Nerd Commentary

When Star Wars Episode 8 first came out I wrote that I did not find it to be particularly political.  I was called naïve for this, but I was just being honest.  It's better to give the benefit of the doubt, especially when it's something that has a lot of room for interpretation. But then, the filmmakers started to react to peoples' criticism in such a way that made it clear that...

So the statute of limitations for spoilers on Star Trek: Discovery is up or close to it, and I want to have a bit of a rant about the way I've seen some folks responding to the latest re-imagining of the original starship Enterprise . I've seen some YouTube channels that like to do Star Trek commentary reacting to the appearance of the Enterprise , NCC-1701 at the end of the last...

When I was in grade school in the '80s I got called nerd.  A lot.  In the '80s it was still considered an insult to be called 'nerd,' and I got it in waves.  I had good grades, I was into Star Wars, I didn't use a ton of '80s slang (well, by the standards of the time.  'Rad,' 'gnarly,' and 'bad (meaning good)' were normal parts of my everyday conversations... but still... Remember...

Episode 8 either makes a massive political statement or no politics at all, depending on how politically minded the viewer is and from what political perspective they're coming from. Movies are always a reflection of the culture of their time and so naturally certain cultural and political messages will make it in, since the writers have their own views.  All of that's perfectly...