Instead, I'm going to list all the things I'm thankful for from the past twelve months, for whatever reason and in no particular order, starting with:
1. The opening credits of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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"Now you're looking for the secret. But you won't find it because of course, you're not really looking. You don't really want to work it out. You want to be fooled." -- Cutter, PrestigeIt's now been a week since the last frame of Breaking Bad footage aired on national television and anyone with a mind to it has said their piece online. With all the hype and expectations now put to rest, I stand by what I said in my pre-finale post (and later argued to the estimable FILM CRIT HULK on Twitter), that wanting can be a lot more enjoyable than having when it comes to series finales. The quote above from Prestige captures this notion, and the sentiment was also expressed by Joanna Robinson in her podcast review of the finale on The Ones Who Knock. That is, for all the stylistic triumphs of "Felina", as enjoyable as it was, it didn't really aspire to surprise the audience in any way. Rather than hit us upside the head like the controversial Sopranos finale or throw a wild monkey wrench in the gears like the groundbreaking St. Elsewhere finale, "Felina" felt more like watching the dominoes fall just as they'd been arranged . That is, it was less a climax than a series of natural consequences to what came before.
"Do you remember when we used to be explorers?" - Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, InsurrectionThis past week saw the release of Star Trek[:] Into Darkness on DVD/Blu-Ray, which gave us all an opportunity to reflect on the visceral hatred that movie set off among Trekkies and critics everywhere. Seriously, it's gotten pretty ugly, like Prequel Trilogy ugly. It's been widely reported that the attendees of a recent Star Trek Convention in Los Angeles voted Into Darkness as "the worst Star Trek movie ever." I've personally expressed serious issues I had with the film's bogus marketing tactics (which, in my opinion, was a cynical manipulation of "spoiler" etiquette), while others have taken the film's narrative shortcomings to task in a number of well-considered take-downs.
What is out there in the black void beyond?How do you recapture that spirit of exploration, that optimism for the future within the cynical, gritty, action-oriented "nuStar Trek" universe they've created? I can't tell you how, but I can recommend a handful of movies (and one TOS episode) that I hope the writers and director watch before they start banging out the plot for Star Trek Course Correction (which I think would make a great title).