Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Well, we finally made it to the shores of New Zealand (2 weeks ago) and have already racked up our first tramping (hiking) trip, bought a sweet ride (princess silver fern), and landed on our first farm (farm). So far things have gone amazingly smoothly, and we even had time for our first 'different day' in Auckland. Different days are days when Tenny and I do something different from each other. For example, on this different day Tenny went to the museum to learn all about Maori culture, the history of New Zealand's flora and fauna, and even watched a performance of the hauka dance. I went to go see Star Trek at the Imax.

I'm sure Tenny has a lot to say about history and stuff, but first of all I've got some things on my mind about Star Trek. Overall I would say I liked it more than I expected, but I feel uncomfortable with a Star Trek movie pursuing the notion that time travel could allow for changes in the space time continium and lead to 'alternate universes'. I don't profess to be a 'trekker', let alone a trekkie, but this kind of flies in the face of every other major star trek series/movie that has come before and I kind of think Gene Roddenberry is rolling around in his quasar grave. I mean, Picard pretty much relied on the fact that foolish aliens would try and alter the course of history but he knew they couldn't so he'd just sit back and chill and wait for things to go down the way he knew they would. It was all nice and clean and at the end of the day there was only one reality, even if a transporter accident had created two Rikers (You see the lengths they went to to make time linear!). In general the premise was okay, although If Kirk managed to hang from one other precipice I would have probably walked out, and I genuinely like the rendition of the characters. At least it wasn't pure crap like the 2nd go round at Star Wars, but at the end of the day it just doesn't quite sit right. I like to go to sleep at the end of a long day knowing whether or not Vulcan exists or doesn't, and that there aren't two different Spocks, one slightly more edgy than the other. Is that too much to ask in this crazy 21st Century madness?

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