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anonymous asked:

Did you see the newer Star Trek movies?

The new movies are a great example of 1) casting is actually a skill, and not every director has it; 2) how much can be forgiven, how much goodwill can be created, by just having a good cast with chemistry.

I didn’t personally connect with them for a number of reasons, but I can understand why a lot of people found them fresh and exciting. Star Trek was downright stale, getting dull. It needed a fresh portrayal and a fresh set of visual images. For example, nothing is more boring, especially by the 2000s, than the force shields around the Enterprise. Someone on the bridge is always yelling that “shields are at 40%, captain!” The damn shield will just never go down. Compare that to how, in the recent films, space battles shred the hull and blast people into the vacuum silently.

The trouble with these films is that I feel Star Trek has to embrace being absolutely dorky. People in the Star Trek future never use swear words (this became a running joke in Star Trek IV). People in Star Trek, especially TNG, lose their minds with excitement over going to botany conferences. Most kid activities involve building science fair projects, most adults spend their free time reading huge books, and it’s almost endearing how something like the Holodeck, with its near endless potential for debauchery, is instead used mostly to recreate old literary characters and Shakespeare plays.

One of the major issues that I have with the new Trek series is that, as it was based around re-using the iconography of classic Star Trek (flip communicators, uniforms with 60s miniskirts on them, etc. – I kept waiting for someone to come out with Grace Lee Whitney’s dated beehive hairstyle), it rejected one of the core traits of Star Trek, and science fiction in general: the desire to be state-of-the-art and to think in terms of believability, instead of being driven by mere art direction. This sounds like a bizarre argument to make from someone who runs a blog that just shows rockets with fins on them all the time, but it’s true that Star Trek had science consultants because they wanted to legitimately display a future society. Heck, we have devices in our pockets now that can do more than Trek Communicators.

Between TOS and TNG, decisions were made to change things because of believability. The First Officer should leave away teams instead of the captain, pin communicators, and due to advanced automation, the bridge would be more of a “hangout spot” than a place where people are required to man controls, etc. Not everything TNG came up with was great, but that mentality at work, to say, “this is what it really would be like with the best information we have available” wasn’t really present in the new films. The iconography of the series left the new movies fossilized and retro.

This is something people don’t understand about the science fiction and pulps of the past: people didn’t have rockets on pulp magazine covers for the hell of it. Goddard’s invention, rockets, at one point, were state of the art, and seemed like the most plausible way to cross the distance of space. The fact the 1930s kept setting stories on Mars and Venus was because it wasn’t entirely known if they could sustain life or not. All the traits we associate with “pulp scifi” were actually based on the best available knowledge.

For example, I really hope that the upcoming Star Trek series has artificial intelligence as a big plot point, because, at the rate of current computer science, true AI may be something we see in our lifetimes. The future would ring false without it.

Sometimes, people want to create retro-style future worlds in their own fiction, and they ask me how to go about it, and my advice is simple: don’t do it. At least, don’t start with that as your end goal…not unless you can think of something in there that speaks to modern times. I love film noir, but those films are such legitimate products of their time that it’s not possible to recreate them using our own voices.

If you want to do something that’s “retro scifi-esque,” ask yourself what it is you like about older science fiction and build what you want to do from there, from the ground up. In the words of Basho: “don’t imitate the masters but seek what they sought.”

anonymous asked:

I love your new leggings and would like to buy a pair but I'm always hopeless at creating a leggings-based outfit. Would you be able to give any pointers? (Particularly seeing as you are a person who always looks fabulous!)

Thanks! It’s not just you - leggings can be hard to style. I took your question seriously and joined Polyvore to compile some quick spring and summer looks visually similar to stuff I’ve worn, or plant to wear with my Alien Botany leggings. Meaning, these aren’t “fantasy styling” get-ups, but actual wearable outfit components.

I hope they give you some ideas!

P.S. I should mention that all these pieces are interchangeable. I.E. You can be a gothic active alien or a night bunny on parade, that grey zip-up would look great with a different pair of leggings, etc.

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Alien Botany - Active Alien by zoetica-ebb
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Alien Botany - Gothic Casual by zoetica-ebb
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Alien Botany - Space Cat on Parade by zoetica-ebb

You can see me wearing an almost-identical outfit to the one below in this shot.

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Alien Botany - Night Stalker by zoetica-ebb