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Checkpoint: Tylenol & Tissues Edition


It’s been a rough couple of days filled with Tylenol, tissues and plenty of liquids. I’ve had worse colds and fevers but none so persistent. I’m getting better but it has taken too many days away from me to get there. I’m guessing that’s just a sign of getting old.

I wish I could have said it was all fun and games while being sick — you know, like in elementary school and I could still find the energy for long gaming sessions in between doses of medication.

I took this opportunity to catch up on shows and movies. I’m finally watching Season 5a of Breaking Bad. I’m nearing the end of Justified Season 2 and Archer Season 4. But most importantly, I finished rewatching all of the TNG movies and thus finishing my quest to relive all the TNG TV and film content in chronological order.

After rewatching Star Trek: Nemesis, I realized it and Star Trek: Into Darkness shared a few similarities. I also realized many of my complaints against Star Trek: Into Darkness could be applied to Nemesis as well.

  • Both movies borrow elements from other Star Trek movies with Nemesis being a little less obvious about it
  • Both employ ridiculously large antagonist ships with Nemesis’ Scimitar being slightly more feasible.
  • Both visit a long time enemy’s homeworld but in Nemesis, the Enterprise was actually invited
  • Both movies opened with a terrorist attack with Nemesis’ attack fitting better with the overall narrative
  • Both movies violated the Prime Directive but in Nemesis the crew only showed a small shuttle and buggy while in Into Darkness, the crew exposed the entire Enterprise to a pre-warp technology species
  • Both movies featured cast members flying through space from one ship to another with Nemesis being less ridiculous about the whole thing

I’m sure I can bring up more points of comparison but as a Star Trek fan, I think I’ve made my point: Star Trek: Into Darkness is worse than Star Trek: Nemesis. Star Trek: Into Darkness has the flash and attractive visage that J.J. Abrams brings to the table but it just doesn’t hold up if you give it an ounce of analysis. It just flies in the face of what defines Star Trek. Don’t get me wrong though. Star Trek: Nemesis could also be seen as the origin of the madness that was found in Into Darkness.

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