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THOR IN A SUIT
“You do not kill an animal unless you intend to eat it.”
The problem with Klingons is laid bare in this shame-faced episode, which is so morally and conceptually muddled that it ends up arguing for race-hatred, religious zealotry, and even fascism. “Birthright, Part II” finds Worf garrisoned at a penal colony inhabited by Klingons and Romulans who escaped the war and made peace with one another twenty years ago – and Worf proceeds to resort to everything up to and including bombing the place to set them back on what he considers to be the right track: xenophobia, mutual distrust, and war.Read more
“Data – you are the bird.”
With a flourish of Deep Space Nine’s main title score, we arrive on the first glimpse of the space station and its characters in high definition in “Birthright, Part I,” and the world feels consequently bigger. Can you tell I’m a DS9 geek? I love Dr. Julian Bashir’s crossover appearance in this episode, and as was the case with the Next Generation cast at the start of the blu-ray project, it took me a scene or two to adjust to seeing his performance in sharp, shot-yesterday focus. The results are marvelous – and although the overall visual style of Next Gen had de-evolved into something not unlike damp porridge by this point, “Birthright I” is an unusually striking episode from a visual perspective, from the Replimat and Jamie Cromwell’s makeup job, to Data’s art gallery and eventual dreamy spacewalk.Read more
Cinema without people: Yojimbo (1961, Akira Kurosawa, dir.)
"As I’ve argued before, filmgoing as we know it is bubbling towards a crisis point, and we are watching it happen right now, and particularly on web sites like boxofficemojo.com. This summer’s domestic box office returns are a fascinating story about how and where the movie market might be reaching its final, blockbuster saturation point.”
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