Star Trek Should Head to a New Platform

I am a girl gamer. I enjoy a great RPG with a complex story line. I love survival horrors game that you play in the dark. I enjoy simulations and making pixel people do my bidding. But I get really annoyed when games spend more time in CG or full motion movies than game play. If I wanted to watch a movie, I would watch a movie. The same can be said for movies. If I wanted sweeping CG action I would turn to a game. My point? Star Trek Into Darkness made me want to go play games instead of watching the movie.

The latest installment of J.J. Abrams version of Star Trek pits Kirk against a familiar enemy when a terrorist attacks Star Fleet buildings. Kirk is sent on a clandestine mission to kill the perpetrator on sight, instead of bringing him for trail. Influenced by Mr. Spock, Kirk does not kill the enemy on sight and, instead, learns a lot about the upcoming Klingon war.

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We all know it’s Khan. Quit lying to us!

Star Trek aims to be a soaring space saga. But it comes up short and leaves me nostalgic for the Mass Effect Trilogy. One of the biggest issues is that the movie is clearly 90 percent CG. And it is done very obviously. For me, effects should not seem like effects when they are done correctly. If I want something totally graphically created, I would play a video game. Mass Effect had more realistic graphics that were stunning and beautiful. This movie you could tell was overly green screened and computerized.

The second issue is the story itself. Had this been a 40 hour RPG, the crew would have had time to truly develop the ideas and concepts in the movie. Instead, the film drags on. Just when you think it’s over, it’s not. In fact, there is one place where the movie should have ended and I would have been compelled to see the sequel. Instead, most ideas and are left to generalizations and caricatures of our favorite characters. The movie had a lot of potential, but like many of Abrams works, it fails to live up to that potential.

I have one issue with the movie as being a classic Star Trek fan. For the first movie, I put away many of my misgiving about rewriting the story and the horrible casting of many of the characters. I was willing to put it aside because it was a new story and a new vehicle. But Abrams and crew can’t decide if that is the case. I got over Leonard Nimoy’s appearance in the first movie. But the second became more of an off shoot from the original movie plots. Spock breaks logic to tell them how they defeated the villain before. Into Darkness also take a familiar bad guy (Abrams quit lying to us! We aren’t stupid) and pits him in a parallel universe to “The Wrath of Khan”.

Had this been a RPG game, I would have loved it even with the plot holes the Enterprise could fit through. But as I a film, I grew bored, enchanted and ready for it to be over. I longed for “The Undiscovered Country” and Mass Effect. Those would have been time better spent.

Five Fall Favorites

Sons of Anarchy

Last Season Recap: Last season saw the MC get out of prison and back on the road. Through the course of the season, we lost Piney, Miles, and Kozik, and Clay was removed from power after Jax found out Clay killed his father. Bobby and Otto are behind bars, Opie is MIA, and the development of Charming Heights has been averted.

What to Expect This Season: Tensions are high as loyalties shift with Jax taking the presidential seat. Tara and Gemma both seek peace through mood altering sources. Paris Barclay himself said not to get attached to anyone character. Hmmm…

Season Premier Date: Sept. 11

Criminal Minds

Last Season Recap: The group was re-assembled but at the end of the season Prentiss announcing she’s leaving. JJ and Will finally tie the knot, and Hotch and Rossi have both found love.

What to Expect This Season: More couplings for the BAU team, and Jeanne Tripplehorn comes in as a linguist expert.

Season Premier Date: Sept. 26

Dexter

Last Season Recap: Dexter struggled with the idea of faith while dealing with a religious-mission-orientated serial killer. Quinn goes on bender after bender when Deb breaks up with him, Batista’s sister is dating a homicide intern, and LaGuerta is promoted. The season abruptly comes to an end when Deb caught Dexter killing the aforementioned serial killer.

What to Expect This Season: Changes in the Deb/Dexter relationship as she pieces together his hobby.  Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, Mass Effect series) guest stars helping Miami Metro with a case.

Season Premier Date: Sept. 30

Gossip Girl

Last Season Recap: Chuck’s daddy isn’t dead! Blair married and divorces Louie! Blair and Dan crashed and burned (well duh)! Serena pulled a scam that was Blair Waldorf worthy! Jack is back and on Chuck’s side!

What to Expect This Season: In this final season, expect past faces to re-emerge including Poppy Lipton and, of course, Georgina Sparks.

Season Premier Date: Oct. 8

The Walking Dead

Last Season Recap: Sophia goes missing. Lori tries to kill her unborn baby. Sophia is a zombie. Rick shoots zombie Sophia. Lori tells Rick to kill Shane. Dale dies. Carl is the idiot that let that zombie loose. Rick kills Shane. Shane is a zombie. Carl shoots zombie Shane. The barn catches on fire. The group runs. Lori gets mad at Rick for killing Shane. The group is now under a Ricktatorship.

What to Expect This Season: More character deaths. Plus two fan favorites (Michonne and the Governor) make appearances.

Season Premier Date: Oct. 14