Friday, February 10, 2012

The Glory of The Voyager Vidiot: A Trip Down Interweb Lane

Long ago, when I was first entering into my "Star Trek: Voyager" fandom, I took to the newly-popularized WORLD WIDE WEB to feed my fascination.

A lot of the sites I found were by other people like me, who liked the show and wanted more than the requisite one episode per week. Nowadays every show on TV has a wealth of extra material available online, like interviews and behind-the-scenes info. It's a way to keep the audience interested while they wait for new material to air. But back in 1995 the only places you could find supplementary material was on the beginnings or endings of VHS tapes - and they were usually ads. So the Star Trek fansites I located were havens for me, filled with trivia, screen captures, amateur episode reviews and rumors aobut upcoming stories and character developments.

Here are the pages I remember best about those days way, way back in ancient times before Javascript, flash, and piracy ruined everyone's fun:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

REVIEW - "Touch" - The Pieces Really Do Fit Together


Season 1, Episode 1
Original Airdate: January 25th, 2011
Director: Francis Lawrence

"The ratio is always the same. 1:1.618 over and over and over again. Patterns are hidden in plain sight; you just have to know where to look. Things most people see as chaos actually follow a set of laws of behavior. Galaxies, plants, sea shells. The patterns never lie. But only some of us can see how the pieces fit together." - Jake Bohm
Star Rating: 4/5

A beautifully-produced and well-written show, "Touch" has a lot of potential for human drama and carries an intriguing numerical premise that bests "Heroes" attempt to connect seemingly disparate people. Racial diversity is a high point for the series, but adding some LGBT influence could put it on top of our favorite shows. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

California Appellate Court Rules Prop 8 "Serves No Purpose"

There was some jolly, good news for gay couples (and indeed all gay citizens) in California today. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found in a majority decision of 2-1 that 2008's Proposition 8, or H8 as we all know it, was unconstitutional in that it failed to protect "responsible procreation" (which was supposedly the idea), and instead had no effect other than to de-humanize LGBT citizens in California.

Obviously there will be yet ANOTHER appeal, and it is largely believed that the proposition's supporters will skip directly to a US Supreme Court hearing. If and when that does happen, gay Americans all over the nation will be hoping that the current set of justices are sympathetic to our position. Judge Stephen Reinhardt was quick to point out that today's ruling does not deal with the larger issue of gay rights, but only with the legality of Prop 8. Still, it's final demise would be a sweet victory indeed.

It's amazing to hear proponents of H8 defending their beliefs, claiming that the ruling is somehow flawed because it doesn't follow their idea of precedent. The precedent being that historically, gays have had lesser rights than their heterosexual counterparts. Is it really that difficult to see when you're on the wrong side of history? The parallels to civil rights movements throughout our history seem obvious to so many reasonable, deep-thinking and objective Americans. It's hard to understand how those in favor of limiting the rights of one subset of California's population - in order to "protect" the rights of the majority - could possibly be unaware of the evil lurking in their mindset.

I absolutely believe that eventually, and certainly in my lifetime, the United States of America will be united - not only under one flag - but in a philosophy of humanism over homophobia and bigotry. Soon enough the right justices will put the wrong laws to the test and find them woefully lacking in wisdom - we have to be patient! Real-life equality is a possibility, and not just a fantasy of some sci-fi future.

Alas, this is not the 24th century. But then it's not the 20th, either. It's 2012...and things are coming along nicely.

SOURCE: Reuters

IMAGE CREDIT: By Ludovic Bertron from New York City, Usa [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Sunday, February 5, 2012

In Honor Of Her Super Bowl Appearance, Here's Sci-Fi Madonna!

scifi madonnaThis may be a bit of a stretch, but as today is MadonnaDay 2012, I thought I'd post the only possibly sci-fi-related Madonna video to date. Consider it an homage.

"Bedtime Story" is arguably one of M's strangest music videos, inspired as it was by the paintings of surrealists like Frida Kahlo. It was also partially written by Björk before being produced by Madonna and Nellee Hooper for the singer's "Bedtime Stories" album - an oft-ignored classic if you ask me. So that could have had a little something to do with its strangeness.

In the video, Madonna is awakened from some sort of cryo-sleep into a lucid dreaming state. If this is really what "M. Ciccone" dreams about, then it's a wonder her recent football-themed video is so normal by comparison. Enjoy the clip below, and don't forget to show your stereotypical gayness shine by tuning in to the Super Bowl tonight. (Wait...huh?)

SOURCES: Wikipedia

Thursday, February 2, 2012

iTunes Watch: Tim Kring's New Series "Touch" Available Free on iTunes

Tim Kring, the creator of "Heroes," has a new series debuting in March on FOX called "Touch." Most notably the series stars Kiefer Sutherland and Danny Glover. According to the blurb on iTunes:
From writer/creator Tim Kring (Heroes) and executive producers Peter Chernin (Terra Nova) and Katherine Pope (Terra Nova) comes Touch, a preternatural drama in which science and spirituality intersect with the hopeful premise that we are all interconnected, tied in invisible ways to those whose lives we are destined to alter and impact. Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland), a widower and single father, is haunted by an inability to connect to his mute, severely autistic 11-year-old son, Jake. But everything changes when Martin discovers that Jake possesses a gift of staggering genius - the ability to see things that no one else can, the patterns that connect everything.
Sounds interesting enough. As of now, the pilot episode has a favorable score of 63 on Metacritic. I'll be taking a look at this ASAP, although the kicker is that the series does not properly begin on TV until March 19th. Hopefully the long preview period will help 

Click Here to download the pilot episode of "Touch" for FREE.