Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Orville

Anyone watching ‘The Orville’? I find myself enjoying the series. At times the ‘poo-poo’ humour and pop culture references can be a little eye rolling but overall I’m liking the light hearted take on space science fiction. 


The uniforms and ship designs are awesome. Makeup and special effects are great. They’ve also had some Trek alumni on the show in guest and directing roles. 


In this “Trump era” of darkness it’s nice to have a tv series that doesn’t take itself too seriously. 





Saturday, January 19, 2019

Deadly Class: Pilot Episode





So I just finished the pilot episode of ‘Deadly Class’ and I really enjoyed it. It is based on the Rick Remender created comic book from Image Comics. It’s basic premise is about a group of teenagers who attend a private school where they are taught the deadly arts of killing. It’s kinda like a dark version of Harry Potter where the school trains assassins in the art of death instead of wizards and magic. 


Benedict Wong (‘Wong’ from Doctor Strange & Infinity War) plays the headmaster of the school with a cast of unknown young actors who so far seem perfectly cast. It takes place during the 1980’s so it has a nostalgic feel to it. The first episode does a good job introducing the characters and the overall feel of the show. I’ve only ever read a few issues of the comic but I will definitely be sticking with this series.  Rick Remender is a great comic book writer and he is directly involved in this series. 


Pilot episode rating: 4 out of 5 ****





Star Trek Discovery, season 2 episode 1 mini review

For the record I do consider myself a ‘Star Trek’ fan and have been so most of my life. However that being said I’ve never been a blindly loyal fan either. If Star Trek did or was doing something I didn’t like I would criticize and abandon ship so to speak as a fan. For example I am not a fan of Star Trek V, also known as ‘Shatners Flop’. I quit watching Star Trek: Voyager half way through season 3. I did go back and watch some Voyager again in season 4 and 5 but then dropped it due to bad writing and bad creative decisions they were making. I stopped watching Star Trek: Enterprise during season 3’s ‘Xindi War’ because the continuity ramifications were just mind boggling for me, I did however return in season 4. And now with Star Trek: Discovery I have gone on record as saying it is not my cup of tea during season one. 


Finally finished episode one of season two of Star Trek Discovery. Anston Mount, Doug Jones and Mary Wiseman were fantastic as always. Other than that it kinda was a boring episode in my view and the action was very Star Wars-ish. The ‘this technology isn’t working so we have to do this’ and ‘that technology isn’t working so we have to do that’ trope is eye rolling. 


With special effects technology being as good and affordable as it is today the writers tend to write lazily as compared to twenty+ years ago. Instead of focusing on high stakes tech scenes I would prefer more grounded character drama, especially when they have such a good actor like Anston Mount now a cast member. 


But I keep telling myself as long as people are watching and enjoying it that’s a good thing. And as long as I also think of this series as being out of what I think of as “Star Trek continuity” I am able to enjoy it more. Because let’s face it these writers are not writing for continuity...


Keeping my fingers crossed for the Captain Picard series. 





Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Section 31: Star Trek series idea, part 2

As far as the proposed Section 31 series is concerned it definitely wouldn’t be my first choice in a new Trek series idea. I know Michael Dorn has been pushing for a Captain Worf series for years and I’d love to see that.


That being said I really don’t mind them trying something new, even if it is a dark take on Trek. The darkness has always been there in Star Trek, it’s just never taken centre stage. This may turn out to be something awful or it could be something great. Time will tell. 


But seriously folks, let’s give these new ‘Treks’ a chance. I’m not a fan of Star Trek Discovery, but to be honest I wasn’t a fan of Voyager either. We don’t have to like it all but don’t hate on it before we’ve seen it. 

Section 31 Star Trek series

People are so hung up on the notion Star Trek is a positive vision of the future. But it has not always been...



Saturday, January 12, 2019

A little bit about me...


Chris Lockhart: In his own words (Part One)

“What can I say about Chris Lockhart…well he’s a big jerk and he owes me money and a ham sandwich!” – Chris Lockhart, December 5th 2018

 For those of you who do not know that statement was what is known as the ‘Lockhart dry humour’, which I inherited from my father whom inherited it from his. Sometimes it doesn’t translate; it can throw people off a bit but its classic Lockhart.

 

I was born January 31st 1980; I’m told it was a warm winter day. My parents are Ken and Darcy Lockhart. I was an ‘oops’ baby but with the insistence of Grandma Yvonne I was not born a bastard. I was later joined by a baby sister in 1983 named Brianna. My parents were great and did their best raising my sister and I. We always had everything we needed and never went without.

 

From my Dad (aside from my dry sense of humour) I learned a good work ethic. He was always hard working and tried his best at everything he did. His love for music, hockey and sports rubbed off on me: I’ve been a fan of 80’s music, the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Blue Jays because of him. Dad has always been a generous person: he has helped me out with financial and emotional support whenever I needed.  He’s been a great father and grandfather to my kids and I.

 

My Mom: She also has instilled a love of music and sports in me. She coached my baseball team for 8 years while growing up. She also taught me to love good music such as: Elvis Presley, Meatloaf, Queen, ABBA, Michael Jackson and so on. She also helped to feed my never ending appetite with great food which she expertly cooked or baked including: beer barrel buns, pies, hamburger soup, turkey dinners, and Caesar salads and so on.