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  1. The only time I have really hopped on board the "not Star Trek enough" complaint is season 1 of Discovery. There were times in s1 where they were making very morally dubious decisions and it wasn't just that they would do such things. Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise all had episodes where they dealt with grey areas(in fact, a lot of people would consider Pale Moon Light one of DS9's very best episodes). It was that there wasn't even anyone in the room saying, "Uh, should we really be doing this?". That's the line for me. Star Trek doesn't have to be no conflict, and utopia, and all that....it can explore grey areas. But there should always be someone in the room challenging those decisions. I thought s2 did much better with Pike being a moral center for the series. Which is why I suspect fans took to him so well. While s2 had some other narrative problems, I thought it mostly did away with the complaint that it didn't feel enough like Star Trek. And the claim that Picard isn't Star Trek enough is just ridiculous. Sometimes you wonder what magical era in Star Trek these people are referring to that is "real Trek". The conflict set up in Picard is pretty believable stuff from what we know of the universe. And, in fact, if TNG had a bit of a fault compared to DS9 it was that they gave the appearance of a utopia because they flew off to the next adventure without digging deeper into an issue. The Marquis were a good example of this. And anyone saying "The Federation would never ban synths" is missing how close an analog the universe already has to this, which is that they banned augments. This wasn't not an issue in TNG's time, they just never tackled it. DS9 and Enterprise both did. And Enterprise even made the link between the two explicit. And, you know, I think it was a good decision to not make this TNG 25 years later. I mean, considering that Worf, Riker, and Troi had already left the crew and Data had died, I am not even sure how you would make TNG 25 years later. Even by the movies they were having to come up with thinner and thinner excuses for Worf to wind up on the Enterprise. I mean, are we all just going to ignore that, despite a few of the ToS movies being good, it was always a little sad seeing the whole crew decades later, still in their same jobs on the ship, and poured into Starfleet unis that looked like they were about to pop a button hard enough to take out a bulkhead? By the end Shatner looked like there was a transporter malfunction that spliced Kirk's DNA with a muffin.
  2. If you read it ten years ago, I am guessing that means you read it all the way through in one go, so my main point for why I think my reread was worth it might not apply to you. So I would say yes, it's definitely worth a reread, but you'll have to decide if it is for you. For me, I jumped into the series in the mid 90's after Wastelands but before Wizard and Glass, so the series is kind of divided into two sections for me. First four and last three. While waiting for the last three, I read the first four multiple times. The first book especially, because it is so short and I love it so much, I tend to read it once every year or two for fun. I've probably read that book 30 times. And in the years since the last books came out I would start in on book 2 after, but don't think I ever finished it. Which is a long way of saying this reread had very little effect on my opinion of the first four books. I love them all, they're some of my favorite books ever, they're always a joy to read just for the hell of it, and if I made a list of best books in the series it would be top heavy with the earlier books. This reread was mostly for the final books in the series for me. I think I mentioned in my earlier post that this reread turned out to be my first full reread in almost 15 years. I think I may have reread Wolves a second time for a one final complete reread before Song came out, but I am not sure. And if I did, I am fairly sure that's the only one of the last three I read more then once before this most recent reread. I didn't despise the end of the series, but I thought it went out with a bit of a whimper. I think King rushed the process after the scare with the car accident. I would love to know his thinking on how he would have treated the completion of the series if he would have known 15 years later he would be as active as he is. It's crazy to see him walking around as well as he does at 70 knowing they considered amputating his leg and he contemplated retirement following book 7. But anyway, about the books. My opinion on Wolves hasn't changed much. I think I may even like it a bit more now since the allusions to the real world make more sense and I've had time to come to terms with that as a part of the series. I still think the books is a bit heavy on Father Callahan backstory(I just learned recently that this is probably because those parts of Wolves were initially written as a standalone sequel novel or novella for Callahan like Black House and Doctor Sleep), but I don't mind it too much even if Salem's Lot is one of my least favorite novels. As far as a new look at the series for me Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower, and Wind Through the Keyhole are the books this reread was the most for. Perhaps the book that jumped the most for me was Wind Through the Keyhole. I wouldn't say it's my favorite book, but I think