To Boldy Go……

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First off, let me confess to anyone who does not already know that I am an out and out Trekkie.  I am a die-hard Voyager fan in particular, but will watch pretty much anything to do with Star Trek.  (I realise writing this that I completely forgot to mention this in my responses to Ute’s questions recently, but there you go…!)

Anyway, there are only two Trek-related things which are pretty much unforgivable in my book:

  • that the Voyager run was ended so abruptly and well before its time;
  • and that the famous trekkie mantra breaches the grammatical convention of not splitting an infinitive.  Yes, ok, I realise that things like this don’t seem to be taken as seriously as they used to be.  But somehow, avoiding a split infinitive is one writing style I find it hard to drop.  I know that Hub is with me on this one.

Having got that off my chest, it is also fair to say that I generally love a good space drama.  I am not going to get into the merits or otherwise of Star Wars here.  That will need it’s very own post some time.

Instead, I’d like to highlight a couple of the other great space films that capture one’s imagination.

When I wrote about the death of Alan Rickman recently, a blogging friend responded by highlighting one of his films, Galaxy Quest.  I immediately realised that my life would not be complete without watching it as soon as possible.

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I was not disappointed.  It is a wonderful spoof on programmes like Star Trek and I enjoyed every second of it.  The funny thing is that, no matter how badly this type of film portrays space exploration, it is still easy to go along with the story.

I also recently watched The Martian.

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Again, a brilliant film, based on the book of the same title by Andy Weir.  Ridley Scott directs a totally believable and suspense-filled epic, which had me on the edge of my seat right until the last moment.  This was all the more remarkable because I had previously read the book and knew the story!!

I think there is something about space-based films in particular which, if done well, inspire this type of white-knuckle ride, even when one knows how things are likely to end, or definitely will end.  Gravity is one such film, which totally deserved all the awards it won in 2014.  This was utterly compelling the whole way through.

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And perhaps one of the best examples of all, if not the best,  is the magnificent Apollo 13.

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Director Ron Howard took our breath away, making us wonder whether the astronauts would survive their return to earth, in the telling of a story based on fact.  Now that’s film-making at its pinnacle.  I will never forget watching this film in the cinema with Hub and my sister – we sat through the credits at the end unable to move, so stunned were we with what we had witnessed.  Amazing.

Do you like space films?  Any that you would recommend?  Or avoid?

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10 thoughts on “To Boldy Go……

  1. I am not a die hard Trekkie but I do like Star Trek, and, in particular, Voyager. And I do like To Boldy Go, because it’s bold and gives support to my rampant infinitive splitting. 😀 I haven’t seen any of the other films you mention but I am sure I would enjoy them.

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  2. I loved Star Trek from the very beginning. Within the running narrative, the issues of war, poverty, racism, technology, euthanasia, diversity, economics, progress, compassion, hope etc were addressed with compelling elegance. Many of the advancement in technology were predicted by Star Trek years before their occurrences. Glad you liked Galaxy Quest!!!

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  3. My husband is a space film and Star Trek enthusiast and I believe he liked Voyager best too. Kate Mulgrew (who has a look of Katherine Hepburn about her I always think) was in a medical drama called Heartbeat in the late 80’s which also got axed after a couple of series. I don’t often watch space films mainly because I was traumatised by a film I saw when very young where a man’s oxygen tube was severed while he was space-walking and he floated away – suffocating. I have never forgotten my horror 😉 I do enjoy Star Trek though!

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    1. Love Kate Mulgrew & Janeway!! Totally agree about the Katherine Hepburn reference. Sorry about your previous trauma – I can relate to this, having watched Marathon Man many years ago… 😱

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  4. The Voyager finale was indeed abrupt, which is a shame, I loved the opening to Voyager the best of all the series too.

    Galaxy Quest was fun but I didn’t get on with The Martian, I wish I would have read the book first. The film would have done better had it not assumed the viewer needed to be told what was going on all the time. I did prefer Interstellar.

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    1. Have not yet watched Interstellar – it’s def on the list

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      1. It really is the modern day 2001, I enjoyed it although avoided peering too closely at the science just in case it wasn’t quite accurate.

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      2. Sounds great – just up my street!

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