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Motor City Comic Con 2014 + R2D2 (Remote Controlled)

I visited the Motor City Comic Con today.

It was an interesting event. There were lots of people there, many dressed up in their favorite characters from all sorts of shows. There were a lot of booths, well, they were all booths, set up. Probably half had original artwork, prints, sketches and such of all sorts of stuff, mostly comic book and movie characters.

Then there were booths with comic books, which I wasn’t interested in. There were also booths with collectables and such. Then there were booths where TV/movie personalities were at. Most of them I hadn’t heard of. William Shatner had a booth, but he wasn’t there until 5:30 I think, which I was already home by then, so I missed him. No big deal because I have no doubt that when he got there the crowd would be huge! In fact, at 3:00pm there were people already camped out in line to see him! Autographs were $75.

But I did pick up a couple of really cool art prints by a Japanese lady, a sign that says Welcome to Vulcan and an Ironman tin poster as a gift for one of the ladies at work who wished she could have gone.

Shiki Print
Shiki Print
Wagahai Print
Wagahai Print

Here are links the the artist who made these prints I purchased if anyone is interested.

Also there was a guy who had a full-sized, functional, remote controlled R2D2. It wasn’t a cheap thrown together thing either. It looked really good and moved very well. I took a short video of it too.

Star Trek: Into The Darkness

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What a great flick that was! Start to finish was fantastic. The acting was good, the plot good and the visual effects good.

I was impressed with Star Trek (2009) with the actors for Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty and how they were able to really capture the likeness in mannerism of the original actors. They did a remarkable job and it continued with Into the Darkness.

I also enjoyed the sort of role reversal between Kirk and Spock regarding the flash-forward from the early Star Trek films and TV series. The radiation scene, Kahn and his crew being rescued from cryo-sleep and turing on the Federation, just like in TOS.

I also was reminded of the highway scene in The Matrix (2? or 3?) when Spock and Kahn were fighting on those ships flying through San Francisco, just like Morpheus and the Agent.

Early in the film, they encounter the Klingon’s and their D-Class ships. One thing I noticed was they had a sound reminiscent of the Tie Fighter from Star Wars. I thought that was strange, but interesting.

Then the head of Star Fleet was played by Peter Weller who played Officer Murphy, RoboCop, in 1987. That was cool seeing him again since I don’t think I’ve seen anything he’s done since then.

JJ Abrams did a great job in bringing in new technology, a new story intertwined with bits and pieces from the early movies and TV series. I loved it all.

Lastly, they left the door open for more movies with the crew talking about their 5-year mission which is just beginning and that Kahn and his crew are being kept alive in their tubes. Surely they won’t stay there forever.