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While "Balance of Terror" never left me nearly as confused as "Conscious of a King," I'm still finding that I get more out of this episode viewing it as an adult than I did when I last watched it as, oooooooh, a young teen. I wonder if the original Star Trek series will continue to (pleasantly) surprise me in this way.

A brief summary, for those who have never seen it: Federation star bases are being attacked and taken out near the Romulan neutral zone. It seems that a lone Bird of Prey has crossed over, and intends to demonstrate to its own government the weakness of the Federation by taking out their star bases and sneaking back, thus encouraging the militant Romulans to give up all pretenses of treaty and wage an all-out war of conquest. At this point in time, no Federation personnel have ever seen a Romulan, as all previous communications took place via voice-only radio signals. The goal of the Romulan vessel is to make it back into the neutral zone. The goal of the Enterprise is to stop it while still in Federation territory. The problems? Not only are the Romulans' weapons far more powerful than the Enterprise's, but they have an effective cloaking device. In the Enterprise's favor, the cloaking device and high-yield weaponry is a tremendous drain on power, so much so that they can't fire and remain cloaked at the same time. Also, the Enterprise is capable of moving much, much faster. Just forcing the Romulan vessel to expend enough energy that it can't make it back home would be enough to prevent a war that would cost millions of lives. But hey, we're talking James Tee here. Since when is good enough, good enough? This episode actually does a pretty spiff job of demonstrating that, although Kirk is an over-dramatic space cowboy who can't keep his hands off the alien chickies, he's actually Starship captain for a reason.

While 'Balance of Terror' doesn't have as many snappy soundbytes as some other episodes, here are a few quotes I liked, plus further comments. )
slyjinks: (Marvel Rodimus: Dark)
After having irritated myself all to heck by reading Rodimus Prime's wiki entry, I am badly in need of recommendations for good Rodimus Prime fic, possibly AU or post-series fic or something, where in he gains/regains command and stays in charge. Recommended fics should, ideally, not involve him screwing Galvatron or any other Decepticon.

Edit: [ profile] invisiblemoose has made me a fic-comic employing his MS Paint skills.

I'd still appreciate actual fic-fic recs, but this made me smile. :)
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"Conscience of a King" is a much better episode than I remember. I think it's because I didn't really understand what was going on as a kid.

McCoy: "Mr. Spock, the man on top walks a lonely street. The chain of command is often a noose."
Spock: "Spare me your philosophical metaphors, doctor."

Spock: "My father's race was spared the dubious benefits of alcohol."
McCoy: "Oh." Pause, muttered, "Now I know why they were conquered."

When were the Vulcans ever conquered? I may have to pass that off to McCoy being drunk.

"You should be told the difference between empiricism and stubbornness, Doctor." ~ Spock

"Even in this corner of the galaxy, two plus two equals four. Almost certainly an attempt will be made to kill you. Why do you invite death?" ~ Spock

Karidian: "I'm an actor. I play many parts."
Kirk: "You're an actor now. What were you twenty years ago?"
Karidian: "Younger, Captain. Much younger."

"The revolution is successful, but survival depends on drastic measures. Your continued existence represents a threat to the well-being of society. Your lives means slow death to the more valued members of the colony. Therefore I have no alternative but to sentence you to death. Your execution is so ordered. Signed, Kodos, governor of Tarsus Four." ~Karidian

"Blood thins. The body fails. One is finally grateful for a failing memory. I no longer treasure life, not even my own. I am tired! And the past is a blank." ~Karidian

Lenore: "Who are you to say what harm was done?"
Kirk: "Who do I have to be?"

"Oh, my child, my child. You've left me nothing! You were the one thing in my life untouched by what I'd done." ~Karidian

"They weren't innocent! They were dangerous! I would have killed a world to save him!" ~Lenore
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You know, Star Trek really did have some entertaining dialogue at times. I should start making notes while actually watching the episodes. ¬_¬ In the meanwhile, here's some from the episodes I already watched that I'd like to keep in mind.

"Love... you're better off without it, and I'm better off without mine. This vessel...I give... she takes. She won't permit me my life. I've got to live hers." ~Kirk (Kirk's love affair with the Enterprise has always, to me, been one of the central elements of the series. Sure, he sleeps around all the time. They've just got that kind of relationship. But the Enterprise puts up with it, 'cos she knows who he's coming home to when it's over.)

