Friday, January 23, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This smells like bat barf!*


 As it's the start of a new year, it's also time for a new reading list.
 I know I said previously that I was going to try not to read as much Star Trek literature this year, and that this first book post has no less than three Star Trek novels, but there shouldn't be any more until the Summer when David R George III's new novel is released.
 Oh, except for Takedown (by John Jackson Miller) which should be delivered to my Kindle on the 27th of this month.

1. The Missing (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), by the ever wonderful Una McCormack

 Una McCormack can do no wrong! She is my favourite 'Trek author at the moment, having penned my very favourite Star Trek novels; The Never Ending Sacrifice, Brinkmanship, and The Crimson Shadow.
 The Missing is a long-awaited Deep Space Nine novel set aboard the new station (ghastly design, by the way), and a civilian science vessel, the Athene Donald. Along with the regular crew, it reintroduces characters from Brinkmanship, and the prickly Doctor Katherine Pulaski (Beverly Crusher's contentious 2nd season replacement in Star Trek: The Next Generation). 
 I loved the style of writing (especially the bits where McCormack lets the readers' imaginations fill in the blanks, and the almost complete lack of technobabble), the Captain's Log introductions, the Athene Donald (let's have more novels set aboard this marvellous ship), and the really quite tense and baffling, but also warm, Cardassian/Romulan storyline. More, please, Una! 

2. Articles of the Federation, by Keith R. A. DeCandido

 This is not a new book, but it is a new book for me. It was first published in 2005, and was one of the more unusual Star Trek novels that wasn't linked to any particular TV series, and didn't "star" any of the main casts.
 I don't know why I didn't read it at the time? It may have been because I wasn't (and am still not) interested in politics, be they real or fictional (although aren't most politics fictional?). This novel, however, was a delight to read, even though it was about the politics, politicians and press of the United Federation of Planets! Plus, I love the character of Nanietta Bacco, President of the UFP.


3. First Among Sequels, by Jasper Fforde

 This is the fifth of the Thursday Next series, and just as good as the previous four. With its various plot threads meandering along, seemingly unrelated but nonetheless engaging, until they intertwine in an "Oh, yes! Why didn't I see this coming?" moment near the very end.
 In this novel, Thursday has to deal with falling readership, the threat of reality TV-style books, the end of time (seemingly brought about by the inaction of her lazy, sullen, teenage son), and her two BookWorld counterparts, Thursday1-4 and Thursday5.

4. Calvin & Hobbes, by Bill Watterson

 It was dear Mago who reminded me that it had been a while since I'd read any Calvin & Hobbes, so I thought I'd start from the beginning and see how far I get.
 This is the first book - a collection of the comic strips from 1985 to 1986.
* Post title from page 10 (strip from November 28 1985)


5. Synthesis (Star Trek: Titan), by James Swallow

 Again, this is a new book for me, but one that was published back in 2009.
 Unlike with Articles of the Federation, I know full well why I didn't read this book at the time: The slut on the cover with Riker!
 Now, having read the book, I know she's not a slut and Riker's marriage to Deanna Troi is as safe as houses. Ahhh... 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hair Raising Tales From The Future


 All that talk of time-travel over at MJ's reminded me of this:

Click for big-hair!

 I "appropriated" it on one of our jaunts to the future. I must say, I was surprised that the old rag was back in publication in the 24th century. It was with a stack of other magazines on a table in the departure lounge of the Temporal Traffic Control Tower I was waiting in for clearance to return to the 21st century. I was so fascinated with the article about the once fashionable Betazoid practice of caging small animals in elaborate wigs, that I couldn't put it down and it somehow managed to accompany me back here.

 Speaking of Betazoids, Deanna Troi's head-in-a-replicator styling trick isn't something I would recommend. Mr Mot's top ten tips are far more palatable. Except number eight...

 Ooh, and Janice Rand's basket-weave 'do is easier to accomplish than one might think!

