. I didn't do anything for the first two days because, as usual, nothing was set up properly. Oh well, at least I got paid to sit around. Things should pick up next week now that I have access to everything. And I don't mean to speak ill of my co-workers, but after poking around the reports and files I used to handle, I have a vague feeling that nothing was done correctly after I left. Probably because no one had time to maintain everything. See, this is why they should have kept me on. I would have kept everyone organized.

- The project moved buildings in the interim, so now I have to commute downtown, but it does give me more time to read. I finished a book yesterday and I'm already a third of the way through the fourth book in The Expanse series. I didn't think I would get to Cibola Burn so quickly, but when I saw that it was available, I had to download the ebook from the library. Sometimes I have nothing to do at work, so it's nice to have a book on my phone so I can sneakily pass the time. Plus, I don't have to lug around a brick of a book in my backpack.

- The Star Trek con I'm attending in August announced Scott Bakula as a guest and it's a big deal since he doesn't do a lot of cons. And I get his autograph for free! It's complimentary with my ticket package. So I have to decide what he should sign; like, do I buy a photo there or do I bring something from home that's free? I didn't love Star Trek Enterprise, but when the man is literally giving away his pricey autograph, you can't turn it down. Maybe I'll find a Quantum Leap photo. ;-) I loved him in that show.

- With the major TV shows done for the season, it's nice to have the evenings free. I'm catching up on DVDs and whatnot. My library got a bunch of new Doctor Who DVDs in, so I'm slowly making my way through them. And I saw today that they finally released "The Underwater Menace" on DVD. This is probably old news, but it was new to me. I guess that means all of the existing episodes have finally been released to the public.

- Speaking of Doctor Who, filming for season ten starts in two weeks. Of course, we won't see the bulk of their efforts until some time next year. Damn you, sporting events, getting in the way of new episodes!
- Had to cancel my cruise for this year. It's been planned since last year, but I just don't have the funds right now for a vacation overseas. I'm bummed, sure, but I have the Star Trek 50th anniversary con in Las Vegas to look forward to and I think that'll be more fun. Ronald D. Moore, Star Trek writer extraordinaire and creator of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, is one of the guests and I'm super excited to see him. Most cons don't bother to have writers as guests so it'll be a great chance to hear him talk about the process. I really want him to sign something but I don't know what yet. Hopefully he is doing autographs.

- I'm still watching Legends of Tomorrow. I love the characters, but logistics is not the show's strong suit. It feels like the writers have no idea what to do with all of the characters or how to work their powers and skill sets organically into the plot. So we get a lot of scenarios where half of the team is back on the Waverider twiddling their thumbs and it makes no sense. Oh sure, the writers try their best to explain it away, but in the end, Rip just ends up looking like an idiot. I really hope they learn how to balance everyone as the show progresses.

Spoilers for Legends of Tomorrow 1x06, "Star City 2046" )

- Still knitting away at my friend's season 16/17 Fourth Doctor scarf. I've started the "Duplicate" half, so I'm at least 50% done. I get so bored doing endless rows of garter stitch that I started a bunch of side projects to keep my sanity. I'm nearly done Rose's wrist warmers from "Doomsday" and I came up with a pattern that replicates Jessica's infinity scarf from Jessica Jones. It's not a super accurate design, but it's good enough for my liking.

- Agent Carter is done for the season tomorrow. :-( I hope the show gets renewed for a third season. Maybe Netflix can pick it up if ABC decides to drop it? I mean, if Full House can get a revival, then surely Agent Carter can find a good home there.
Oh my god, Saturday was a busy, geeky day for me. Started off the day by seeing Star Trek Into Darkness, then I watched the Doctor Who season finale, and then practically right after that was done I went to see Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring live in concert. I had forgotten that the theatrical version was three hours long. Thank goodness it's a long weekend here in Canada.

But I wanted to talk about Star Trek Into Darkness. I went in with high hopes and I came out mostly disappointed.

The movie started out well enough. I was intrigued by the idea that a Starfleet officer could go bad and would want to destroy the Federation completely. I mean, it's supposed to be an idyllic future. Everyone's supposed to be enlightened. There should be no reason to resort to terrorism. Of course, it turns out that John Harrison isn't a Starfleet officer at all. He's freaking Khan Noonien Singh.

Le sigh.

Seriously! Khan?!?!? Khan in the second movie of the rebooted universe? Did the writers just run out of ideas completely? I had read rumours that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan but everyone kept denying it so I started to wonder if maybe it was just rumour. Nope. It doesn't make any sense at all. Khan is from a part of history that wasn't affected by Nero's tampering. Khan should be an Indian guy, not a white dude with an English accent. Or maybe it's another genetically enhanced guy named Khan, but I still can't get over the fact that the last bit of the movie was a retread of The Wrath of Khan. Yes, everything is reversed this time. It's Kirk who sacrifices himself to save the ship, not Spock, but Kirk still gets irradiated like Spock does and there's still a glass partition between them and they still touch hands up against the glass. God, they even made reference to the line "Ship out of danger?" Come on! The whole point of rebooting is to come up with new ideas. Just taking a story that's already been done and changing a few things is just lazy and sad. And Spock shouted "Khan!!!!" Ugh.

