The Gallifreyan Embassy
Home of the Doctor Who podcast DOCTOR WHO: PODSHOCK
Advertising | Donate | Feedback | New Website | Podshock | Shop | Forum | Media Gallery | Web Resources | Polls
 Gallifreyan Embassy 3.0  
  • How do you rate Doctor Who: The Mark of the Rani? (5=Fantastic)
  • Doctor Who: Podshock 301 - 'The Mark of the Rani' is Reviewed
  • Doctor Who: Podshock Featured in Podcastrovalva
  • Doctor Who: Podshock 300 - The Passing of Kate O'Mara, Interviews with Mary Tamm and Janet Fielding
  • NASA New Spacesuit Z-2 Dominates
  • Doctor Who: Podshock 299 - 'The Web of Fear' Reviewed, News, and More
  • Doctor Who: Podshock 298 - 'The Enemy of the World' Reviewed, News, and More
  • Emma Campbell-Jones joins the L.I. Who 2 line up "Best news all day"
  • Doctor Who: Podshock 297 - Classic Interview with Colin Baker, News, Feedback, and More
  • How do you rate the Matt Smith era of Doctor Who? (5=Fantastic)

  •  Topics  
    Home
    Doctor Who News (188/0)
    DW: Podshock (201/0)
    DW Reviews (33/0)
    Torchwood (15/0)
    Sarah Jane Adven... (13/0)
    General News (29/0)
    Embassy News (19/0)
    Editorials (5/0)
    Alien Tech (2/0)

     Extra! Extra!  

    Become a Podshock Supporting Subscriber


     Randomizer  
    Timelord Costume
    Timelord Costume
    Browse Album

     User Functions  
    :

    :


    Lost your password?

     Support Podshock  

    This site and our podcast are free to use and listen to respectively. Though there are costs involved in maintaining and producing both. If you like, please make a donation to help offset these costs and to help ensure that we can continue to bring you both. Thank you so much.

    You can make a one time donation of any amount you like using the above "Donate" button. If you rather make an annual recurring donation of $25 (that is less than 50 cents a week), use the "Subscribe" button below.

    Save big on toys & collectibles at Entertainment Earth! CLICK HERE for Doctor Who, Star Wars, Buffy, Ozzy, Spider-Man, & more!


     Events  
    There are no upcoming events

     Audible UK  

    Dr Who Audio Downloads from audible.co.uk


     DWNY  
    DWNY

     Ads by Google  

     Older Stories  
    Wednesday 06-May
  • In Russell/Moffat We Trust Shirts and More (1)

  • Tuesday 05-May
  • Join Us for Our Second Second Life Meet Up (3)

  • Friday 01-May
  • Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 147 (0)

  • Wednesday 29-Apr
  • Sonic Newsdriver for the Week of the 27th of April 2009 (0)

  • Saturday 25-Apr
  • Who Party 14 Toronto Doctor Who Convention (0)
  • Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 146 (1)

  • Thursday 23-Apr
  • Sonic Newsdriver and Hoo on Who for the Week of the 20 April 2009 (0)
  • Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 145 (4)

  • Wednesday 15-Apr
  • Three New Producers Announced (0)

  • Saturday 11-Apr
  • Planet Of The Dead Canadian air date confirmed (0)

  • Tuesday 07-Apr
  • Doctor Who: Podshock Recognized as Best Podcast (1)
  • Sonic Newsdriver for the Week of the 5th of April 2009 (0)

  • Wednesday 01-Apr
  • Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 144 (5)

  • Friday 20-Mar
  • Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 143 (3)
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 3 (1)

  •  Notice  

    Doctor Who and the TARDIS are owned and trademarked by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The Gallifreyan Embassy and the Doctor Who: Podshock podcast are not connected to the BBC in any way. No infringement is intended.



