What A Trek!

In 1986-87 there was a short lived sitcom called What A Country which was a Mind Your Language ripoff. But the show had a Star Trek connection as the cast included former tennis player Vijay Amitraj who had a cameo in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) as a starship captain Joel Randolph, the late George Murdock who was “God” in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and as Admiral Hanson in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Best of Both Worlds (as well as a recurring character Dr. Salik in Battlestar Galactica) and Ada Maris who played Captain Erika Hernandez in Star Trek Enterprise.

RIP Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano, who appeared in HUNDREDS of TV shows and movies and was most known for his recurring role as Jacob Carter/Selmak on the long running sci-fi show Stargate SG-1 during his 50-years in showbiz, dies aged 75. Representatives have not yet revealed Argenziano’s cause of death. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and three children.

Argenziano appeared in many TV series during his five-decade career, including stints on hit shows Columbo, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, Melrose Place, House, and CSI: NY. He played General Jacob Carter on Stargate SG-1 from 1998 to 2005. He also had a lengthy movie career, appearing in films including the Godfather II, where he played Michael’s second buttonman, as well as Broken Arrow, Gone in 60 Seconds, Angels & Demons and Stand and Deliver.  Overall, Argenziano had more than 220 credits in TV shows and movies.

Argenziano was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and raised in nearby Sharpsville, the son of parents of Italian descent, Elizabeth Stella (née Falvo) and Joseph Guy Argenziano, who was a restaurateur. He has three children: two sons and a step-daughter.

The 4th Kelvinverse Star Trek Movie Shelved

The news broke that the 4th Kelvinverse Star Trek movie is now shelved! The untitled film which would have been the fourth in the franchise which began with 2009’s J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” has been “shelved.” The film, which in one iteration would reportedly have brought back Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk in a time travel adventure, first ran aground in August 2018 when Hemsworth and James T. Kirk actor Chris Pine reportedly exited the film over budgetary issues. The last film in the series, “Star Trek Beyond,” was released in 2016.

What does this mean for Star Trek? Well, along with Star Trek : Discovery, which will launch it’s season 2 premier in a few days, we also have the Jean-Luc Picard series which is on the way and is being developed. Along with that there seems to be the push to have a few more series based in the Star Trek universe and have like a Marvel or DC kinda cross over thing happening. I am not sure if that will be the case and if all the newer series will be during the same timeline (the Picard series will be set 20 years after the events of Star Trek : Nemesis so atleast that show will be set in the 24th century).

What I really hope is that they return to the core of Star Trek and make it more about exploration – both in the physical realm and what it is to be human (or Vulcan or Trill or Klingon) rather than what we have had so far in recent years. I wasn’t too happy with the Kelvinverse, with the exception of Star Trek : Beyond; a movie which felt like it was true Star Trek and not littered with JJ’s drivel. I want a strong franchise set past the events of Nemesis and have a strong crew that will take us forward.

10 Ways to Make Your At-Home Movie Experience More Enjoyable

Whether you’re a purist that loves renting DVDs and Blu-Rays from a local store or enjoy watching movies online, there are plenty of ways to improve your viewing experience if you take a couple of things into consideration. In this article, we’re going to list 10 of the best ways to take your movie viewing experience to the next level.

1. Pick the right time to watch a film

Don’t just watch a film because you can. Instead, choose the optimal time to improve your viewing experience. For example, you might decide to watch a film on the weekend instead of a weekday so that you don’t feel rushed, or you might want to watch a film when you’ve come home from work and had a shower and eaten dinner so that you can fall asleep as soon as it’s finished. There are optimal times to watch a film and it’s up to you to decide when you most enjoy it. The key things to remember are to minimize distractions and pick a time when you feel most relaxed and comfortable.

2. Get your favourite snacks ready

Snacks can include virtually anything. You’ll want to prepare some snacks beforehand, such as going to the store on your way home on a movie night or ordering in some pizza so you can eat while you watch. Typical movie snacks like popcorn can be a great way to add a bit of cinema nostalgia to your experience, but you can also add healthier options like pieces of fruit, vegetable sticks and sandwiches.

3. Include some homemade food

It’s best to include a bit of homemade food whenever you gather snacks for a movie night. In fact, you could even mix dinner and your movie to make it a little more enjoyable. Dinner doesn’t need to be at a dining table with your family. There are other options such as eating finger food around a coffee table while you watch a film, or enjoying a social dinner such as fondue or Asian-style hot pot.

4. Decide if you want to enjoy it alone or invite others

You should also decide if you want to enjoy your at-home movie experience with friends and family or on your own. Some people enjoy watching movies on their own and actually prefer it because when they have friends or family around, they might be upset when they make a negative remark and they might be uncomfortable with movie choices. There’s nothing wrong with watching in private and enjoying a night in on your own!

