Star Trek 7 Review

As all listeners to the main show know, I’m relatively new to Trekdom.
I’ve seen roughly sixty eps and five movies of the more than six hundred episodes and dozen or so movies.
Also, folks who know me know that I always go looking past what appears on the screen to get a deeper understanding and appreciation of the various characters and universes that tickle my fancy.
In that regard, why should Trek be any different?
Let’s figure out together what I think of this book, because it’s a bit more complicated than normal.

As per usual, this should be taken as your official ***SPOILER WARNING***

Published in July 1972, this book is a short story collection that adapts 6 episodes from Star Trek’s original 1966 series into prose.
Now 1st of all, I have to say up front here that I have never watched any of the Episodes that are adapted within this book, and in my research, I found that author James Blish apparently hadn’t either, and boy does it show a few times!
According to Wikipedia, Blish reportedly wasn’t a fan of the TV series, but the books paid well and kept him afloat.
Never is it more apparent that he didn’t watch the show than when he writes of people slamming doors in frustration aboard the Enterprise.
Even I, in my limited (but ever growing) Trek knowledge know that the doors on the 1701 are automatic!

The 6 episodes he adapts are “Who Mourns For Adonais?”, “The Changeling”, “The Paradise Syndrome”, “Metamorphosis”, “The Deadly Years”, & “Elaan Of Troyius”, the most famous of these episodes (at least from my feeling) being Metamorphosis.
I’ve heard a lot about this one after watching TNG eps and watching all 4 of the TNG era movies.
Zefram Cochrane, the man who was responsible for humanity’s warp travel and introducing Earth to the galaxy at large makes his very first appearance.
Here, still alive after more than 150 years after he was presumed dead, is the dude being kept alive by a malevolent energy force on a far flung planet.
It’s interesting to see how this character went through such a change between this and the TNG era.
As I’m hopeful the episode itself does, this adaptation gets across that he truly is a legend in the universe, and it’s fun seeing how Kirk and the other icons that the audience watch form before their eyes interact with a character like that.

There are some batshit wacky stories in these here hills too, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad.
For instance, Who Mourns For Adonais?, where we learn that the Greek gods were real aliens who craved our devotion, then left Earth when humankind turned our backs on them.
It’s a pretty clever exploration of our mythologies and where they may have come from.
Another great example of wackiness is The Deadly Years, where the landing party of The Enterprise is infected with a rapid aging disease that calls into question the mental facilities of the commanding officers.
It’s a solid sci-fi exploration of aging and experience.
Both stories are way out there, but both are fun and interesting.

To start wrapping up, I think the weirdest thing about this book is that it yet again points out the huge difference between 60s TV and modern TV shows that I’ve talked about many times in regard to Scooby, and it’s never meant as a slam.
Not a one of these stories runs over 40 pages, and while reading it’s hard to believe these stories filled an hour of TV at any point in history.
While they are great stories, there’s a lot of hallway walkin’.
And I’m not quite sure if the lack of detail is a result of the time or Blish’s alleged disinterest.
But my most important take away after reading this is that while I’m only halfway through Season 1 of TOS, I know for I certain have more high quality stories to watch.
Because if a dude who doesn’t even like it can pull this much fun out of it, the actual episodes have to damn good.

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

TNB Commentaries 041: Army Of Darkness

aodPlease turn off your cellphones and jump into the time vortex with us as we look at nothing but sand and somehow definitively decide we’ve been transported to the golden days of yore known as the 13th century!

For our 41st Commentary, we travel back to the wild days of 1992 for this iconic flick starring The Nerd Blitz Commentaries All Star Bruce Campbell, along with Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie, and Ted Raimi, with a surprise cameo from Bridget Fonda.

We discuss a porn star and her tangential tie to this movie, the similarly between Stripper names and My Little Pony names, which Darth Sidious is in the movie, our enjoyment of Arthurian Legend, and much more as we document good ol Fitty man’s very first viewing of this classic flick.

URL: TNB Commentaries 041: Army Of Darkness
Direct Download:tnbc-041-army-of-darkness.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2019

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #61

Knights Of Nerd Blitz-Dom, prepare for probing…uh, I mean, questioning!

This week’s question is headed up to outside space!
This go round, want to know: Which Fictional Alien Race Would You Want To Exist And Why?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.

Episode 085: That Guy Is Flamboyant

Sulu-fencing2In this episode, the fellas are reminiscing about the golden days of yor and the wackiness that happened in the childhood of one of them, can you guess which?

Fitz is all aquiver at the guest list as Wizard World Chicago is approaching, and all enraged because of certain changes that were made and not announced!

Then, they wrap up the show talking about Doom’s discovery and growing love of a brand new show…that was made 50+ years ago…also, they probably make a bunch of off color jokes, but you already knew that, so enjoy

 

URL: Episode 085: That Guy Is Flamboyant
Direct Download: tnb085.mp3

Episode 084: Eat Me, Yeah

Wrestletopia+1+digitalIn this episode, we are diving deep and reviewing some comic bookery, specifically, the comic bookery of Suspicious Behavior Productions 1st series, published by Starburns Industries Press, Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia!

Then, Doom brings a magical Pimp Spot that leads to them discussing that little punk ass Caillou, a huge name in Brit entertainment, and Fitz’s hankering to do a certain long teased fantasy novel a future Book Club series.

We also discuss an upcoming Blu-Ray set that has us all aquiver, some plans for fun we want to get done before the end of the year, and make jokes that classy people wouldn’t, so…ya know, typical us!

URL: Episode 084: Eat Me, Yeah
Direct Download: tnb084.mp3

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #51

51 weeks of questioning, things are about to get intense as we shine the bright light of nerd into the dark corner of answers!

This week we are looking towards Pop Culture’s big showcase, and that has us wanting to know: What are you most excited to see at San Diego Comic-Con?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tell us on Twitter by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir@SteBoost for creating our QotW logo.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #42

Some say this week will be the answer to life, the universe, and everything.
Let’s find out.

This week we are staying in Space and asking: Who do you think is the greatest space ship captain in all of fiction, and why?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.