"One of the advantages of being a captain, Doctor, is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it." ~Kirk

Lt. Bailey: "We have phasers, I vote we blast 'em!"
Capt. Kirk: "Thank you, Mr. Bailey, I'll consider that... when this becomes a democracy."

"I've already got a female to worry about. Her name is the Enterprise." ~Kirk

"I object to you. I object to intellect without discipline; I object to power without constructive purpose." ~Spock

John Christopher: "I never did believe in little green men..."
Mr. Spock: [standing up - he had been seated] "Neither have I."

"Stonn. She is yours. After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true." ~Spock

"Conquest is easy. Control is not." ~Kirk

Spock-3: "One man cannot summon the future."
Kirk-1: "But one man can change the present."

"It was far easier for you as civilized men to behave like barbarians than it was for them as barbarians to behave like civilized men." ~Spock

McCoy: "Medical men are trained in logic."
Spock: "Trained? Judging from you, I would have guessed it was trial and error."

"Never lose you. Never." ~Kirk (whispered to the ceiling in an empty room on the Enterprise)

Hikaru Sulu: "I'll protect you, fair maiden."
Uhura: "Sorry, neither."
slyjinks: (Batman: Squirt)
Clearly, there is something villainous about combining the colors of green and purple, and no good can come of it. And to support my random assertation, I'm going to make a list of evil green-and-purple wearing dudes! Feel free to add any I forget

Lex Luthor
Green Goblin
The Constructicons
The Lizard
Chameleon (suggested by [ profile] invisiblemoose)
Dr Octopus (suggested by [ profile] invisiblemoose)
Scorpion (suggested by [ profile] invisiblemoose)
Fin Fang Foom (suggested by [ profile] the_baron)
Kang the Conqueror (suggested by [ profile] invisiblemoose)
Immortus (suggested by [ profile] invisiblemoose)
The Melter (suggested by [ profile] invisiblemoose)
The Skrulls (suggested by [ profile] invisiblemoose)

I am debating putting Hulk on here on an honorary basis, because, although he's technically a good guy (usually), he's frequently on the wrong side of the law and causes a rather lot of desctruction.

I'm sure I'm missing bunches. This is but a small sampling!
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On the rather short ride into work: Devour, by Shinedown, followed by Bodies by Drowning Pool.

Talk about the perfect movie to get you revved up in the morning!
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Well, okay, technically she's going biblical. I just read too many Transformers comics. >_>
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With honorable mention to Superman Beyond 3-D, which is getting delayed for the same reason as Last Will and Testament. Full review to come, but a quick note of: I really, really liked it. Also, some of the pages looked pretty darned awesome with the 3-D glasses on, but for best impact you should already have them on the first time you turn to those pages.

Erm. Potential for spoilers.

Robin #177 )

Rann-Thanagar Holy War #4 )

Reign In Hell #2 )
slyjinks: (Batman: Squirt)
I pick up my comics every other week these days, and I'm not even close to working my way through the latest batch, but I figured I'd make a few comments over what I've been reading so far. Spoilers ahoy!

Transformers Animated: The Arrival #1 )

DC Universe Last Will and Testament - While I've read it, I won't be posting my thoughts until it gets added to the Final Crisis Annotations blog, since it is apparently scheduled to be added. Mostly because I want to see what they have to say first, and because I'm hoping it'll clear up some personal confusion, such as when the heck this takes place. By the way, for anyone following any of the Final Crisis books or tie-ins, I highly recommend that blog. Do I consider it essential to make sense of Final Crisis? No, I don't. But it's nice for clearing up the small points. And for pointing out continuity errors that I might not have picked up on otherwise. As a side note, Final Crisis, and DC comics in general, is an example of books that provide enough enjoyable content (stories, action, characterization, etc) that I'm willing to tolerate quite a bit in the way of continuity self-contradiction.

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds, 1 of 5 )

Runaways - Runaways ends old runs and starts again at number one on a regular basis, and this is their newest number one. I don't know what the hell volume they're on at this point. I do know that the new art style just does not do it for me. What's more, they seem to have lost... something. I'm not sure. But the level of wit that I've seen in previous runs just isn't there. I'll give it one or two more issues, but this book is definitely on the, "In danger of being dropped" list.

Batman/Superman #51 )

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