Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A New Trek

Some big announcements came out of the San Diego Comic Convention this past weekend, including some word on Thursday on director JJ Abrams' reboot of the dormant Star Trek franchise. First up, the first teaser poster...

As you can see, just Star Trek. No roman numerals, no colons. And, based on the "classic" font, we have a good sense of when the movie is set. Next, meet the new Mr. Spock, played by Zachary Quinto of TV's Heroes, flanked by the man who originated the role, Leonard Nimoy.

Possibly the biggest news is that Nimoy, who is quite enthusiastic about the project and the script, will return to the role in what is presumbly a framing sequence. One of the biggest mysteries about this project has been whether it's a ground-up redo or whether it fits into what's come before, and I'd say Nimoy's presence pretty much clears that one up.

Still undecided at this point is whether or not William Shatner will reprise his role as Kirk, and who will fill "Young Kirk"'s Starfleet issues. I'm sure there'll be plenty of new to trickle out between now and the movie's Christmas '08 release.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Whence Impeachment?

Okay, time for a political rant.

It's just one thing after another for the junta these days -- as evidenced by their latest attempt to subvert democracy. It's reached a point now where there are basically two things happening in the White House at any given point: Either the Figurehead is insanely defending his disastrous Iraq policy against all facts and evidence to the contrary, or his team of cronies is actively taking a whiz on the concept of constitutional accountability.

Speaker Pelosi famously (infamously?) took impeachment off the table when she assumed her new role, and I have to ask, what was she thinking? What has this administration done that could remotely justify the one means of actually, maybe, giving us some oversight being removed from consideration? Am I missing something here?

You know something is seriously awry when Senator Russ Feingold, who has consistently been on the right (as opposed to Right) side of this war, won't even consider impeachment. This is something that is constitutionally mandated so as to prevent the exact abuses of power that are happening right now, yet the so-called opposition party would rather act in the interests of their own political expediency.

When will enough finally be enough for this spayed-and-neutered Democratic congress before they actually start, you know, doing something to protect the interests of the people who put them there?

Friday, July 13, 2007

Continuing the Quagmire

The situation in Iraq, succinctly summarized by Kevin Drum:
Both the American public and the Iraqi public want us to leave Iraq. However, both the American government and the Iraqi government want us to stay. So we're staying.

This is called "democracy promotion."

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Prime Time

Zaki's Review: TRANSFORMERS

Peter Cullen is Optimus Prime.

Even when I was a kid, when the names of voice actors didn't mean much of anything to me, I knew. Peter Cullen is Optimus Prime.

And now, he is again. But we'll talk about that in a second.

It seems a safe bet that anyone who grew up at anytime past the 1980s pretty much knows the basic concept at the core of Transformers, the splashy summer entertainment from director Michael Bay and exec-producer Steven Spielberg: Giant alien robots show up on Earth. Some are good, some are bad. Property damage ensues. It's funny, I've taken the whole "Transformers" thing at face value since I was a wee one, so it wasn't until I saw the movie try to make sense of the storylines laid out in the various cartoon shows and comic books that I realized that, y'know, this stuff is hard to take too seriously.