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I must have coped back before LJ improved the subject lines in their notifications, but now I'm getting more from DW than LJ, I'm completely confused by which entry "Reply to your entry" is actually referring to and then lose track of which I've replied to (or need to reply to). So for now I am purposely not posting very often. In an ideal world I'd just get everyone to comment on my blog, but that would require some effort to make sure OpenID is working and the whole comment page isn't crappy, and it's just not top of my list. I haven't even put Windows fonts on my new computer yet.

I discovered that between the Horror Channel and Pick, on a weekday morning you can watch Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Star Trek (Original Series) and Stargate Atlantis. I worked from home and my morning went very quickly with all that on. Although they put them all into an hour, so with the exception of TOS, the adverts go on forever.

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Star Trek

Apr. 5th, 2017 08:12 pm
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Re-watching bits of ST:TNG for my Het Swap fic got me all interested in Star Trek again. To the point where I now own all of it on DVD except the Animated Series and Voyager. The only reason I don't own the Animated Series is because it's expensive (ie over £10). I've only seen it once, when the BBC used to show a few episodes in half terms and school holidays during the day.

When I re-watched bits of TNG, I went for the Riker/Troi bits, since I was mostly writing them. But I got distracted by Patrick Stewart. I briefly thought "why is a Frenchman being played by a Yorkshire man?" and then remembered we'd done this in the 90s and I'd just have to live with it. Although then I thought that if he was French he wouldn't pronounce it Picard.

And then I got distracted by something that really annoyed me. The Enterprise D bridge is very pretty. Doesn't need a seat just for the counselor, but I didn't see any episodes where she stated the obvious, so I let that go. It does have plenty of seats... except for Worf. When I started watching it, back in the 90s, it was in series 5. At the time I had no idea Tasha Yar existed and just accepted that Klingons are happy standing for their whole shift when everyone else gets to sit down.

(As an aside, maybe they should have all had sit-standing/treadmill/some sort of crazy futuristic work stations)

Except that what sort of designer thought that was a good idea?

I'm still not over that. But I went and looked at Star Trek books. And there are loads. There's a series set on Picard's old ship, Stargazer, there's a series set between Insurrection and Nemesis to explain the inconsistencies (none of which I noticed). It's pretty much a case of you name it, there's a series of books about it.

The amazing thing are the number of Star Trek books I found in the county's libraries. I've seen one or two in my local library, but it is only small and it never occurred to me that there might be more out there. Obviously they only have recent ones, but it's the recent ones I'm interested in. I read enough TOS and TNG books in the 90s and I want to see how they've carried things on since the end of TNG & DS9.

And then I made my most exciting discovery - there's a Kirk autobiography. Suddenly £1 to get it from another library in the county seemed like a small price to pay and when I eventually got it, I read it in a day. I loved it. They described why certain things happened the way they did in various TOS episodes - or at least I think they did. It's been a while since I've seen any of them. Amusingly, they made The Final Frontier fictional. But I discovered how much I've forgotten even of the films - although I remember the line "Everyone remember where we parked" from The Voyage Home, I didn't remember that was in a Klingon ship.

I ended up rewatching it. And it wasn't as good as I remembered. I think part of the excitement at the time was seeing the crew in the present. But now the 80s is a long way away. And wow. I'm used to seeing 80s fashions from Press Gang, but TNG and The Voyage Home shows how America took that to a whole new OTT level. I just can't get over the size of the hair.

But I did like seeing Sulu in his element flying a helicopter, Scotty showing how good he was at his job, and Chekov's "nuclear wessels". According to Kirk's autobiography Scotty ate most of Kirk's pizza, which doesn't surprise me.

I had a moment of being convinced I must be going mad when I recognised one of the Starfleet personnel - and then when I looked it up I discovered he was Sisko's father.

I found that Picard's autobiography is out in the autumn, so I am really looking forward to that. And in the meantime, catching up on other Star Trek books the library is providing me with.

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I might have been a bit distracted by the Olympics and not posted. And by might I mean was. And still am - since it finished I've watched the men's triathlon, diving, BMX. I still have plenty to catch up on - I should be finished by the time the Paralympics start...

I have managed some non-Olympics things in the past couple of weeks. The weekend before last I went to the Nine Worlds convention. Last year I generally wasn't impressed with it, but loved the Whedon Singalong enough to go back. This time they only sang a selection of songs in the Whedon Singalong, which didn't include my favourites. And I liked the rest of the con less. So next year I might just be going to the Whedon Singalong, if they return to singing all the songs.

While I was there, Missy was having a holiday with my sister. They both enjoyed it, except for when my sister had her in-laws round and Missy wasn't happy that there were people in the house and she wasn't being played with.

I went through a whole load of my cards. Back in uni, when we had Wednesday afternoons off for sport, I spent it playing the Star Trek customisable card game. I haven't played it since I left, but I have a lot of cards. Also, quite a few Magic cards, Young Jedi (which I don't even remember playing), Attack of the Clones cards, the Dilbert card game (which at least is just a normal card game), a pack of Original Series Star Trek cards. And a booster pack of Harry Potter cards. The TOS cards are confusing because they're in a box that states it contains 65 cards including Kirk, Spock, McCoy & Enterprise + a rulebook. It actually contains more than 65 cards, none of which are Kirk, Spock or McCoy and no rulebook. I don't remember playing this one either.

