Monday, May 18, 2009

Movie Review: Star Trek (with Trekker commentary)

I finally saw the new Trek film with my wife yesterday, and like the Klingon warbirds in the Kobayashi Maru, I was totally blown away! It may very well be, in my opinion, the best Trek film in a long time.

You see, dear reader, I am a Trekker. Not to be confused with "Trekkie," which is used to describe weird Trekkers. I literally cannot remember a time when Star Trek was not a part of my life. I have been watching the series since I was 5 years old. I have chronologically packaged my life around Star Trek. For Example, when Star Trek IV came out, I was a senior in high school. My son was born just before Star Trek: Generations. And so on and so forth. See? Trekker.

To my embarrassment, I have never attended a Star Trek Convention. Perhaps someday I will.

Now that I have established my credibility as a Star Trek authority, allow me a few moments of commentary.

For several years now, I have been very concerned for the Star Trek franchise. When Star Trek: TNG ended, I had high hopes that their feature films may jump start the troubled franchise. After several disappointing TNG films, it seemed that Star Trek was going to phase out. The original series cast are, well, old. McCoy and Scotty are deceased, and there was very little hope for another feature film. Enter Star Trek: Enterprise.

Exit Star Trek: Enterprise. What a joke. I will refrain from further comment.

When rumors of a new Trek film abounded sporting a brand new cast, I had my doubts. Then when I saw the TV ad which began with, "This is not your father's Star Trek," I staring losing hope for the franchise. Like the faithful Trekker I am, I gave it a shot.

The rest is history. The film did everything right for me. The new cast is brilliant. It pleases me to report that the Star Trek franchise is alive again, and it will go on. I wonder if Gene Roddenberry ever thought his idea of a better universe would have the impact it has had. Like The Dark Knight has re-energized Batman, Star Trek is once again poised for another series of great films.

My name is Todd, and I am a Trekker.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Stuff

Much has been going on of late. We are moving into a new home on June 1. We will be living literally up the road and around the corner from where we are now. Our current address is 139, and we will be moving to 330. We looked in Irmo, Columbia, and Lexington, but this one sort of dropped in our laps. 4BR, 2.5 bath, his and her sinks in the Master Bath, large fenced in yard, more than double our current square footage, a huge deck, and a nice 2 story barn in the back. The second floor of the barn will become a Fun Room at some point. You'll be invited, I promise!

About a month ago I had my truck serviced and it has been great. Until Monday, that is. The serpentine belt decided to come off while I was braving the commute home. I managed to get the truck home, and I will probably be able to replace the belt on Saturday, weather permitting. For now, the wife unit is driving me to and from work. She's such a trooper.

Speaking of work, I had another terrific month in April. May is starting off kind of slow, but I am confident it will pick up once school is out.

School is out??? Is it that time again already?? I think all the kids need to get jobs. A least the cats should help out with the household chores. Congrats to my daughter Jenna for being awarded SC Junior Scholar and Spanish Excellence Awards. I am proud of all of my children. They should all get awards! Awards or not, I have always believed that the accomplishment of a thing is it's own reward.

Today is Wednesday, and I am sleepy. Kids all come home tonight and remain for the weekend. Don't forget Mom on Mother's Day!