The Empath

Aug. 22nd, 2010 12:49 am
skyfyre: Sumeragi Hokuto from X/1999, Smiling (What is this fuckery?)
Well, that made little to no sense.

I don't approve of the sole woman in the entire episode literally having no voice. And they call her "Gem" as if she's just some pretty object that they can own and none of them consider that she might have her own name. And then Scotty compares her to a pearl to be bought and he never even met her. All these men are around going "GEM HAS TO DO THIS THING" and I'm all "DID ANYONE EVER THINK TO ASK HER OPINION ON IT?"

Also, Gem sounds way too similar to Jim and it annoys me.

You know, third season, maybe I would have actually finished you this summer if you didn't suck so bad. )
skyfyre: Sumeragi Hokuto from X/1999, Smiling (intact except for hickeys)
Really, I'm surprised that neither Dad nor I started singing Tomorrow Belongs to Me while watching the episode )

On a slightly different note: If you were going to force your friends to watch Star Trek for the first time, which episode(s) would you start with?
skyfyre: Sumeragi Hokuto from X/1999, Smiling (not an bricklayer. nor yet an escalator.)
Today I watched the TOS episode A Piece of the Action, or, has it shall henceforth be known, Gangsters in SPACE! Because that's what it was.

I'm really not sure where to start. I mean. Gangsters. Gangsters. They land on a planet where men just walk around with tommy guns and the women, while not carrying tommy guns (and how unfair is that?) do have hand guns of some kind and wear hats that I envy. Seriously, why did those hats go out of fashion? I would look so cute in one!

...

Anyway.

You want to know how good Scotty is at his job? The only directions he had was "an intersection with a yellow fire hydrant". And you know what? He found that hydrant. Because he's Montgomery goddamn Scott and if given the instructions "That place. With the thing. You know?" he could find it. That's why he's assigned to the Enterprise. To be the only competent person on board.

Well, him and Doctor McCoy. Who is such a good doctor that he can declare someone dead with out properly examining him or even, really, looking at him. He was able to feel the life leave that man's body. I HAVE TO BELIEVE THIS.

My beloved elder brother made fun of the show for having gangsters and of me for watching it. I told him that a) Gangsters are awesome, b) The setting isn't exactly the point, it's the people involved, c) It makes more sense than the Nazi Germany planet* and d) he's a jerk. Really, the reason this episode existed was to make use of old props and put William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy in awesome suits and have everyone waving around tommy guns. And because gangsters are awesome.

I also love how incredibly incompetent the crew of the Enterprise is at doing just about anything. Seriously, every time they went and saw someone on that planet they got kidnapped at gun point. Never mind that they had superior training and technology, the power of the suit overwhelmed them. It was only after they got suits of their own that everything really started going their way.

And by "of their own", I mean Kirk went and stripped a couple of guys! And he didn't even buy them dinner first! For shame, sir. You have a reputation to keep up, remember.

It's great, by the way, how the suits fit them perfectly. Very fortuitous.

And Captain Kirk can't drive a car. He in fact fails at it. I'm sure that if the car was capable of being seduced, he would have been all over it, though. (Perhaps not with his Vulcan boyfriend right there? Did Kirk ever seduce any one where Spock could see him?)

Twin decided that given the rules of Fizzwig that Kirk stated, Spock could probably come up with the actual game. And then beat everyone at it. Like a boss.

I decided that if Uhura had gone down to the planet she could have understood all their slang and used it right back at them. Only without sounding as douchey as Captain Kirk. Because she's a linguist and linguists will eventually take over the world**.

Is it bad, that when Scotty beamed one of the crime lords from one point on the planet to the another point on the planet my first reaction was "BUT NEITHER END HAD A PROPER TRANSPORTER PAD, YOU CAN'T BEAM WITH OUT ONE D:"? Because I did. Because I am a geek. Yes.

I also watched The Gamesters of Triskelion yesterday and I have to wonder why the higher life forms/disembodied brains were gambling on kidnapped gladiators and what they were gambling with. I mean, does Triskelion have any sort of economy at all? Do they have a means of exchanging their- what I assume was- monetary units? And it's good to know that there's no situation that Kirk won't seduce his way out of if he can. And with his shirt off, too! Bless his little heart.

*I haven't actually watched the Nazi Germany episode yet, but I can't imagine how they can have that make sense. I mean, Nazi Germany had reasons for existing. There was a clear line of events that lead up to Nazis. Compared to that, anybody can turn into gangsters.
**I ask my linguist overlords to remember their humble servant [livejournal.com profile] skyfyre and think well upon her.

in conclusion )
skyfyre: Sumeragi Hokuto from X/1999, Smiling (I'm a doctor not a floorwax!)
It has been brought to my attention that some of you have been talking about my love for Doctor McCoy. I don't understand why you would be talking about my love for him. Do you think it is strange? Because it's not. Because he is the most awesome person ever. I mean, the man can cure a rainy day! Don't try to deny it! When you can cure a moving boulder, you can do just about anything! And he was all like "Whatevs" to a knife being held to his throat! And he keeps booze in the sick bay! And he can kick your ass without spilling a drop of his drink! And he's all Southern! And snarky! And a doctor! And awesome!