5. Get comfortable for your movie

It’s important to make yourself comfortable enough to watch a film, but not comfortable enough to fall asleep. Many people make the mistake of watching a film in bed but because their body is used to sleeping in bed and the comfort envelopes them, they might end up falling asleep and missing most of the film. Consider comfortable seats like a reclining chair, luvsac bean bags or even just your regular sofa with a blanket and some pillows. If you’re not comfortable while watching, then you’re not going to have a good time!

6. Decide on a movie

One of the hardest things about watching a film at home is picking a movie! It’s smart to pick a movie during the day so that you’re not stuck flicking through Netflix or your movie collection. There’s nothing wrong with watching something you’ve watched before and a lot of people have preferred genres, actors or even directors that they enjoy watching. Everyone has their own tastes, so it’s important to choose something that you personally enjoy.

7. It doesn’t have to be a typical movie

A lot of people mistake movie night for just being about movies, but the reality is that you can watch pretty much anything as long as it’s fun and enjoyable for you. You could marathon two or three episodes of your favourite drama series, you could watch animated cartoons or you could even watch some documentaries. Whatever you enjoy, these tips will work for you and make your at-home viewing experience that much more enjoyable.

8. Try watching a movie while you do something else

A lot of people get bored watching films and it’s understandable if you’re not used to watching movies. To remedy this, you could try something like responding to emails while you watch, chatting to friends and family members on social media or even getting some light work done. Some people even find watching a movie more enjoyable while they’re working out, so there are countless possibilities that could apply to you. It’s understandable that some people find watching a movie to be a waste of time, even if it’s for their own enjoyment. As a result, they’ll want to do something else while watching a movie. If this makes watching a movie more enjoyable for you, then there’s nothing wrong with it and it’s perfectly acceptable.

9. Don’t make it a ritual

A lot of hardcore movie watchers will set specific dates and times to watch a film. Some people will even go as far as to get the same snacks, set up the same comforts and invite the same people. However, you shouldn’t force yourself to watch if you don’t feel like it on the day. You could always skip your movie night, pick a different night or even just do something else with the people you’ve invited around. Just don’t make it a ritual and force yourself into watching a film if you don’t feel like it.

10. Watch a movie for your own reasons

Lastly, try not to be swayed by people too much. Some people are very critical about the movies they watch and will end up telling you not to watch a film even though it’s with your favourite actors and genres. Some people might even try to force you to watch a film and pester you about it because they enjoy it, even though you really don’t want to. Make sure you watch a film for your own reasons and don’t feel like you should be forced to watch something you don’t want to. In addition, don’t listen to movie critics because your opinion is the only one that counts. Whether you enjoy or dislike a film is all your personal opinion, so don’t let anyone take that away from you!

Are We Getting Zombied Out?

The Walking Dead is a phenomenal tv show – or it was for a while. From season 3 onwards the show was a massive hit and the buzz for the show was humungous. For me, I came into the show just before season 3 started. I started looking for tv shows to binge and thought why not a zombie apocalypse show. So this was 2012 I think and I binged the first two episodes and was quite into it. I enjoyed the show and looked forward to every episode and cried, cursed and pleaded when they took that dreaful 2 months break in between the 8th & the 9th episodes each season.

All that stopped at the end of season 7. I got bored. Negan was supposed to be this big bad wolf that would shake up the show and yeah for a while it was intense. But then….it fizzled out. Too many main characters, some we don’t care about. Some bad and some dull moments and way too many boring dialogue driven scenes and episodes. It wasn’t panning out. I got through season 8 partly by sticking my eyes into my phone during the episodes. I was getting a bit too tired of it all. But this season has re-sparked my interest. But I wonder are we getting zombied out?

There is another popular zombie show out there – Z Nation! When the show premiered, I was so into it. It was gory but was so funny and their characters were hilarious and had so much life. The show didn’t take itself serious at all and they had fun doing the show. Season 4 onwards, not so much. The episodes & seasons seem to be going in no particular direction and they can fall flat so fast. A lot of it is repetitive and the dialogues and drams very forced. The humour is still there and when it includes a zombie situation, it tends to be very funny. But the rest is tedious to get through. What happened?

TWD Without Rick

I’m currently watching episode 7 of The Walking Dead season 9. Episode 5 was the last episode with Rick Grimes as the main character of the show. He was presumed dead by his friends but infact he was blown away by the force of the explosion, fell into the river and washed ashore to be found by Anne. She took him with her financing a computer when the helicopter came looking for her (who is she talking to I have no idea) and he is being taken care of in the chopper as they leave.

So TWD is now without Rick, without the leader of the gang and main man. Without stuff and thangs. Without him saying “Coraaal”! And now Norman Reedus aka Darryl will be the main male character in the series. Initially I thought he would be killed off, I think 2-3 seasons as Reedus was getting offers from other shows and movies as well. But no he stays and Andrew Lincoln leaves the show though he is slated to star in three tv movies based on the TWD universe.

