Tag: Star Trek


Driving home from work last night, I decided to blindly choose an old play list on Spotify to play on the way home.
My usual ‘go to’ playlist is my Hozier playlist as he is so chilling and soothing to listen to that it really helps me to relax, particularly if it has been a particularly busy day, on my feet for 12 and half hours.

Anyway, the playlist I landed on was my ‘Movie Music’ playlist.
I think I have mentioned in the past that I’m not opposed to a little classical music occasionally, and movie soundtracks are what I consider to be ‘modern’ classical music.

The last 5 years have seen me falling into the abyss known as ‘Star Wars’ fandom. I have been a fan my entire life, but with the resurgence of interest with the final Skywalker trilogy, I dived right in!

Of course, it just so happens that the greatest modern composer of our times, John Williams, composed the iconic music for all 9 films in the Skywalker saga. I have written about him and his incredible body of work before, and that can be read HERE.

So, getting back to my drive home last night, I randomly selected the playlist and then just hit shuffle play and this is what graced my ears.

Ah yes!! James Horner, another incredible modern composer and responsible for the stunning music in Star Trek the Wrath of Khan.

Yes, I am also a Trekker! Imagine that!
In fact, without Star Trek, I would never have met my husband, would never have had all the fun of the old fan run conventions and would probably not have my kids. It’s just taken a bit of a back seat in the last 5 years.

As I sit here writing this, I am also watching ‘The Wrath of Khan’.
From a Trekkers point of view, I think this film has to be a fan favourite and the music has a lot to do with it’s popularity.
The battle in the Mutara Nebula is just incredible.

So, now that all the Star Wars hype from the last 5 years has died down a little, there is now a little more balance between my interests.
I am still mega hyped to get the Rise of Skywalker on Bluray next month but… we are now back to TV shows and re-watching movies.

Both Star Wars and Star Trek have new TV shows with ‘Picard’ and ‘The Mandalorian’ and I have to say that , so far, both of these shows have been amazing!!

However, I am REALLY going to miss the build up to any new Skywalker movie every two years.
I am eager to see what their next trilogy will be about, but, without the Skywalkers, I don’t think it will ever be the same……. that said… if we see more Imperial action and uniforms and Star Destroyers, I may quickly change my mind!


So this evening my youngest daughter says to me…

“Have you got any ideas for my child development homework? I have to come up with an idea for a kids book. It only has to be the opening pages”

She reminded me of a project I did at college, waaaaay back when…..
So we went to dig out my old college folders and I showed her the start of a story I had created and then I carried on flipping through all my old illustrations and sketches and then some of my first ever ‘fan’ driven artwork appeared.

These pieces are around 30 years old.
They were created when I came out of the sci-fi closet and joined a club.
They are pencil work and created before I’d ever even touched a computer!!

Sorry about the quality.
They are A2 in size and won’t fit onto my scanner.

I really don’t think I’d have the patience to do something like this again.
It’s probably been a good 20 – 25 years since I’ve even picked up a pencil in anger!
Not that I haven’t given it a go. I just don’t have the time or the patience to sit for hours on end until a piece is complete.




Back to reality tomorrow with a bang.
After 18 days off it’s back to work but I’ve just had a look at my rota for the next two weeks and only just realised I’m going to be doing 7 x 12.5 hour shifts in the next 9 days!! 87.5 hours total and virtually all of it on my feet.
On the up side, I get 6 days off at the end of it….. if I survive.

There’s no more alcohol in the house and won’t be for a while.
I had my last milky coffee this morning. I’m going cold turkey tomorrow so watch out!!
I will be denying myself savoury snacks and going healthy.
When I’m not doing rediculous hours at work I will be starting my walking again.
My aim is to lose 2 – 3 stone (28 – 42 pounds) by Xmas.

I know that sounds like a lot but the last time I did this I managed to lose 3 stone in 3 months. So doing the same over the next 4 months is doable.
I’ve just got to stay focussed and not give in this time.
I want to be able to wear a nice dress to my brother’s wedding in August next year and I am seriously considering getting a cosplay costume tailored for me but I need to be a little slimmer first.

