Thank you all for issue 169 of Probe. Good to see the club is still busy and social, and of course, I am a member of your Facebook page. It’s interesting that Andrew is enjoying all the SF available on TV…for me, my interest has waned because there is so much of it now. I never saw the most recent Star Trek and Star Wars movies (more on that later), and I don’t feel I am missing anything. Funny how that changes. I really enjoyed The Magicians trilogy as a series of books, but the series hasn’t done anything for me.
Instantaneous transport…a great theme in so many good stories. I am sure that if we could transport, or teleport, it would become an everyday event, and we’d become jaded. We’d notice it more if it suddenly wasn’t there to use. A good story, showing us that instantaneous transport isn’t nearly as instantaneous as we were led to believe.
I grew up with Star Trek, and it’s always been my favorite SF property. And then, the reboot came along. I saw the first and second reboot movies. Have I seen the third? No, I haven’t, and I don’t really care to. I preferred the familiar characters (yes, many of the actors have passed), and I really wanted to like the reboot movies, but I don’t. I’d prefer the original timeline, and I’d prefer we carry on from the last of the TNG movies. I don’t care to know what happened in the past, I want to know what happened next. The next ST series is called Discovery, and it will be shot right here in Toronto. But, it goes back on the original timeline…or does it? I am not sure. I want to like it, and I’d like a walk-on role, but I am not sure with it. Time will tell. It was supposed to come out in 2017, but now looks like it will be postponed until 2018.
The Cleansing…I hate to say it, but it reminded me of all the horrible things happening in the US these days. We are very close to it all, and we are very much disturbed by it all. There are times, we’re simply too close.
And so…I think I am done for now. I hope you’re all enjoying late summer; we’re quite cold today. We will see you with issue 170.