Monday, August 8, 2016

Star Trek Beyond Review and an Update

This weekend I went to see Star Trek Beyond.

Here is what I liked about it…

1. The new actors have even better chemistry than the original show. Probably because Kirk, Spock and McCoy don’t hog every scene. The whole crew is involved in solving the problems.

2. The scenes that make me care such as Kirk reminiscing about his father and Spock upset at the loss of Ambassador Spock. These are things that make characters likeable.

3. For the geek in me…the space station. Also the way they used technology to fight against what seemed to be an impossible enemy.

4. The restoring of an old Federation space ship. There’s nothing like struggling with old technology to go up against the impossible. It’s become a troupe, but I still love it.

5. I liked the new female alien. She added that tough female fighter character that’s nice to see.

6. The alien planet full of cliffs, caves, and rocky ledges.

7. The action is fun.

So what didn’t I like?

There was a twist at the end that I found interesting at first, but after some thought this twist also blasted plot holes into the story. Perhaps with more explanation, the holes could be patched, but it’s just too fast paced for that. I don’t even think they needed this twist. It would’ve been good without it. Why is it always necessary to have some odd twist? They can be fun, but it’s really difficult to pull off one that doesn’t have problems.

Still, I enjoyed it and would watch it again.

Update!

The good news is…I have two novels completed: Native Shifter and Rebel Shifter, but they’re not fully edited. I have been trying to decide if I want to try other options before self-publishing. However, I really like having full control over the product. It’s the marketing part of it that’s tough as we all know. I hope to have those two books out before the end of the year. Meanwhile, I’m working on the last book: Lightning Shifter.

There are also other projects I’d like to explore. One of them is, of course, a space opera. This would be about a crew of mostly scientists discovering and exploring a planet that is like a rain forest. However, an alien comes along wanting to take it over and destroy it for their own use. So this crew doesn’t know much about fighting, but a rogue captain has to help them.

The other one is about an android that starts to malfunction. He’s used to being perfect, so this is very unsettling to him. Plus management won’t tolerate mistakes from an android, especially when it puts human lives at risk. I wrote a short story about him, but haven’t shared it because now I’m thinking novel.

Have a great week everyone.