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Indoctrinating the Young [Aug. 11th, 2005|06:03 am]
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We showed Amy Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn last night. Let the record show that this was against her will and done under protest, because, "There wasn't any good Star Trek until Picard was captain!"

Ah, child. You come from a far too jaded generation. One that is unwilling to overlook any cheesiness in its special effects for the sake of plot. One that judges by flashiness.

But one that can still be undone by truly great plotting. I know, because a couple years ago I showed your sister the Superman movies. Erin raised an eyebrow at the bad glass work of Supe flying against a night sky, but was otherwise entranced.

Sure enough, the risk paid off. The movie holds up after all these years, and the discussion betwen Kirk and Saavik in the Genesis Cave of the Kobayashi Maru still elicits glee.

And when the ending came, she sat on the edge of the couch and protested with a plaintive voice. "But...he can't be dead!" With only the slightest knowledge of the characters, she was still completely hooked by the end of the movie.

By the actual end, she'd already figured out that Spock wasn't going to stay dead. And she wants to see III tonight.

One of us. Resistance was futile. She was assimilated.

[User Picture]From: crystalrowan
2005-08-11 10:55 am (UTC)
I just watched that the other day as well!

II is probably still my all-time favorite Star Trek movie. See, I never watched the newer generations of Star Trek that much and I grew up watching the reruns of the original show. They have a special place in my heart. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-08-11 11:14 am (UTC)
I watched TNG and enjoyed that, but none of the others caught my interest. Watching Kahn made me REALLY want to purchase the TV series.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-08-11 11:23 am (UTC)
Can I be extra-geeky and note that you're mixing series here? *g*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-08-11 11:27 am (UTC)
Yup. It was intentional.
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[User Picture]From: ladyoflight2004
2005-08-11 11:56 am (UTC)
An excellent conversion. Well done! :)

I love the original series, it's my all time favourite. It took me a long time to accept Next Gen but I did finally get into and enjoy it. But nothing, nothing beats Classic ST.
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2005-08-11 12:23 pm (UTC)
My 12 year old daughter was converted to the scifi side last year. I think that she looks forward to scifi Friday as much as we do. Now to work on the 7 year old. :)
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[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2005-08-11 12:33 pm (UTC)
Well done, thou good and faithful servant.

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From: crystalsage
2005-08-11 12:40 pm (UTC)
II and IV are IMHO the best of hte OLD star trek movies, with VI being a close 3rd. You can take 1 and 5 and flush them..they're useless.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-08-11 01:05 pm (UTC)
'Xacly. Three's pretty bad, but I still like it for its better moments. 5 is a disaster.
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[User Picture]From: aehallh
2005-08-11 12:45 pm (UTC)
The Wrath of Kahn owns all. XD
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[User Picture]From: geekjul
2005-08-11 01:21 pm (UTC)
So what did she think of Montelban's plastic chest?
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[User Picture]From: corwinok
2005-08-11 01:26 pm (UTC)
It wasn't plastic, it was Corinthian Leather :)
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[User Picture]From: unixwiz
2005-08-11 01:38 pm (UTC)
Classic Trek all the way! :)
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[User Picture]From: weirman
2005-08-11 01:48 pm (UTC)
Too bad that III isn't exactly the best follow up. But still, I bet she'd really enjoy IV too. People always like the whales. :)

I wish there had been more Star Trek movies as well crafted as Wrath of Khan. I still love to watch it myself. I'm going to have to get it on DVD someday.
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[User Picture]From: bunnykissd
2005-08-11 02:06 pm (UTC)
*evil grin*
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[User Picture]From: draxar
2005-08-11 05:42 pm (UTC)
Despite the fact that I've only ever watched it once, me and one my housemates have started responding to any given annoying situation by raising our hand to the sky and screaming "Kaaaaaaaahhhhnnn!!"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-08-11 06:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's in regular use around here, too.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-08-12 08:06 am (UTC)

and she'll thank you for star trek ii BUT...

...she is going to watch III now, like you said, and i think we all know that's just not going to turn out well for anyone involved. :)

-- h in c.heights

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-08-12 10:41 am (UTC)

Re: and she'll thank you for star trek ii BUT...

Yeah, but you have to get through it to get to IV. Which we did. She didn't hate it, but there definitely wasn't the same level of rapt attention.
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[User Picture]From: batshua
2005-08-14 11:10 pm (UTC)
So, based on the fact that Spock didn't stay dead, can I assume that Data won't stay dead, either?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-08-14 11:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, please. He was already not dead by the end of the movie - his prototype just needed tweaking. That disgusted me.
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[User Picture]From: amberite
2005-09-16 01:09 pm (UTC)

God! I remember the day that I, six-or-seven-year-old avowed Trek-disdainer, was shown the same movie by an older brother. With much the same reaction. "But it's SPOCK! He's . . . really dead? *sadface*"
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