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

HobNobbing with the stars


 Urg. A morning of manual labour at The Parents' constructing a flat-pack desk from IKEA wasn't quite what I had in mind for my day off. Luckily, I had another appointment this afternoon, so I left the desk slap-bang in the middle of their living room (and the various bits of some matching storage units on wheels - Micke I think it's called?) and made my escape.
  
  Within the hour, I had arrived at Alfred Centuri's for afternoon tea. Betty Stromgren was already parked in the Queen Anne wing-back with a rather large glass of sherry, and just as Alfred was letting me in, Anne Tarés and Allan de Baran turned up together. Now, this was rather unusual as Anne's place is most definitely not on the way to Alfred's from the de Baran residence. After some blunt-force questionning from the half-cut Betty Stromgren, the - rather spurious to my thinking - reason for de Baran's wild detour was that Major Arthur Canis was supposed to pick Ms Tarés up, but he was detained at the Sol-Sirius border as the daft old coot had forgotten his Passport! 

 Anyway, after we'd subdued Betty with another half pint of Alfred's best cooking sherry, we set to with tea and a packet of HobNobs!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

What Would Bridget Jones's Houseboy Do?


 I need to find some new non-Star Trek books to read otherwise I'm in danger of boring you all with too much Trek.


  Any suggestions?

 

Thursday, January 08, 2015

"To Do" list


 Well, we're still here. Beaky hasn't managed to off us yet.
  And nor shall he! We're on our guard...
 Quite. Anyway, we've just got time to post a quick "to do" list and have a flick around your blogs before turning to matters of differing importance.
  Yes. Much as we'd like to lose yet more hours on this infernal Demon Box-
We've spent most of the day buggering around on Memory Beta!
  Shush, you! I was talking. Now, where was I?
Time wasting...
  Hmmph! Oh yes: Spending time at the Computron. Or trying not to. Or, at least, trying to spend constructive time at it. The point being-
If anyone actually gets around to the point, that is...
 The point being, if we make a list of things to do and share it with you lot, we might actually get around to doing the things on the list!
 So, without further ado, here is the list:

• Rearrange the Coven. After all, it's perfectly obvious that certain members aren't pulling their weight.
• Clear our desk. It looks like a red-tape & paperwork bomb has gone off on it! 
 Yes, it's not exactly conducive to sitting down and working at it.
• Darn socks (if anyone knows a good spell for this, please let me know!). 
• Finish the family tree for Svaathor.
• Write up our latest adventure from over the Cusp.
• Pick up some more de-nymphing solution.
• Oh, and find something to get rid of unicorns. There's one taken up residence in the shed and, as I'm sure you all know, they are stubbornly resistant to magic, so I can't take the easy way out.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

New year, old fear


Beaky.

Mr and Mrs Beaky

Specifically, Beaky III and his wife. Remember that I told you about the rearing of their monstrous progeny in the holly tree? Well, I did.
 No you didn't. I've just been scouring our dusty archives and can find no such declaration.
I could have sworn I did. Beaky is not something that one tends to forget.
 Well, look for yourself, then!
Sigh... Fine. So I didn't. I meant to, though. Anyway:

The Beakys and a couple of their minions

They are alive. Alive!
 Plus, they've only gone and got themselves some Starlings to act as minions.
We're doomed. Doomed!
 Oh, stop being so dramatic.
 
For those of you who are blissfully unaware of Beaky, you can learn more here, here, here and here.
Or just click on the Familiar label.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The 2014 Coven Awards - A Year in Review



* This would have been the 9th, but we weren't around for the ends of 2011, 2012 & 2013.

Well, this should be easier than usual as we haven't actually been blog-active for the whole year. Some may call us lazy, but we would just reply "it takes one to know one"!
 Shall we get started then? As usual, I've been lumbered with presenting the awards. 
Probably because we took the time to watch all those telly programmes and read all those bloody books.
Yes, and I shall recap our blog prowess over the year.
Good one, Witchface! Less work for us!
Let's get started then: On with the show!



