Transformers: Age of Extinction – Movie Review

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Optimus Prime Fans,

The Transformer series is one of my favorites. Here’s a Transformers movie review for you. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Transformers are attacking the earth during the dinosaur era. The great reptiles are being changed into metal machines.

The Arctic- Darcy and her excavating operation from KSI (Kinetic Solutions) of Chicago, Ill. U.S.A. unearthed several frozen metal dinosaurs. “I think history is about to change,” Darcy proclaims to her crew in the frozen ice world. Mr. Joyce, owner of KSI, sent her on this mission to investigate the reports of metal dinosaur discoveries and report back to him in his Chicago Headquarters.

Transformers Age of Extinction

Chicago – Cade Yeager, owner of Yeager Research and Development is standing next to his old truck. Lucas Flannery drives up speedily in his economy beater and jumps out; he was at South Padre Beach. “I came as soon as I could, Boss. The serf was flat anyway. Do you have a paying job for me this time, boss? An actual paying job?” Lucas asks with concern and skepticism.

Cade responds, “Do you have any cash?”

“Well, yes I do,” Lucas replies with question.

“There you go,” Cade finishes.

Mexico City – Since 1928 an old theatre has been in the family- Grandaddy ran it all his life. Lucas discovers an old tractor truck inside the rundown auditorium. There are several fired mortar shells hulls in the cab. Cade borrowed $150.00 from Lucas to purchase the old tractor truck in the theatre. They towed it back to Chicago.

Yeager Robotics in Chicago – repairs small home robots. Cade and Tessa Yeager, his seventeen year old daughter, build robotics in their large garage. Cade’s wife Emily is deceased.

The battle of Chicago is on Headline News. Congress ended all operations between the military and the Autobots, ending the alliance. Attinger, “As this committee knows, the invasion of Chicago was a defining day for our nation five years ago. The day millions of people realized that never again can we allow aliens to fight our battles for us. A handful of Autobots were given sanctuary after joint combat operations were abolished. Fewer than a dozen Decepticons are still on the run. Thanks to our CIA unit. “Cemetery Wind.” The age of the Transformer is over.”

A Transformer rises out of the swamp.

Medical Officer Ratchet

Medical Officer Ratchet being fired upon

The military finds Medical Officer Ratchet and open fires. He’s a transformer. He was hiding on an abandoned cruise ship. He says he’s a friend; an Autobot. “Optimus sent this distress message: Calling all Autobots. We are under targeted attack. Cease all contact with humans. We’re all hiding. All Autobots are being hunted. We’re all in danger.”

“Where is Optimus Prime?” the military officer asks.

Meanwhile at CIA Headquarters: The President would like specifics about how the CIA is hunting the enemy Decepticons and how many are left.

Mr. Attinger has been in the CIA for 25 years. “Black Ops. No Specifics.” The war will be over soon.”

Cade has discovered his old truck is an old Autobot. It transforms into Optimus Prime. Cade begins making repairs on the damaged Autobot.

CIA – Paris Texas, Cade Yeager was spotted towing the old tractor truck away from Mexico City. Attinger, “Scramble Cemetery Wind.” His team is on the move.

Optimus Prime Injured

Optimus Prime is Injured

Cade is making repairs to Optimus. His spark was almost damaged; his life force and memories was almost hit. “It’s like our soul,” Cade says.

“Dad!” Tessa yells as Attinger’s group drives onto their property; accompanied by a chopper. Tess fearfully watches from the front porch of their dilapidated old farm house. The group swarms the unsuspecting Yeager home. Optimus hides.

“Mr. Yeager, my name’s James Savoy. I’m a Federal Agent. My men and I are trying to track down an abandoned truck.”

When no one cooperates, Savoy threatens to kill Tess. Optimus Prime comes to their rescue. Tessa’s twenty year old boyfriend, Shane, drives up speedily in his fast car. They escape in his car. But the battle continues. Out of guilt, Lucas admits he turned Cade in for money. There’s a reward for turning in Autobots to the gov’t.

Lucas is killed in the battle. Cade, Tess, and Shane escape when Optimus transforms back into the old tractor truck and drives them back to the desert. Finally the Autobots know Optimus is alive. “There is Hope! Mr. Leader of the Free Galaxy is Back!” There are only five Autobots left.

“Autobots, Lockdown is hunting us,” Optimus reports. “And humans are helping. We need to know why.” They are on the move back to Chicago.

Mr. Joyce and Darcy

Mr. Joyce and Darcy at KSI

Chicago – KSI ( Kinetic Solutions ) Headquarters Top Secret Military Wing. Mr. Joyce is the owner. Darcy has returned from the Arctic Expedition and is reporting to her boss, Joyce. “The metal machines caused the dinosaurs to become extinct 65 million years ago. KSI has discovered the metal that the alien machines are made of.

Wembley is a scientist for KSI. “Transformium. That’s what we’re calling it. Programmable matter.” Mr. Joyce has mapped it’s genome. It can be instructed. We can change anything into anything.

KSI’s Military prototype is Galvatron, the fifth iteration, modeled after Optimus Prime. “He looks like Megatron. Algorithms! Math! Why can’t we make what we want to make?” Joyce screams.

Cade, Tessa, and Shane drive past the front gates and into KSI Headquarters; in Autobot cars.

Attinger retired from the CIA, received a seven-figure piece of Joyce’s (KSI) and they revolutionize national defense together. He must deliver the Seed; that’s the deal.

Cade Yeager is captured. Attinger asks him, “Where’s Optimus Prime?” Upon hearing this, the Autobots quickly invade KSI. Optimus orders, “Distroy the lab! Distroy it all!”

Galvatron Attacking Innocent person

Galvatron Attacking Innocent person

The order is given. “Transform Galvatron! Stinger on Line!” In minutes. Galvatron and Stinger are on the move. “Engage! Transform!” 200 meters.

Galvatron Kills innocent people as the battle rages; at Mr. Joyce’s dismay. “Pull Galvatron back!” Attinger orders.

Tessa and Optimus are captured in a net and pulled into a space ship hovering above. Onboard the alien machine ship, Tess escapes. She looks for Optimus.