at the time of it's release in 2012 I wanted it to do much more heavy lifting than Sai King was aiming for. Perhaps too harsh to say I wanted it to "fix" the ending, but perhaps some patching. And that was not at all what the book was interested in doing. Which was telling one of King's most pure Fantasy tales next to Eyes of the Dragon within a young Roland story which was not much more than a framing device. Lowering such expectations allowed me to enjoy Wind Through the Keyhole much more. Song of Susannah was unique in the series in that it's the only one that isn't really a standalone book. The good thing about rereading Song now is that you don't have to wait 7 of 8 months(or however long it was) for the next book to come out so any real animosity you feel towards the book for not telling any complete narrative is gone, because you can just start right on the next book. While I would still rate Song last on the list of mainline books, I found myself enjoying it more because what does happen in it is pretty good reading. The last book is the one where I would say I was hoping to change my opinion the most, but still can't say I changed it as much as I would have liked. The one thing I definitely have mellowed on is the overall scope of the ending. I thought the first books in the series set up a lot more of a metaphysical, ethereal battle than the one shown in the final book where it's just Roland standing in a field, if you know what I mean. Something more akin to parts of IT and the ritual of Chud. But going back through, I appreciate the narrative hodgepodge King wove together with the Breakers, the Beams, and the Tower. The Breakers especially built on stuff King had written about since the very beginning of his career that had nothing to do with the Tower. And even not being immersed in the lore for a long time, on a second reading I caught a few more things that I missed the first time through. Like the Prim and how Magic co-mingled with technology and the great old ones and stuff like that. However, I can't say my opinion changed too much on the back half of the book. There's just no getting around that it's a badly paced book. I found myself trying to find ways to narratively switch Mordred and Dandelo with saving King and the battle of Blue Heaven. Those two things clearly would have been much better penultimate climaxes in the book preceding the actual Tower. I think I am able to look at the deaths more objectively now. Jake's and Oy's were well done, Eddie's remains frustrating and could have been done better with very little effort, and I still don't know how anyone could see Susannah's ending as anything other than a nightmare. I would rather be Roland looping around the wheel than caught in a bizzaro world like Susannah. Which brings me to the finale. I thought the book ending on a high note at least. The scenes in the Tower were well done, and the ending was dark with a little hope which tends to be a nice mixture for King books. The ending is also interesting and pretty unique in how it's multiverse and multiple turnings offers the possibility of adding onto the story without retelling the whole thing. Because Roland was sent back to the "beginning" with a possibility of redemption the Revisions, movie, or upcoming series all could have served not just as an adaption, but as a retelling of the tale with a more positive ending for Roland and his ka-tet. Of course, King never did the revision of Drawing that he talked about, and the movie.....well as the song says I can not save you, I can't even save myself but perhaps the upcoming series can serve as a retelling that allows for some changes to the ending. I guess I really started rambling at some point. Not sure if that serves as a good or bad argument for you to reread the series. But all I can say is that I think the first 4 novels are always worth a reread just for fun. Book 5 is a good novel in it's own right. And the last 2 are worth rereading as long as you don't mind the last book dragging a big in the last half. Sounds like you may not have read Wind Through the Keyhole at all, since you may have read the series before it came out. It's definitely worth a read as long as you don't expect too much main story progression from it(on the other hand, if you really enjoyed the bulk of Wizard and Glass set in Mejis you may really enjoy seeing Roland and another of his friends from his younger days). As I said, it's the book my opinion may have changed the most on.
  3. Are you asking about a reread, or your first time through the series? I am pretty sure you're asking for opinions on a reread, but just so I don't go throwing spoilers at your face I want to be sure before I answer.
  4. I finished my complete reread of the Dark Tower a few days ago. Since then I've just been reading a short story of his here and there while I try to figure out what big book or series I want to dig into After watching the show, I have little interest in trying to pick Song of Ice and Fire back up. Especially when there's still no telling when he'll finally finish it. Still want to give Sanderson a few more books of a lead before I finally start Stormlight. After The Dark Tower and Wheel of Time I am not super keen on starting any series that is going to be another decade or more wait for the conclusion. I just got an Amazon gift card for Christmas, so I am thinking I might look around for some of King's one of books or catch up with Sanderson's Mistborn series.