January: We started the year as we meant to go on, except we didn't. Mean to go on, that is. We published the final issue of wwwWOW! with the intention of shutting up shop. Sadly for you poor, disillusioned readers, we reneged on our promise. Ha!

February: We're closed.

March: Bugger off!

 Well, that was an easy first quarter, wasn't it?!
Oh, hush up and get on with the awards.
 Fine. Here we go then:


 First up we have the award for Televisual Treats. We've had to split this into five different categories as the shows we've watched this year have been so different in terms of concept and content.
• Supernatural: Dracula; Grimm; In The Flesh; Penny Dreadful ~ First to fall is Grimm mainly due to the stupidity and woodeness of main character Nick Burkhardt. Dracula is next to go for its ridiculous sexiness. In The Flesh almost made it to the winner's podium but it's just a little too bleak, which means the winner is the stylish, mysterious and emotional Penny Dreadful!



• Comedy: Benidorm; Harry Hill's TV Burp; Modern Family; Miranda; The Middle ~These shows are funny in different ways, but for sheer performance and out-and-out laughs, the winner has to be Miranda!
• Drama: Looking; Olive Kitteridge ~ Sorry Gay Boys, if you were a bit more likeable you could have nabbed this award from Olive.
 Psssst! Dom? I'll see you later!
• BBC: The Great British Sewing Bee; Strictly Come Dancing; Strictly: It takes Two; Octonauts (Yeah, this surprised me too, but I suppose it's to be expected when one has a 20 month-old niece. Besides, the episodes I saw were teaching kids about yeti crabs at hydrothermal vents and immortal jellyfish, amongst other obscure sea creatures - What other children's show does that?!) ~ If it wasn't for the annoying Tess Daly and the even more annoying voting public, Strictly Come Dancing would have won.


 

 Instead, the winner is Strictly: It Takes Two presented by the hilarous Zoe Ball and (on Wednesdays) the rather alluring Ian Waite.



• Sci-Fi: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Arrow; Doctor Who; The Flash ~I surprised myself by watching Doctor Who this year - not every episode, mind, but most of them. I was just curious as to whether an older Doctor would be less irritating, as David Tennant and Matt Smith I found to be pretty much unbearable. I'm pleased that I did give it a go as Peter Capaldi's Doctor, while condescending and irrascible, is very watchable. Add in the (mostly) clever and thoughtful stories, the marvellous chemistry of the actors, and the always brilliant Michelle Gomez as The Mistress, and we have a clear winner!



 
We haven't gone in for much in the way of new music this year. Instead, we've mostly fallen back on new releases from old favourites: Wanderlust, by Sophie Ellis-Bextor; Do It Again, by Röyksopp & Robyn; Running to the Sea/Something in my Heart, by Röyksopp, featuring Susanne Sundfør/Jamie McDermott; and Hush, by The Limousines (the only new artist we've taken note of).

 While Röyksopp and Robyn have done no wrong, the delightful Sophie E-B has easily trounced them with her fifth studio album Wanderlust! My particular favourite tracks are: "Birth of an Empire", "Young Blood", "13 Little Dolls", and "Love is a Camera".
 




 In the running for Best Book are: Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett; The Collectors, by Christopher L. Bennett; Get Off The Unicorn, by Anne McCaffrey; Second Nature & Point of Divergence, by David Mack and Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore; Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs; The Woman Who Died A Lot, by Jasper Fforde; The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter; Not the Royal Wedding, edited by Sean Hardie & John Lloyd; Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples.