Optimus is in the Knights’ Temenos as a captive of Lockdown. Lockdown’s deal with Attinger; “One Optimus Prime for one Seed. Handle it with care. I trust your species is ready!”

Lockdown, “Engage dark – matter drives. Full Power.”

They have 10 minutes to find Tess and get off Lockdown’s ship before it leaves Earth; spaceship powering up.

Cade and Shane find weapons and discover how to use them. Tessa is fighting off robots that are trying to capture her; one robot has a three foot long, slimy tongue. Soon all three escape the ship on cables high in the air to a building. Robot dogs peruse them on the cables. Bumble Bee rescues them.

Lockdown on his Spaceship

Lockdown on his Spaceship

Optimus Prime left Lockdown’s ship in an escape pod as it took off from Earth.

Mr. Joshua Joyce wants the Holy Grail, the Seed, delivered to his Guangzhou, China facility. He considers Galvatron a failure. The robot was out of control. Megatron’s mind is in Galvatron. Megatron reincarnated!

Now the Autobots, Cade, and team go after the Seed.

Beijing China – Mr. Joyce wants to detonate the Seed in the Mongolian desert, next month. The purpose is to create Transformium; enough for 100 years.

Lockdown discovers that Optimus Prime escaped. He rockets back to Earth.

Five million shares of KSI stock – Attinger receives for delivering the Seed to Mr. Joyce; Joyce suddenly has second thoughts. Galvatron becomes active all by himself. He begins making more transformer robots and takes control of KSI China facility. Galvatron, “Go find my Seed. Detonate the Seed in the largest city.”

Joyce tries to get away before the Seed explodes. The battle rages in Guangzhou China. Soon Lockdown arrives on the scene.

Optimus Prime and the Metal Dinosaur

Optimus Prime and the Metal Dinosaur

Prime realizes they need reinforcements. “Recognize one of your Knights. Optimus speeks a foreign language.” The Knight Rises! The Giant Metal Dinosaur awoke . Optimus battled with it for it’s obedience. “You defend my family or die.” Soon many great metal dinosaurs join in the great battle.

The battle is soon won by the Autobots, with the help of the metal dinosaurs. Optimus orders, “Take the Seed safely to the hills.”

Lockdown arrives at earth. He turns on a giant magnet and draws metal into his ship. He’s trying to suck Optimus in. Then dropping the metal.

Optimus Prime

“I Am Optimus Prime”

Beijing China – Optimus Prime and Lockdown meet and the battle begins. Mr. Joyce tries to get the Seed out of the city. Cade tries to help Optimus but Attinger gets in his way; tries to kill him. Prime sees the altercation and blows Attinger away.

After being sent away by Cade, Tessa and Shane return to help. Everyone fights Lockdown together. Tessa and Shane pull a sword out of Prime’s chest. Using the sword, Optimus cuts Lockdown in half; killing him. Lockdown pukes as he dies. “Honor to the end,” Optimus Prime.

“We shall meet again Prime for I am reborn,” a dark Decepticon said then flew into space.

“I am Optimus Prime and this message is to my creators; Leave planet Earth alone. ‘Cause I’m coming for you.” He flies into space.

The End

Hope you enjoyed my review.

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

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GODZILLA – Movie Review

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Greetings SciFi lovers,

I watched one of my favorite monster movies of all time. I thought you might like to read my review. Enjoy.Godzilla

The movie begins sometime after thirty years of atomic bomb testing has taken place in the south pacific, near French Polynesia. Iguana lizards and their eggs were continually exposed to atomic radiation.

A large underwater object is tracked on sonar and tracking straight for a Japanese Cannery Ship, also near French Polynesia in the south pacific. The ship is attacked and sank by a giant beast.

CHERNOBYL – UKRAINE- Dr. Niko Tapopolis ( Matthew Broderick) is on a three year study of the Chernobyl Earthworm. He works for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and has discovered a seventeen percent increase in the size of the earthworms there due to radiation exposure. He is an unmarried biologists and studies radioactive samples. He is electrocuting the ground to gather night crawlers during a night rainstorm for studying.

Kyle Terrington, of the U.S. State Department, and his team dropped in by chopper and interrupted Dr. Tapopolis’ worm collecting. “You’re being reassigned!” Terrington proclaims in the pouring night rain.

“But my work here isn’t finished!” Nick Tapopolis protests with rain cascading down his face.

Terrington calmly replies while holding his umbrella to shield his head and face from the cold rain, “It is now.”

PAPEETE TAHITI – A very sick old Japanese sailor that was on the cannery ship reported saying, “GOJIRA. GOJIRA. GOJIRA.”

Giant Reptilian Footprint

Giant Reptilian Footprint

Dr. Tapopolis is being flown by small sea plane to Golfo De San Miguel-Panama. To study a giant radioactive reptilian footprint. He was standing inside the massive footprint. “But, there’s no animal in the world that makes foot prints like this, is there?” Tapopolis questioned.

Nick meets Dr. Elsie Chapman, of the National Institute of Paleontology, and his boss. So far, no one has seen the giant beast. They watch a satellite video of the Japanese Cannery Ship being attacked and sank. They only see giant claws. Nick also meets Dr. Craven and is repeatedly called the worm guy; sarcastically.

Later by chopper, they follow the giant reptilian tracks.

GREAT PEDRO BLUFF- JAMAICA – Dr. Nick, Dr. Elsie, and Dr. Craven stand amazed as they gaze at the Japanese Cannery ship. It drifted on shore there. The hull was ripped severely. The locals were sitting on the beach watching, also in amazement. The “Donne-Moi Cinq Pour Cent” mercenary group was hired by La Rochelle Casualty and Property Insurance to guard the ship. Mr. Philippe Roache is the insurance agent. Dr. Tapopolis quietly begins collecting worm specimens from the hull of the ship.

EASTERN SEABOARD – UNITED STATES – “Artie! Artie! What the hell’s wrong? Why are we slowing down?” yells the captain of the small fishing trawler.

“I don’t know!” Artie responds loudly in a panic. “She’s up full throttle! Maybe she’s heavy in the nets!”