     

     
     Home »  Other Science Fiction/Fantasy »  Star Trek - world premiere screening review [..
    Prev Topic Next Next Topic Printable Version
    Star Trek - world premiere screening review [Spoiler Free] Views: 589
     Tuesday, April 07 2009 @ 10:53 AM EDT
    Hey guys

    So for some odd reason, Paramount decided to premiere Star Trek in Sydney, Australia. But I won't complain as it meant that, A$100 later, I had me some tickets to go tonight!

    Having just got home, I thought I'd give you some brief thoughts. No spoilers, as I'd love people to be able to experience it fresh like I did. So just some general points:

    1. Relax, they didn't blow it. It's not a perfect film, but it was hugely enjoyable, and the crowd lapped it up. In fact there was a standing ovation for JJ and the crew at the end, but I guess that's probably par for the course at world premieres.

    2. It's a quite different tone from previous Trek. It feels more like Buck Rogers slam-bang space opera, without so much of the ethical dilemmas or the epic scope of other Trek films. For me, this is a flaw of sorts in the film. It starts with a really amazing mythic quality, but then that got diluted as the film went on, which was a shame. Be interesting to see if I have the same feelings on a repeat viewing. But it definitely has more of a fast-paced pop action feel than the trailers suggest.

    3. It is VERY fan friendly. They have gone to great pains to explain its place in continuity (and for me this is another small drawback - the Leonard Nimoy scenes are actually among the weaker ones in the film), and there are lots of great nods to classic episodes and scenes from past movies.

    4. There are heaps more random aliens than in the previous movies. Very cool.

    5. There's an odd strand of almost farcical humour that recurs throughout the film. It's not denigrating like Scotty knocking himself unconscious in Star Trek 5, but it's certainly an odd tonal balance JJ Abrams is attempting. These moments were always funny, but I wasn't sure they totally matched to the tone of the scenes they came in the middle of.

    6. Almost all of the new cast are outstanding, but Chris Pine is particularly charismatic as Kirk - funny and cocky, and hitting on every woman he passes with a fervour that would put even Captain Jack to shame.

    7. It 's definitely one of the most cinematic Trek films. The cinematography is outstanding and inventive, the sound design is brilliant (ranging from cute callbacks to the classic series, to very effective use of silence in some moments), and the production design is achingly beautiful (not just the ships but the design on the Vulcan architecture too). It's a feast for the eyes, and often a very visceral experience in the battle sequences (though I was sitting very close to the screen!)

    I might leave it at that for now.

    It was a great night, JJ Abrams and the cast were all very lovely and friendly, spending heaps of time signing stuff for fans on the red carpet, and then I dug the movie to boot. I'll definitely be going back to see it a second and probably a third time when it goes on general release in May.

      Profile    PM    Email    Website 
     Quote 
     
     Wednesday, April 08 2009 @ 08:37 PM EDT
    Great review, thanks. I've always liked the Trek Films more than the TV shows as I feel the characters mellowed. That said, I've been burned by TREK tv shows in the past but I'll reserve judgement. I have high expectations, however frm all the advance promos

      Profile    PM    Email   
     Quote 
     
     Saturday, April 11 2009 @ 11:40 AM EDT
    In the end, I can't bring myself to watch this film or hope that its a success, and I've been a Trek fan all my life.

    For starters, I'm beginning to detest prequels in all shapes and forms. Second, half the casting in this film has me cringing. Third, everything I've seen so far (and yes, that is only trailers and tv spots) screams 90210. That is not Star Trek to me. Fourth, I've now read spoilers, and they only confirm some of my suspicions about how this is completely removed from Trek I want to see. Frown

      Profile    PM    Email   
     Quote 
     

     
    Topic Legend:
    Normal Topic Normal Topic
    Locked Topic Locked Topic
    Sticky Topic Sticky Topic
    New Post New Post
    Sticky Topic W/ New Post Sticky Topic W/ New Post
    Locked Topic W/ New Post Locked Topic W/ New Post
    Subscribe to this topic Subscribe to this topic
    You may not post messages
    Full HTML is allowed
    Words are censored