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  • Birthday 11/16/1964

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    Future site of Babylon-6
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    My interests are wide and varied: Buddhism, Taoism, Philosophy, History, Politics, Film, Erotica, and of course science fiction, especially Star Trek, Babylon-5, LEXX, The Prisoner, Outer Limits, Blake's 7, and the new Battlestar Galactica.

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  1. happy birthday validus! :D

  2. Not the Klingons or any of the old villains we've seen dozens of times over the years. I don't care about two dimensional "heroes" and "villains". Here's an about actual well written three dimensional characters that help drive a compelling plot!!! That's something you just don't see anymore now, is it?
  3. I'm probably alone in this but I've always enjoyed Star Trek: The Motion Picture the best. I was especially pleased with the DVD director's cut. Robert Wise (who also directed "The Day the Earth Stood Still") made a mark not just on Star Trek but on Sci-Fi as a whole with this stunningly transcendental film.
  4. Well.... They have taken Bond after he got stale and revamped him half a dozen times. If they can keep Bond fresh (and Superman and Batman) one hopes they can do the same for the Enterprise.
  5. I admire your optimism but your optimism is unfortunately unfounded. Out of the last four Star Trek films only one was good (First Contact) and the other three were all nothing more then varying shades of bad to worse. Out of all ten Star Trek films you really only have two that are great*, two that are merely good** and the rest are damn near awful. Nemesis? Gag! Insurrection? Insurmountable is more like it! Generations? Kirk's death was lame and the dialog was painful. *Star Trek: TMP (Director's cut) and STII:TWOK (Director's cut). **Star Trek IV:TVH and ST VI:TUC
  6. What a compliment. I wish I was....but alas no.... I know that Starbuck being a Cylon isn't as yet proven, but c'mon...she blew up and then came back. The only way that she could be back is if she died/downloaded/and returned. Therefore-a Cylon.
  7. I can only see one way that they could make a Star Trek film worth watching. You need to have a war that destroys two thirds of the Federation and half the Klingon/Romulan Empires. Then fast forward about a century after things have been rebuilt and make that your starting point. Franchise muss, no fuss. -and have a writer who knows what he's doing come up with a script that's actually worth shooting. I say give Star Trek to J. Michael Straczynski...the man who created and wrote Babylon-5. Any other idea is probably a distant second. Your thoughts?
  8. Speculation: From the beginning we were told that there are 12 models of Cylon. Until yesterday we had seen 7 of those models. Starbuck plus the 4 that were revealed makes 12. I'm wondering if perhaps in the distant past the cylons took a vote as to what should be done with the human race. I'm guessing that they voted by model 7-5 to wipe us out. I'm also guessing that the Cylon fleet that is currently on top of the Galactica consists of the other 5 "models" and are, for lack of a better term, the "good" Cylons. Galactica could well find itself in the middle of a Cylon civil war with the winners determining the fate of humanity (kinda like the Shias vs. the Sunnis). Anyway we'll see.
  9. Don't miss tonight...the Season 3 Finale!!!! Will Baltar be executed? Will Lee ever rebuild his relationship with his near facist Father? Is Starbuck dead or alive? -Hmmm...
  10. I don't think that Starbuck is really dead...if she was then her death would have been utterly dumb. I'm currently more interested in the fate of Balter and Lee defending him in the trial. If they execute Baltar, I'm wondering if it'll get botched like when they hung Saddam. Lee's relationship with his Father and his wife is now in the can- perhaps for good...and the cylons are still closing in inch-by-inch.
  11. Well, I'm really not surprised that you'd like a film with a bare-chested Mark Singer running around. :P
  12. What are you talking about? Captain America is currently the star of Cival War as well as being featured in The Avengers and The Ultimates pretty much every month. He was even the main character in the recent film "Ultimate Avengers: The Movie" and it's sequal. What rock are you living under, Kor? :P
  13. Alright- I just saw 300, and here is what I thought... First of all it is a very enjoyable film, and there is much here to praise. Visually it is indeed a feast for the eyes. However, there are a few points I must touch upon that would've enabled me to enjoy the film more had they been addressed in the pre-production process. I found the use of narration in the film rather annoying. Narration is fine if it is used to make the audience privy to information that it might otherwise not have...but in 300 this is never the case. Too often the narrator tells us things either we've just see...are just seeing...or will have seen in 3-6 seconds. If all the narration were stripped from this film we would then be left with the narrative which would have been more then enough. We, the audience, are asked to sympathize with the Spartans who we are told are fighting for a noble preserve their culture and lands. The problem is that the culture of the Spartans is so brutally inhuman that one cannot really mourn for its eventual loss many centuries later. The Spartans treated children worse then the average Jerry Springer guest, and their fanaticism is no different from the fanaticism of the Persians. King Leonidas is certainly an able soldier, which is just a subtle way of saying that he is better at killing his enemies then his enemies are at killing him...but he is no Henry the 5th. He does not value freedom as the film suggests...he's a King and no one voted for him. The ancients did not value personnal freedom the way we do now since the rise of the Enlightenment. They valued loyalty and bravery, and this the Spartans certainly had in spades...but it is difficult for us moderns to look at them as being any different then the Japanese who crashed their fighters into our ships and are even to this day ridiculed for their mindlessness. "300" isn't really about ideals, but about how men can fight bravely in the face of impossible odds. It is a strange obsession in warlike cultures that we often seem more impressed with great failures then great successes. Americans love to romanticise Pearl Harbor and the British never tire of writing about the Charge of the light brigade and both were miserable failures that resulted in much pointless loss of life. Watching 300 made me wonder if to a certain extent the Iraqis see us as we the audience see the Persians...a vast unthinking throng with endless numbers and endless hubris. It is noble to die for a good cause, but I feel in my heart that it is above all better to live for a good cause.
  14. I keep thinking that Baltar's trial has certain parallels with the recent trial of Saddam Hussein. True, Baltar isn't the same as Saddam but still...there will be controversy about how Baltar's trial is conducted both within the show and with the fans- -it should be interesting. I was also facinated recently by the revelations regarding Kara's (Starbuck's) relationship with her mother and how that shaped her character. I can relate- my mother treated me pretty badly too.
  15. I'm thinking that 300 will probably be the best historical epic since Ridley Scott's masterpiece, Kingdom of Heaven. I'd recommend to anyone who saw "Kingdom" and didn't like it to check out the special extended version which adds about an hour and makes for a much fuller viewing experience. 300 versus 1,000,000? Kirk would've liked those odds. :P