It’s going to be a bit of a wrench over the next week not being able to spend as much time on my PC.
I’m going to miss Tumblr and I’m really going to miss AO3. I just won’t have time to read a lot of fan-fiction for a while. I’ll just keep my eyes open for any updates on the pieces I’ve already started and that will be it.

I’ve watched 16 films over the last couple of weeks.
I actually only got to the cinema 4 times which is a little disappointing.

We saw ‘Star Trek Beyond’ which was good. I don’t think It quite had the flair of ‘Into Darkness’ but I still enjoyed it and the Spock/McCoy interaction was brilliant!

Star Trek beyond

We saw ‘Jason Bourne’ which was also good but that’s just it, it was your typical Jason Bourne outing and nothing special.

jason bourne

Then we saw ‘Suicide Squad’ twice!
We went to a 2d midnight showing on 4th August and then we went to an IMAX presentation on our anniversary on the 6th August.
I loved it. My Husband loved it. The kids loved it but apparantly the critics hate it!

Harley Quinn 2

Other films I watched via Bluray or streaming services like Netflix and Prime included…..

‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. This was a must watch after I took two of my girls to see the stage show early in my annual leave.

Rocky Horror 4

‘True Grit’. The 2010 re-make with Jeff Bridges.
It’s good but doesn’t quite get the feel of the original. My hidden agenda for watching it was an early performance by Domhnall Gleeson who played ‘Moon (The Kid)’. Scared whitless and panicking. Something Domhnall does very well.

true grit

‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’.
A film I’ve been meaning to watch for a while and just a little disturbing.
Starring Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller.

We need to talk about Kevin

IMDB states ‘Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined’

Kevin is the personification of evil literally from birth but he’s only like it around his mother and no-one else believes her. Very creepy.

and then ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’. Just because……

Star Trek Into Darkness International Trailer

‘Batman v Superman’. Released onto Bluray it would’ve been rude not to.

batman v superman

‘Non-Stop’ because I wanted to snuggle and watch something with the husband so I picked something a bit manly and not containing any of my current obsessions. Then the hubby fell asleep and left me to it anyway. Sod!


‘The Revenant’. Sod Leonardo DiCaprio, I watch this for Captain Henry played by Domhnall Gleeson!

revenant 3

‘Midnight Special’!!! Yay. Finally out on Bluray and the ONLY Adam Driver film I’ve watched in weeks (shock horror!!)

midnight special

‘Eddie the Eagle’ also just released onto DVD and one of the best films of the year so far.

Eddie the Eagle

An then there are 4 films I watched because of another current obsession.
My fan-fiction. Both reading and writing has got me a little hooked on gay male relationships.
I started with going back to a film I haven’t watched in years, ‘Brokeback Mountain’
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. What more needs to be said?


Then I discovered a wonderful film called ‘A Single Man’
As I said in a previous post (HERE)

A Single Man 1

Starring Colin Firth, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult and Julianne Moore, it tells the story of an English Professor (Firth) in the 1960’s. One year after the sudden death of his boyfriend of 16 years (Goode)
It is set during one single day as he is obviously preparing himself for suicide as he struggles to cope and the events throughout the day that bring memories and realisations to the ultimate and achingly heartbreaking conclusion.
It’s a beautiful film.

Then I watched a film on Netflix called ‘Holding the Man’
IMDB states ‘Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys’ high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it – the separations, the discriminations, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses – until the only problem that love can’t solve, tried to destroy them.
Based on Timothy Conigrave’s cult-classic and hilarious memoir, and the inspiration for the award winning stage play, HOLDING THE MAN is the remarkable true-life love story that speaks across generations, sexualities and cultures’.

holding the Man

I ended up LOVING this film.
My only issue was that the 30 something year old actors playing John and Tim, also played John and Tim as high school students and that looked and felt a little strange but once you get past that, this story is amazing and had me blubbering at the end.

And then I found ‘4th Man Out’ on Netflix.