Three small fishing trawlers are quickly pulled under by their nets as the crews flee the boats into the turbulent waters.

The Giant Reptilian Beast is only 200 miles off the Eastern American Seaboard.

Dr. Elsie Chapman proclaims, “It’s Theropoda Allosaurus; a reptile that died during the cretaceous period.”

“What about the traces of radiation?” Nick Tapopolis asked skeptically while not agreeing with his boss. “The animal was first sighted in the French Polynesian Pacific, right? That area has been exposed to dozens of nuclear tests over the past 30 years.

Dr. Chapman hurls the sarcasm back at him, “Uh-huh. Hence, the radiation.” The eye roll rocked the plain. Dr. Craven smirked.

Dr. Tapopolis ignores the sarcasm and replies calmly and confidently, “I believe that this is a mutated aberration, a hybrid caused by the fallout on these islands. An incipient creature. The dawn of a new species. The first of it’s kind.”

Godzilla in New York City

Godzilla in New York City

THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS – The creature enters New York City and wreaks havoc. Mayor Ebert has just been re-elected to a 2nd four year term and is giving his thank you speech to his supporters when the creature comes straight for them. The speech is over as everyone flees for their lives.

Mobil Command Center – New Jersey – Sergeant O’Neal reports to the team, “The Mayor has agreed to evacuate NYC and is calling out the National Guard. The giant lizard quickly disappeared into the city.

Audrey Timmonds, news reporter for WIDF TV News, and Dr. Tapopolis’ past college girlfriend of four years begins to have feelings for him as she sees him on TV with the military concerning the giant lizard story.

Agent Philippe Roache, D.G.S.E., of La Rochelle Casualty and Property Insurance, placed a listening device on Mayor Ebert’s shirt collar. Roache’s company insures 15% of the property in NYC.

Since the authorities were unable to locate the lizard they attempted to draw him out with several truckloads of fish in Central Park, much to Mayor Edert’s dismay. It’s 8:55pm in the pouring rain as they wait in hiding, close to the enormous pile of fish. Dr. Tapopolis’ idea; remove the manhole covers to insure the fish smell gets into the sewers.

Godzilla Up Close

Godzilla Up Close

The idea quickly works. They get the first up close and personal look at the giant lizard. Dr. Tapopolis takes pictures. The police begin their attack. They quickly learn how fast the enormous reptile is; and he breathes fire. Their efforts only succeed in more damage to the city. The heat seeking missiles also don’t work; the lizard is colder than the buildings around him. The missiles destroy the Chrysler Building. The massive reptile soon destroyed all four attack choppers.

Audrey runs into Dr. Tapopolis at the drug store. He’s purchasing home pregnancy tests. He’s still angry about the way she left eight years ago without a letter, phone call, nothing. He asks for tests with Gonadotropic Hormones or Clomiphene Citrate. He realizes he’s holding a grudge and quickly changes his heart. He invites her over for tea.

Later, after running his tests, Dr. Tapopolis declares, “This creature’s pregnant. It reproduces Asexually. It came to New York City for a nesting place; of course! I believe this creature has already laid or is about to lay up to twelve eggs, that will hatch quickly. He is gathering fish to feed the young once hatched. We need to find the nest.”

Audrey stole the top secret tape from Dr. Tapopolis’ tent and the media has it. The media calls the creature GODZILLA! Tapopolis is fired by Hicks. He tells Audrey goodbye and takes a taxi to Newark Airport. He soon discovers that Agent Philippe Roache is driving the taxi and is French Secret Service. He says the Americans in NYC stopped looking for the nest.

Dr. Tapopolis and Agent Roache devise a plan to go back into New York City to find Godzilla’s nest. “I always wanted to join the French Foreign Legion,” Tapopolis brags. In this movie, much of the nuclear testing in the pacific was done by the French Government, therefore, they felt responsible and had a vested interest in making sure this creature is stopped.

The military is trying to draw Godzilla into Central Park again with more fish.

Godzilla Battles The Navy

Godzilla Battles The Navy

Dr. Tapopolis, Agent Roache, and their team find Godzilla in the underground sewers of NYC. Godzilla goes into the city and heads for Central Park where the army is waiting with their fish. The attack begins and Godzilla quickly flees to the river where the navy is waiting. The Indiana and Anchorage are closing in. Torpedoes are fired at the giant lizard.

Godzilla lead the torpedoes into the Anchorage. Upon impact, the submarine is destroyed. The Indiana fires at Godzilla as he swims back to Manhattan. DIRECT HIT! They killed Godzilla.

Nick Tapopolis, Agent Roache, and his team enter Madison Square Garden from the sewers. There’s fish everywhere. “Three eggs. I thought there’d be more,” Nick states. Upon further investigation, they find more than twenty eggs. The team began placing explosives on some of the eggs. “Boss,” one of the French men said, “We don’t have nearly enough charges.”

Nick could hear gurgling and other noises coming from inside the eggs. “They’re ready to hatch,” he said with concern. Suddenly the first egg cracked open and a baby Godzilla jumped out. “Correction; they are hatching!” Because they smelled like fish, the group is quickly attacked and must flee The Garden, for their lives.

Dr. Elsie Chapman convinces the Colonel to look for the nest, against Mayor Ebert’s wishes.

Agent Roache orders, “Contact the military. Get them to send a bomber to blow up this building. 5557600 Code Dragon Fly. That should get you through. Nick go get help. We’ll hold the reptiles off.

They have an idea. They Begin A Live Broadcast From Inside Madison Square Garden: Audrey reports, “Dr. Niko Tapopolis has discovered the Beast’s lair.” Nick explains, “We’ve discovered over 200 eggs. They have hatched and are over nine feet tall and have begun feeding. These 200 could easily become 40,000 within this year. This could become the dominate species of this planet. The military must destroy this building immediately before these creatures can escape.” “I’m Audrey Timmonds reporting live on WIDF News from inside Madison Square Gardens.”

The order was given by the military Colonel, “I want you to blow up Madison Square Garden.”

Nick and team learned their broadcast was received by everyone and they had less than six minutes to leave the building before the bombers arrived. Agent Roache distracts the lizards while they make their getaway through the main entrance; past dozens of hungry Godzillas. As the F18 bombers make their approach.

