Star Trek and Wolverine: Origins

Let’s start with Star Trek. Honestly, I haven’t been a fan of the Star Trek franchise since I was in high school. The constant utopianism is grating, and since Scientology (in The Undiscovered Country) and Communism (in First Contact) were officially adopted into the Utopia of the Federation, well… I just threw up a little bit in my mouth. Nor, in fact, am I a huge fan of J.J. Abrams. So, I went into this movie with fairly low expectations.
And wound up enjoying it. There are weaknesses–the Vulcan dialogue was obviously written by someone trying to write dialogue above his own IQ level by simply using a thesaurus on every other word (never a good idea), and the actor playing Spock couldn’t pull of Spock with Spock there to coach him. Plus, Abrams does a really hoaky homage to his own work with the “red matter.” Those things being said, I really liked the direction that the series went: there were homages to Star Trek as well (don’t be the guy in the red suit… and don’t let Kirk near a green woman), there are alien monsters that really LOOK like alien monsters, and some other things that there are more qualified Trekophiles than myself to comment on. Personally, I hope to see this cast grow into its own through several more movies.

Now, for Wolverine. I called this one as soon as the first trailer came out, and no one believed me. An entire movie with the U. S. Army as the bad guy, doing NOTHING EXCEPT kidnapping, torturing and murdering civilians. Everyone involved should be ashamed of themselves. Don’t watch it, don’t take your kids to it.
The only worthwhile thing about this movie, for me, is the opportunity for movie reviewers like Roger Ebert to show what true morons they are. All of these psuedo-intellectual critics like to pick apart superhero movies–as if they are somehow “beneath” any other form of cinematic drivel–so they harp on the fact that the movie begins in “Northwest Territories, Canada, 1845.” It didn’t exist, and I’m fairly certain that only one film critic actually knew that. The rest are just parroting it so as not to look less intelligent than all of their colleagues. None of them, however–NOT ONE–noticed that the U. S. Army was using M-4 carbines in Viet Nam. But then, what do you expect from a group of people who thought that “Rendition” was a really intelligent movie, and it just didn’t do well because the “common folk” weren’t ready for it?

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I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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