4th man out

About Adam, a car mechanic in a small, working class town who comes out of the closet to his unsuspecting, blue-collar best friends. The results are touching, hilarious and endearing and I’ve watched it twice already! It’s just a lovely gentle comedy.

On top of all those films I’ve also managed to write 2 pieces of fan fiction.
The pair of them totalling around 9000 words.
I’ve really surprised myself at how much I’ve been enjoying the writing.

Apart from the usual housework and gardening in between all that, that’s it!!
Today I have to do a tidy and clean from top to bottom this afternoon and then I think I will have an early night to try and charge my batteries for the next 9 days slog.
You never know, I may get to squeeze in another film.



So what’s been happening over the last week?

Aside from relaxing, nothing much!!

We went to see Star Trek Beyond last weekend and it was AMAZING!!
I wouldn’t have expected anything less. I think another showing during this annual leave is a must.
I loved the fact that Sabotage by the Beastie Boys is used in one of the key scenes!
Not just as music for the scene but as a track that is specifically picked  by the team to achieve a certain objective!! Classic!

I managed to get out into the back garden before the weather got a little too wet. I can now sit in it and not fret about it.
It’s never going to be great. I simply don’t have the time to look after it enough but at least it’s now tidy again.
I now have to tackle the 10 foot hedge in the front garden when the weather dries up!

Anyway, with the rain over the last few days, it gave me a great excuse to sit at my computer and chill a little.
I’ve been getting into a series on Netflix called Bloodline. Here’s a first. I got into this because of an actor in a film I haven’t even seen yet!!
Ben Mendelsohn, who happens to be this cool looking dude in Rogue One this Xmas.

Krennic 2

Bloodline is a steady paced show with a big dark secret that I’m desperate to find out about!!

All this time on my hands gave me a great excuse to write another fic!!
My husband came up with a bit of an idea and I ran with it.
Angel on my Shoulder.
3 chapters this time.
Another Kylux fic but no smut this time. Just lots of fluff and angst and mutual worry and a decidedly big decision to make on Kylo’s part.
I loved writing it.
If you’re interested you can read it HERE.

Tonight I may curl up with a book. A real book.
Star Wars: Aftermath, Life Debt.
Set immediately after Return of the Jedi.
Interesting start. I want to see where it goes.

What have I still to look forward to?
Batman vs Superman on Bluray on Monday
Suicide Squad – midnight showing on Thursday
Anniversary – 22 years on Saturday
Midnight Special – Bluray on  the 8th – ADAM DRIVER!!!
Tons more time on the PC chilling. Might just have time for another fic if I can come up with another story idea.

OK, time to get back to this bottle of wine and some more Bloodline.


So, Star Wars Celebration was a huge success, surprise, surprise.
I enjoyed what I could live streaming.
I loved the Rogue One Panel and the appearance of Director Krennic.

Krennic 4

Yes, the bad boy is definately making an impact again!! Forget the rebels, I’m definateley @TeamEmpire!!!  Roll on December!

Anyway, aside from the first look at the glorious new poster for Rogue One and the 3 minute sizzle reel, we did not get the new trailer we were hoping for which is a little dissapointing.

We also didn’t get much in the way of news about Episode VIII, aside from Rian Johnson confirming that Ep VIII carries on directly from where Force Awakens ends, we didn’t even get an official title!!
What that does confirm though is that they are breaking with tradition by directly continuing a story and it also means that the wounds Kylo suffered at the end of Force Awakens are still going to be pretty raw!

My chest infection seems to have eased off quite a bit today. I actually feel a lot better than I thought I would after yesterday.
Hopefully on the mend so I won’t be coughing a lung up during Star Trek Beyond next weekend!!

I have just comitted a cardinal sin. I’ve mentioned Star Trek in the same blog as I’ve mentioned Star Wars!!  Oooops!


I woke up this morning to the start of my second week of annual leave.
I had a good tidy up and then relaxed a bit before the local paper’s photographer came over.
They turned up early!! just as I was getting changed and didn’t have time for any makeup and I’m pretty sure my curls were wild.