Going through my Star Trek cards brought back memories of playing it. I'm pretty sure in one of the boxes was the deck I last played at a tournament where I assimilated Earth. Which is pretty much all I remember of how to play it. I just have to decide, with all of these cards, whether to sell/get rid of them, keep them as a collection (and get rid of the duplicates) or keep them and play them. But right now I'm enjoying cataloguing them and putting them in order. And trying to convince myself that I don't need to buy any more...

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I looked at the weather forecast for the beginning of this week and decided I wasn't doing anything. So I didn't. It was too hot too. And definitely too hot to be turning computers on. So I haven't Things have improved now, though. It comes to something when I get excited about being able to close the windows at night (hayfever is bad at the moment and keeping the window open means waking up not able to see or breathe). I've actually wanted to go to work because we have air con.

But today I had a day off to go and see Star Trek Beyond. I've got into a habit of seeing new Star Trek films on the day they're released and I hate going to the cinema when it's busy, so I went during the day. I managed to time it perfectly, as just after I sat down there was a trailer for Finding Dory. Which I wasn't expecting - I don't remember the last film I went to which had a trailer for a film I actually wanted to see.

Overall I enjoyed it. It was still a bit too actiony for my tastes, but it was better than the last one. I came out feeling excited about Star Trek. But every time Chekov was on screen I couldn't help thinking that this is the last time we'll see Anton Yelchin. It's very sad. I was expecting to see a 'in memory' of something like that at the end of the film, but there wasn't.

I still don't like the new Enterprise. I also didn't like the way they felt the need to swing the camera round and circle it round the action. It wasn't even that it made me dizzy, it just made it very hard to see what was happening. It should be interesting enough that you don't need to do crazy camera tricks.

There was one moment that made me want Scotty to punch Kirk, and that was the moment that was too much like work for me. Kirk asks Scotty to do something, Scotty says it's can't be done. Kirk tells him to do it anyway. Which I realise happened all the time in the original series, but I think it was having the same thing happen at work yesterday that really drove me mad.

That's pretty much all I've done this week! I've got some story ideas written down on paper. I still haven't done any fanfic reading - I have loads starred/bookmarked, waiting to read. Sometime I will get through them.

Mostly I've been dealing/playing with Missy. I moved her into the hall for a couple of days because it was the least hot place in the house. She was not impressed. And kept me awake. We're both glad she's back in her usual corner in the lounge. And now she's being a pain, so it's clearly time to post this and give her attention...

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It must be autumn... Sign ups for people wanting to write a remix are open in [info]dw_remix, [info]sga-secretsanta has sign ups open and Yuletide has started discussing nominations. I haven't written anything since Remix, so being forced to do it will get me back into the habit.

The trouble I have at the moment is that watching things leads to me watching other things. I have seen Dark Matter, which I think I have finally decided I like (except for the first two cliched episodes and a few boring ones). It had Torri Higginson in a couple of episodes, which made me miss Elizabeth (from Stargate Atlantis). Just as I was thinking about it, [info]sga-secretsanta popped up. With a two a half month writing period, which I'll probably need, if last year is any indication.

I watched some Star Trek: Enterprise, which made me want to watch Quantum Leap. And now Quantum Leap is on my potential nominations list for Yuletide.

Since I was thinking about The Librarian/The Librarians for Yuletide, and getting excited about season 2 starting in November, I watched a few bits. Which made me want to watch Ugly Betty. Which was why I ended up rewatching it earlier this year (I am not rewatching it again).

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Although I say spoilers, what I really mean is this post won't make any sense if you haven't seen the film.

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At uni I read quite a lot of Star Trek books (mostly Next Gen, I think, and some original series - there weren't any others at the time). They have varying levels of crapness, frankly. But they were all free, so I read them. Since then I have, unsurprisingly, not bought any, apart from the ones that Una McCormack has written.

I bought Brinkmanship despite the title telling me that it was part of a series of books about which I know nothing. I could tell that it was set in the future when I looked at the back and mentioned Captain Ezri Dax. I thought about looking up the details of what's happened since the end of DS9, but decided that if the book's written well enough I should be able to follow it.

And I did. If they took the 'Typhon Pact' part of it off the book it would work perfectly well as a stand-alone. To the point where I'm not sure I can be bothered to look up details from the rest of the series. I was perfectly happy with this one as a self-contained thing.

The only characters in this that I recognise from TNG and DS9 are Picard, Crusher and Ezri (and Garak, but he only appears in one scene). Ezri I struggled to remember very well. Picard and Crusher are now married with a two year old son. I know they had some shippiness going on in the programme, but I still found that hard to get my head round.

I was more interested in the characters I didn't know (they might be from elsewhere, I don't know). Especially Neta Efheny, who the story starts with. And Ilka, the (female) Ferengi diplomat. I'd probably have enjoyed it just as much without Ezri, Picard or Crusher in. Once I got into it, I would have been quite happy sticking with Efheny and not bothering with any other characters - she was definitely my favourite and the whole Tzenkethi culture was interesting.

In summary: I liked it (although that's not a surprise because I've liked Una's other Star Trek & Doctor Who books) and it's perfectly possible to read it without having read any other Star Trek book at all ever.

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I went to see Star Trek yesterday. It’s been tradition, starting with Insurrection to go and see it on the opening day. Even if it didn’t, technically speaking, open until today…

I enjoyed it, specifics below (needless to say, with spoilers).

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