Archive for October, 2011

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Holy Cow. Just visited Rick Perry’s website– it looks a LOT like Barack Obama’s ’08 site.

Where No Man Is Going

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

A couple years ago, I came up with my one and only original story idea for Star Trek, which I just tossed in a drawer and gave absolutely no thought to until I was approached, for whatever ungodly reason, by IDW, seemingly out of the blue, to develop something for them. We were not talking specifically about Trek, but IDW had the Trek franchise, and I said, “Oh, hey—you guys do Trek, right? Well I only have one idea for Star Trek, but I’d really like to do it.” So I pitched them the idea that later became Star Trek: Inquisition, which was to be a three and then later, per IDW’s request, a five-part story. But a couple things happened.

First, Paramount bounced the story as too edgy and controversial. Then, Abrams Trek came along and re-shaped the landscape. My story is TNG Trek. Once Abrams Trek became a going concern, director J.J. Abrams had the right to approve all Trek-related material, even stuff like my one idea which had absolutely nothing to do with what he was doing. So now we had to appease Paramount and Abrams, and the window for TNG material at IDW narrowed as Abrams Trek’s release date approached. That window remains narrow.   I always thought the best of Trek raised more questions than it answered. I hardly consider this script the best of anything, but the story does attempt to raise questions, not answer them.

It’s too Worf-specific to make a good movie, but it might have made an interesting set of episodes at one point and, I think, a fun comic book arc. Whatever it might have been, it is my one (and so far only) idea for Star Trek. I would have really enjoyed writing this.

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A Judicial Memoir

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

For more than two decades he has petitioned the governor and received a drawerful of legal forms and denials for his trouble. The Reverend Promise Y. Lee, Th.M., pastor and founder of the Relevant Word Christian Cultural Center in Colorado Springs, spent the formative years of his adolescence in general population at one of Colorado’s maximum security prisons. Pardoned: A Judicial Memoir is a true story of a 15-year old convicted of second-degree murder and left to fend for himself among hardened criminals and predators within America’s penal system. Written by my friend, Promise Lee, Pardoned is in development as an independent film project, and I’ve helped out with some early draft scripting.

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More On Cap

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

One other thing I forgot to mention:

The Captain America film never challenged Cap’s ethics. This was, to me, the stake through the vampire’s heart. America is a tough proposition. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness means negotiating a tedious slalom between enumerated powers and enumerated rights. Captain America embodies those American ideals while existing, in practical terms, within the balance of those rights and powers. To spend x-million dollars producing a Captain America film and omit the centrality of the character’s symbolism suggests a bankrupt Pow! Zapp! idiot mentality I’d hoped was banished forever by Batman Begins.

The film should have had meaning. It should have treated the Nazis as more than the Penguin’s henchmen (as both X-Men and X-Men First Class did). Captain America: The First Avenger could have been more than just a fun hour and a half at the movies. It could have meant something, said something about who we are and how hard America truly is. Instead, it chose to be a cartoon. In this cynical, paranoid post-9/11 America, the film could have been the answer to the Bourne movies.

It could have reminded us of who we are, or, at least, Who we say we are. Whoops. Well, maybe next time.

Rip Van Priest

Friday, October 14th, 2011

They re-booted the DC Universe? ALL of it?! I am hearing gonzo numbers… Will they last? Are the books any good? Every time you set aside continuity you create a class of reader who will not invest, viscerally, in the reboot. Jumping-on points create jumping-off points, and fans feel cheated for having invested decades in the old continuity only to now have it set aside. Aren’t they devaluing their own assets by saying nothing matters? They are also creating a class of reader who will simply skip what they Are doing now and wait for the next reboot.

This is a problem similar to that of collected editions and trades– people sit out the monthlies and wait for the trades. But, by not supporting the monthlies, they deprive the publisher of numbers sufficient to warrant a trade.