Will our photo make it to the local rag on Thursday?
Who knows, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Anyway, after that I had all good intentions of getting cracking with some ironing but after a trip to Mum’s to check on the fish I just couldn’t get going in that department and we ended up watching ‘This Means War’ with Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon.
That film just tickles me silly. I find myself chuckling all the way through and the three alternate endings just has me in hysterics!

Anyway, after that Ian was home and it was time for dinner.
While I did that I watched ‘Lola Versus’ with Greta Gerwig and Joel Kinnaman.
I don’t know why I torture myself with this movie.
It has it’s funny moments and of course it has Joel Kinnaman but Lola just drives me to distraction.
This is a woman who is reaching 30 but has done nothing with her life.
She even manages to scare Luke (Joel Kinnaman) away and make mistake after mistake before becoming happy with herself and then…….
Then she makes the biggest mistake of her life by rejecting Luke when he realises what a mistake he’s made by letting her go.
6 foot 4 of absolute cuteness and puppy dog eyes incarnate wants you to be his for life and you say……
‘I just need to do me for a while’.


Anyway, time for some Star Trek…. Re-boot style.


Oh dear!!

I have known for some time now that I am classed as a ‘Fangirl’
I’m not ashamed to admit it either!

The Urban Dictionary definition of a Fangirl is as follows….

A rabid breed of human female who is obesessed with either a fictional character or an actor.
Fangirls congregate at anime conventions and livejournal.
Have been known to glomp, grope, and tackle when encountering said obesessions.Well if the anime conventions are replace with multi media conventions and Livejournal is replaced with WordPress and Tumblr then that definition is spot on!
I love the use of the word ‘rabid’.
My husband has stated that we are never visiting New Zealand because I would be arrested for stalking Karl Urban!
Anyway, I suppose I have always been a Fangirl to some degree.
Starting with The Bay City Rollers in the 70’s and then Adam and the Ants and Duran Duran back in the 80’s.
All through those years however, movies played a bigger part in my life.
I lived and breathed movies.
I was the person everyone came to for answers to movie questions.
I would drag my poor old Dad out to a movie he really didn’t want to see because my friends wouldn’t go.
I even made a deal with a friend to go to a George Michael concert if she came to see Robocop with me.
I definately got the better end of the deal. George was amazing!

As I got older my tastes matured but my Fangirling was always on the back burner.
That is until the early 1990’s when my inner Geek found it’s ‘out’ in the form of Star Trek.
This was a show I had always loved and watched…. on my own.
None of my friends and family were ever into it, but as I was now earning money and it was the 25th anniversary, I decided to join a club of like minded people and go to my first convention.
This is how I met my husband and we spent the best part of 10 years going to conventions and multi media events until it was just too much with family commitments.

Now that my kids are of an age where they can be left on their own for a few hours we have decided to regain some of our shared interests.
I suppose it really started for me back on September 21st 2012.
My Fangirling really stepped up a gear when I became completely besotted with Karl Urban.
It is actually quite frightening how something so simple can completely take over your life.

For the last year and a half Karl has been my everything when it came to movies and recently TV too!!
However, he doesn’t really have anything new for me to see until ‘hopefully’ the end of August if ‘The Loft’ finally gets the release we’ve all been waiting for.
So there’s been a bit of a lull in what’s been available for Fangirling.
Just enough time for another suiter to weazle his way into my heart.

February 7th was the date to be exact.
The arrival of Robocop and subsequently Joel Kinnaman.
I can’t explain what it is that attracts me really. He’s not your usual kind of handsome.
He has a wonderful smile but trying to find a phot of him really smiling is not easy. He likes to smoulder more than smile.
I immediately started working my way through ‘The Killing’ on Netflix, the only other thing to date that I’ve seen him in.
He has a vulnerability to his acting. He doesn’t have to speak to show his anquish, you see it in his eyes and written all over his face.
The fact that he is just over 6’2″ and ‘built’ doesn’t hurt either. (6’7″ in his Robocop suit!)


He is simply amazing looking…. and as Stephen Holder (The Killing) would say ‘Oh Snap!!’

