In this issue: Zach gives his report on watching Star Trek for the first time. Granted it was the J.J. Abrams Star Trek, but it was Star Trek. Stephen wonders if people still say “Please” and “Thank You” or if we are all just a bunch of heartless monsters.


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  1. Chris_in_Texas
    December 15, 2012 at 8:08 am — Reply

    In response to Stephen’s query about “please” and “Thank you”, I am of the same generation as Matthew and Stephen. I was raised with very traditional values. I probably over use please and thank you, I am also a chronic user of “Sir” and “Ma’am”.

    These words are a part of who I am. Living my entire life in Texas, it’s really second nature. I’m not slighting the rest of the nation, but most of us down here in Texas are raised to be respectful of others.

    I for one have no doubt, if I failed to be polite to others, my grandmother would emerge from her grave and make sure that I remembered how I was raised.

    So, good day to you gentleman and keep up the awesome work.

  2. December 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm — Reply

    I recommend Zach watch my favorite Star Trek episode, Lethal Atmosphere II

  3. Oldcomicfan
    December 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm — Reply

    I recommend that Zach watch The Original Series before he goes any further. If he can’t stomach the plywood sets and the same seven spaceship and planet shots being used over and over again, then I recommend watching the recent enhanced versions where they replaced all the special effects with modern special effects. At least watch the first and second seasons – the scripts started going downhill badly in the third season – I mean, space hippies? Space Gamblers and Slave Pits? Really??? And the second episode of the first season with the Salt Vampire was painful to watch, but most of the other episode range from dang good to WOW!!! The later Star Trek series were good – certainly better than no Star Trek at all – but they never reached the heights of The City on the Edge of Forever or many of the other high concept excellent episodes from the Original Series, and I’d give the entire first season of Next Generation a pass if I were Zach.

  4. Jesse
    December 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm — Reply

    You guys were talking about tipping, and I thought i’d toss in my two pence on the issue. As someone who has worked in food and bev for 15 years, including a year of delivering pizza, I’d say the standard across the board is 15%. Now, we always appreciate anyone who goes above and beyond, and it you’re a regular, it definitely merits going above and beyond if we recognize you as an excellent tipper. I’m currently a bar manager for a big Italian food chain, and we get a ton of regulars. I never give bad service, on purpose at least, but the regulars that hooked me up are taken care of (free appetizers, extra time spent and talking with them, etc).

    K, just wanted to share. Love you guys. Have a great holiday!

  5. Dave
    December 20, 2012 at 10:38 am — Reply

    Zach, don’t listen to them about Alien 3. It’s a superb film. I don’t know exactly what their reason for disliking it is, but I know that most A3 haters don’t like it because a certain character dies during the opening credits (and that’s all the spoilers I’ll give). They find this so traumatic that they can’t see past it to the great movie that it is.

    Alien is horror, Aliens is action, and Alien 3 is a fantastic return to the tension and suspense of Alien. If you’re going to educate yourself on this franchise, it’s 100% worth watching.

    Skip Alien: Resurrection, though. That one is, in fact, crap.

    • Chris_in_Texas
      December 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm — Reply

      I liked Alien 3 as well Dave. I like the 2003 extended cut much more, than the original Theatrical Version.

      What really hurt Alien 3, was interference from the studio and the fact that the script was trashed several times over. What ended upon screen was all of the first shoot footage. The studio interfered to the point that they had to rush post production in order to meet the release date. Also, they would not allow time for David Fincher to do re-shoots. The studio was constantly looking over Fincher’s shoulder during filming and he was finally told to put together what he had and move on.

      I believe they went through 5 different scripts and finally they just pieced together a final draft from those five sources.

      A terrible way to treat the Alien franchise.

      All and all, considering this was Fincher’s big screen directorial debut and considering what he had to endure from the studio execs, it’s actually amazing what he was able to accomplish.

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