The Crater where Madison Square Garden was and Godzilla

The Crater where Madison Square Garden was and Godzilla

The Maverick missiles are fired. The Garden is destroyed. Nick and Audrey kiss.

GODZILLA’S BACK! RUN!

The F18 bombers are ordered to turn around. Nick and friends are hiding in the Park Avenue Tunnel as Godzilla desperately tries to get to them. They lead the massive lizard to the Brooklyn Bridge. The F18’s fly to the bridge.

Godzilla on the Brooklyn Bridge

Godzilla on the Brooklyn Bridge

Godzilla gets tangled in the suspension cables on the bridge as the F18’s approach. “Stallion 1-5, Tally One on the Bridge.”

The order is given to fire at will. Godzilla took multiple direct missile hits from the F18 fighters. Quickly Godzilla falls and dies.

WIDF News Live Headlines “GODZILLA DEFEATED!”

Mayer Ebert says, “The Mayor who Destroyed Godzilla.”

One egg hatched late and lived.

The End

Star Trek: Nemesis – Movie Review

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Greetings trekies,

I have a Star Trek – Nemesis movie review that you’re sure to like.

Star Trek NemesisThe movie begins in the Romulan Imperial Senate. A representative from the military is presenting Shinzon of Remus’ proposal.  Shinzon wants to unite Romulus and Remus. The Praetor, the leader of the Senate, rejects his proposal.

Green Dust kills the Romulan Imperial SenatorsSenator Taláura had an urgent appointment with the Tholian Ambassador. Upon leaving, she left a small round box on the table.  The box opened and sprayed a green dust in the air above the Senators.  The dust killed them all. Their bodies turned to stone and crumbled.

The movie switches to Captain Picard as he makes the best man toast at Will Riker and Deanna Troi’s wedding reception.  They will have a wedding ceremony on Betazed, the “no clothing allowed,” planet.

Later, Mr. Worf picks up a Positronic Signal on Kolarus III, in the Kolarun System. The signal is from an android like Data.

Mr. Warf

Mr. Worf

“There is a problem!”  said Geordi, “The Kolarun System is close to the Romulan Neutral Zone. With Captain Picard’s approval, Will Riker orders, “Warp five to the Kolarun System.”

“I am reading six Positronic Signals,” said Geordi.

On Kolarus III they discover a replica of Data, in six pieces as Captain Picard tries out the Argo. The Argo is a new, small ATV.

Later:

Back on the Enterprise, they learn that Dr. Soong created this prototype of Data and named it B-4. He created B-4 before he created Data.  B-4 is less sophisticated than Data.  Data and B-4 are brothers.  “Geordi, reassemble B-4,” orders Captain Picard.

Captain Picard gets an alpha priority communication from Starfleet.  Admiral Janeway wants Jean-Luc to go to Romulus. The Romulan Imperial Senate has a new Praetor, Shinzon of Reman. Captain Picard orders, “Warp eight to Romulus.”

At Romulus, they face the Reman War bird, Scimitar. They meet Praetor Shinzon, the human, and his Viceroy, the Reman.

Reman War Bird  Scimitar.

Reman War Bird Scimitar.

They later learn that Shinzon is a clone of Captain Picard.  Shinzon and Jean-Luc become acquainted.

Geordi learns that Shinzon’s ship is a Thalaron Generator.  They now know that Shinzon is no diplomat.

Shinzon and his Viceroy perform a violation on Deanna in her and Will’s room.

We learn that Shinzon put B-4 on Kolarus III to gain information about Starfleet.  The information that B-4 receives from the Enterprises computers is incorrect, thanks to Data.

Data reaffirms that Shinzon’s ship is a Thalaron Generator , a great weapon.

They learn that Shinzon was created with temporal RNA sequencing. He has accelerated aging, he is dying.

The Dying Shinzon

The Dying Clone Shinzon

Geordi is concerned, “Shinzon’s ship has a Cascading Biogenic Pulse!”

Captain Picard orders, “He is going to attack earth. He must not be allowed to use his weapon. All other concerns are secondary,”  He further orders, “All hands…battle stations.”

The Enterprise warps toward sector 1045 where there are seven star ships. There is protection in numbers.  The problem is, Shinzon’s fully cloaked ship is right behind the Enterprise as it speeds through space.

The Enterprise enters the Bassen Rift. They lose all communications due to the space interference.   Captain is concerned for the ship’s safety. He orders, “Commander Riker, evasive maneuvers.”   Shinzon attacks the Enterprise.

As Captain Picard attempts to talk Shinzon out of destroying earth, he reveals his true plan.  “I want to be remembered for all time.”

Suddenly two Romulan ships appear. “This is Commander Donatra of the War bird Valdore. Might we be of assistance?”

The battle begins; two Romulans and the Enterprise vs. Shinzon.

As Shinzon overpowers his opponents, Deanna gets revenge for the earlier violation by Shinzon and his Viceroy. She enters Viceroy’s mind and pinpoints their ship.  “Remember me. Now!”    Mr. Worf fires!    “Fire at will,” ordered Captain Picard.

As the Enterprise is crippled, Captain Picard orders the Enterprise to ram Shinzon’s ship.

Captain Picard

Captain Picard

Shinzon orders, “Deploy the weapon. Kill everything on that ship. Then set a course for earth. We must complete our mission.”  The Thalaron intermix procedure is initiated.

Captain Picard beams to Shinzon’s ship to stop the weapon from destroying the Enterprise. Data secretly follows, through space. Picard battles Shinzon as the weapon readies itself.  Picard kills Shinzon.

With 30 seconds left before the Thalaron Generator fires, killing the Enterprise and everyone on board, Data puts a portable transported on Captain Picard.  “Good-bye,” said Data.  Captain Picard is beamed on board the Enterprise.

With two seconds before the annihilation of the Enterprise, Data blows up the Thalaron Generator.  Data dies in the explosion.

Captain Picard defeats Shinzon

Captain Picard defeats Shinzon

The deck crew honors Data’s memory.

Later, Commander Riker says good-bye to captain Picard.  Will Riker is assuming command of the Titan.