I don't know. I think I didn't like the movie as much is because I know my Star Trek lore. I've seen "Space Seed" and The Wrath of Khan and I can't help but compare it to this movie. And it's so dumb. The majority of the audience will be Star Trek fans. They will know their stuff, too. Having Khan as the villain is like one big in-joke. I mean, I recognized all of the references but that doesn't necessarily make the plot good. I wonder if the non Star Trek fans who end up seeing the movie will like it more?

And come on! Kirk dies but they bring him back with Khan's blood? Since when can Khan's blood bring people back from the dead? They're genetically enhanced; that doesn't mean they have superpowers.

Of the things I did enjoy: Benedict Cumberbatch. It was good fun seeing him play a villain. It's such a different role from Sherlock. He put on a lot of muscle for this role. Shame we didn't get to see any of it. :-) Having Carol Marcus show up added nothing to the movie, but it does set up her and Kirk getting together. In the regular universe, he nearly married her and they did have a son. The Enterprise hiding in the ocean was something we've never seen before. It makes sense. The ship is built to last in space. Going underwater is practically the same.

Random: Peter Weller had a role on Star Trek: Enterprise in its last season. Lucky for him, he got to have another go with the franchise. My sister was joking that the character Weller played on Enterprise, Paxton, is the same guy in Into Darkness or at least a descendant. The guy ran an organization called Terra Prime, which sought to protect humanity at any cost and that directive really jives with what Admiral Marcus wanted. And speaking of Enterprise, there was a model of the NX-01 on Marcus' desk, along with a model of the Phoenix. Good to know that they haven't forgotten the show's history completely. And Leonard Nimoy is a big liar. He said he wasn't in the movie, and yet, there he is. It was a cheap cameo, though. Spock phones up Spock Prime for advice, but of course Spock Prime can't give away details about the future. The Klingons look weird. They hardly resembled how they looked in the previous shows and movies. Look, Nero's jaunt into the past would not change how the Klingons look. I mean, piercings on the forehead ridges? Come on. And it's great and all how JJ Abrams wanted practical sets instead of CGI, but the places he chose really don't work with how the Enterprise should look. The lower sort of Engineering maintenance deck? It looks like the crew brews beer in their off time. We got a reference to Harry Mudd. I do like the idea that the crew had a bunch of adventures between this movie and the last movie.

Overall, it was a solid try, but it faltered in the end. Oh, Martin and Benedict, how did you two end up in mediorce movies? We could have had the new season of Sherlock a lot earlier. And now JJ Abrams can screw up another beloved sci fi franchise. Maybe the third Star Trek movie will be better without JJ Abrams at the helm. 2016 is Star Trek's 50th anniversary. They better be planning something huge.
I don't think I squeed about this here. Japanese subbed trailer because of the extra, like, eight seconds at the end:

Mmm, Benedict Cumberbatch playing the villain...

Having a slight real world geek problem, though. It's out May 17 and that's the same weekend I'm seeing The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring live (live in the sense that the local orchestra is playing the music live while you watch the movie). So pack in Star Trek Into Darkness and LOTR into one geek filled day? Decisions, decisions...
Back from Las Vegas and I survived the heat! Though, mainly by staying indoors lots. I think the longest I was outside for was about 10 minutes and that was to walk to a casino.

The Star Trek convention was good fun. Apparently it broke a record, at least in Creation Entertainment's record book. They said around 4000 people showed up on Sunday. I believe them. The room was huge. Luckily, I had awesome seats about ten rows back and right in the middle. :-) So I had a great view when three Trek captains - Kirk, Picard, and Janeway - were on stage together. They were a hoot. Kate Mulgrew got in a nice, playful jab at William Shatner. She was talking about how she and Patrick Stewart both had seven years as captain and then she looked over at Shatner and she was like, "And how many did you have?" And apparently, Patrick Stewart wore the same outfit he did last year. Whoops. He was still awesome, though.

And Brent Spiner crashed his panel! It was hilarious. He got into the Q&A line and started acting like a misinformed geek. He kept calling Picard, "Micard" and Patrick had to correct him. I couldn't tell if he was genuinely happy to see Brent Spiner, but he looked amused. There were other great moments, too. Jonathan Frakes got into a huff about how he wasn't on the poster for the con but Brent Spiner was, all jokingly of course. And he was nice enough to walk around the room during his panel and a poor security guard had to follow him around.

This was also Leonard Nimoy's last Las Vegas convention. He had a really nice presentation about his life as an actor and his time on Star Trek, complete with pictures from his personal album. He didn't take any questions, which was good, I think. He didn't have to answer any lame or awkward questions. At the end, when he was saying good-bye, he actually sounded a bit choked up.

