Hey guys and gals friendly reminder that Game Grumps are NOT the creative team behind Dream Daddy. The creators are completely different people. If you have qualms about Arin and Dan and their involvement in the game I have good news for you: They didn’t write it! They aren’t directing it! All they are doing is voice acting and publishing the game.
Again: CREATORS OF DREAM DADDY ARE NOT ARIN AND DAN OF GAME GRUMPS.
But with all the voice acting talk lately, it’d be good to post it…! Plus I got encouragement from the stream, but- Yep. I actually recorded this before the casting call went up, and unfortunately there’s no place for a Cocos audition yet (I’m gonna try for Cake too!) but thisss is my Cocos voice! Yep yep!
I am a voice over actor by the name of Mylez Dimitrovski. I have been a voice over actor since 2009 and I have done a bit of work. Right now, I’m not in the best of financial situations, and I’m almost about to graduate college for Acting for Camera and Voice. As I am on the autistic spectrum, as well as having extreme social anxiety and depression, it would be extremely hard for me to find a job that I can be comfortable working in to get by, or even a job in general due to the fact that high stress jobs will either make me break down and cry or completely overstimulate and make me have a panic attack, and I will not be able to wear my hat as a defense mechanism to combat it. And right now, for me, after graduation, not having a job cannot happen. So right now, I would like to extend to you all my voice acting services. I am a mid to low-ranged voice, and can play characters that range from nerds, comedic relief characters and romantic interests to badass anti-heroes and villains.
Hello all, and welcome to the voice acting auditions for Herbarium Podcasting Networks newest project, Eyeris!
What is Eyeris?
CHI is an establishment created by supernatural beings to help keep humans in the dark about the world around them. By keeping magical and cursed objects out of their hands, as well as taking care of any supernatural threats, they manage to be a rather effective parental figure to the whole human race.
All good things have to end, though.
Eyeris is a podcast written and edited by Ollie Carter, creator of the Herbarium Podcasting Network. It follows a CHI employee, Noah, as he struggles to solve a string of murders occurring in Fort Misery, keep his health in check, and deal with various figures entering and re-entering his life.
Between Gods, humans, demons, and obscure family units, Eyeris is sure to spike something akin to interest as it explores morals, minds, and what happens when people’s lives turn upside-down.
How does one audition?
Eyeris is a project that has no budget, so let’s get that out of the way first. Our only source of money is from our Patreon, which keeps our Podbean afloat barely. So, unfortunately, we can’t pay you. This is just for fun.
However, this also means that minors can audition with no paperwork. Actually, there’s no paperwork anywhere! We’re 100% unprofessional, and we’ll take anyone.
To audition, send in an audio file of you acting out the lines listed below with the characters. You can audition for as many characters as you like, and do as many takes as you like. Then, send us your preferred name, gender (if you’re comfortable with sharing it), tumblr username, how much you would like to do this project, and anything else you’d like to add! The first few are so we can contact you and make you feel as comfortable as possible, and the second to last question is to gauge if we think you’ll stay on board, because we’ve gotten people who have jumped ship before out of lack of interest. Which is fine, of course! But we like to make sure that all parties involved will continue having a good time throughout production.
All auditions can be sent to me, Ollie, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be closing auditions in a month or two, but a date is not set yet.
We are a VERY QUEER PODCASTING NETWORK. This means that there will be gay, bi, trans, genderfluid, lesbian, etc etc characters! If you’re straight and cis, that’s…fine…we have nothing against you. At all. You can audition for parts still! This notice is mostly so you know that if you feel uncomfortable playing a character with a different sexual and romantic orientation than you, you should let us know, because we wouldn’t want anyone being uncomfortable while voice acting for us. We also prefer, above all, that any trans characters be auditioned for by actual trans folk. If it comes to it, we’ll open auditions for those characters to everyone, but yea. Trans folks can audition for parts that are specifically trans and NOT specifically trans! And NB folk? You just go for whatever, honey.
Thank you for your time, and the characters are below the cut! Any questions can be sent here or to me over the email.
i've been writing a lot about shiro (but a comic sorta thing) and i keep getting this feeling... about shiro having identity issues. i feel bad bc i project a lot but i always wonder if he would struggle with that (i mean.. looking at Crystal Venom just before he ejects sendak into space, and also in rebirth, but where shiro gains what seems like a more stable confidence about being the pilot of the black lion). just a random ask i guess. wondered if you have any thoughts?
I’ll preface this by saying that I am not an expert, especially on the kind of trauma that Shiro went through. I’m pretty comfortable writing certain forms of PTSD because I’ve had experience with it myself, but what happened to Shiro is on a whole ‘nother level, so much so that I’m hesitant to tackle it in my writing and so far have mostly just picked around the edges. I could be totally, totally wrong in what I’m about to say.
