Keep on Trekkin’
As I wrote in today’s first post for A Certain Point of View, Too, the U.S. Post Office came through and delivered my package with Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection, the new 15-disc (seven 4K UHD Blu-ray discs and eight 2K HD Blu-ray discs) box set that presents (for the first in 4K) all six of Paramount’s 1979-1991 feature films starring the cast from Star Trek: The Original Series. It also reissues the same films on Blu-ray with an improved remastered presentation, thus correcting the errors made by Paramount Home Media Distribution when it released a box set of Blu-rays with, shall we say, less-than-stellar audio-visual quality in 2009.
I did start to watch Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Cut, which was a 2000s-era “dream project” of the late, great Robert Wise, the director of the 1979 film that kicked off the original Star Trek hexalogy. Wise, who was no stranger to the science fiction genre (he also helmed the original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Andromeda Strain) had been forced to rush through the post-production stage of the expensive ($40 million in 1979 dollars) big-screen revival of Star Trek to meet Paramount’s set-in-stone release date of December 7, 1979.
As a result, Wise did not have time to do the necessary editing and finessing of one of the most anticipated films of the late 1970s; thus, Star Trek: The Motion Picture was laden with long sequences dominated by special effects and the characters’ reactions to sights they weren’t really seeing on the soundstage at the Paramount lot. And because the movie was full of high-concept science fiction about the unintended consequences of sending probes into space, Spock’s search for total logic and his a-ha moment in which he realizes that maybe his human emotions have value as well, and Kirk’s return to space after a few years of a desk job as an admiral in Starfleet….all of these elements are fine and good, but Star Trek: The Motion Picture has…issues with pacing that could have been fixed in 1979 if Paramount had given Wise – who started in Hollywood as a film editor in the ‘40s – the time to fix them.
Anyhow, The Director’s Edition was made in 2000 in standard definition by a team that included David Fein and Daren R. Dochterman, who worked closely with Wise to do “nips and tucks” to the movie that some wags call Star Trek: The Motionless Picture. Some fixes involved redoing a few special effects sequences with CGI in such a way that the results would match the look of the 1979-era practical effects. Other tweaks involved minor changes to the dialogue or trimming overlong scenes into shorter ones. The result? A slightly leaner and more watchable Star Trek film with better pacing, although it’s still not as widely loved as 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Well, I did watch the first 40 minutes of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Cut with the commentary by Fein, Dochterman, and Mike Matessino, but then I remembered that even this version is rather long, so I switched from that disc to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. That film also has two cuts, so I watched the 1991 theatrical version rather than the slightly different Director’s Cut from 2003.
I do like the upgraded look of both Star Trek movies on 4K, and I learned a lot of cool Trek trivia and behind-the-scenes stuff from the discs second audio commentary by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine writer and co-producer Ira Steven Behr and Star Trek writer and historian Larry Nemecek.
Sex & Relationships: What This Man Wants (Other Than, Naturally, Getting Laid)
I have been single for over two years now, and perhaps because I have an awkward living arrangement in which I share a house with my last ex, I have been thinking lately (and often) about sex, relationships, and why my last relationship imploded.
I don’t want to write a long rambling post in which I bitch and moan about why I’m single and not dating anyone, not even online, two years after the breakup. I’m obviously no longer in love with my ex; I like her on a just-friends level still, but I’m not pining for her or wishing she would dump her current boyfriend and get back together with me.
However, I do want to express, as honestly and succinctly as possible, what I have learned about my wants and needs when it comes to sex, love, and relationships. So, without further ado, here’s my Top Three List about what I want in my next relationship – should I ever attempt to get into one.
- A Sex-Positive Partnership. I became sexually active late in life – at age 36 – but I have always been fascinated with women and sex since I was a teenager. I even took Human Sexuality as my psychology elective when I was in college, and once I started having sex, I knew I loved it in fact as well as in theory. Of the four women I’ve slept with, three can be categorized as being sex-positive, at least with me. My last ex? Not so much, especially once I moved here. I am not the kind of guy who wants sex 24-7, so it’s not like I let my libido be the arbiter of a successful relationship. And even though I am disabled, I am not ugly or a bad performer in bed. I just had the bad luck to end up with an incompatible partner in my last long-term relationship
- No alcoholics, please. Not only am I uncomfortable being in a relationship with a woman that loves booze more than she loves me, but addicts to any substance tend to be unreliable and dishonest. I’m not a teetotaler, nor do I frown on casual drinking. But some of my worst moments with my last ex occurred because she, or I, or both had way too much to drink, and the alcohol brought out the worst in us
- Fidelity and honesty. Self-explanatory
I don’t think I am a difficult person to please – in bed or otherwise. I wouldn’t mind hooking up with a gorgeous woman in the 35-55 age range that looks even just a bit like the cheesecake photos I sometimes use as illustrations on my blog, but I’m at ease with a woman who is attractive without being, you know, camera ready for The Bachelorette or bears a striking resemblance Diane Lane. If she’s clever, witty, well-educated, and – yes – sex-positive, looks are a secondary consideration. I find that intelligence and compassion are sexier than just good looks.
I have no idea why I feel so compelled to write this and publish this on my blog for all the world to see. Maybe I’m just venting, or maybe I’m trying to make sense about why things went wrong between the Fall of 2015 and mid-2020. I am not trying to be offensive or mean or vindictive or sound desperate….but I do miss being in love and sharing intimate moments with a loving partner.
And, on this note, I shall take my leave of you, Dear Reader. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.