The Cloverfield Paradox review

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MV5BMTAwOTIxMDA0MjZeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDg1MjgzNzQz. V1 SY1000 CR006741000 AL The Cloverfield Paradox

Orbiting a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.

This is an unfortunate misstep by JJ Abrams, who I already have a low opinion of as a story teller, his movies will typically throw established cannon and do whatever fits his fancy at the time of filming with no care for what he’s trampled on. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek 2009 and Star Trek Into Darkness for prime examples of this. It should have been no surprise to me that he would continue down this path, after all it’s made him plenty of money and acclaim, but this time he’s doing it to his own properties with is both fitting and infuriating.

No more is the Cloverfield story about an alien monster that awoke from the depths of the ocean, this is now an Event Horizon story, just near Earth. They’re doing science and monsters come through from the other side and nothing in our reality can be trusted! The ultimate JJ Abrams story, in which he doesn’t even have to pay attention to what he’s established as normal in his own movie universe! I caught myself yelling at the screen several times in frustration: there are many times we’re shown a window out to space, which is rotating to give the space station gravity. It’s a cool concept and that’s how gravity and centripetal force work. You put a giant hollow wheel in zero G, spin it fast enough and boom, you have artificial gravity where you can walk around the inside walls. Unless I’m misunderstanding how everything is shown in TCP, the way they show the stars moving and the position of the window as seen from inside the station doesn’t work with how I understand gravity and centripetal forces work when shown from the outside of the stations.

Additionally, there’s a 3d printed gun. I can get past the idea that in the future they’ll have polymers that can withstand the pressures that firing a bullet cause, but why in the world would their 3d printer have gun powder in it?

I also have complaints about the final scene, but that skips a little too closely into spoiler territory, but suffice to say, I feel like they blew their cgi budget earlier in the film and didn’t have enough for the final 30 seconds of the film.

Like nearly every other JJ film, this is a visually gorgeous film with a story that just barely entertains. Skippable unless you’re a Clovy fan, but even then this isn’t going to impress very much.

Want to know why I think it was first announced during the Super Bowl, then was immediately available to watch on Netflix?  That’s the only way this one would have made any money, because word of mouth for this as a theatrical release would have put it in an early grave. The turn around from first trailer to launch date (hours?) means no one was able to comment on it before interested parties watched it and being on Netflix means never having to say you’re sorry.

  • Star Trek Discovery Drastic Measures is out today

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    dsc drasticmeasures cover 660x1024 Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures is out today!

    The second book in the Star Trek: Discovery series has finally landed, penned by Dayton Ward, this is another prequel, this time featuring a team up between Captains Georgiou and Lorca.  Amazon has it up for purchase, either a large format paperback or kindle compatible electronic version.

    From the Amazon description:

    It is 2246, ten years prior to the Battle at the Binary Stars, and an aggressive contagion is ravaging the food supplies of the remote Federation colony Tarsus IV and the eight thousand people who call it home. Distress signals have been sent, but any meaningful assistance is weeks away. Lieutenant Commander Gabriel Lorca and a small team assigned to a Starfleet monitoring outpost are caught up in the escalating crisis, and bear witness as the colony’s governor, Adrian Kodos, employs an unimaginable solution in order to prevent mass starvation.

    While awaiting transfer to her next assignment, Commander Philippa Georgiou is tasked with leading to Tarsus IV a small, hastily assembled group of first responders. It’s hoped this advance party can help stabilize the situation until more aid arrives, but Georgiou and her team discover that they‘re too late—Governor Kodos has already implemented his heinous strategy for extending the colony’s besieged food stores and safeguarding the community’s long-term survival.

    In the midst of their rescue mission, Georgiou and Lorca must now hunt for the architect of this horrific tragedy and the man whom history will one day brand “Kodos the Executioner”….

    from www.startrekbookclub.com/4641/star-trek-discovery-drastic-measures-is-out-today/

  • Bidding Farewell to the MCS Background Images

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    This image has served as a background to the site for several years, many more than I would like to admit. It’s time for a change, so the site’s going to be going without a background from here on out.

    Don’t worry though, we’re still all space cadets.

    a critter eating

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    Ron Glass Reading Lines

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    nightwing in the rain

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    Milly in a 80’s jacket

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    A Quiet Place

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    486154 m1510972687 A Quiet PlaceA family lives an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound.

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    Ron Glass had a sweet Stach

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    Making Marbles

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  • Hailee Rain in a bikini

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