CBS Streaming (Star Trek)

I am sure you all are aware of a new Star Trek show coming out soon. It’s called Star Trek: Discovery and the first episode will be aired on CBS next Sunday after football. However after that they want you to subscribe to their streaming service CBS All Access to watch the rest of the season. The Hollywood Reporter asks the big question Can CBS change the game with the show? This is a bit of a complicated question as there will be no early reviews of the new Star Trek and I’ve heard/read that many people will either wait until the whole thing comes out and get the free trial to watch the show or hope that it get on some other streaming location after the first season airs, as Netflix owns the streaming rights for the rest of the Star Trek shows so hopefully it would land there eventually. Sure with Hulu earning the first Emmy win for Best Drama as “a non-network” streaming service it is a good time to get into the market but perhaps going alone might be a setback for CBS. Although it seems likely that Disney/ABC will have their own successful streaming service in the near future will we eventually have to pay to watch just about anything in the near future and abandon broadcast television, I mean I use it to watch sports, Jeopardy, news, a talk show or two and a maybe a handful of shows some of which are on PBS to begin with. Eventually, I hope that there are only like four streaming services (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney) and that’s it. Who really knows what’s going to happen over the next decade with streaming and television in general.

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Shakespeare’s Greatest Characters

The Telegraph offers a list of the 25 greatest Shakespeare characters and it is a rather interesting list. On this list there aren’t many of the brand-name characters like a Romeo, Juliet or a Hamlet and several are from lesser known plays like Comedy of Errors and Two Gentlemen of Verona.  The run the gambit as well some are heroes other villains others are bit parts. Their list is as follows with my comments after each.

Rosalind (As You Like It): Greatest female characters by Shakespeare? I haven’t read or seen.
Prince Hal (Henry IV/V): This is reason to watch/read the Henriad. Prince Hal is the one character who changes the most from when we first meet him.
Richard II: Not that brilliant of a King and he goes mad what’s not to like about that.
Emilia (Othello): Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s maid servant is one of the most complex characters.
Malvolio (Twelfth Night): The puritanical steward of Olivia who is the butt of the jokes and torments. The greatest tragic character in the comedies.
The Witches (Macbeth): Everyone likes the witches and they’ve been just about everywhere.
Hotspur (Henry IV, part 1): The romantic of the history plays he seems like the better Henry compared to Hal but when it comes to a fight it doesn’t end well.
Viola (Twelfth Night): Sebastian’s twin sister who spends most of the time as Cesario, the most strong willed of Shakespeare’s women.
Shylock (The Merchant of Venice): A difficult character as it really depends on how you want to look at him how to interpret him monster, victim, clown?
Lady Macbeth (Macbeth): We all know she’s one of the most memorable female ever written.
Autolycus (The Winter’s Tale): Never seen or read this one either so I don’t know
Nurse (Romeo & Juliet): She’s the best mother character we see
Falstaff (Henry IV/Merry Wives of Windsor): Perhaps the greatest character in all of Shakespeare to have a drink with. He is my favorite.
Regan and Goneril (King Lear): The bad sisters in this wonderful family drama
Cassius (Julius Caesar): sets the assassination plot a foot and is sort of an early Iago-like character
Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing): Wittiest of all the characters Shakespeare wrote
Tybalt (Romeo & Juliet): This guy really?
Drunken Porter (Macbeth): The strangest item on the list as I don’t even remember him at all
King Lear: “Everest” of acting roles this medieval/modern role that we sort of are living with today.
Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse (Comedy of Errors): Never seen/read before
Lance (Two Gentlemen of Verona): Never seen or read not a clue here
Timon (of Athens):  starts rich goes poor, wants to see cities crumble
Mercutio (R+J): The fun loving, mercurial character who everyone likes the Riff to Romeo’s Tony.
Jaques (As You Like It): He’s got the All the World’s a stage speech
Richard III (Henry IV/Richard III): He’s got to be here the brilliant anti-hero before they were popular

So I need to read/see As Your Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Winter’s Tale, and Comedy of Errors. It’s a fun list and I enjoy that it isn’t the same old Hamlet, Puck, Juliet and Romeo. Shakespeare wrote a lot of characters so it’s nice to see some who would slip your mind on a list.

Updates

Star Wars: After losing a director about a week ago JJ Abrams is now confirmed as the new director and writer for the newest film. They also announced that the release date of the film has been pushed back from May to December of 2019.

Switch: The most recent Nintendo Direct has pointed out some cool games coming to the Switch. Sure they focused a lot on the new Mario game but there were several other announcements like a demo of what looks like the most unique game I’ve played in year Project Octopath Traveler, it’s a HD-2D game and looks pretty cool.

Come From Away

Since today is a September 11th it is the perfect time to talk about this little musical about that little town named Gander, Newfoundland where 38 flights were diverted to on September 11, 2001. The musical is a mix of several types of music and it feel grounded. The musical is sort of a love letter to Gander and the people who were stranded there. Sure you can only see it in New York currently but this seems like it will be very popular in the small regional theaters across the country in the years to come.  If you can take some time today take a listen to this show anywhere you find your music and/or read up about Operation Yellow Ribbon. This is a day to remember the capacity for human kindness in even the darkest of times and the triumph of humanity over hate. I know that for some their attention is on Florida and Houston currently but even if we look at these place there are brilliant signs of human kindness. We are truly “One Human Family” and we should care more about each other than most of us do. It would be wonderful if the world didn’t have to be falling apart for this kindness to come out. Let us all try to be more compassionate to one another no matter who they are or where they come from.