The movie ends.

As a writer, I love a story with a strong antagonists. Shinzon is a great antagonist. I really liked the design of the space ships as well. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Until our paths cross again.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Star Trek – Into Darkness – Movie Review

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Dear Star Trek Fans,

I saw the latest Star Trek movie. Its another masterpiece. The back story about Khan is brilliant.

Star Trek into DarknessThe movie begins on Nibiru—a class M planet. Jim Kirk and McCoy are running from the angry natives. “Kirk to Shuttle One. Spock, neutralize the volcano and let’s get out of here.”

Spock is lowered into the volcano. The cable breaks and he lands on a floating stone in the lava. The Enterprise is hiding on the ocean floor.

Jim Kirk and McCoy on Nibiru

Kirk and  McCoy on Nibiru

Spock ignites the cold fusion device to freeze the erupting volcano, thus saving a civilization, then prepares to die—due to being trapped.

The Enterprise rises up from the water, as the natives watch. Mr. Scott beams Spock aboard as the cold fusion device explodes. The lave is frozen, stopping the eruption, saving the civilization that barely discovered the wheel. Kirk violated the Prime Directive.

London 2259.55 – A Star Fleet officer’s daughter is dying. Khan tells him he can save her. Khan makes a serum to cure the dying girl.

At Star Fleet HQ. For violating the Prime Directive, Kirk is stripped of his chair. Admiral Pike is ordered to take over the Enterprise as captain. Kirk is going back to the academy.

London- The medication works. The girl is saved. Her father blows up a Star Fleet data archive as payment for the drug.

Spock is transferred to the U.S.S. Bradbury. Kirk is Pike’s First Officer. Admiral Pike convinced Admiral Marcus that Kirk deserves a second chance.

Kirk informs Spock of the demotion. “You stabbed me in the back with your report, Spock,” Kirk says while on his way to an Emergency session, Daystrom. Spock meets Frank Abbot, U.S.S. Bradbury, Captain.

Admiral Marcus addresses the Emergency session

Admiral Marcus addresses the Emergency session

Admiral Marcus addresses the Emergency session. “In London, a Star Fleet data archive was bombed. 42 men and women are dead. One hour ago, in a message from a Star Fleet officer. The officer confessed to the bombing. He was forced to do so by John Harrison, another  Star Fleet officer. John Harrison has just declared a one-man war against Star Fleet. Under no circumstance are we to allow this man to escape Federation space. The man hunt is on.”

Kirk asked, “It doesn’t seem odd to you that he’d target an archive, a library?” John Harrison bombed the archive to gather the Star Fleet officers together in that room. It was procedure.

Seconds later, Harrison attacks the officers using a hover-craft chopper. Pike is killed while Kirk disables the chopper. Harrison survives the crash and is beamed to safety.

Mr. Scott learns that Harrison used a portable transwarp beaming device. He beamed to Kronos – the Klingon homeworld. He’s taken refuge in the Ketha Province, an uninhabited region for decades.

Later, Admiral Marcus says, “London wasn’t an archive. It was a top-secret branch of Star Fleet, designated Section 31.They were developing defense technology and training our officers to gather intelligence on the Klingons and any other enemy. John Harrison was a top agent. 31 developed a new photon torpedo. Long range and untraceable. Invisible to Klingon sensors.”

Marcus orders, “Kirk, You park on the edge of the Neutral Zone, you lock onto Harrison’s position, you fire, you kill him and you haul ass.”

Kirk replies, “Permission to reinstate Mr. Spock as my First Officer.”

Mr. Scott – Chief Engineering Officer

“Granted,” Marcus agrees.

Science Officer Wallace is assigned to the Enterprise by Admiral Marcus. Lieutenant Carol Wallace. Doctorate in applied physics, specializing in advanced weaponry.

On board the Enterprise, Mr. Scott refuses to sign the receipt for 72 photon torpedoes. “Not without specs,” Scotty says. “I have a warp core to prime.”

Mr. Scott refuses to sign for the torpedoes. “Star Fleet confiscated my transwarp equation. Harrison used it to hop across the galaxy.”

“Sign for the torpedoes Mr. Scott, that’s an order,” Kirk says.

“I resign my duties,” Mr. Scott replies. “Jim, for the Love of God! Do not use those torpedoes.”

Kirk promotes Mr. Chekov to Chief Engineering Officer. “Go put on a red suit.”

Mr. Chekov to Chief Engineering Officer

As they are warping to the Klingon homeworld, Spock learns of Lieutenant Wallace’s identity. She’s Admiral Marcus’ daughter.

Later, Kirk, Spock, and team are in a shuttle to the Ketha Providence. We see Praxis, the Klingon moon that exploded years ago. Mr. Spock believes he located John Harrison.

“Attention John Harrison. This is Captain Hikaru Sulu of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Surrender or be obliterated. If you test me, you will fail.”

On Kronos, the team zooms to Harrison’s location. They’re attacked by a D-4 class Klingon vessel. They land and are attacked by Klingons.

John Harrison kills all the Klingons then surrenders to Kirk.

My name is Khan!

Harrison is taken on board the Enterprise. He gives the coordinates, “23-17-46-11” to Kirk. He tells Kirk to open one of the 72 torpedoes.

Upon opening, they discover someone sleeping inside. Bones says, “The torpedo is refrofitted to hide a cryo tube. The person frozen inside is 300 years old. All 72 torpedoes have someone inside. The cryo tubes are ancient.

John Harrison says, “My name is Khan. I am genetically engineered to be superior in every way. We were exiled from Earth.”

Admiral Marcus used Khan to create weapons. He appears in a huge star ship. “I want Khan.”

Kirk orders, “Warp speed to earth.” As the Enterprise warps toward Earth, Marcus catches them and open fires. Mr. Scott is aboard Marcus’ ship. He disables the weapons.

Kirk and Khan sail through space, in suits, to Marcus’ ship. Mr. Scott opens the space hatch.

Young Spock talks to old Spock. “Khan Noonien Singh was the most dangerous adversary the Enterprise ever faced. He is brilliant and ruthless. He will not hesitate to kill your entire crew for his gain,” Old Spock says.