 Ooh, this is another difficult one as all are clever, well written and engaging, so I've decided that I'm only going to choose from books that I first read this year. That means we say goodbye to possibly my favourite book of all time: Good Omens, along with Get Off The Unicorn and Not the Royal Wedding. The three Star Trek books are next to go, despite featuring a Borg-assimilated Tyrannosaurus Rex and a sexily arrogant unjoined Trill (The Collectors and Second Nature/Point of Divergence, respectively). Closely following them are The Long Earth and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which leaves (the as yet unfinished) Saga and The Woman Who Died A Lot (our introduction to Thursday Next) as joint winners!
 


 We do love a sleek starship, so this year we've added this category to acknowledge the sleekest! Four contenders fight for the crown, including the surprise Saber-class entry which narrowly pipped the Sovereign-class USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E to the final line-up.

 The Excelsior-class USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B (designed by John Eaves for Star Trek Generations); The Saber-class USS Peterson NCC-61815 (redesigned by D. M. Phoenix for the 2015 Ships of the Line calendar); The Akira-class USS Thunderchild NCC-63549 (designed by Alex Jaeger for Star Trek: First Contact); and the Vesta-class USS Aventine NCC-82602 (designed by Mark Rademaker for Pocket Books)

The Enterprise-B, Peterson, Thunderchild and Aventine vogue for the camera
 The winner is the handsome yet elegant Enterprise-B - our perennial favourite!



April: We couldn't bare it any longer and made a triumphant return to brass fanfares, ticker-tape parades, street parties and an international holiday was declared!
 That wasn't for us.
What?
 All that stuff. It wasn't for us!
Well, who was it for, then?
 Will & Kate. It was the Royal Wedding anniversary.
Oh. What did we get, then?
 Nothing really. A few comments for our Monsters Under the Bed, and monstrous Easter Egg posts, and that's it.
Huh. I don't know why we bothered, then.

May: Svaathor Da Vijs assisted the Ladies of Lily's Tearoom remove a nymph from their dishwasher; we tried an Infomaniac House of Beauty diet; and survived a swarm of bees amongst other things.

June: Arcane Aerial Conveyancing and almost being stabbed by Concorde were the prelude to the return of the Tin Foil Hat Competition.



 
We've managed to watch no fewer than eleven films newly released in 2014, but only three of which were seen at the cinema: Captain America: The Winter SoldierGuardians of the Galaxy; and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The others - The Amazing Spider-Man 2;
(Bad) Neighbo(u)rs; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Godzilla; The Grand Budapest Hotel; and Maleficent, amongst others - we watched at home courtesy of a certain satellite TV channel.

 Looking back on these films now, we picked the right ones to fork out the extra cash and see on the big screen. Having said that though, I wouldn't have minded seeing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Godzilla at the cinema, although a very engaging film, Dawn was rather predictable, and Godzilla a little over hyped (but still very good). The Grand Budapest Hotel was an incredible surprise - Not what I expected, but very amusing, well cast and acted, and rather stylish.

 So, the top three are the cinema-seen films. The joint runners-up are Captain America and X-Men, with top honors going to Guardians of the Galaxy - A slickly produced, funny, emotional and entertaining film.





Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler in Penny Dreadful) - Well, I've always had a thing for him ever since seeing him in The Faculty.
Murray Bartlett (Dom in Looking) - It's the Tom Selleck-alike moustache! 
Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) - There's something rather reassuring about him. 
Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) - Fun! 
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Ford Brody in Godzilla) - I was transfixed by his arms.
Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy) - The attainable everyman.

 It has to be my first love: Josh Hartnett!



Bree Turner (Rosalee in Grimm)
Eva Green (Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful)
Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald in Doctor Who)
Michelle Gomez (The Mistress/Master in Doctor Who)
Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Miranda Hart (Miranda in Miranda)

 Ummm...  I'm a little out of my depth here. Help, anyone? 