That said, yes. I think Crystal Venom made it clear that Shiro is experiencing a lot of trouble with his identity and his role both on the team and in the universe as a whole. Season 2 expanded on it, as well. I’m not sure how much of what Sendak said to Shiro in that episode was Sendak’s consciousness projecting through the castle and how much Shiro was hallucinating, but the entire episode pulled up some very deep trauma for him. Even at the beginning, when everyone wandered away and Shiro was stuck standing there, just staring at Sendak, he already seemed to be lowkey dissociating. And it just got worse. The part where he yelled at Sendak, “You’re a BROKEN soldier,” the way he said it (and all praise to Josh Keaton’s voice acting, for real) seemed dragged from his gut. He was either saying something he’d heard someone else to say him, or something he’d thought about himself.
Shiro feels broken. He hides it, and he does everything he can to present only the pieces of himself that he thinks are useful to his team and to his mission, but he gets tired. He lets it slip, with Keith, with the black lion, even sometimes, just glimpses, with Allura. Throughout the second season, he kept looking ahead to a future beyond this fight, and he didn’t see himself there. That was why he set up Keith to be the leader after him, and I think it also fed into his recklessness when he was fighting Zarkon on the astral plane. I sort of expected him to falter when suddenly presented with the emperor of the universe, the being personally responsible for all the suffering and pain Shiro had gone through, but he didn’t hesitate. And I really think it was because he wasn’t fighting for himself, not at that moment. He was fighting for the black lion’s autonomy, and for his teammates’ freedom from Zarkon’s constant pursuit. His own needs fell to far, far lower priority, practically non-existent. And while it was awesome and badass and I cheered out loud at that massive punch, I was also terrified for Shiro. Black HAD to come and save him. He was completely incapable of saving himself, not just because his skills weren’t up to it, but also because emotionally, he’d already thrown himself away. I need to rewatch the finale again, but I think it also affected him there.
Shiro tries SO HARD. He was chosen by destiny or whatever to be the leader of the only force in the universe that has a chance of saving it, and he does everything he can to live up to that. He does a great job, most of the time. But he’s also a kid by any objective measure who has suffered massively and been given zero time to heal, and it shows. It would be strange if he WASN’T suffering identity issues, honestly. It’s a wonder if he’s managing to hold onto any shred of himself outside of his role as the head of Voltron, the black paladin, with a billion tons of pressure on his shoulders. And, I mean. Pressure makes diamonds. But it also makes you hard. Sometimes that means brittle, not impermeable. And brittle things can shatter.
Again, just my opinon. But thanks for asking! I spent a couple days thinking about it.
Hello, it’s Kristopher - again - with another new podcast: Suburbia is Hell! This podcast takes place in a world where humans and monsters coincide - though there is a lot of prejudice for the latter - and more specifically focuses on the struggles and such of a found family of monsters, who not only have to deal with bigoted humans, but other monsters as well. This casting call only covers the primary family, but we will be posting another call for the first season’s primary villains! If you are interested at all in voice acting for this project, the information is under the cut!
Description: Gang!AU based off the Limitless MV w/ NCT 127. Yuta X Y/N + Yuta’s unique kink.
Warning: Swearing/Smut i tried
A/N: I know the request said to exclude the nuggets(aka Mark/Haechan) they’re briefly mentioned, but they’re good little nuggets in here, no worries.
“You know, for a place that has nine people living in it, I’d expect it to smell a little less like…mold.” You complained loudly, following the sound of chaos through the run down apartment you always found yourself in. “Well, when you get some money for candles, I’ll gladly light ‘em,” Johnny teased from his cocoon of blankets, him and the boys all curled up on the couch. “Till then, I guess you’ll just have to deal with our stench.” “I’m just going to get a can of strawberry shit and spray you in the face.” You snickered at the annoyed look you received and plopped down on the floor. “Where’s Yuta?” “Took the kids to school,” Taeyong replied, though he was buried so far under the blankets you couldn’t even see him. “He should be back soon if he isn’t out there just twiddling his dick.” No sooner than he’d said that, Yuta was strolling through the door, “Nah, I have someone to deal with my dick. You might wanna find one, too.” His hair was a mess, you were pretty sure he’d been dead asleep before someone pushed the job of walking the kids to school on him. And of course, he was carrying that damn camera. You’d gotten it for him a few Christmas’ back, and Yuta was instantly obsessed with it. Although, you never did see what he recorded, you knew he filmed you and the boys around the hide out a lot, but he took that thing everywhere. “Besides, did you forget the little chat we had?” “Do we really have to leave?” Johnny whined, letting his head hit the back of the couch. “I’m too tired to go do rounds today.” “I vote you just keep it in your pants,” Taeil snickered, “And let us freaking sleep.” “No negotiations,” Yuta scowled, “We already talked about it, move.” Taeyong’s head