  5. I've always thought Nemesis got a bad wrap. I like it better than Generations or Insurrection. All the movies had dumb action scenes. Movies have just never been the best medium for Star Trek. But I wasn't really talking about a particular scene. There are examples in Star Trek of actors who really "get" the character they play. Andrew Robinson with Garak, John DeLancie with Q, Marc Alaimo with Dukat. I think Stewart is that way with Picard. I already had confidence that with Stewart having creative influence that the character wouldn't be doing things out of character for Picard, and after the first episode i am even more so. That's all I was saying.
  6. I thought the episode was fantastic. Several times it gave me chills. I've made no secret that I am going to love this show no matter what, but I think the episode set a good tone for some fan service but also a strong base to move the story ahead in a way that is interesting all it's own. I think people worried when Stewart said this would be a "different" kind of Star Trek, thinking of how Discovery is different. But, not surprisingly with Stewart involved with the story, the show quickly puts to bed any worries that this isn't Picard imho. He is living a different life, but this is still the Jean Luc Picard we know. A small detail from the beginning of the episode really made me feel this(and TNG was always so good at making these small moments that mean a lot).
  7. To say that I am looking forward to Star Trek Picard would be an understatement. Don't know if I've ever been more pysched for a show. It is basically the show I have been waiting for in the 15 years since Enterprise went off the air(a show that finally continues the ST timeline following TNG/DS9/Voy) which would be great by itself. But just throw in that it centers around the best captain in Star Trek, played by the best actor in Star Trek, from the best Star Trek series. If I could snap my fingers and magically create a TV show I am not sure I could come up with something I want more. I situated my vacation from work so I will catch the first 2 episodes while I am on it. Making a big hot wing dinner tomorrow for whenever the show goes up. Also, rewatching TNG to the lead up. So yeah, hard to overstate the anticipation Some other shows Agents of Shield s7 Orville s3 Stanger Things s4(if it makes 2020) Discovery s3 While making this post I looked through a list to see what shows are coming up and see Archer s11 is finally bringing Sterling out of the coma. I haven't even watched s10 yet, but I definately want to see that. All the Arrowverse shows, though only Legends technically started in 2020 and Arrow will be finishing up next week. The Disney+ Marvel shows are in an inbetween place for me. I am not excited for any of them per se, but I could see myself enjoying them once they hit. There is The Stand adaption coming and the Wheel of Time(not sure if they're 2020). Both of them are a category I would call interested in, but more worried than excited because they are adaptions with a high risk of being fucked up.
  8. They would spend all their times defending the wisdom of electing an 80 year old after he dies three days into his presidency.
  9. Poor The Onion, they still try to parody the news, but so often now they are just stating facts with their headlines.
  10. And prior to that the NGP(Vita) was initially revealed in late January of the year it was eventually released. So the Februrary rumor fits a pattern for Sony. Probably not details like price yet, though. My guess is it will be to unveil the hardware capabilities and features.
  11. My first impression is that Collins and Gardner are just covering theie asses. Murkowski and(especially) Romney don't need this vote for political expediency, so props to them for it. I have't followed the news on this super close. I thought McTurtle claimed a few days ago he had the votes to rush through a show trial. What happened?
  12. I still say we should have all seen this coming when we got a leaker named Reality Winner. The scientists overseeing the experiment obviously don't give a fuck anymore. They've went out to lunch and left a ten year old in charge.
  13. Star Trek could certainly stand to get out of the rut of going back to the ToS era over and over and over, but it's also problematic to introduce an entirely new ship and crew with no connection to previous shows. Luckily, Picard and even Discovery 3 are already set to finally break the decades-long ToS trap that Trek has been in. As a long time fan, I am of the opinion that CBS should use the shows to revive and set up an Avengers type movie that brings together all 6 captains. Somehow, I don't think that's what they're talking about here, though. If they are going to go with a totally new cast, I hope that means a new era, as well. Doesn't do much good if you change the cast and are playing around in the same 23rd century setting they've been stuck in for so long. And it's not like Star Wars movies have really disengaged much from the original trilogy. They all have pretty strong narrative ties back to them. If they are going to attempt to cut ties with previous casts, they should at least try to do something like that. For example, I am rewatching TNG in anticipation of Picard and just finished Yesterday's Enterprise. I wouldn't mind a story set with our original badass female captain Rachel Garrett and the Enterprise C. It would allow them to both play with a new cast, but also stay attached to established lore.
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