But I have a problem.
Joel Kinnaman started his acting career in Sweden.
So the bulk of his early work to date is in Swedish and totally unavailable on DVD with English subtitles.
A Fangirls nightmare!

Doesn’t mean that there’s absolutely nothing however.
I am taking a chance on ‘Easy Money’, a Swedish film with English subs that looks really good and should be arriving on my doorstep by Weds.
If it’s any good and I can deal with the subs, Easy Money 2 is out on DVD in april.
I have literally just found ‘Lola Versus’ which is thankfully an English speaking film and that should also been on my doorstep before Weds.
It’s a comedy and after the depressing seriousness of ‘The Killing’ and the mentally traumatic Robocop, it’s going to be great to see him in a comedy.
I’m going to have a great day off on Weds!


I should be worried.
Apparantly I have an obsessive nature that could lead to hoarding in later life!!

Yeah right.

I tend to latch onto things like films or TV shows and that leads onto latching onto people.
Collecting information, photos, films and TV shows are all part of the symptoms apparantly.

I have always categorised my obsessions as ‘hobbies’
Things like Star Trek, Highlander, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Stargate.
All of these shows have been a big part of my life.
I wouldn’t have met my husband without Star Trek.
We wouldn’t have spent the first 10 years of our relationship enjoying conventions without all four of these shows in particular.
Movies and TV shows were ‘our thing’.

We lost a lot of that when the kids came along.
We had to enjoy them in totally different ways.
Now that the kids are old enough to spend a little time at home alone, we’re taking it back.
It’s time to start thinking about us again.
Movies and TV shows are going to be ‘our thing’ for a long time to come.

Is it any wonder then, that I latch onto things occasionally.
I suppose my biggest obsession in recent years has got to be Karl Urban!
With the exception of a couple of hilarious New Zealand films, I have most of his movies on DVD and Bluray.
I have a collection of 800 photos… now that ‘is’ obsession.
He has remained my biggest obsession to date and I can’t wait to see what he does next.
It doesn’t hurt that he’s one of the biggest geeks out there himself and takes on film roles in the kind of movies I just love.

However, in the last couple of weeks a new obsession is rearing it’s ugly little head.
An obsession in the form of a robot and the actor that has taken on the role.
Robocop and Joel Kinnaman.

If you read my blog regularly you’ll be heaving a really big sigh about now.
I know, I know…. I keep going on about Robocop.

I can’t help it.
It’s another one of those obsessions that gives me a lot of pleasure.
However, looking at some pictures this morning I am a little concerned about something I’ve just noticed.

I got hooked on Karl Urban because of ‘Dredd’

Karl Urban Dredd

I got hooked on Joel Kinnaman because of ‘Robocop’


Notice anything?

They both spend a good part of both movies with their eyes covered!!
Strange because eyes are usually the one thing I notice first.

Taking a closer look, they both have the same hair and same colour eyes!!


Otherwise they couldn’t be anymore different.

Anyway, this year will be a battle between obsessions I think.
Karl has a long overdue movie coming out in August. One that I’ve been waiting an awfully long time to see as the date keeps getting pushed back!
He is also still working on and promoting the TV series ‘Almost Human’ and has a film called ‘The Wonder’ in production.
Joel is still riding high as robocop but has three films in post production!
Knight of Cups with Christian Bale, Child 44 with Tom Hardy and Run All Night with Liam Neeson and Vincent D’onofrio.
He’s a busy boy!

So there we are.
In my old age, I am going to be surrounded by films, spending my time at the cinema, possibly tackling the odd multi media convention again, collecting photos and keeping them organised on my computer and writing my blog!
Doesn’t sound so bad to me.

Oh, did I mention, My eldest daughter, Murron has just announced she wants to see Robocop!!
Great excuse to go see again tonight I think… for the fourth time!!


OK, I’ll admit from the start of this one….. I’m a Trekker.
The only reason I have my own family right now is because of Star Trek.
I met my husband when I joined a Star Trek club.
We spent the first ten years of our relationship going to conventions.
We had fun.

So with that said, How Times Have Changed Part 4 is dedicated to Star Trek.
Classic and Re-boot.

So let’s start with the characters.