Young Spock asked, “Did you defeat him?”

“At Great Costs. Yes,” Old Spock replies.

Khan kills Admiral Marcus

On Marcus’ ship, Khan kills Admiral Marcus. He crushes his skull with his hands. Khan says to Spock, “Your crew for my crew. Spock, give me my crew. Lower your shields. I will kill you and your entire crew if you don’t give me my crew. I will turn off your life supports and step over your corpses to retrieve my crew.”

Spock lowers the shields and gives Khan all 72 torpedoes. Khan beams his sleeping crew aboard Marcus’ ship then open fires on the Enterprise.

Mr. Spock armed the torpedoes. They explode on board Khan’s ship. Spock and McCoy previously removed the sleeping people from the torpedoes. Khan’s crew was safely aboard the Enterprise. All Khan received was the empty tubes.

Due to the attack, the Enterprise is powerless and falls into Earth’s orbit. Kirk climbs into the radioactive chamber and realigns the core—restoring power. The ship is saved while Kirk dies from radiation poisoning. As Kirk dies, Spock yells, “Khan!”

Khan flees to earth. He crashes his star ship into Star Fleet headquarters.  Spock follows. He beams down to coordinates, “3517 by 2598.” Khan and Spock, the two super beings, race through the streets of San Francisco, 2259.55. They battle.

On board the Enterprise, Bones yells, “Get me a cryo tube, now!” He puts Kirk’s body in cryogenic freeze.

Spock and Uhura capture Khan and bring him back to the Enterprise.

Khan and Spock battle in San Francisco

Two weeks later, Kirk wakes in sick bay. McCoy gave him a transfusion of Khan’s super-blood. Bones synthesized a serum from Khan’s blood and brought him back from the dead. Spock, Uhura, and Bones saved Kirk’s life.

Spock put Khan back into cryogenic freeze with his crew.

Enterprise begins Five-year mission

The Enterprise begins a five-year mission to seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before.
The movie ends.

This was an awesome movie. The actors gave all-star performances as always. I think it’s terrific when young Spock gets advice from old Spock.

Sesla isn’t the only civilization that’s experimenting with genetic code manipulation. It appears, Khan Noonien Singh is a very dangerous result of genetic engineering on Earth, several centuries prior to this futuristic movie.

In my fantasy fiction world, Sesla, the crazy scientists at Qashlet lab are busy creating their version of mutants. You can learn more about Qashlet lab and the frightening experiments there, on my Sesla blog at https://jairelandsesla.wordpress.com/

Until we talk again,

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Movie Review

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Dear magical scifi fans,

I watched the Chamber of Secrets again this week. J.K. Rowling is a tremendously gifted writer. I’m a big fan.

The movie begins as Harry is in his room at the Dursleys. He’s looking through a photo album. Hedwig, Harry’s owl, is bored as the Dursleys prepare for a visit from the Masons.

Dobby the house-elf

Dobby the house-elf

Dobby the house-elf appears in Harry’s room. Dobby warns, “Harry Potter must not go back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.” After admitting he’s been stealing Harry’s mail, and causing a cake to fall on Mrs. Mason, Dobby disappears.

Mr. Dursley puts bars on Harry’s window. Later, Ron, Fred, and George Weasley rescue him with their dad’s enchanted car.

The next morning, they are at the Weasley  home. During breakfast, Errol, the owl delivers letters from Hogwarts. Everyone travels by Floo powder to Diagon Alley. Harry is sent to Knockturn Alley, one grate to far, by mistake. There they run into Hermione. They also visit Gilderoy Lockhart, the successful writer. Lucius and Draco Malfoy are there.

Later, Ron and Harry don’t get through the magical gate to 9 ¾ and miss the Hogwarts Express.  They drive the enchanted car to Hogwarts and land in the Whomping Willow tree.

Ron pulling a Mandrakeroot

Ron pulling a Mandrake root

Later, Professor Sprout teaches the students how to re-pot Mandrakes. Hermione Granger says, “Mandrake or Mandragora is used to return those who have been petrified to their normal state. The Mandrake cry is fatal to anyone who hears it.”

We meet Nearly Headless Nick. Later, the owl brings Ron a Howler from his mother.

The new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is Gilderoy Lockhart.

In Quidditch, Draco Malfoy is a new seeker. Later, he calls Hermione a filthy little Mudblood.

Harry serves detention with Gilderoy Lockhart, where he first hears the basilisk.

Later, they discover on the wall, “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the Heir beware,” written in blood. Filch’s cat, Mrs. Norris, is the first to be petrified. “I’ll kill you!” Filch says to Harry.

Chamber of Secrets is opened. Heir beware

Chamber of Secrets is opened.  Enemies  beware

In class, Professor McGonagall explains the Chamber of Secrets, “Hogwarts was founded over a thousand years ago by Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, Salazar Slytherin. Salazar Slytherin wanted only pure-bloods to learn magic. He built the Chamber of Secrets before leaving the school. Only a true Heir of Slytherin can open the chamber.

Later Hermione says, “The Heir of Slytherin has returned to Hogwarts. Who is it?”  She uses a Polyjuice Potion to change and obtain information from Draco Malfoy. Harry and Ron  learn that the chamber was last opened 50 years ago.

Harry learns that Dobby, the House-elf is responsible for his recent plights.  To free Doddy from slavery, his master must present him with clothes.

We meet Moaning Myrtle. Harry is a Parselmouth- He speaks snake language. Salazar Slytherin was a Parselmouth.

Later, Professor Dumbledore explains to Harry, “Fawkes is a phoenix. He has burning days. He is reborn from the ashes. They carry heavy loads. Their tears have healing powers.

Harry finds a book in Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom. The book belongs to Tom Marvolo Riddle. Tom takes him into the book. Harry sees 50 years in the past, on June 13th  in Hogwarts. Master Dipper is closing Hogwarts due to the Chamber of Secrets  being opened. Aragog, the giant spider, is blamed for the attacks. Hermione is the next to be petrified.

Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic orders Hagrid taken to Azkaban.