Diggle & Felicity - Brains and brawn
FitzSimmons - Awww... I just want to squeeze them!
Rocket & Groot - A talking raccoon and a walking tree. What could be more adorable?
Ian Waite and his telestrator - There's something to be said about a man who gets his wand out in the name of daytime entertainment!
Pasha & Caroline - She's so effervescent and he's so... Pasha! Aww... Just look at his little Pasha face!
Frankie & Kevin - He calls her Frankenstein and she dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the West (as you may have seen in the video from Televisual Treats, above). 




July: We flew into Cromer on Broom for tin foil; opened the Chapeau de Tin Foil gallery and announced the winner; and had a look at the Star Trek: Ships of the Line 2015 calendar.

August: We almost popped a dirigible; wanted to pop a red hot cherry; and popped over The Cusp for flying saucer-related shenanigans.

September: Castlette DeVice's gardens were opened; Inexcuseable got a new job; and we returned to the horror of 'Petra's Pudding Debacle!



 
This is an easy one: Without a doubt, this award goes to Josh Hartnett & Reeve Carney for their totally unexpected liaison in Penny Dreadful.
Sorry about the video - It's the best one we could find that hasn't been doctored by someone.







 Cinzano - Joan Collins & Leonard Rossiter (featuring Marina Sirtis in the last one!)


 Campari - Lorraine Chase & Jeremy Clyde


 Sorry Ms Scarlet, Joan pips Lorraine to the post here.


It's amazing what a beard can do, isn't it?
 Yes. So, here are the nominees for "Best Beard":
• Bobby Drake/Iceman (X-Men: Days of Future Past) - Turned a boy into a man.
• Grant Ward (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) - Transformed a generic, bland character into a sinister fox!
Maurice (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) - This isn't quite what I had in mind, but... Oh, well.
Faro Dastin (Second Nature) - Hang on. This is a character in a book. We don't even see him!
Yeah, but he's described. As is his beard.
 Yes, but-
And he's very proud of it. Plus he's a fox!
 That may be, but-
Moving on!
Zoe Ball (Strictly: It Takes Two) - What?! Oh, come on!
What?
 This is the last time I let you loose in one of these award shows. Ian Waite does not need a beard!




 We had to engage in a little time-travel for this award.
Yes, it was graciously pointed out after the awards ceremony that we had allowed a glaring omission to detract from this hallowed occasion.
Even though it was omitted for the perfectly legitimate reason that it happened last year...
 But, still, this award would have made it into the 2013 Coven Awards had they actually taken place, so with some jiggery-pokery in the time-stream, we bring you this: The Most Shocking Win.
AKA: Did I Win Yet?

(from Spot the bunny)
(from Ghost gerbil)



October: Attack of the Giant Spider; another look around Castlette DeVice's gardens; Cromer on the map; harking back to Hallowe'en.

November: Well, we showed you Cromer Lighthouse and that's about it.
 Yeah, another lazy month.
Hey! Not lazy. Busy.
 Yeah, right...

December: An update; taking a look at Christmas films; 2013 review dusted off.



 
Thankfully, MJ has been rather slack on the Filthy Friday front this year, so researching this award hasn't been too traumatic. May I present, the Least Repulsive Filthy Friday from Friday 26th September:
 It all looks so wholesome doesn't it? I mean, apart from the strumpet with her thre'pennies out. And I'm sure that once she's poured the tea, Mother will straighten that picture and leave her son and his friend to it.