Captain Kirk played by William Shatner and now Chris Pine.
Everyone remembers Captain Kirk.
He’s handsome, arrogant, heroic, bull headed and adventurous.
With the re-boot, they’ve also added, boyish, falable and even more handsome.
Oh yes, Chris Pine also has ‘the eyes’.


Mr Spock played by Leonard Nimoy and now Zachary Quinto.
Captain Kirk’s right hand man.
He’s alien, intelligent, serious and emotionless. Kirk’s reasoning.
With the re-boot, they’ve played with the emotionless side but he’s still serious and intelligent.
I was very unsure about the casting for this one until I actually saw Zachary Quinto in the role.
He’s brilliant! He worked alongside Nimoy himself to get it right and has kept in touch with him ever since.


Dr McCoy played by Deforest Kelley and now Karl Urban.
The third player in the Kirk, Spock, McCoy triumvirate.
McCoy, is grumpy, argumentative and good at his job.
With the re-boot, McCoy is grumpy, argumentative and good at his job.
He is also played perfectly by Karl Urban who is a huge Star Trek fan.
He literally channels Deforest Kelley and it’s quite spooky to watch just how good he is at times.


Sulu played by George Takei and now John Cho.
Sulu is the pilot of the Enterprise. He is also an excellent swordsman.
In the re-boot, he is still the pilot of the Enterprise. He’s a bit of a novice and is thrown in at the deep end but proves himself worthy of the challenge.
They also keep his swordfighting skills that actually come in very handy.


Chekov played by Walter Koenig and Anton Yelchin.
Chekov is the youngster of the crew.
He’s intelligent and eager.
With the re-boot, he’s even younger and even more eager.


Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols and Zoe Saldana.
Uhura is intelligent, good at her job and sexy with it.
Nichelle Nichols helped break down some barriers at the time of the original series and actually had the first interacial kiss broadcast on TV.
With the re-boot, Uhura is still intelligent, good at her job and sexy but she is also defiant and kick ass.


Scotty played by James Doohan and Simon Pegg.
Scotty quite literally holds the enterprise together.
He is an exceptional engineer and knows the ship from end to end. He also enjoys a drink!
Again I was a little unsure about the casting of Simon Pegg in this role.
I needn’t have worried. In the re-boot he is still an exceptional engineer, gets to know the Enterprise from end to end, he also enjoys a drink.
Simon Pegg also uses his amazing acting skills to bring a bit of humor to the role.


The Enterprise herself has always remained recognisable.
She was groundbreaking in the 60’s. There had never been anything like her on TV before.
She went through various upgrades and redesigns with the movies until we get to the beautiful Abrams re-boot design.
She needed to be similar to the TV Ship but she needed to be tweeked enough to make her work for the modern audiences.
I think they succeeded quite nicely.



The original series was colourful. It tackled modern issues in a completely different way to what had been seen before.
It made people think of the possibilities of our future. Peaceful co-existence, exploration, human potential.


The re-boot has kept all of that. It has just brought it up to modern standards for a modern audience who expect more from their special effects.


As much as we had a lot to thank the original crew for, they did end up a little like geriatrics in space!


The show desperately needed re-envisioning and I think JJ Abrams has done an outstanding job.
He’s kept everything still very much noticeable as Star Trek.


But he’s given us new imagery.
Amazing special effects.
A twist on the whole Star Trek Mythos that means he can re-write everything we know about Star Trek.
A whole new future for a whole new (old) crew.



I love Classic Star Trek.
I love everything it has given us on TV, from Classic Trek through Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise.
I love all the movies prior to the re-boot.
I love the conventions and all the colourful people that attend them.


I love the re-boot Star Trek.
The two movies to date have been exciting.
Every cast member has recreated their respective characters amazingly well.
The whole feel of the movies is lavish. The Abrams lens flare works!
The twist in the story was a stroke of genius.
I can’t wait to see how far they will go.


I can’t actually decide which one I love the most.
I am going to put this one down to a draw.
I have too much respect for the original and what it gave us to just dismiss it.
I love the re-boot too much to ignore it.