The basilisk - sixty feet long snake

The basilisk – sixty feet long snake

We learn more about the basilisk—capable of living for hundreds of years. It’s eyes are fatal. Spiders fear them. Moaning Myrtle died because she looked at the basilisk 50 years ago, while in her restroom.

“Her skeleton will lie in the Chamber forever,” was written on the wall in blood. The message was about Ginny Weasley.

Harry discovers the chamber. It’s in Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom. He speaks Parseltongue and the chamber opens. In the chamber, he finds Ginny Weasley. She’s dying. Tom Riddle is there. Tom is Lord Voldemort.

Tom has a muggle father. Out of shame, he changed his name. He caused Ginny to open the chamber with a spell.

As Ginny lies dying, Tom gets stronger. He calls the basilisk. He is the Heir of Salazar Slytherin.  Fawkes brings the sorting hat to Harry.

Tom Riddle calls the basilisk

Tom Riddle calls the basilisk

Fawkes, the phoenix, blinds the basilisk. A sword appears in the hat. Harry uses the sword to kill the basilisk.

Harry was  bitten in the arm. He removes the long tooth. As the basilisk poison speeds through his body, he stabs the book with the basilisk tooth. Tom Riddle dies.

Ginny wakes as Fawkes drips his magical tears on Harry’s wound, healing it.  Fawkes flies everyone out of the chamber.

In Dumbledore’s office, Harry and Ron are being lectured for breaking school rules. Afterward, he gives awards to Ron and Harry and releases Hagrid from Azkaban.

Lucius Malfoy is Dobby's Master

Lucius Malfoy is Dobby’s Master

We learn that Dobby serves the Malfoys. Harry tricks Lucius into freeing  the house-elf with a sock.  “Dobby is Free!” he exclaimed.

At the dinner table, Sir Nicholas greets the students. Hermione is back from being petrified. Hagrid walks in and says, “A bloody owl named Errol got lost. I was just released from Azkaban.”

The movie ends.

Watching this movie again has been a real treat. For me, the Harry Potter series is one of the best magical fantasy series’ ever written.

I hope you enjoyed my review of one of J.K. Rowling’s masterpieces, The Chamber of Secrets.  Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland.

STAR TREK III – The Search for Spock

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Dear Star Trek fans,

If you’re a timeless Star Trek fan like me, I have a review that I know you’ll like.

This movie begins with Spock’s death. His coffin, with body inside, is sent to the Genesis Planet.

The Enterprise is traveling through space back to Earth. Lieutenant Saavik and Dr. David Marcus, Kirk’s son, are onboard the Federation science vessel, Grissom. They are speeding to the Genesis planet.

Through a black market purchase, the Klingon Commander, Valkris, purchased Genesis data. She delivers the data to Klingon Commander Kruge. Because she watched the tape, Kruge destroys her vessel—killing her. Kruge and his officers watch the tape. Kruge decides to act alone to steal Genesis.

Commander Kruge and his officers watching the Genesis data

Commander Kruge and his officers watching the Genesis data

Meanwhile, the Enterprise arrives at Earth and begins space dock.  They see the new experiment, Excelsior. Mr. Sulu says, “She has transwarp drive.”  Suddenly Mr. Chekov reads an energy life-form in Mr. Spock’s quarters.

Kirk finds McCoy in the dark room. “Climb the steps of Mount Seleya,” Bones envisions.

Kirk replies, “Bones, Mount Seleya is on Vulcan. We’re home on Earth.”

“Remember,” Bones says.

The head of Starfleet command informed Kirk that Genesis is a galactic controversy.

Grissom reaches Genesis. They discover a life-form on the planet surface close to Spock’s casket. Saavik reports, “Sector 1- Foliage fully grown- 22.2 degrees Celsius. Sector 2- Desert terrain-minimal vegetation -39.4 degrees Celsius. Sector 3- Subtropical- there is snow. Dr. Marcus and Lieutenant Saavik beam down to investigate while beginning their research.

Dr. Marcus and Lieutenant Saavik on Genesis Planet

Dr. Marcus and Lieutenant Saavik on Genesis Planet

Back on Earth, Sarek, Spock’s father, talks to Kirk about Spock’s Katra—his living spirit.  They discover that McCoy has Spock’s Katra.

Sarek says, “You must bring McCoy and Spock’s body to Mount Seleya on Vulcan. You will find a way, Kirk.”

“I will. I swear,” Kirk vows.

Back on Genesis, Dr. Marcus and Lieutenant Saavik find the empty Mark VI casket. Only Spock’s burial robe remaines.

Back on Earth, after attempting to borrow the Enterprise from Starfleet and being denied, Kirk and crew steal the Enterprise and fly her to Genesis. Kirk informs McCoy that he is suffering from a Vulcan mind-meld. “That green-blooded son of a bitch!” McCoy replies.

On Genesis, Dr. Marcus and Saavik are caught in a blizzard in the desert. They find a young Vulcan boy. Dr. Marcus admits Genesis is a failure. “I used protomatter in the Genesis Matrix.”

Savvik responds, “Protomatter. An unstable substance which every ethical scientists in the galaxy has denounced as dangerously unpredictable.”

David replied, “It was the only way to solve certain problems.”

“How many have paid the price for your impatience? Like your father, you change the rules,” Saavik states.

In space Commander Kruge arrives and destroys the Grissom. A party of Klingons beam down to the planet surface.

Commander Kruge on Genesis planet surface

Commander Kruge on Genesis planet surface

“Spock is connected to the planet. Rapid aging is occurring. The planet has hours or days only,” Dr. Marcus reports.

As Spock rapidly ages, Pon farr, the burning blood begins—a condition every Vulcan male must endure every seven years of their adult life.

The Enterprise arrives at Genesis. The Klingons kill David.

Kirk plans to blow up the Enterprise in a last effort to save themselves. Kirk orders, “Destruct Sequence – One code: 11A.”

Mr. Scott orders, “Destruct Sequence two. code 1 – 1A – 2B.”

Chekov orders, “Destruct Sequence three. code 1B – 2B – 3.”

Kirk orders the final code, “Code zero zero zero. Destruct. Zero.”

Destruct Sequence is activated.

