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About *Cryogenic*

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    Lieutenant Commander
  • Birthday 04/05/1983
  1. Michael Jackson passes away.

    One of the saddest -- and most shocking -- news stories of my life.
  2. Stay off the lavender oil, fellas

    I just started using tea tree shampoo a couple of months ago!!!!! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Generations -- 13 Years Later

    Hi Guys! Bet you thought you'd gotten rid of me. But Cryogenic? NEVER!!!!!! I just saw "Star Trek Generations" again and have to say that it's probably my personal favourite. It still has a beautiful sweep, rich feeling and majestic power -- even if it sometimes feels a little cobbled together. I definitely feel this is one of the most underrated installments in the series. It gets maligned -- has been maligned for almost thirteen years -- and some of that criticism isn't unwarranted. But it's the first of the ST features I saw at the cinema and will always be close to my heart. A few observations I'd like to make: 1) Although the score is a little undercooked, it is always enjoyable, shimmering with an inner mystery (i.e. Nexus Theme), and it does shine now and again. It's not on the level of Jerry Goldsmith, but I think it holds up. 2) The visual effects are staggering. We have a near-perfect balance between practical and visual effects. It barely looks a day old. Only some of the compositing (e.g. reverse shot of Harriman, Scotty and Chekov looking into space) seems a little weak. Everything else blends perfectly. George Lucas .... I'm looking at you. 3) The photography by the late John Alonzo is gorgeous. Everything has a vibrant, sun-kissed look and feel. Despite the wide range of colour textures, the deep maroon of the Starfleet uniforms, particularly those of Kirk and Picard, always stand out, but not in a distracting or incongruous way. Unfortunately, the photography doesn't have the scope of ST: TMP or ST: TSFS (superior pictures photographically), but it remains impressive nonetheless. 4) The performances by Shater and Stewart are gripping. Despite employing different acting styles, the two actors work equally well when separate and together. It's still wonderful to watch them after all these years. The scenes between Picard and Kirk are written perfectly, too. "Dill". I just love the way Kirk brushes Picard off, whilst sorta listening at the same time. ("You say this is the 24th century ... and I'm dead?!!!"). 5) Has anyone ever consciously noticed the fact that Picard and Kirk's houses seem to contrast and complement each other? One is very grand and elegant and bursting with life, the other is more "real" and down-to-Earth (quite literally in a way: it's at the foot of a mountain and Kirk leaves the door open for nature to seep in). This seems to reflect the personalities of Picard and Kirk to a tee. There's also the fact that Picard's house, as an environment, is kind of stilted (but still warm). For exampe: The children receive their presents and gracefully thank their father, Picard is offered his favourite Earl Grey and his wife is extremely "cultured" (for want of a better word), whereas in Kirk's, everything is happening under its own steam, almost spontaneously. Again, I think this wonderfully reflects each man's style. 6) I love the thoughtful meditation on life / mortality. Although not everything in this movie is exactly subtle, all the pieces seem woven together into a cohesive whole. Let me expand that: It's like the writers / creators put enough conscious effort into these things, and then the tapestry made itself. Time itself is very important here. The old naval ship is obviously a riff on both our real past and the characters' imaginary past, contrasted against their present and our possible future. Yes: I like how everything coalesces in this movie. 7) Kirk's death seems to be an enduring point of tension / annoyance. But I have to say this much: This film actually gives Kirk two deaths, and how many characters get that sort of chance? People seem to miss this point. Although Kirk doesn't literally die in every sense of the word on the Enterprise-B, as far as those characters are concerned, he is dead. And that "ending" for him still has tremendous scale and clout. Then he gets a second, more personal death on Veridian III -- appropriately enough, under a bridge, killed literally by a kind of metonymic symbol of his life's devotion. I always take that horseback scene before Kirk departs the Nexus as him knowing he'll probably die; he goes back to atone for his greed of almost staying in the Nexus and to die selflessly, however less remarkable his second death must ultimately be (and the less remarkable it is, the more remarkable the thing that Kirk does becomes). Seven points for the SEVENTH ST feature. In short, I really like this film. It has a true human core. I'll leave you with my favourite scene. I think this is a gorgeous piece of photography / music. The two really work in synergy. To me, this piece is a little like a tone poem for life itself. It's a celebration of what it means to live. And if we choose to live, then we can never truly die. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnfaFhx5atM
  4. christie's auction

    Talking of furniture pieces... One of the things that amused me yesterday was hearing the auction guy say: "And now we have Ten ... Forward chairs." "And there they are ... the Forward chairs."
  5. Top 10 VOY Episodes

    1. The Caretaker. The first and the best. While it does have a somewhat mechanical quality to it, it's an incredibly effective pilot that genuinely establishes a real reason for Voyager to be stranded in the Delta Quadrant. Pure Star Trek. 2. Scorpion. The Borg... as you've never seen them before. Clever plotting that took the series to a new level. 3. Dark Frontier. A map of Seven's own "Dark Frontier" -- showing where she came from, what she turned into and what she had now become. Much stronger than given credit for. Stunning performance by Jeri Ryan. 4. Living Witness. Thoughtful rumination on the nature of history. 5. Message in a Bottle. Outrageous, audacious, completely unexpected... and that's just the guest star. 6. Nemesis. "If only it was as easy to stop hating as it is to start". Profound. 7. Year of Hell. Worth it for the final scenes with Clarence Boddicker. 8. Someone To Watch Over Me. Charming. The "You Are My Sunshine" scene is an all-time favourite. 9. Tuvix. The sanctity of life. But what was Janeway thinking? 10. Drone. I'm a sucker for these Borg ones. Bubbling under: Latent Image, Hope and Fear, Mortal Coil... VGR had some good ones.
  6. Top 10 TNG Episodes

