Star Wars and Star Trek dates!

CONFIRMED

Dates for all of Star Wars and all of Star Trek: The Original Series have been planned and are 100%.

10th January Star Wars

Today  Star Wars (recap)

24th January  The Empire Strikes Back

25th January  Return of the Jedi

26th January  Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

28th January – Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

29th January – Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

30th January – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

From Feb 1st (my birthday) onwards we shall be watching 2 episodes of TOS every day until we finish  Season 3.

I also have a rough plan of Doctor Who. The general rule of Classic Who will be 1 story a day, every day (watching the animated recons for the missing episodes and where none are available, the LC recons).  There are a few exceptions, however, namely “Mission to the Unknown”, “The Daleks’ Master Plan”, and “The Trial of a Time Lord”. Mission to the Unknown shall be tagged on to Galaxy 4 as they share the same production code of T (with Mission having T/A to differ them). TDMP shall be split into 2 halves consisting of episodes 1-6 and episodes 7-12. Trial shall be split into it’s 4 segments: The Mysterious Planet, Mindwarp, Terror of the Vervoids and The Ultimate Foe.

The TV movie shall be watched on it’s own, after Survival.

Nu-Who is as simple as 2 episodes a night regardless of length and multi-part stories.

Thanks again for reading, fellow geeks!

Stall (Erm…)

Well. I Knew this would happen.

My marathon has been stalled for over a week now, coming up to 2. And after the first night only.

I’m planning to continue tomorrow if everything goes right but for the meantime, here’s my overall marathon agenda (with no dates as I could never follow them!)

STAR WARS

I shall be screening  the movies in the following order:

IV, V, VI, I, II, III, VII

Now, the infamous ‘Special’ Editions have plagued this franchise for too long. Fortunately however, for the purists, an HD theatrical version does exist, known as the Despecialized Edition. We shall be watching these for our marathon along with the official blu-rays of the Prequel Trilogy as well as going to the cinema to see The Force Awakens if we catch it.

STAR TREK

Star Trek is where everything gets complicated…

I shall be screening the movies and tv episodes in this order:

Click link to see episode list! (and also Star Trek Into Darkness)

As far as remasters go, you have TOS and TNG remastered on blu-ray so far.

TOS-R is, although very faithful, 100% CGI (which I don’t like). Fortunately this set, unlike the Star Wars: Special Editions, includes  the original effects (Yay!!).

TNG-R is a different story however, but different good.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Full Journey – does not include the original episodes but this might not be as bad as it sounds. TNG-R is an excellent remaster which is extremely faithful to the originals. It fixes things which needed to be fixed (e.g. boom mikes in shot) and changes things which effect continuity of the series as a whole (e.g. enterprise phaser firing in the wrong place) and also does light touch-ups of the original model shots and only does a CGI reconstruction if it is completely necessary. When they do have to do a CGI reconstruction of a model shot, they study the original shot          frame-by-frame to make it look as authentic as possible.

VOY and DS9 are currently only available in DVD quality although ENT is available on     blu-ray but no remastering took place as it was aired in HD originally.

DOCTOR WHO

Episodes shall be screened in this order:

Click link to wikipedia! (bar Shada as currently unaired)

All Classic Who is DVD quality up to Doctor Who: The Movie, bar Spearhead from Space which has been remastered for 1080p full HD blu-ray due to the video format it was shot on.

Doctor Who is the best for the purists. Although there are many (excellent) remasters, they are considered the secondary viewing option whereas the originally aired episodes are on disc 1!. This makes it extremely easy to screen it as it is as simple as slotting in disc 1, hitting play and possibly fiddling with a few audio options to get 5.1 surround sound. (I do not have  a 5.1 surround sound speaker setup although there are still nice additions such as added rain sound effects “Resurrection of the Daleks”)

Nu-Who shall be screened in blu-ray quality. Although some say that the BBC did a bad job with the Series 1-4 blu-ray upscale, I say that it is unnoticeable at most.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out my review of The Empire Strikes Back (1980), which should be out tomorrow (emphasis on the should XD).

 

Star Wars (1977)

I (Dylan) have recently decided to do what I have decided to call a TriGeekAthon. I shall be watching all 715 TV episodes and all 13 films of Star Trek, all 7 films of Star Wars, and all 826 episodes of Doctor Who (wish me luck). I thought about how to document it, and then decided to blog my progress.

That’s the introduction over with; now for my review of Star Wars.

This, superbly cast and directed, introduction to the classic saga, introduces characters as memorable as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Han Solo, whilst also introducing the lovable R2-D2, C-3PO and Chewbacca. Whilst having the imposing threat of the empire This movie gets straight into the action and doesn’t stop. This is an overall excellent movie and the practical effects still hold up today, George Lucas *cough* Special Edition *cough*. My only problem is that the climax did begin to get repetitive but was still tense enough to not stop you from watching. One of the most honored movies to ever be released in cinemas. 9.5/10

And Also…

HAN SHOT FIRST.