Kirk and crew watch from the planet surface as the Enterprise crashes. “My God Bones, what have I done?” Kirk asks.

Bones replies, “You turned death into a fighting chance to live.”

Enterprise crashes as Kirk and crew watch

Enterprise crashes as Kirk and crew watch

Later, after most of the crew is aboard the Klingon ship, Kirk and Commander Kruge battle on the planet surface as it turns to molten flames. After killing Kruge, Kirk and Spock are beamed aboard the Klingon vessel.

As they warp to Vulcan, Genesis explodes.

Later on Mount Seleya, on Vulcan, T’Lar  asks Sarek, “What do you seek Sarek, child of Skon, child of Solkar?”

Sarek replies, “I seek fal-tor-pan, the re-fusion.”

T’Lar askes, “Who is the keeper of the Katra?”

Bones replies, “I am. McCoy, Leonard H. Son of David…I choose the danger.”

On Mount Seleya T’Lar performs re-fusion

On Mount Seleya T’Lar performs re-fusion

Using the ancient Vulcan mind-meld, T’Lar re-fuses Spock’s Katra out of McCoy’s mind and into Spock’s mind.

After the dangerous and lengthy mind-meld, Spock remembers his shipmates.

The movie ends.

This is a well-written sequel to Star Trek II. As always, the actors gave all-star performances. I hope you liked my review of Star Trek III- The Search for Spock.

Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland

The Lord of the Rings — The Two Towers

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Dear epic adventure fans,

The Lord of the Rings — The Two TowersI have a review of the second, Lord of the Rings movie—The Two Towers.  This is a continuation of the initial, fantastic journey of Frodo Baggins.   I hope you enjoy my review of this classic movie.

The movie begins with Gandalf, “You cannot Pass! I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. Go back to the Shadow. The dark fire will not avail you flame of Udūn!”  Gandalf battles the Balrog Demon from the Ancient World.

Balrog Demon from Ancient World

Samwise and Frodo are on a journey to Middle Earth. Gollum attacks them while they sleep. After subduing the mutant creature, they take him along on their journey. Gollum swears allegiance to Mr. Frodo as he orders, “You will lead us to the Black Gate.”

The movie switches to an army of Orcs. They are running. They have Merry and Pippin. The Orc leader smells man flesh. Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas—the elf, are pursuing the Orc brigade; they are a day behind and closing.

The Orc Leader

The Orc Leader

Aragorn and team arrive in Rohan—home of the Horse-Lords. Legolas sees the Uruks—Orcs; turning northeast. “They’re taking the Hobbits to Isengard.”

Aragorn warns the villagers of the imminent war. Eothain and Freda ride from the village to Edoras to raise the alarm.

In Isengard, Sauron and Saruman are building an army of Orcs.

“The red sun rises – blood was spilled at night,” Legolas declares. They arrive in the Riddermark.

Aragorn says, “I am Aragorn-son of Arathorn, this is Gimli-son of Gloin, and this is Legolas of the Woodland Realm. We are friends of Rohan and of Théodred, your King.”

King Theordred of Rohan

Grima Wormtongue and King Théodred of Rohan

“Théodred, King of Rohan, is dying,” Eomer-son of Eomund replies.

After the brief meeting, Aragorn and team are given horses. They track the party of Uruk-hai-Orcs, westward across  the plain. Merry and Pippin escape from the Orcs into the Fangorn Forest.

In the enchanted forest, they are rescued by a tree-herder. A shepard of the forest. The Ent is called, TreeBeard.  TreeBeard promised the White Wizard, Gandalf, he would keep them safe. He takes them to Isengard.

Gandalf was sent back from the dead to finish the task. He is now, Gandalf the White. “We must journey to Edoras. War has come to Rohan,” Gandalf declares to Aragorn and his team as he appears to them. He whistles for Shadowfax—the lord of all horses.  The journey begins.

Gandalf the White and his party of Fighters

Gandalf the White and his party of Fighters

Gollum leads Frodo and Sam through the Dead Marshes to Mordor. The never ending swamp is filled with dead elves, men, and Orcs—thus the name. While in the swamp, Black Riders arrive on flying dragons. Gollum declares frightfully, “Wraiths on wings!”

Gollum leads Frodo and Sam to the Black Gate of Mordor. Frodo tells Gollum, “You’re name is Sméagol.”

Gandalf the White, along with his band of rescuers, arrived at Edoras—the Golden Hall of Meduseld.

King Théoden orders the people of Rohan to flee to Helm’s Deep—the city built in a mountain. There they can escape Saruman and the army of Orcs.

Saruman orders the Wang-riders to intercept the fleeing people of Rohan.

Sauroman - The Evil Wizard

Sauroman – The Evil Wizard and Grima Wormtongue

Pippin says while on Treebeard’s shoulders, “Saruman’s army is gathering in Mordor. The Dark One is gathering all armies to him. He has oliphaunts-giant elephants.”

The Wangs attack the Rohan people before they enter Helm’s Deep. The people survive and enter Helm’s Deep; the city built in solid rock.

Saruman is sending an army to Helm’s Deep—millions of Orc’s.

Pippin, Merry, and Treebeard are getting closer to Isengard.

Arwen, along with the other female and children elves, leave Rivendell for Valinor, before it’s too late. Elrond of Rivendell sends Elves to aid in the battle at Helm’s Deep as the  residents prepare for war.

In the darkness, the Battle of Hornburg-at Helm’s Deep begins.

At sunrise, when TreeBeard sees the trees that Saruman’s army of Orc’s cut down, he calls the Ents. They join the battle—fully expecting to perish. They use the river to flood the underground weapons factory.

Also at sunrise, Gandalf’s army joins the battle.

Battle at Helm's Deep

Battle at Helm’s Deep

After hours of fighting, during the daytime, the battle is won. Gandalf the White says, “The battle for Helm’s Deep is over. The battle for Middle-Earth is about to begin.”

Frodo and Samwise-the Brave, follow Sméagol to Mount Doom. “It’s up to us to destroy the ring,” Frodo states.

The movie ends.

This is a classic adventure. The special effects and scenery are spectacular. This longer movie is well worth the time.

I hope you like my review. Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland.