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Wiseguy 1/7/2013 4:59:47 AM

The Mist is so good. I'd venture to say that I liked it better than the book and that's a rarity. If there's a message folk should take from this is to never loose hope

Niners? They sealed their fate when they benched Smith. Playoff time is when it'll become obvious

fenngibbon 1/7/2013 5:40:30 AM

 "Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Nemesis (Syfy, 6:30 PM EST and 9:00 PM EST)
Syfy ends the week with the yin and yang of TNG movies."


I'd have to say Star Trek:  Insurrection is the yang.


And First Contact is an interesting film for reasons that most people don't seem to notice.  It fundamentally changed the nature of the Borg from an absolute communist society where every individual had no existence than as a part of a greater whole into a fascist society where the entire Collective exists to embody the will of one leader.  And in making this change, I think it illustrates something fundamental about human nature, namely, that we are so wired to think about social arrangements in which there are leaders that even those whose job is to think about imaginary worlds and societies have a hard time breaking out of that conceptual box.  

karas1 1/7/2013 5:49:26 AM

I read The Mist in college and had nightmares for 3 nights running.  I've been scared to see the movie.  Is that silly or what?

goldeneyez 1/7/2013 6:03:35 AM

fenngibbon, I thought a lot of Trekkies had issues with the idea of the Borg Queen.  At least I did.  It kind of made the idea of Locutus Borg unnecessary.  I think it had more to do with people wanting to up the ante in the film format and thought the idea of a Borg Queen would do that as opposed to human nature in the respect you relate it too.  If there's a human nature component, I think it's that "suits" don't necessarily get certain things about science fiction and would rather pander to a wider audience by dumbing things down.  Anyway, just my .02 cents.

jackwagon 1/7/2013 6:09:11 AM

 Does the SyFy Channel seem to think the only kinds of "original" production movies worth airing are disaster, zombie, and monster flicks?  Aside from airing big movies like the Star Trek films and other classics, that is.

Wiseguy 1/7/2013 6:20:04 AM

That new syfy series Defiance looks promising

karas you need to challenge yourself to overcome that fear

Walker 1/7/2013 7:26:23 AM


I think you are overthinking the symbloism of First Contact. The problem was that the writers needed to introduce a single point of failure to make the Borg beatable. The fully distributed Borg could only be beaten by a complete take down of the whole system at once. And the hokey deus ex machina of Best of Both Worlds (A feedback loop? Really?) could only work so many times.

The Borg were a victim of their own success. They should never have been made a reoccurring enemy. It was a demotion.

isgrimner 1/7/2013 10:34:59 AM

Doubt I'll be watching much TV this week.  Will be busy reading A Memory of Light (last book of WOT) which comes out tomorrow.     Started the series Christmas day of 1990, so it will be strange to finish it.

violator14 1/7/2013 11:22:37 AM

 Does anybody else watch the new TMNT series on Nick? That show rocks!!

fenngibbon 1/7/2013 2:58:23 PM


I agree that the Borg Queen makes the whole Locutus plotline unnecessary.  



That kind of makes my point:  the writers couldn't figure how to do the story without a single villain to focus on.  It's a failure of imagination rooted in the fact that we're just not designed to think in terms of that sort of collective decision making system. 

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