 
As Craig Revel Horwood is fond of pointing out on Strictly, the nominees in this category were "all a bit of a Disarrster, Darrling!"
 Now, Criminal Minds and I, Frankenstein weren't exactly disastrous, but I was expecting so much more from both of them. If this final season is anything to go by, Criminal Minds should have finished at the end of the last season. It seems to have taken several steps back and I find it all rather lacklustre. The same goes for I, Frankenstein. Even Aaron Eckhart couldn't save this awful film. To be quite honest, I can't understand why he thought it would be a good idea in the first place. 
 I hesitated to include Transformers: Age of Extinction in this category, because I knew it would be an unmitigated disaster just like its two predecessors (but not the first film),  but it failed to meet even my lowered expectations. The main problems were the shoe-horned in "Dinobots" (if one can truly call them that), and Mark Wahlberg. While his acting and character were perfectly believable, his massive arms were not. They're ridiculous! Far too distracting.
 So, we're left with a disarrster of epic proportions: Under the Dome. Terrible acting; rushed storylines; stupid, stupid townsfolk; the over-the-top evil facial expressions of Big Jim; everyone believing Evil Big Jim has changed for the better EVEN THOUGH HE CLEARLY HASN'T! Did I mention the stupidest townspeople in the history of the world? Even if I did, I'm mentioning them again: THEY ARE SPECTACULARLY STUPID!
 I was hate-watching this show during the second season (the first was pretty good), until I couldn't bear it any longer and just stopped. Ahhhhhhhhhhh...
There's no video as we just couldn't bear to give Under The Dome any more attention than we already have. 



 Another new category this year: The Most Polished Pilot.
Well, we needed something to highlight my skills astride Broom.
 Oh, yeah, and who was who nearly popped Cloudlab?
But I didn't though, did I? You know why? Skillful flying.
 Ha! Anyway, there are other contenders and other piloted contraptions, and they are nominated below:

Russell Adams/in anything he wants!
Knight/Concorde
LX/a flying saucer
Ms Scarlet/the other flying saucer
• Frankie Bridge/a broom (see the first Televisual Treats video above)
• Judy Murray/a bunch of balloons


 And the winner is: Ms Scarlet!
Hmmph! 




  Well, without Connor Trinneer, the award for the sexiest Sci-Figure will have to go to one of these three: 

Faro Dastin (Second Nature) AKA "Mr Fabulous"; Marko (Saga); Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy)

 While Marko is certainly sexy and has those amazing horns (plus the cutest face), and Star-Lord is very attractive (even after being covered in orange goo), this award can only go to the awesomely ab-ed (and pec-ed, and shouldered, and armed etc) Faro Dastin as "played" by Ryan Reynolds (seen here in The Amityville Horror).
The author of Second Nature, David Mack, imagined Dastin to be portrayed by Reynolds, as evidenced by this screen cap:
 

So, that's it for another year.
 Review-wise, anyway.
Yeah, we're not going to disappear for a year, much as you may actually enjoy our absence!
Wow. Someone's a bit mardy.
Well, I've been slaving over this thing for days-
You're not the only one, you know!
While they're squabbling, we'll just say thank you for pandering to us for another (almost complete) year, and we'll see you soon.
 Happy New Year!
 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The repair witch came, but said she'd need another 900 for a new part.*


 OK, so we've just got time to squeeze in a final book post before the end-of-the-year-review. While we didn't manage to get to read 40+ books this year, we did exceed 2013's total of 36. So that's something, isn't it?

36. Tropic of Serpents (A Memoir by Lady Trent), by Marie Brennan
 This is the second in the series of Lady Trent's memoirs. I bought this book at the same time as the first but didn't get around to reading it until recently as I found the first one to be somewhat disappointing. Oh, the writing and concept (that of a scholarly Victorian era-esque lady travelling far from her homeland to study dragons) were top notch, I just don't think I was in the mood for such things back in August.
 This time, I think I must have been in the mood, as Lady Trent's adventures in the jungles of a central Africa-equivalent country and dealing with the indiginous peoples therein really captured my attention. There's a third book out soon, I believe: Voyage of the Basilisk. Although I don't know whether I shall be giving it a go.
 
37. Losing the Peace (Star Trek: The Next Generation), by William Leisner
 This book was released back in 2009 and deals with the aftermath of the devastating attack by the Borg. I didn't buy it at the time, as I wasn't convinced of the concept, and preferred more of a peaceful exploration-type Star Trek story after the chaos and carnage of the Federation-Borg war. However, at only £2.99 for the Kindle edition, I recently read it and found myself captivated. I was especially pleased to find that the often under-used Doctor Crusher stars in this story and her character and backstory is fleshed out very pleasingly. Top marks!


