Star Trek Beyond

August 5, 2016

[NOTE: This episode was kindly edited for me by community member Jesse Ferguson due to the condition of my right arm which has left me unable to carry out lengthy creative work. All I did was add music.]

We are back to talk about the latest Trek movie, one which is being hailed as the best for many years by some and "Still not good enough" by others.

We start off with the question "Why do people hate J.J. Abrams?" because I think it's worth discussing before we get into the first of the alternate universe movies not directed by him.

After that we look at many aspects of this confidently delivered classic spacefaring adventure, rounding off by ranking the thirteen Trek movies.

Rejoining Sharon and I are Brenden Agnew and Kaoru Negisa, and they are joined by newcomer to the show Eric Jones.


Star Trek Into Darkness

July 29, 2016

This second foray into New Star Trek is hard to get a balanced view on. Those who liked the 2009 reboot found a movie of similar energy and vibrancy but with more flaws, those who hated the new continuity had more of the same to rage about, especially as it turned out to be a not-so-secret remake of Wrath of Khan. Into Darkness reviewed well with an 86% freshness rating but when people talk about it, usually it's in a negative context. 

Alex starts off with a monologue that compares the strengths of both new and old films. This is followed by some lengthy discussion on where they went wrong from everybody else. 

Once again we are joined by Brendan Agnew, Kaoru Negisa, Joe Simpson and Aaron Lacluyze. 

Next week we're going Star Trek Beyond!


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

July 15, 2016

[SOM #162]

This show originally started out as a round-table covering both Wrath of Khan and Into Darkness, but it spun out into three hours of really enthusiastic and information-packed material, none of which I really wanted to trim away so I've divided it into two shows.
This first one covers the 1982 classic and probably most widely loved of the original six Star Trek movies (maybe the first ten... maybe the first thirteen!) 

With Leonard Nimoy no longer with us, composer James Horner no longer with us, not to mention DeForest Kelley, James Doohan and who knows who else will follow as 2016 continues its scything away of our heroes, this is a bittersweet experience to watch now.

Luckily Sharon and I along with...

Brendan Agnew of the Day One podcast
Kaoru Negisa of Sequentially Yours on YouTube
Joe Spencer of the Anfield Index Movie Night podcast
and Aaron LaCluyze of the Random Discard podcast

Are here to guide you through the maelstrom. 

Next week Ghostbusters (2016) then Into Darkness, then Beyond.

Star Trek

July 4, 2016

[SOM #64]

This is principally a review of the 2009 film directed by J.J. Abrams. Now every podcast I have listened to covering this movie is largely negative, so if you want to hear something along those lines you have an ocean of choice available to you. My crew and I however, love the film for a multitude of reasons of which we will go into in great detail, not forgetting of course to point out the bits that don’t make sense. So if that’s something you’d like to hear then you came to the right place.

There is a brief history of Star Trek at the beginning and an extended essay running throughout. i'm actually surprised at the depths we ended up reaching, having never been a fan before this film.

With me are Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse, Sharon Shaw of Do try This at Home, Jerome McIntosh of  Gonzo Planet and for the first time in well over a year Mr Michael Fox of The Little Metal Do Show, Joypod and Sprocket Games.