I like the way the show is headed to now with the little time jump and the new antagonists being lined up. Things look interesting and I hope the show picks up in quality.

RIP Stan Lee

Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber, December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018 ), the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics whose fantabulous but flawed creations made him a real-life superhero to comic book lovers everywhere, has died. He was 95. He was the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later its publisher and chairman, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

The feisty writer, editor and publisher was responsible for such iconic characters as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther and the Fantastic Four – whew! A  heady list of iconic characters that have lasted a long time and will last for a very, very long time. Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

In 2009, The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, and most of the top-grossing superhero films of all time — led by Avengers: Infinity War’s $2.05 billion worldwide take earlier this year — have featured Marvel characters. Lee launched the internet-based Stan Lee Media in 1998, and the superhero creation, production and marketing studio went public a year later. However, when investigators uncovered illegal stock manipulation by his partners, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2001. (Lee was never charged.)

In 2002, Lee published an autobiography, Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee. Survivors include his daughter and younger brother Larry Lieber, a writer and artist for Marvel. Another daughter, Jan, died in infancy. His wife, Joan, was a hat model whom he married in 1947. The never-bashful Lee appeared in cameos in the Marvel movies, shown avoiding falling concrete, watering his lawn, delivering the mail, crashing a wedding, playing a security guard, etc.

Bought A Smart TV Online

I finally bought my first ever tv! Yay! Now when I say that, this is the first ever tv I have personally bought. I haven’t watched anything on a tv for over 10 years but there is a tv in this apartment in the living room but only my parents watch that.

I watch everything on my computer, my current 15.6 in Dell. That is gonna change. I placed an order for the Mi LED Smart TV 4A 80 cm (32)

Highlights
  • 20 W Speaker Output
  • 1366 x 768 HD Ready – Great picture quality
  • 60 Hz : Standard refresh rate for blur-free picture quality
  • 3 x HDMI : For set top box, consoles and Blu-ray players
  • 2 x USB : Easily connect your digital camera, camcorder or USB device
  • Ultra-bright LED display
  • Powerful generic priligy 20W stereo speakers
  • 700,000+ hours of content on PatchWall
  • 64-bit quad-core processor, 1GB RAM + 8GB Storage
  • One remote: Control debit consolidation TV, set-top box and more

RIP Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson (born William Delano Wilson) passed away yesterday at the age of 76. Wilson was an American film and television actor who had more than 50 film credits, including In the Heat of the NightIn Cold BloodThe Great GatsbyDead Man WalkingPearl Harbor, and Junebug. In 1980, Wilson received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his role in The Ninth Configuration and  played veterinarian Hershel Greene on the AMC television series The Walking Dead from 2011 to 2014. He had a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as casino mogul Sam Braun.

He made his screen debut portraying characters suspected of murder in his first three films. In his debut film, Wilson played a murder suspect in In the Heat of the Night (1967). His follow-up role, in the same year, was In Cold Blood, based on the book of the same name by Truman Capote. Wilson portrayed real-life murderer Richard Hickock, while Robert Blake played his partner, Perry Smith. Wilson’s long filmography also includes The Gypsy MothsThe Right StuffA Year of the Quiet SunMaloneThe Grass HarpJunebugThe HostMonsterYoung Guns IIPearl HarborBig StanJudge Dredd, the Shiloh film series and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.

Wilson has filmed on location in South Korea, Japan and Spain. Wilson had a recurring role in several episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Sam Braun, father of crime-scene investigator Catherine Willows (portrayed by Marg Helgenberger). Braun was killed off in the episode “Built to Kill, Part 2”. In the fall of 2011 he also made an appearance opposite Laura Dern in the HBO series, Enlightened. He also portrayed John Lyons in Damien.

Superhero Stuff

Is anyone fed up or getting superhero movie fatigue? Not me. I hope the MCU carries on and on for a long, long time. As well as the DCEU grows and makes more movies and becomes as successful as the MCU. I do not see myself ever getting tired of it, though I do think more than 3-4 superhero films a year can be tedious.

I am excited about the upcoming films like Auquaman, Captain Marvel & the as of yet unnamed 4th Avengers film. I hope there will be a Ben Affleck Batman movie (or 2 or 3) and we are going to get Shazam, Wonder Woman 2, Cyborg & The Flash as well a new reboot Green Lantern film as well  by the time 2020 is done and dusted. That is good pacing.