    1. The Best of Both Worlds -- Amazing stortelling. Love the music. Love the dialogue. Love the performances. What's especially note-worthy all these years later is how cinematic this is. Great importance is given to camera angles and editing. Motifs are established with amazing virtuousity (e.g. tear falling down Picard's cheek). This is almost Lynchian or Kubrickian in design. Fan-bloody-tastic. 2. Tapestry. "The worth of perspective...challenged". Perfectly said, Waterloo. 3. The Inner Light. The worth of perspective... again challenged. 4. All Good Things... Touching, epic send-off. Love the final scene. Expertly measured. 5. Darmok. A provoking and thoughtful piece of television. 6. Family. A fitting epilogue to "The Best of Both Worlds". Picard temporarily leaves his Enterprise family for his real family to contemplate his Borg family. A congruent B-plot nicely flows between. Outstanding performance by Stewart. 7. Chain of Command. David Warner and Patrick Stewart set the screen ablaze. Mesmerising. 8. The Offspring. Moving. A fantastic "what if". 9. Sarek. Intriguing subject matter complemented by two gripping performances (Stewart and Lenard). 10. Genesis. A personal favourite of mine. Dark, sinister, and at times, genuinely unsettling.
  7. christie's auction

    Gosh... this is such a sad event. Yet compelling. The live feed is here: http://htc-01.media.globix.net/COMP009397M...startrek_hi.wvx Just copy that into Windows Media Player. (File >> Open URL) The Enterprise-D deserved to go for that. Especially when lesser pieces went for wads of money. Historic. But sad.
  8. This gentlemen speaks for me on the matter: http://storytoday.tv/pages/20060821_lying.html
  9. UK Terror plot foiled (?), but chaos at airports

    Yes, but like everything in life, the key is balance: how do we keep the Force in balance? Especially when there are Palpatines out there preying on fears and destroying liberties. "I realise additional security might be disruptive for you, m'lady..." All I know is this: it's going to get worse before it gets better. Let's face it: the world has never been a nice place. Whatever century you happened to be living in, there were always wars, famines, conflicts, pestilence, disease, ignorance and oppression. And so it goes on. My only hope is that in the future, thanks largely to the proliferation of technology and democracy combined, things WILL get better. But it's going to be a bumpy ride. The weird thing is that I feel old now. I can actually reckon in my mind the difference between "innocence" and "experience". And it's terrorists and terrorism that I measure the two against. In 1993, as a little boy on his way to Australia, I was allowed in the cockpit of a massive 747 (a "Megatop" variety -- one of the largest, if not the largest, commercial airliner in the world) as it was in flight, thousands of feet above the ground. Now I'd have better luck trying to throw a tea party at Area 51.
  10. Hitler Ties Hurt Artist

    Here's one for you, Karma, buddy: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/4781121.stm Everyone spot the nice irony in the article? History. There to be investigated, examined, studied and learnt from -- not to be swept away or denied. I've had enough of this discussion, too. For those who understand what I'm saying, no expalanation is needed; for those that don't, no explanation is possible. All my best, folks.
  11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Gee, forst, don't some people get awful touchy when criticisms are aired? I don't rake other people over the coals for positive appraisals of UTTER S-H-I-T-E, or what is held to be such by myself, so why are people doing the reverse? Are all you people financing the film? Are your immediate relations involved in the making of the picture? Do you own shares in the production companies? Tell me, please. Why does honest commentary that happens to be negative bother people so much? It's very puzzling. You know, the interesting thing is that I actually wrote in my original response that FOR THE TIME BEING I was unimpressed, but that WE'LL SEE (i.e. I wasn't dismissing the film out of hand). It's times like these that I wonder why I even bother when the intellectual capacity of the people around me is clearly a few eons behind my own.
  12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Thank you, forst. I'm glad someone twigged. This is what I meant by "derivative", folks: it borrows too heavily from other sources. The teaser reminded me very much of "The Matrix" in a number of ways (super acrobatic roof jumping, slightly tinged colour palette, similar scoring, protagonists pursued by police). The poster itself is nothing special; the composition is boring and forgettable. I'm just not moved or invigorated.
  13. Hottest Female In sf&f

    "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions" -- Persephone
  14. Hottest Female In sf&f

    There are a RIDICULOUS amount of hot females in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Compiling the males, or some of them, at least, was easy. But the women? Oh... I could be here all night. Some of my faves: - Linda Harrison (the template that all Sci Fi/Fantasy women follow) - Pam Grier (statuesque; totally gorgeous in her day) - Persis Khambatta - Monica Bellucci (statuesque; totally gorgeous now) - Jewel Staite (so cute) - Morena Baccarin - Claudia Black (sexy enough for her voice) - Jeri Ryan - Halle Berry - Angelina Jolie - Lynda Carter - Rebecca Romijn - Famke Janson - Linda Park - Kristanna Loken
  15. Hottest Male in sf&f

    That's a tough one. Think of the many, many male leads and male roles in Science Fiction and Fantasy stretching back for the better part of a century. Here are a few: - Christopher Reeve - Jeffrey Hunter - Kurt Russell - William Shatner - Matthew McConaughey - Dean Cain - Ben Browder - Kevin Sorbo - Matt LeBlanc - Keanu Reeves