It’s a damn good time to be a Trekkie.
After over four years of practically NOTHING (unless you count three frames of footage and a few blurry snapshots of the film set), the past few weeks have seen a sudden flood of shiny new goodies from the next installment of the Star Trek Reboot. Between the official synopsis, the teaser poster, the trailer, the first (spoilery!) movie still, AND the first 9 minutes of the film airing in IMAX 3D screenings of The Hobbit, I barely knew what to do with myself.
To top it all off, interviews with the cast of Star Trek into Darkness have started showing up online. It feels like an old band getting back together and touring after a long hiatus. And it fucking rocks.
Here’s my favorite interview so far, from ET Online. In which the cast and J. J. Abrams undergo a “warp speed” trivia round.
It’s a good time to be a geek. ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ has just been released onto DVD, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ comes out next week, and (wait for it… wait for it…) there are finally posters for ‘Man of Steel‘ and ‘Star Trek Into The Darkness‘!
Lo and behold, my friends:
What do y’all think? Both posters tease the plots of each film and raise so many questions. Why is Superman in handcuffs? Is that the Federation that has been damaged? Ah, the possibilities!
Now pardon me while I cry tears of joy over my ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ dvd. Gizzy B OUT.
Our friends at WeLoveFine.com are celebrating Halloween and have pooled together items from their online store for costume inspirations, which includes superheroes, Adventure Time and My Little Ponies! This is especially great for people who are looking to throw together some thing a little bit more casual that they can probably wear to school or to work.
Click here for more ideas.
The best part? A lot of these items can also qualify as “everyday” civilian clothing — for the geeks among us, at least. Speaking of daily wear, We Love Fine also celebrates Star Trek with a bunch of fun t-shirts, including one dedicated to George Takei’s famous catch phrase — now available in Women’s Style and Sizes! For all you stylish lady geeks out there. Check below for photos.
Listen to our third live show at the Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, California with Chris Gore! We delve into the wonders and secrets of Lady Geeks and how the male geeks should proceed if they want to date us and get into our superhero underwear. Lots of tales of love and woe between everyone! Chris also indulges the ladies with a round of raunchy, Star Trek Fanfic Theater.
Today, female nerds are lucky enough to have the internet and to have blogs, twitters, facebooks, etc. where we can voice our opinions and be heard by our community. Still, I wanted to reach out to the ladies who have made an impression on me Â and specially feature them on Defective Geeks. We bring you our new feature – the Lady Geek Spotlight! Each girl we choose are given the option of either doing an interview or a guest blog for us.
I ‘met’ Stephanie through SponSIRs and right off the bat she had an incredibly positive attitude about female geeks coming together as a community and sticking with each other… I was immediately a fan. Stephanie currently lives in Los Angeles, a proud redhead, an actress and an incredible singer. Just watch the video on her website – StephanieHayslip.com – when she performed for Hollywood director, Quentin Tarantino. I love a multi-talented woman who is not afraid to show it off. She’s loud and she’s proud of it! Read our interview below and get to know this badass Lady Geek.
DEFECTIVEGEEKS: What is the origin story of your geek? When did you first know you were a geek?
STEPHANIE HAYSLIP: I think I first knew I was a geek when I was joining a “Star Trek” fan group that met at the public library by myself at the age of 9. Bajoran nose, Vulcan ears and all. Â But I was the 8 year-old kid wanting to marry Edward Scissorhands long before it was popular, too…
DG: Tell us how you got into performing in broadway! Do you plan to take your career to the big (or small) screen?
HAYSLIP: Haha, not on broadway yet, but working on it! I love the stage, it’s my first and forever love, but even there my geek can’t be contained. Most drama freaks want to listen to “Les Mis,” or Patti LuPone, or Ethel Merman. I’d much rather listen to Evil Dead: The Musical, Bat Boy, or Â Toxic Avenger. And don’t even get me STARTED on Carrie: The Musical, or Dance of the Vampires. Â Truly, truly genius that is oh so misunderstood. As for plans to go to film or tv, this is what I have to say – I would love to be a sci-fi star. You can keep your anonymity much easier because you aren’t as well-known most of the time, and no “vanilla” TV series nor movie has ever done for me what a sci-fi/fantasy/horror series or movie has done for me. I just think that there is a level of storytelling and emotion that you can get when you move out of the normal, everyday storyline and add a touch of magic to it, whether it be aliens, ghosts, vampires or dragons. Â Even little gnomes that poop chicklets.