There was also a really bizarre Klingon panel. They had four Klingon actors in make-up, the Duras Sisters, Gowron, and Martok, and they were in character the entire time. They were kind of there to promote the Klingon edition of Monopoly, but they also asked questions. At one point, Gowron tried to chase down a girl dressed like a Tribble. I don't know if they had done something like this before, but the four of them seemed used to each other. And we got to shout "Qapla'!" :-)

I'm not sure I'd go back though. I really don't like Las Vegas. The casinos all stink because everyone smokes. My allergies went nuts. Maybe for the 50th anniversary I'd go back, but this isn't something I'd do every year.

I also bought something for myself while in the dealer's room, not Star Trek related. I couldn't help myself. I'll post about it later once it's out of the packaging.

Vegas, baby!

Aug. 9th, 2011 07:20 pm
locker_monster: (Locker Monster)
Well, off to Las Vegas tomorrow, for, let's be honest, a Star Trek convention. This continues a trend of sorts. Last time I was in Las Vegas, my family and I mostly went because we wanted to visit the Star Trek: The Experience.

The con's run by the same people who do the Stargate conventions I've visited before, so lots of organized chaos is to be expected. Also tons of guests. It's kind of ridiculous how many guests they have, but really, a majority of them are actors who only appeared once at some point in the franchise's life. Don't get me wrong, there are major players, too. Like Shatner and Nimoy. And Sir Patrick Stewart! I totally would have gotten an autograph ticket or a photo-op with him if it wasn't so friggin' expensive.

Hopefully this trip is better than the last Vegas trip. Last time, I was under age and thus couldn't gamble. I couldn't even legally hang out on the casino floor. I also got horribly sick and the heat totally kicked my ass. Not that I'll be outside lots. I really have no reason to leave the hotel. Well, except maybe to find some free wi-fi.
Okay, I'm even more exhausted than yesterday and it's not like I did anything either. I guess just being in a huge crowd can really suck the energy out of you. Still, a good day.

CCEE Day 2 )

Not too much going on tomorrow besides The Guild panel, but there will be a roller derby. Zombies vs superheroes. Should be interesting.
So I spent my weekend at the local comic book and entertainment expo. A lengthy title for what's basically a convention at heart. The media guests are the main draw but there are tons of comic book artists and other exhibitors that are also part of the package. This year was the biggest one they've done by far and no offense to the organizers, who were all wonderful and very patient, but they seriously under estimated how many people would come through the doors.

The main reason? Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock himself, was the big main media guest. Last year, Edward James Olmos showed up, and that was a big deal, but it was so last minute. This year, the expo people knew since January Leonard Nimoy was coming and they had been advertising like crazy. Maybe too crazy because I swear, the entire population of Alberta showed up to get his picture and his autograph.

Crazy expo going experiences behind the cut )

Oh, also saw some great costumes. Obviously, more Star Trek costumes than I could count, and anime stuff I didn't understand, but I saw some Mass Effect 2 costumes and some Doctor Who costumes. I saw a Fourth Doctor, a guy dressed like the Master from "The End of Time" (though my sister joked, "Are you sure he wasn't just a hobo?"), a lady dressed as a Time Lord in a robe, but minus the funny hat, and a girl dressed like Ten. I can dream that one day the expo will get someone from Doctor Who. Russell lives in LA now; how hard would it be to get him to fly up?

Long story short: long weekend, long lines. I want to spend next weekend taking a nap.
So I visited Vulcan today.

The town, not the planet.

Though, it might as well have been the planet since this weekend it was Galaxyfest, Vulcan's annual Star Trek convention. It's amazing that my family and I hadn't gone before. Vulcan's about an hour's drive away so it's not completely out of the way. I mean, we visited back in 1995 when the town unveiled their replica Enterprise, but we had never gone for the convention. Okay, technically, we really didn't go for the convention this year since we didn't bother to pay to see any of the guests, but we still wandered around the tourism centre and took another picture in front of the Enterprise like good geeks should.

Vulcan got some good press after Leonard Nimoy said he was disappointed Paramount decided not to have the premiere of Star Trek in the town, so I can only assume lots more people decided to visit today. One proof of Vulcan's sudden thrust into the spotlight: a crew from G4 was wandering around town filming stuff.

Actually, they filmed me and my family. :P We were setting up our tripod so we could all be in the picture and the camera guy and the sound guy come running behind us to film us while we waited for the timer on the camera to go off. They even filmed us a second time while we were taking a picture in the Star Trek cutout thing they have next to the Enterprise. My brother-in-law, who's in PR, said they didn't need our consent to film us since we were in a public place. So I guess if G4 has a thing on Vulcan in the coming week, my family and I will be in it. Hopefully, only really briefly.

But TV crews aside, Vulcan's a cute little town that decided to embrace their inner geek and you really can't go wrong with that.
I'll admit it. My family and I are Trekkers. We're not hardcore Star Trek geeks, but we've seen every movie and watched every show and for all the recent films, we've seen them together. So how could we not go see the new Star Trek movie opening weekend? And thankfully, it was better than I expected.

Spoilers for Star Trek the movie )

I'm sure they'll make a whole bunch of new movies after this one, unless this movie totally bombed. Hopefully along the way they decide to make another Star Trek TV show now that there are new angles to explore.


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