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World Building Now on Video

I’ve started adapting my world building posts for video! I’ll be bringing the information to a whole new audience. For those of you who haven’t read my world building posts yet, you can also watch the videos.

Here’s the introductory video, which I never made a post about:

But the second video, or should I say the first episode, is based on a blog post. You’ll find that the post is more detailed, but the video has the most important points. Check out how to choose a star.

This is also the first series of videos I’m making that uses thumbnails that I hope will be eyecatching. Let me know what you think.

Star Trek S1E10 – The Corbomite Maneuver

Star_Trek_TOS_logo.svgThis was the first regular episode recorded after the pilot episodes, but it was the tenth aired. However, it turned out to be one of the strongest episodes.

Season 1, Episode 10: The Corbomite Maneuver

Original Air Date: November 10, 1966

Stardate 1512.2

Planet: None

Featured Alien: First Federation (Balok)

Main Cast: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, Scott, Rand

Main Guest Characters: Lt. Bailey (Anthony Call), Balok (Clint Howard)

Things I Noticed

As I mentioned before, this was the first episode filmed after the pilot episodes, though it was aired as episode 10. So, there are a few things that don’t match up with the later episodes.

Right off the start, the camera work when panning out from Spock and zooming in on navigation was terrible.

Uhura is wearing a yellow uniform. This indicates that it was a very early episode, as she later wears a red uniform.

McCoy ignored the red alert to finish Kirk’s physical. That seems slightly irresponsible. But some of McCoy’s behaviour is a bit too focused on Kirk rather than the situation at hand. Thankfully, he doesn’t act like this in later episodes.

Lt. Bailey seems to resent Spock a bit at the beginning. But more on his behaviour later on.

The women’s uniforms seem so loose and baggy compared to what they are in most episodes.

Unlike other episodes, they’re using metric in this episode. They did use miles at one point, mixed in with metres, but it was mostly metric.

Bailey jumps to conclusions too quickly. A bit of insubordination from time to time.

Kirk is annoyed that he was assigned a female Yeoman, Rand. Rand seems rather bitchy with him. If this were made these days, these attitudes wouldn’t be there.

The giant ship Fesarius looks better in the remastered edition.

Kirk referred to the ship as the United Earth Ship Enterprise. The Federation’s name hasn’t been established at this time.

For someone who was standoffish, Bailey has turned into someone who is rather timid in dangerous situations. And then he snapped. What kind of military has someone like this in such an important position as ship’s navigator?

Interesting how so many people are in the corridors during this high alert situation, clinging to the walls as they’re tossed around.

McCoy didn’t pronounce Balok correctly. Everyone else, including Balok, said “bay-lock.” McCoy said “Bah-lock.”

It seemed very strange seeing a 7 year old Clint Howard with the movements and mannerisms of a child and an adult voice.

My Impressions

Honestly, my nitpicks above aren’t that important, other than some behaviours and Kirk’s attitude toward a female Yeoman. Extremely outdated, and wouldn’t reflect the 22nd century at all. Otherwise, this was a pretty solid episode, despite being the third taped episode.

The thing that stood out for me when I was younger was the creepy Balok puppet. I thought this was the creepiest scene in all of Star Trek. It was a face that could’ve given me nightmares. However, I still enjoyed watching this episode when I was a kid. And now that I’ve watched it again, it really is one of the stronger episodes.

The acting is quite decent in this episode. Everyone is extremely serious, except when we get to the final scene. William Shatner was fairly decent and Leonard Nimoy was very good as usual. DeForest Kelley was a bit too overbearing, more than usual. But this was the first episode he did. Grace Lee Whitney was too strong for her position, but that’s not a problem with her acting. More a problem with how she was written in this episode. George Takei was very good. But I had a problem with Clint Howard. Of course, he was only 7 years old at the time, but he was obviously a child. How he acted and his movements were those of a child. It was just weird seeing him speak in a child-like manner with an adult voice.

With that said, the story was a very solid one. I really enjoyed the bluffing and Kirk’s resolve throughout the episode. He was a leader. I couldn’t fault the writing of this episode. It was extremely well done. I have pretty fond memories of this episode.

Verdict

★★★★ 1/2

Your Voice

What did you think of this episode? How did you feel about the puppet Balok, and then Clint Howard’s performance? Let me know in the comments below.

Back to World Building

World building is an important part of fantasy and sometimes science fiction. Creating new worlds is a very complex task, and it’s something I enjoy a lot. On this blog, I’ve been writing about world building. You can check out what I’ve done so far here.

I’ve made some big plans for it, which I talked about before. I have many topics I want to talk about and go through in detail. I started out very scientifically, but much of what I’ll be doing deals with society, culture, laws, and even things like magic. There are many areas to research and present.

In addition to blog posts, I’ll be doing videos that correspond with each blog post. What I’ll be able to do on video is show you a bit more about the process. I’ll be starting off with choosing a star, then moving on to developing the planet, and a bit of a side video talking about creating a calendar for an alien world.

But if you check out the post I’ve done before, I asked about what else you would like to see. So, if you have any suggestions, then please let me know in the comments below.

Movie Review – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

My sister and I went to a VIP theatre to watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It was in 3D. We had our food and drinks delivered to us at our seats. Very nice. But how was the movie? Here’s one of the official trailers to start us off.

