author: Diane Carey
average rating: 3.86
book published: 1992
read at: 2018/05/21
date added: 2018/05/21
As a coming-of-age tale of a legendary starship captain, Carey’s Best Destiny is as much a product of its era as it is a generic sci-fi romp through an established universe. The novel itself is full of tired Gen-X tropes such as the rebellious teen, the lingering absent father issues, and the “this could be you” antagonist, but despite this, Best Destiny still a fun adventure tale worthy of an episode of Star Trek (if Wesley Crusher were written as a maladjusted adolescent rather than a spit-and-polish nerd in TNG, he could have easily stood in the Jimmy Kirk role on a Very Special Episode).
The action is tight and the “Treknobabble” is everything the early 90s would have you expect it to be, so pick it up if you want to kill a rainy afternoon.
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What was it that Yogurt said? “Moichandising! That’s the ticket to success!” Something like that, anyway!
May the licenses be with you!
A while back, Barbie and I took a trip out to Vasquez Rocks County Park to do a little hiking at soak up some Hollywood history. The 932-acre park north of Los Angeles has played the backdrop to dozens of films and television shows, possibly the most famous of which was the original Star Trek episode “Arena” which featured Captain Kirk pitted against a
rubber lizard suit Gorn in a fight to the death on a desert planet.
To pay homage to such a significant piece of popular culture, we set up a photo shoot with my Star Trek Kirk vs. Gorn Minimates figures in front of the iconic “big rocks” that are instantly recognisable to Trekkers and Trekkies alike.
We played around with a few different poses before settling on the “flying kick” that the good captain made famous. Unfortunately, the limitations in the Minimates figures’ articulation made the double-fisted hammer punch pose impossible.
So long, Spock.
Live long and prosper, indeed. Anybody have a Genesis Device handy?
Dirk Loechel has designed a ridiculously complete comparison and identification chart, uploading it for free to his DeviantART page. Check it out and let me know which is your favourite!
This question was originally posted on Formspring.
Okay, here’s how it boils down: Both.
I grew up watching the old Star Trek with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, and the rest, so I will always have a love for the series. Some episodes were great, others were mediocre, but everything was a lot of fun! Spin-off series were watchable, but didn’t have the chemistry that TOS did. The movies 2-4 were brilliant, and a couple of the TNG movies were great (Insurrection, First Contact). So, yes, I do like Star Trek, but I’m far from calling myself a “Trekkie.”
Star Wars (4-6, mind you. 1-3, in my opinion, do not exist) was simply magical. It’s not science fiction, it’s a western set in outer space. It’s the hero’s journey, a classic morality epic, and one of the best set of films ever made. Han Solo is brilliant, Leia is hot, and Darth Vader is the embodiment of evil!
That being said, they both have their merits, but they are apples and oranges. I love both, but it just depends on which flavour I’m more in the mood for at the time.