"In Boyhood we’re always ‘here now,’ with no moody dissolves or title cards to dog-ear the pages of the book. Thiths is boyhood, and this, I think, is the point."
In which I contemplate being, time, filmmaking, and being in the moment, by way of Richard Linklater’s masterpiece Boyhood. Read more
“MISTER PICKERD. I’ll be reminding you that it’s one o’clock.”
[Majel Barrett Computer Voice] Last time, on Blogging the Next Generation… I was working my way through the complete Star Trek: The Next Generation on blu-ray when the braintrust at CBS Home Video gummed up the works completely by delaying the release of the series’ sixth season by about half a year. Now, at last, they’ve got on with it (though no sign, yet, of a release date for Season Seven, so who knows when we’ll finally be given the opportunity to complete this trek through the stars) and our rewatch continues as we rejoin our heroes in mid-cliffhanger, lost in the 19th century…[/Majel Barrett Computer Voice]
So – let’s see if I still remember how to do this. What began as a thrilling and nostalgic trip back into just how sharp Star Trek: The Next Generation actually was in its early years, has long since become a process of caretaking a descent into blandness that overcame not just Next Gen, but all of Star Trek following (approximately) the start of TNG’s fifth season.Read more
Well, I didn’t really; but I kind of did. At least, for about the last seven or ten years I’ve been kicking around an idea for a screenplay (the working title was Again, which would have been changed, All You Need Is Kill style, to Edge of Tomorrow) which was also based on a man in a recurring time loop. More importantly, it was based around the basic video game concept of iterative learning - each time through the loop, the man in question would get better at it, evolving towards superhumanity. By the final act he’d basically be at a Matrix / Inception level of prowess, and the action set piece (not killing a Brain Bug in my case, but shutting down the time loop itself) was really something. At least, in my head.Read more
In which all good X-Men go to X-Men Heaven, by way of LOST, Slaughterhouse-Five, Quantum Leap, Paradise Lost, His Dark Materials, and Wolvernie’s magnificent nude physique. Read more
In which I pause for a moment to consider time, destiny, masculinity, and really important kisses.
“It has occurred. It will occur.”
We’ve arrived at the point in modern Trek where a year-end cliffhanger episode is a given, rather than a storytelling flourish arrived at organically. “Time’s Arrow” should be perfectly wired for me – it’s Next Gen’s Back to the Future III episode – but like most of post-Season Four TNG, it’s lackluster and weak-willed, which I’ve described as “beige storytelling” over the course of this year. There’s less charisma and definition to the drama, and the beats play softly and without much impact. “Time’s Arrow” is perfectly serviceable as an idea for a story, but it’s not very exciting as an episode of a space adventure series.Read more
Today is the day that Marty McFly goes to the future!
Excellent Tumblog has had enough of your Marty McFly time circuit shenanigans, internet.
In which my hetero lifemate Matt Price guest stars on the Time Bandits Podcast and talks about the three underwater movies from 1989, and I am sooooo fucking jealous. BENEATH THE OCEAN LIES THE FUTURE
“ALL HANDS, ABANDON SHIP! REPEAT! ALL HANDS, ABAN—“
Here’s the episode of Star Trek that taught a generation about a key trope in time travel fiction: the recursive time loop. (Remember, this was a year before Groundhog Day.) For some reason, this seems like the episode of Next Gen that pretty much everyone, everywhere, has seen. I don’t know why. But if I ask the noobiest Star Trek noob who ever noobed about Star Trek: The Next Generation, he’ll probably pull out the one where the Enterprise blows up four times – possibly, in fact, because the Enterprise blows up four times. Once, even, before the credits!Read more
This BBC timeline of the far future (like, really, really far future) is fascinating.
First, we brought you a prediction of the forthcoming year. Then we brought you a timeline of the near future, revealing what could happen up to around 100 years time. But here’s our most ambitious set of predictions yet – from what could happen in one thousand years time to one hundred quintillion years (that’s 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 years). As the song says, there may be trouble ahead…