Visuals

Since this is a science fiction/science fantasy movie, you’d expect good special effects and visuals. I wasn’t disappointed. It looked great! Even in 3D, it was well done. I was very satisfied with the 3D aspect of it, no visual problems at all. The ships looked very good. Much like the original movies. All the X-Wings, Tie Fighters, and Imperial Destroyers were very nicely done.

The planets were very good. I especially liked the tropical world filmed in the Maldives. It was the first time I’ve seen a world looking like that in Star Wars.

The CG for non-human characters were good, and a step up from the original movies’ puppets, which were a bit jerky-looking at times. But these were done well. The CG for the human characters (Tarkin and Leia) were quite good, but almost too perfect. So perfect that they didn’t look entirely real.

Overall, I’d give visuals a 5/5.

Characters and Acting

I found that the acting was fairly good. Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso was good. Diego Luna as Cassian Andor came across as arrogant, which I think is what they were looking for. I really liked Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe. He was my favourite human character. I also really liked Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus. He really grew on me as the movie went on. Riz Ahmed as the pilot was fairly good, though not my favourite character. Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera was okay. He wasn’t in the movie as much as I thought he would, but I wasn’t blown away by him. But I think the one that really stole the show as Alan Tudyk as K-2SO. The droid was the best. Very funny and a great character. Of course, Peter Cushing couldn’t reprise his role as Grand Moff Tarkin, as he passed away more than twenty years ago. However, he was as I expected in his CGness (that’s not a word). And James Earl Jones is back again as the voice of Darth Vader. Great job, as always.

Overall, 4/5.

Story

I came into this with an expectation of being treated to a movie which would bring me back to the original Star Wars trilogy. It was set just before A New Hope, and what we get is a story where a group of rebels try to steal the plans of the Death Star. That’s the entire premise of the movie, and it’s an incredibly important event that leads to Episode IV. I found that the story was a series of life or death situations that they had to get through to finally reach their goal. It’s difficult to talk about the story without giving anything away, but you have to expect some deaths. It’s not a story where you expect everyone to come out alive. Sounds depressing, doesn’t it? However, it’s a story that provides hope. Everyone has a positive attitude about what they’re doing, and they charge ahead regardless of their possible deaths.

One thing I was hoping to feel was a goosebumps feeling or two. I didn’t get any feelings like that at all. Nostalgia? A little. It was nice seeing brief cameos of beloved Star Wars characters. But it wasn’t amazing. It was very good. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t amazing.

Overall, I’d give the story a 4/5.

Overall

Excellent visuals, good acting, good story. It wasn’t entirely what I expected, but I did gain a couple favourite characters (Chirrut Imwe and K-2SO). I do highly recommend this movie, though. It’s certainly better than the prequel trilogy. It was fresh, though a bit grittier.

In the end, I give it 4/5.

Watch my review on my YouTube channel:

How about you?

What did you think of Rogue One? Let me know in the comments section below.

A Look to the Future! The Jay Dee Show 14

It’s been a busy week for me at work, so I didn’t have nearly as much time to work on my videos. In fact, I didn’t even record a single video this week. However, I posted 5 new videos.

On my main channel, I was unable to do the weekly Retro Book Review or Authors Answer videos. However, I did get others up.

Up first is a New Year video where I talk about what happened in 2016 and what I plan to do in 2017.

Then Christmas returns with a Christmas book haul! Check out what I got for Christmas.

And then I talked about which Fantasy series I want to read in the future.

I continued that theme with a video about which sci-fi series I want to read in the future.

And finally, a video in the A Taste of Japan series with a visit to an amazing temple that has a beautiful cemetery. It really must be seen.

Over the next week, I’m off from work, so I have plenty of time to do videos. I’ll be doing a new channel trailer for my main channel, as well as an announcement video on my vlog channel about the change to a science channel.

So, which video did you like? Let me know in the comments section.

Top 5 Must Read Fantasy and Sci-Fi Series

There are so many fantasy and science fiction series out there, I don’t know how I can read all of the ones I want to read. So, I just make a list of the top ones, and make sure I focus on them.

Here is my top 5 must read fantasy series list, in video form:

And my top 5 must read sci-fi series, also in video form:

What do you think of my lists? Any surprises?

What I’d like to know is what are your top 5 series, not just for fantasy and sci-fi. Let me know in the comments section.

I Love Booktube! The Jay Dee Show 13

It’s the end of the year, and this is the final blog post of 2016. It’s been a terrible year in terms of reading, writing, and celebrity deaths. I wonder what 2017 will hold. In the last week, I only posted 5 videos on my main channel. Christmas and a busy work schedule resulted in fewer videos. But I think you’ll enjoy what I have.

First up is my Christmas video! I talked about why I love Booktube. Check it out.

For the next two posts, I talked about my favourite novel series. First up is my top 5 fantasy series.

And then my top 5 sci-fi series.

Moving on to regular videos, I finished the year off with the next two. First is the weekly Retro Book Review. This was for Terrene: The Hidden Valley, by Eric Liu.

And finally, a little love to end off the year in my weekly Authors Answer.

On my vlog channel, I’ll be making an announcement in the next week about how it’ll be changing to a science channel. Subscribe for some science!

That’s all for this week and this year! Next week will be another busy work week, but after that, I’ll have plenty of free time for a week. And that’s the week I plan to reveal the new science channel. Stay tuned!