DG: Broadway, stage… either way, we think you’re a star ;] Tell us more about these geek-musicals and where can we find them!
HAYSLIP:Â Oh wow! Hmm…I could end up doing my own podcast solely on geeky musicals, but no one would listen, so let me pick a few of my favs (and the ones you can actually find a recording of – “Carrie” for instance is a classic disaster that is still talked about 20 years later on Broadway, and the only recordings of it are old videos posted to YouTube and bootlegs.
Evil Dead: Hail to the King, Baby. I’ve been in love with Ash since I was knee-high to a pig’s eye and a huge fan of the movies for ages. Â (A girl gets raped by a TREE. Â What the fuck???) Â And this musical covers both the 1st and 2nd movies of the trilogy. Â If they did an Army of Darkness musical to round out the collection, I might die and go to heaven. Anyway, the tongue-in-cheek in this one is more than worthy of the cheese that is the original movies, and “Bit Part Demon” is one of the greatest moments in the show, small and memorable as it is. Â There was even a “Splash Zone” in the theatre to warn people in the front that they may get slimed with blood and other viscera. Â Score. RECOMMENDED LISTENING: “What the F$ck Was That?” and Â “Bit Part Demon” Continue reading
I saw the new Star Trek film last week. I’m not well versed in the Star Trek mythos. My fondest memories of it is watching the original series in the afternoons one summer during high school. I don’t know why I started watching it, there probably wasn’t anything better on tv, but it sucked me in. I loved how camp it was and yet how important some of the messages were.
In between episodes they’d run interviews with the cast, and they would reveal what it was like to work on and how amazing it was during those years, when the whole world was in turmoil and this show was trying to find meaning in it all.
Over the years I’ve tried watching various re-incarnations, but I always felt like they’d missed the whole point. In fact, I feel like most science-fiction these days miss the point. Now it’s all about spectacle but there was a time when science-fiction was about gaining perspective on issues that plague us now. It allowed writers to present us with a story that was familiar but so far removed from our daily knowledge that it didn’t offend our sensibilities but let us think outside of the box. I think that’s missing these days.
But, I’m getting side tracked. My point is, I haven’t followed with the more modern Trek tv shows, and I haven’t seen any of the films except Star Trek Nemesis (which was weird). So, in many ways I’d hoped this was the first Star Trek film I’d really get. And, I sort of did. I knew the characters well enough to love seeing them again on screen, even with new actors.
I think Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) were amazing. In fact, Quinto was so good at being Vulcan, he made the other Vulcans appear too emotional. Pine had the toughest job, from what I could see. He had to play an arrogant bastard and make you like him. I think he did this well.
The rest of the cast I enjoyed just as much, with one exception. I liked Chekov on the TV show, but for some reason it didn’t translate well in the film. He was just so over the top and so unnecessarily there, he felt really tacked on. He didn’t even get to have a Monkees hair cut.
Story-wise, it was ok. There was a lot of set-up to get through and some really unnecessary chase sequences (bigger fish! and BIGGER FISH). I felt Eric Bana was bland. He was an insane evil bastard and they gave him backstory which basically didn’t change the fact that he was an insane evil bastard. I really wasn’t all that bothered by the plot, to be honest and got most of my amusement from Scotty.
My one irritation with the story really surprised me. It was that the writer assumed too much knowledge on the audience part. They had little to no explanation to Romulans vs Vulcans and still at this point all I can determine is that Romulans are Vulcans with tattoos and anger management issues. I can understand not wanting to patronise Trekkies, but come on! Throw me a bone here, guys. Is it that hard to have some red shirt ask “What’s a romulan?” or something?
But, I’m looking forward to more and that the writing will improve now that introductions are out of the way and we’re comfortable with our new crew.
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