Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wednesday...another delay

We got another two hour delay this morning...this time as I was fixing breakfast.  Once again, I was already ready to go and so once again...I'm here sitting watching tv waiting for work time to roll around.  I won't lie, its nice to have chill mornings before work...but I wish I could just go back to sleep.  Someone might say 'Of course you can! Just set an alarm!' but the thing about me is, I can't go back to sleep once I've been up a certain amount of time.  Its a weird thing of mine.  I remember when I was 17 and I could sleep anywhere at any time...but as I got older it was much more difficult.  Now its only when its nighttime...and occasionally during a long car ride where I'm not driving.

Speaking of sleep, I had a really good one last night.  Very deep, very visual dreams.  And there was no pill involved.

I spent a good deal of last week watching the new blu ray discs (or BDs) that I bought and its time to talk about one of my favorites...from the Star Trek series.  There are several in the series that I like...and yet one stands out above all the others as being both original and deep.  That would be Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. This was the last outing for the original cast members, and not a moment too soon as the cast was definitely beginning to show its age and expanding waistlines, and so the producers decided to play all their big aces.  First, they got director Nicholas Meyer (who helmed the hugely popular Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) to come back to direct this installment, they also got him to help write the script with Leonard Nimoy (who directed the amazingly successful fourth installment) who had an amazing idea to combine themes of the Cold War with "Star Trek" so that the Enterprise could explore the idea of change and the fight for peace.  It begins with the accidental destruction of the Klingon moon, Praxis, which places the Klingon empire on the fast track for extinction.  Spock then begins a dialog with Chancellor Gorkon, of the empire, to discuss peace.  This gets the Enterprise and her reluctant crew involved in escorting the Chancellor to Earth for peace talks, much to Kirk's dismay (he hates the Klingons because one of them killed his son).  All seems to be going tensely, but on schedule, when Gorkon's ship is fired upon and he is assassinated by two men wearing Federation space suits, its up to the crew to find out who committed the murder and to try and save peace.  Its a fascinating concept that gets away from the standard mold of "Star Trek" and becomes something more like Tom Clancy in space.  It shows how change is hard to fight for and even harder to accept after so many years of being used to the status quo.  I don't remember the end of the Cold War, I was too young, but I imagine for many it was a rough time of transition after so many years of animosity and mistrust.  Nimoy was clearly trying to get this message across in his last adventure as Spock (until the new Star Trek anyway) and that, as well as the terrific acting and plotting, is why this is one of my favorite "Star Trek" films.

1 comment:

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

I want to say I have seen this one but honestly I am not sure. I think I will have to go back and watch it again though.