38. Saga (volume four), by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
 Oh, Saga, can you do no wrong? Well, yes, you can actually. And that is to keep me waiting so long until the next volume is released!
 Other than that, Saga is pretty much perfect. Vaughan's story of a mis-matched family trying to stay one step ahead of a war and the various characters who are after them, and Staples' imaginative and outstanding artwork make for a compelling and thoughtful tale.
 Plus, there are so many lines from this volume that I considered for this post title, such as: "Oopsie, I made a universe" (an empress farted out a universe); "So yeah, your pet just menstruated all over the living room" (and that pet was a walrus-hippo hybrid); "Stop name-dropping your dead ex, it's desperate"; and "You know your dog smells like hot garbage juice, right?".
* Post title from chapter 19.

39. Star Trek: New Worlds, New Civilizations, by Michael Jan Friedman Again, another old book, this one first published back in 1999. It's an anthology of short stories about some of the various worlds and places in the Star Trek universe. Plus, lots of pictures! Some of these little snippets have been invaluable in updating Memory Beta (which is the main reason why I read it).


 We hope you all had smashing Christmases or whatever other holiday you may take part in. Yes, see you back here at the end of the year.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Found: 2013 in review


 Jinkees! I was just thinking about maybe possibly doing a '2014 in review' post as the end of the year is looming, when I happened upon this review of 2013 in my drafts:

~ ~ ~

Favourite Televisual Viewing - In The Flesh, Being Human, Alphas, The Middle, Modern Family, Grimm, Under the Dome, Futurama, Australia, Glee, Criminal Minds, Fly Alaska, Strictly Come Dancing, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.



Most adorable presenter of a TV programme - Simon Reeve (Australia), Russell Howard (Russell Howard's Good News), Tom Hiddleston & Cookie Monster (Sesame Street/various)...



Awesome Abs - Harry Shum Jr (Glee), Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim), Taylor Kitsch (John Carter of Mars), Charlie McDermott (The Middle)


Most Amusing Rediscovery - Green Wing, Russell Howard's Good News, Pam Ann, Cookie Monster, Phixx



Most Heavenly Music - Goldfrapp "Clay", Nicola Roberts "Cinderella's Eyes", Girls Aloud "Something New", Glee "Locked Out of Heaven", "I Only Have Eyes For You" (although I prefer the Flamingos version...)



Charlie Hunnam and his abs star in Pacific Rim
Hottest Sci-Fi(gure) - Charlie Hunnam, Chris Hemsworth, Taylor Kitsch, Mike Vogel

Favourite Films - Pacific Rim, Battleship, Evil Dead, John Carter (of Mars) (OK, so this was released in 2012 but I only saw it in 2013), Chronicle, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Big Wedding, Thor: The Dark World, Blackfish, Cabin in the Woods (this was also a 2012 release), World War Z

The Most Hideous Disappointment - Star Trek Into Darkness.
Lets hear what Senator Vreenak has to say about it:



That's right. It's not really Star Trek. It's a perfectly competant sci-fi action film, but doesn't have any of the trappings of an actual Star Trek story.

Most Fabulous T-shirt - The orange one!

Character Crush - Axl Heck (The Middle), Sean Donohue (The Middle), Phil Dunphy (Modern Family), Monroe (Grimm), Dale "Barbie" Barbara (Under the Dome), Aaron Hotchner (Criminal Minds)

~ ~ ~

 As you can tell, it's nowhere near complete - I haven't even chosen the winners! In fact, when I found it, there were no links, pictures or videos - I added those just now to liven it up a bit.

 Hmmm... This has put me in the mood to stop procrastinating and get started on this year's review.

 Oh. Hang on. Inexcuseable's just called me. Gotta go. I'll be back later though!