May 21st, 2009

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The Hoard Potato Boldly Goes

It occurs to me that Your Obedient Serpent has been remiss in his duties; despite having seen Mr. Abrams' Star Trek twice, I have yet to give my loyal readers any semblance of a review.

The short review:

Hooray! I'm 10 years old again!

I'm ten years old, and Star Trek is once again new and fresh and exciting. It's full of action and adventure. It's optimistic and bright without being smug and self-satisfied. It's dangerous and exciting without being a dark, dismal, Crapsack World.

When Mr. Abrams said, over the last year or two, that he "wasn't really a Star Trek fan", he was, evidently, lying through his teeth. And I applaud him for it.

The movie is wonderous. It hits every note perfectly. The funny parts don't slow down or cheapen the genuine urgency; the shout-outs and continuity nods are quick and casual. quelonzia missed some that I caught, and I missed some the first time that I caught the second time around.

I got choked up at the very beginning; Quel got choked up at the end.

The cast is splendid, simultaneously hearkening to the original portrayals of the characters, yet making the roles entirely their own. Zachary Quinto manages to do this with Leonard Nimoy standing right there.

For those poor, benighted souls who have not yet seen this spectacle on the big screen, I shall politely put the remainder of this behind a Collapse )

If you haven't seen it yet, go now. Boldly.

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Understanding Athelind's Argot: "...and I Feel Fine."

"...and I feel fine."

Usually uttered after exposure to some particularly unpleasant news article about the state of the environment, the economy, or legislative stupidity.

It comes from the chorus (and title) of a certain song by R.E.M., and is intended to suggest the immediately-preceding phrase.

Depending on context and intonation, it can also imply overtones of "...bring it on", "this, too, shall pass", or "I'm too tired to care anymore" -- sometimes, all three at once.

But, honestly -- how can you listen to this and not feel better?

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