Oh, I am so critical when I watch some things, I annoy myself! Don't even get me started on TV commercials. There are SO many stupid ones on this year, and yet there are others which have the most amazing soundtracks.
Anyway...I have been enjoying Star Trek today. Three episodes: One Original, and two Next Generation.
Stuff I've noticed:
1) The make up in the 60s was SO obvious. And why oh why did Capt. Kirk have to wear grey eyeshadow?
a) He walked around sucking his stomach in, must have been tiring to the extreme when he was showing someone martial arts moves in this episode and he had no top on.
b) He always, always did the smouldering eyes without variation.
c) Then there were the extras who stalked about stiffly as though very conscious of their figure-hugging costumes. By the 90s they'd gotten used to the idea...
2) Why were frontal face views of women always shot with a nylon over the lens? If Capt Kirk was talking to a woman, he got the nylon on lens too.
3) When two people were in intense discussion in a battle of wills, their faces were cast in shadow with a shaft of light across their eyes.
It's like how in Indian movies, the betrayed woman is always standing by a window with a stricken expression on her face, tears in her eyes, with lightning behind her, and there's a giant fan somewhere to make her hair and robes fly about, as if an extra dramatic touch were needed.
4) Why are the beings from alien planets always (8 times out of ten) so angry and short tempered and shouty, and the humans have to go in and back them down while teaching them patience and compassion?
And they live in such dark spaceships or such wild planets...
5) In the rare instance that the aliens are more compassionate and gentler than us, they have slender figures, or no substance at all like clouds or points of light.
Look, even now, a second ago the crew were being sentenced to death on a stormy planet by some Judge in a hooded robe, next second (something happened while I was typing), Commander Reiker is strolling about discussing Sun Tzu with his erstwhile Judge. The Farengi are running about like monkeys.
Judge: Should I kill them?
Reiker: Then they would learn nothing.
I do like how Capt. Picard says, "Make it so."
OK, enough now. I just felt like fretting a bit. Don't get me wrong, when I was little I used to come home from school and put on Star Trek. I love sci-fi, just need to balance it out with a little reality check.