Musings & Thoughts for Monday, September 5, 2022, or: I Dream of Restful Nights and Adventures in Deep Space


And, apparently, I also dream about sexy women…..Photo by Igor Starkov on Pexels.com

“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.” ― Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues

Well, that’s more like it.

After two consecutive nights – Friday and Saturday – marred by bouts of sleeplessness and a not-so-great weekend, last night I fell asleep at a reasonable time (11:30 PM EDT). And even though I woke up just a tad later than my usual “between 6 and 7 AM” rise-and-shine time, at least slept soundly.

Now I’m sitting at my spot at the kitchenette table, writing this post on the laptop I bought last year to replace my trusty but ancient Compaq laptop, which “died” at the advanced age – for a computer – of just under 12 years. It’s a more open and sunnier part of the house than my room, and since everyone is either sleeping or altogether absent, I figured I’d come out here and write just to have a bit of variety in my life.

So, who has any good tactical advice to win at “Regiments’? You, George? – Omar Bradley. Official US Army Photo, Signal Corps (and taken in 1944, well before “Regiments” was ever created….)
In real life, these tanks would be a bit farther apart for better dispersion. Game elements and design (C) 2022 Bird’s Eye Games and MicroProse

True to my word, I stayed away from Regiments and other computer games and chose instead to watch TV out in the common room. I was in the mood for historically-themed stories, so I logged on to my Amazon Prime Video account and watched a so-so drama, The Assassination at Sarajevo (1975) about the killing of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie on  June 28, 1914 – the incident that sparked World War I. It was made in the former Yugoslavia, and although I think it was fairly accurate, it was a bit too sympathetic to 19-year-old Bosnian Serb gunman Gavrilo Princip and omitted the last words uttered by both of his victims.

(Apparently, according to the original movie trailer below, I watched an English-language dubbed version rather than one with the original audio track. Oh, well. Que sera, sera….)

It was still early when The Assassination at Sarajevo ended, so I watched Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed, a 2021 documentary that delves into the complex series of events in the life of one of the best American generals in the Revolutionary war that transformed a committed and brave patriot into a resentful and perhaps desperate man who switched sides and swore allegiance to the British Crown.

I have read a few books about the American Revolution, including the first volume in a new trilogy by one of my favorite historians, Rick Atkinson. And although initially I had an impression that the filmmakers were a bit too sympathetic to Arnold, the more I remembered from what I’ve read, I realized that Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed was a fair-and-balanced telling of a fascinating chapter in the early history of the U.S. and had a narrative worthy of a Greek tragedy.

After that, I went to my room and started watching yet another documentary, but by then I was tired and dozed off a few times during the first episode. I managed to take off my glasses and turn off the TV before – at long last – laying my head on my pillow and getting eight hours’ worth of sleep.

Closely Watched Packages: The Adventure (of Online Shopping) Continues….

(C) 2022 Paramount Pictures/Paramount Home Media Distribution

Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans. No, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids — human beings built them, because they’re clever and they work hard. And Star Trek is about those things.Gene Roddenberry

You probably don’t remember, but back in July I pre-ordered Paramount Home Media Distribution’s Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Six-Movie Collection, a 15-disc multi-format box set with the six Star Trek features that star the cast (William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, and Walter Koenig) from the original 1966-1969 TV series.

The official “street date”/”drop date” for Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Six-Movie Collection is tomorrow – Tuesday, September 6[1]– but some consumers who pre-ordered their sets from Deep Discount or Movies Unlimited have either already received their orders or have received confirmation from the retailers that their packages have been shipped.

According to the product specification page on Blu-ray.com, this set (which is Paramount’s more complete follow-up to last year’s Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection) features six films and nine cuts, including the long-awaited 4K UHD/2K HD physical media release of 2001’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition and two versions of 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

This version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture is the main reason why I ordered the 6-movie box set. (C) 2022 Paramount Home Media Distribution

Alas, I can’t report similar happy tidings.

Not only have I not received a similar email from Amazon letting me know that my package is on its way, but a quick look at my order now says that I should not expect to receive my order until September 15.

All right, so yeah. I am a bit disappointed.

Not in a major way, of course. After all, I do have the 2021 55th Anniversary four-film set (but that one does not include the Director’s Cut of Star Trek: The Motion Picture), and I also have the 2009 Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection which marked the Blu-ray debut of the same six films (without the Director’s Cuts of Star Trek I and Star Trek VI). So, it’s not a soul-crushing, gnashing of teeth kind of disappointment. It’s not like I can’t have a Star Trek movie “fix” at all, right?

Nevertheless, I did have a slim hope that my order would ship today and get here on the 8th – Amazon’s original estimated delivery date – and not, as what happened with the 2021 four-film set, a week or two later.

Oh, well. This, too, shall pass.

Now, back to daydreaming about…..Photo by Jonaorle on Pexels.com

I don’t have much else to share, and even though I did get some rest last night, I’m still a bit tired from an exhausting weekend, so I’ll close this out here. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.


[1] Chosen, like last year’s drop date for the four-film set, because the anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series’ premiere on NBC falls on September 8. This year is the 56th since TV viewers first heard James T. Kirk (William Shatner) reciting the famous “Space: the final frontier….” Intro when NBC aired The Man Trap, the eighth filmed episode but the first selected by the network as the series’ premiere.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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