End of an era

A few days ago, I completed something I should have done 12 years ago: I watched the last episode of Star Trek: Voyager. I really enjoyed Voyager when it first aired, but alas I did not have control of the remote in the house, so I didn’t get to see past season 3 or so. Fortunately, Hubby is a huge Star Trek fan, like me, and we’ve been watching Voyager together. He (like a good Hubby) refused to tell me what happened at the end of the series, who got back to Earth, etc. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything. I had vaguely recalled hearing that not everyone made it back, so as we were having a marathon of the last few episodes, I had that in the back of my head. I do read Star Trek comics, so this conversation occurred:

Me: So-in-so DOES make it back to Earth!
Hubby: Are you sure about that?
Me: He/She/It is right here in this comic!
Hubby: *facepalm*

Unlike Battlestar Galactica, which took me months to pull up the courage to watch because I knew that would be the end of it, I was peacefully calm about watching the end of Voyager. It tied up everything quite nicely, and the whole series didn’t turn out to take place in the Holodeck *ahem, Enterprise*. It was nice seeing the nods to the other Star Trek shows at the end, with the Enterprise and Defiant escorting Voyager home. Yes, I will admit that there were tears, but not tears of sadness, like when I watch BSG (which I recently did for my thesis and bawled again), but tears of happiness. I’m debating if the next series we watch all of the way through should be the Original Series or Deep Space Nine–I’ve seen most of both series’, but Hubby hasn’t seen all of TOS. Choices, choices…

In other, not quite related, Star Trek news, I’m still deciding how I feel about JJ Abrams directing Star Wars VII. I absolutely love his Star Trek. No matter how many times I watch it, I will cry in the beginning. My gym was showing it in their cardio room, and let’s just say that it’s a good thing that it’s dark in there, else everyone would see that it wasn’t just sweat on my cheeks! But I digress… I’ve been impressed with what JJ Abrams material I’ve seen so far (note to self: continue watching Alias!), so I have high hopes that he will do Star Wars justice, especially as he is a big fan of the original trilogy. Finger’s crossed!

Buffy & Angel

Another thing I never got around to when I was younger (besides video games) was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  My friends were completely obsessed with it in high school (for good reason!), but I was too busy watching Hercules and Xena.  I have an odd liking for the original Kristy Swanson movie, and I know the general plot of the series, such as who dies, who’s a vampire/slayer, etc, so as I finally start to watch it in earnest, I don’t think there will be a huge plethora of surprises.

That being said, I just watched episode 7: “Angel.”  Squee!  I wonder what people first thought when the show aired in 1997…?  Were they surprised that Angel was a vampire?  Were they upset?  I think Joss Whedon is an all-around genius (I watched Firefly when it first aired 10 years ago, and absolutely adore it to this day!), but darn him for making me feel like a squishy-romantic teenager again!  Oh, the angst, the smoldering looks, the witty banter!  To quote Romeo, “Ah me!”

To be continued…

The Dark Knight Rises

Hubby and I saw The Dark Knight Rises on Friday morning.  I do have to admit that we had second thought about going after hearing the horrible news from Aurora, but ultimately decided to go.

Overall, I did enjoy the movie.  I currently have it tied with The Dark Knight (though the Michael Keaton Batman is still my favorite!).  I do like movies that surprise me–as I was not a follower of the comics, I didn’t know about Ra’s al Ghul’s child (no more spoilers, I promise), so it definitely scored points there 🙂  I love Anne Hathaway, and thought she did an excellent job running around and fighting in her spiked heels.  I definitely would’ve broken an ankle doing that!

Contagion

Saw Contagion last night.  It surpassed my expectations; I don’t normally like movies like that, but I definitely did wash my hands after watching, and am now acutely aware of how often I touch my face.

Can’t wait for the sequel Contagion II: Rise of the Infected Zombies!

Dumb and Dumber

I finally saw Dumb and Dumber for the first time last night.  I definitely would not have appreciated it 10+ years ago, as I probably would have been offended by the stupidity of it (I hated Austin Powers in high school too, for the same reason).  I am older and wiser now.  It was still stupid, but in a silly way; though I thought the ending should have been called Slow and Slower.