Shin Godzilla (2016)

Shin Gojira (Godzilla: Resurgence) was a film that I was really looking forward to watching this film. This is Japan’s latest Godzilla movie, the 31st overall and the third reboot in the franchise. This is a wonderfully amazing film and everyone should take some time and watch it. Like the original film which was written in the aftermath of WWII and the atomic bomb this film was written in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami and the Fukshima Daiichi nuclear disaster. As always spoilers to follow.

Shin Godzilla is a full reboot as it is the first time that Godzilla has appeared in this world. The film is a nonstop ride, it begins with something happening in Tokyo Bay, an abandoned yacht being investigated by the Coast Guard is sunk by an eruption of gas of some sort and the Aqua-line (bridge/tunnel) is flooded. We head to government meetings with the cabinet and PM who want to claim it’s only a volcano or underwater steam vent nothing more. Only to discover through news reports that it is some sort of creature as a massive tail comes out of the ocean. It begins moving inland and after the Prime Minister says it can’t come on land it does just that. It evolves while on land into a standing creature before it returns to the water.

From here we go into a bunch of meetings with the government focused on military strategy and civilian safety, while a task force is put together to research the creature. The United States sends in an envoy to the task force when they learn that they could exploit this discovery. The creature now named Godzilla by the Americans reappears and again heads toward Tokyo. The Japanese Self-Defense Force is mobilized and they try to shoot it down, it doesn’t work, they turn to the US who fly B-2s to bomb it this causes some damage but ultimately nothing comes of it. It doesn’t seem that there is anything that can stop this monster.

Here the movie turns again we get the United States and United Nations pushes for nuking the thing nothing can live in one of those explosions. However, Japan doesn’t want to be nuked again so they try their own thing, it some sort of cooling thing, but can they get it done before the world blows up Tokyo. Take some time and watch this movie to find out. There is a sequel planned for some time after 2020 so that can sort of tell you what all happens in the end.

Star Wars IX news

Well there is now news that the finale of the sequel trilogy is going to have a new director. Colin “what’s his name” Trevorrow the Jurassic World/Safety Not Guaranteed director has according to the report has “stepped down due to creative differences” however this was long speculated since his most recent film The Book of Henry did poorly at the box office. This is the third time in recent films that Star Wars has pulled the director from the film most recently Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the Han Solo film for making it funny and Josh Trank who was attached to some Star War Story film. All of these directors have some big indie film  and a blockbuster to their names but that’s it. This was the issue for some of them and they were announced years before they began shooting anything this hopefully changes the way that directors are chosen in the subsequent Star Wars films. The biggest rumor of replacement is Rian Johnson taking over and writing/directing again or even George Lucas coming out to direct. Who ever it turns out to be they will be a known commodity with a decent track record directing films

Star Trek: Discovery

This is a complex issue as currently Star Trek is focused on the past and it would be great if they could do something different I mean why not a Voyager or Deep Space Nine movie or a show set in the future of the universe.  Sure the show/movies are all set in the future but could we go back to the joy and adventure of the original. Syfy has an article about this exact issue. This is especially true with the upcoming series, Discovery, which is only set a decade before the Original Series and the film series is in the Kelvin Timeline rehashing stories from the Original Series. There is going to be another film in the “rebooted” timeline with Kirk and his crew hopefully tying the timelines back together would be a helpful idea.  I grew up at a time when there was two Star Trek shows on television and they were still making movies on a regular basis so while it’s great to see it once again “on television” (the first episode supposedly is going to air on CBS and then the rest will be only on CBS streaming)  and in the movie theaters perhaps we need to explore some other time. We have been focused on the beginning of Starfleet for the past 16 or so year with Enterprise, the “reboot” films and now this new show. Hopefully the show gets people to watch and more seasons be made.

Marvel shows on Netflix

This is pretty interesting as the huge crossover miniseries The Defenders arrives on the streaming service. A Variety article from 18 August 2017, the day the show was released, highlights the success of the Marvel Shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist) as they have all been among the top five most-viewed recently released Netflix originals in the first 30 days after their premiere. Netflix does not share viewership data but  using these trends it seems likely that this show will also be among the most watched shows in its first 30 days. Now I am among the crowds of people who watched it the first weekend sure it is that late summer season wasteland on television so why not binge this show and the new season of shows doesn’t start for like a month still.

DuckTales returns

Since the news hasn’t been the greatest over the past couple of days I was thrilled to learn that the revival of DuckTales has made it on to YouTube and DisneyXD already. Sure it is only the pilot episode getting everyone introduced and there isn’t going to be a new episode until September but if you enjoyed the original this is sure to float your boat. The show has a more comic book art style and it looks pretty cool. Take some time and check it out how Uncle Scrooge, Donald, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby, Launchpad, and company are doing.