Unlike a lot of fans I never was a big comics fan. I read some Superman, Batman, a bit of the Avengers, some Iron man, Thor, a bit of Green Arrow & Green Lantern and The Flash as a kid. Spiderman on tv as the cartoon but never read many comics and watched Batman & Superman movies and Wonder Woman on tv. I had never heard of Black Panther, Dr. Strange,  Deadpool, The X-Men, Captain Marvel etc until the movies were announced. My superhero was the Phantom, whose comics were very popular in India and which I read after moving here back in 1987.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : STAR TREK ALIEN SPECIES

As most readers and people who know me personally will know, I am a huge Star Trek fan aka Trekkie. I love the franchise to death and it is my favourite scfi & favourite anything of all time. So if I were not following humans in the future, what alien race would I like to see stories about? Here is my top 11 alien races from the Star Trek universe.

  • Klingons
  • Vulcans
  • Ferengi
  • The Borg
  • Cardassians
  • Romulans
  • Ocampa
  • Xindi
  • Trill
  • Bajoran
  • Betazoid

Jealous Movie & TV Fan

I often have wished that I lived in another country, one in the West. This is due to many reasons. I know the saying that the grass is often greener on the other side but yeah it can’t be worse off than what I have now. Let me give you a few things that I am jealous of when I watch and compare with what I have versus what they have. I spend most of my free time on YouTube and I check out a lot of things like for example people’s collections of DVDs and Blu-rays. CDs are dead but these two physical media is still a great one to have.

I keep checking out various collection and overview videos, various new releases and boxsets and see the awesome displays, I get jealous. Not only are our choices here limited but it’s also too fucking expensive. A person can get a certain sci-fi shownboxset for around $100 or say even $80. The same set when I checked for Indian online prices they show up for 1/3rd to 1/2 or even more of my monthly salary! And I make a very good salary or let’s say a quite decent salary.

This divide is why people in India and other developing nation’s choose to go the Torrent route. It’s not even comparable. Same for collectibles and stuff – it’s just so much more better in the UK, Canada, the US, Germany and rest of the continental Europe. I wish this could change as I hate having to stoop to that level or go for cheap knockoffs or bootlegs.

Rewatching Binge Time Needed

What can one do when you have way too many tv shows that you have on dvd and want to watch them over and over again? I am currently rewatching a bunch of shows – ok let’s go with comedy first, it’s Little Mosque On The Praiser which is a sitcom and I’m midway through 5th season and it has one more season to go. This is my second watch of this Canadian show. I am also on season 7 of Star Trek Voyager and season 6 of Star Trek Deep Space Nine – it’s the 8th and 2nd time for the shows respectively. Yeah I got into DS9 fairly late.

I am also on season 4 (my least favourite season) of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and season 1 of Angel. I have watched Buffy twice before (on cable and then on dvd) and Angel 5 times. I recently finished all 10 seasons of Stargate SG-1 and have started the two movies. I still have to start watching shows that I have been meaning to watch and have the first seasons of Altered Carbon, Marvel’s The Defenders, Jessica Jones and the two seasons of Daredevil to start on. And then there is shows that I have already watched and want to start a rewatch on like Babylon 5, The X-Files and Farscape.

I also have non-scifi shows like The Listener, Cold Squad and Flashpoint that I want to rewatch. There is just way too much of tv shows that I want to rewatch. And not to forget that the new seasons of current shows will start in October. Oh my!

1 Book Or 1 Show

Would you rather read only one book for a year or only watch one television show for a year, and which book or show would you pick?

I don’t think it’s possible for me to pick just one book to read for an entire year. Besides I don’t read that many books these days and despite having been a voracious reader for most of my life, up until the age of 33. Nowdays if I do get to read a book it takes several weeks for me to get through it, whereas I used to read 10 books in a few days. But I guess I will pick It by Stephen King since it’s my favourite and it’s pretty lengthy.

Tv show – if I payday loan no check had to pick just one tv show that I can watch for an entire year and cannot watch another, I guess I could go the easy route and select a long running show like Supernatural (13 seasons and still going strong), Bones (12), CSI (15) or Stargate SG-1 which ran for 10 seasons plus 2 tv movies. But I will go with Star Trek TNG both for content loans no credit check direct lenders and variation in their themes and stories. It ran for 7 seasons and, I guess we can’t include the 4 theatrical films, but it offers a whole lot more episodes.

Unless I cheat there and just say Star Trek which means, 3 seasons of TOS, 7 of TNG, 7 of Deep Space Nine, 7 of Voyager, 4 of Enterprise and 1 season of Discovery (which is currently ongoing).

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Documentary On Indian Atheists

Write about a TV show or documentary you’d love to see get made.

I’d like to see a big production documentary or a large scale tv show about a minority in India, a minority of which I am a part of. I am talking about atheists in India. Yes, in the land of 8000 gods plus Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Jainism and a few others – we exist!

So how about a documentary about the history of atheism in India, from the time and possibly before the Vedas and onto modern days. Interview prominent atheists, public figures who happen to be atheists, meet and talk with atheists groups and see what their views on life are and how they go about their daily lives in India.

That is what I would want to see get made.

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