ANYWAY, I've watched some more episodes, so let's see what I remember!

First. Nobody mourns for Adonais. Apollo's a douche. I also demand that just once when a super-powered man gives a female officer a pretty dress to wear her reaction isn't "Oooooh!" but "Um. Can I have my uniform back?". I would also appreciate it if she wasn't around just to fall in love with whatever man's around. Yes, I know it was the 60's and just having female officers at all was pretty awesome, but still. On the plus side, this time the woman (who's name I don't even remember) sided with saving the Enterprise.

Also, Chekov's early hair looks like something died on his head. Even a few episodes in the season, I'm not really feeling the Chekov vibe. He was adorable in the new movie! I loved him in the movie! This Chekov just sort of annoys me. Even when he does get his own hair.

After watching "The Changeling" I came to the conclusion that Spock will mind meld with anything that will stay still long enough. I mean, seriously. Crazy man? Rock monster? Robot? He doesn't care! He'll meld with them all! Also, I'm assuming that nobody pays attention to the whole Nomad Wiped Uhura's Mind thing, because I don't care if they can re-educate her, Nomad also wiped everything that made her Uhura and you can't reteach experiences. And it's not like that bit was in any way important to the plot, when they already displayed Nomad's power on Scotty. That annoyed me greatly. "YOU HAVE ALREADY MADE AN INFINITE NUMBER OF ERRORS. EXECUTE YOUR PRIME FUNCTION" "Very well" "NO WAIT! Beam him out." KABOOM "YAY WHOO Warp factor one"


MIRROR, MIRROR ONLY FURTHERS MY "SPOCK MIND-MELDS WITH ANYTHING THAT MOVES THEORY". That was pretty awesome, 'cause McCoy actually looked freaked out by the process. And Evil!Spock backed McCoy into a wall, and it was pretty awesome.

I demand to know what Evil!McCoy is like in the Mirror, Mirror verse. I mean, we only see him for a couple of seconds and everyone is talking over everyone else and Evil!Kirk looks downright feral. I bet Evil!McCoy is almost as hot as normal McCoy.

Kudos to Uhura who, when in a uniform not her own, was all "Dude. What the shit?", though only conveyed through a look to Scotty. Who kind of shushed her. :( And she was the one who was all "I'm frightened D:", right? Hmmm. I don't think I approve of that, either.

Evil!Sulu looked really good with that scar down the side of his face, I'm just saying. I wonder how he got it? I also love how freaked out Sulu was at the idea of facing down some vulcans.

And at one point the Good!Guys were all like "If we're here, then our evil counterparts must be on our Enterprise! What could be happening?!" and then we cut to Good!Spock throwing the Evil!Guys into the brig and going "Wow, this is pretty fascinating. Stay put 'til the captain gets here" and I was all "ilu, Spock".

And Good!Kirk to Evil!Spock was all "Dude, this whole thing is fucking illogical. After I leave, stage a coup. It'll be awesome." and I think it says so much about Spock that good or evil, his personality doesn't change that much. Whereas, Evil!Kirk was clearly feral.

I mean, Kirk was all like "Wait. You were able to detect that easily? What the hell, evil me?" and Spock was all like "As civilized men, it was easy for you to act like barbarians. As Barbarians, it was impossible for them to act like civilized men. Also: That was a fascinating look at the nature of the homo sapiens." And Kirk was all "I think we've just been insulted" and McCoy was all "I know we've just been insulted" and there was laughter all around.

All in all, I like it when people are ~*EVIL*~, for reasons I don't feel like looking into.

In regards to The Apple, I love how McCoy is all for the planet until he finds out that they don't know what sex is. Then it stops being paradise. I also loved that there was, once again, dangerous flora. And, of course, the flower that killed the security guard (he was looking at it funny! It didn't like it!) wouldn't kill Spock. I'm kind of surprised Spock didn't try to mind-meld with the flower. It would have been awesome!

I'm not sure how I feel about Chekov getting the girl. He stills annoys me, even though I desperately want to like him. (Look, I know that it was amazing that they had a Russian on board when Star Trek was filmed during the Cold War. Chekov still gets on my nerves).

Also, let's teach the villagers about sex and violence and free will, but let's not tell them about pregnancy. That'll ruin the surprise!

Also also, I re-watched City on the Edge of Forever, and there were two beds in Kirk and Spock's apartment, but one of them was completely covered with their makeshift computer and I doubt they'd risk breaking it when moving it. So they might as well have had one bed.

Anyway, have some Star Trek motivational posters. Because who doesn't love motivational posters? (My favorite is the one with the gorn).

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