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March 26th is a Joyful Anniversary for Neeks

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Today is the anniversary of two great happenings in neekly history. Brace yourselves.

Leonard-leonard-nimoy-17314437-1280-800Happy birthday, Leonard Nimoy!

Yes, the man who played Mr. Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series and Spock Prime in Star Trek (2009) was born on this very day in 1931. That makes today his eighty-second birthday. Live long and prosper, Mister Nimoy!

The following is a series of pictures of Nimoy throughout his life…set to the song “Highly Illogical,” found on the campy CD “Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music from Outer Space.” I thought it a fitting tribute.

Happy birthday, Doctor Who reboot!

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Technically Season 28 of Doctor Who, Season 1 of the 2005 relaunch with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and Billie Piper as his companion, Rose Tyler, marked the resurrection of the formerly-popular TV series. At first low-budget and even cheesier than Season 1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and that’s saying something), Doctor Who has evolved into a well-written, well-acted, well-made work. Steven Moffat has done a terrific job making the show accessible to just about everybody, while also appealing to long-time viewers.

Ah, nostalgia. Live long and prosper, Leonard Nimoy. And Allons-y, Doctor! May Season 7.5 be as good as its first half.

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Star Trek: Into Darkness – International Trailer and Extended Version Released

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On the 21st, Paramount released the Star Trek: Into Darkness international trailer.

250px-BadRobotLOGONEWThen, this morning, J.J. Abrams’ production company’s twitter feed linked to an extended version of the trailer. It’s only several seconds longer than the first – the two are nearly identical. The only difference is that the “extended” one has slightly longer establishing shots with labels telling the viewer which city they are seeing. Therefore, I will cover both trailers in one review.

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Look at those lovely lens flares…

What to expect from the movie itself so far: explosions, awesome futuristic cities (that aerial shot of Starfleet HQ over nighttime San Fran looks amazing), plus a very Star Wars-y moment in which Kirk flies a ship that is the spitting image of the Millennium Falcon through a very narrow rift/air duct in what may be a space station. Abrams seems to have pulled back somewhat on the lens flares – they only seem to crop up in every other shot, as opposed to every…single…one. He did get a lot of flak for his overuse of the technique in the 2009 adaptation, even admitting himself that they were “overdone, in some places.” Ya think, J.J.? Also, I’m getting a noticeable Khan/Gary Mitchell vibe from Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, the so-called “John Harrison.” Namely: “ ‘I am better.’ ‘At what?’ ‘At everything.’ ” Way to toot your own horn there, Kahn/Gary Mitchell/Garth of Izar/whoever the heck John Harrison is.

Allons-y…let’s get into a full-on dissection of this trailer. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, William Shatner!

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Never to be accused of under-acting, Shatner gives it all he’s got.

This is the first post of the hopefully wildly popular new blog known as NeekTopia. I’ve had this idea in the works for a while. Today is Launch Day because it is a most auspicious day in neekly news: it’s William Shatner’s birthday, and is not-so-coincidentally also International Talk Like William Shatner Day! Co-established by Maurice LaMarche (voice actor most known for his television work on Pinky and the Brain – the spinoff from AnimaniacsFuturama, and The Simpsons) and Doug VanHorn primarily through Facebook, this holiday gives you the right to…putrandompausesinto…yourspeech…sometimes…inthe…middleofwords…and…masheverythinginbetweeninto…anin…comprehensiblemess.

Here is LaMarche’s vlog announcing his creation of the holiday. He also gives tips on how to maximize Shatnerization.

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