The Return of “Star Trek”!?

Despite loving Star Wars and its intergalactic Shakespearean stories and characters I will always remain a faithful “Trekkie”. As a Star Trek fan since TNG and beyond I firmly believe in what Gene Roddenberry intended for his Utopian vision of the future. A galaxy where discovery, improving ourselves, and supporting each other are paramount.

So when J.J. Abrams reboot this utopia into a chaotic, war-actioner alt-reality dystopia I immediately pushed back. And, unfortunately, that tone and purpose carried over into the debut season of CBS All Access series ‘Star Trek: Discovery’. I had almost given up hope of ever returning to the place of wonder and thoughtful discovery of my youth. However…

Season Two has, so far, proven a wonderful course correction. There’s still an emphasis on big “wow” moments and grey-area character development–something perhaps suiting a no longer quite so fanciful 21st century world. Yet, this sophomore season is brimming with hope, thinking before acting, and remaining loyal to crew–whatever the cost. Even that wonderfully geeky humor of TOS and the subsequent TNG universe shows is back.

I actually look forward to each new episode. Despite the inclusion of fan service characters like Captain Pike and Lt. Spock and an overdependence on questionable Trek-ism physics ‘Star Trek’ has quickly returned to being quality sci-fi. I just hope the whole “think first” manta has translated well with the more Star Wars oriented pseudo-fans. But, that may be my Trekkie optimism at work. ;-)

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“Oh, this is the end…”

Well, FX just announced that their mind-f*ck Marvel series ‘Legion‘ will end after Season Three. Creator Noah Hawley apparently planned it as a three season story. But, come on. It’s obvious that had the ratings been better and that Disney hadn’t recently acquired Fox and all their Marvel properties–which includes ‘Legion‘–they would’ve continued the run. I’m mean, Disney’s ending rebooting the entire “X-men” film franchise. So, it’s not like this is a complete shocker.

However, I think this is good news. Any genre TV show that gets to end on its own terms and without unresolved cliffhanger bullsh*t is perfectly fine by me. Short and sweet is just how I roll. Anyway, Season Three looks to be another dark and twisted mind-f*ck. Here’s hoping.

A ‘Moonglow’ Teaser

Tobias Sammet’s latest AVANTASIA album ‘Moonglow‘ is about to drop–February 15th 2019. As a fan since their glorious debut ‘The Metal Opera’, I’ve embraced their gradual transition away from Symphonic Metal towards epic-scaled Prog Rock. It allows added complexity and nuance to the deep melodies and intricate arrangements. And, more importantly, it permits a greater range of guest vocalists in not requiring that they all must scream above the fury.

Each album typically gets at least one ballad putting Sammet’s soar alongside an ethereal female guest. As these songs often end up as album highlights the choice of his counterpart is essential. Thankfully, this time he got the effervescent Candice Night onboard for the title track, “Moonglow“. It’s nice to see Night branching out and tackling “heavier” material than her regular gig in BLACKMORE’S NIGHT. It’s a decent song. I’m hoping the album’s another Prog masterpiece. We’ll see.

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