popped out of the blankets, blinking harshly at the new light before locating Yuta, “C’mon man, it’s barely noon. How’re you going to keep me out all night on your drug runs and make me leave?” “You can stay tonight, I’ll take Doyoung, just move your asses.” Yuta commanded, yanking the blanket fully off of Taeyong. At the idea of not having to help Yuta with the drug peddling tonight had Taeyong up light a jack in the box, “Alright boys, let’s go.” “We’re just going to leave? What the hell are we going to do while Nakamoto has a goddamn boner all day?” “Well…the kids need food before they get back from school…” Taeyong snatched his blanket back from Yuta to take with him. “So money is the game right now, move it.” “Grumbling, the lot of boys followed Taeyong out the door sluggishly, leaving you alone with Yuta. “Lots of boner talk today, huh?” You teased him, laying back on the mess of blankets they called a bed. “Got something you wanna do? Or someone?” “For such a good girl,” Yuta smirked, “You’re certainly bad for me.” “Hmm, only for you.” You cooed. “That’s what you wanted, huh? Kicked all the boys out just to get in my pants?” “Well yeah, I thought that was obvious.” Yuta walked over to plop down beside you. “But, that’s not the main thing. I wanted to ask you…something…” “And that is?” You asked. “I…I want to film us.” “Film us? Like fucking?” You giggled, “You act like you just spilled your biggest secret!” “Umm I kind of did…” Yuta trailed off, looking away from you. “What is it, your kink or some shit?” You teased, and got no response. “Oh shit it is! Hey, no judgement babe, it’s all good.” “Really?” Yuta’s wide eyes turned back to you, suddenly way more excited than you’ve ever seen him before. “Can…can we film us?” “As long as it’s only for your eyes, sure.” You shrugged, grinning at how happy your boyfriend looked. “Okay I..I never thought you’d agree, alright!” He shot off the couch like lightning to find the tripod that went with your gift, returning a moment later and almost tripping over his own feet he was so excited. “Just, sit still, lemme make sure you’re in frame.” Disregarding him, you stretched out on the couch dramatically, making faces at the camera that he aimed towards you. “I literally said not to move.” “And I’m telling you to make me.” You stuck your tongue out at him. “You’re gonna get it, just watch.” Yuta muttered while he focused, letting out a small aha! when he got the camera focused and charged back to you. In an instant he’s sprawled across you, working to removed your hoodie, casting it aside and letting the drafty air hit your skin. “It’s cold as fuck.” You complained against his lips, hands grasping his back to tug his warm body closer you yours, protecting you from the cold. “I’ll keep you warm, babe, no worries.” Yuta chuckled against your lips, moving to kiss a trail down your neck and pausing to suck a new purple flower onto your color bone, noting that the previous one had faded too much for his liking. Satisfied with his work, he sat up to yank his top off, settling back to press his skin to yours, enjoying the feel of your lace against his chest. One kept your hip pinned, while the other warm hand covered the fabric hiding you from him, too impatient to take it off, he simply pulled the bra down far enough he could engulf a nipple with his mouth, teasing the taunt skin with his tongue and nibbling gently, pulling a soft sigh of his name from your lips. Distracting you with his mouth, his hands went to business, yanking your shoes off and working your tight pants and underwear down your legs in one go. “Yuta, I’m cold~” You sighed, your fingers twisting into his purple hair, he quickly pressed his hips to yours, trying to keep you as warm as possible. You could already feel his arousal beneath his jeans, as he pressed against you, trying to relieve some of the ache. In the process, his pants scrapped across your clit, you jumped slightly and grasped at Yuta’s arms harder. “Yuta don’t tease me, c’mon.” Working on another hickie, he complied, and sank two fingers into your heat, feelng your body tense, then relax at the little bit of relief as Yuta went to work, pushing the digits in and out of your core at a relentless pace, thumb rubbing your clit harshly as he drank in your means. “That’s it,” Yuta panted against your neck, feeling your walls tighten around his fingers, “You’re such a good girl for me, you gonna cum? Huh? Is my good girl going to cum around my fingers? On camera too, aren’t you? You’re gonna cum for my on camera. Oh nooo, I don’t think you’re a very good girl at all, are you? I think it’s all an act…” Yuta’s voice cooing in your ear, topped with his fingers curling inside your pussy, you felt the coil in your stomach snap, fingers digging into his arm as you nearly screamed his name as you came. “Naughty girl,” Yuta teased further, pulling his fingers from you, holding eye contact as he cleaned his fingers of your release. He smirked at your flushed face and how you panted. “I always knew you were, you just hide it under your cute little smile and A+’s, don’t you? Well I know, I know now.” Yuta roll his hips against yours, nodding down to his belt, letting your shaky fingers pull the leather away and drop it to the floor. In the quiet room, the sound of his zipper being pulled down sounded around you. Yuta was too impatient to mess around with kicking his shoes off, just yanking his pants down to his thighs, he grabbed your thighs and pulled you closer, rolling his hips again, his bare cock against your pussy. “Say it,” Yuta groaned, pushing against you harder. “Say it, you’re not a little good girl are you? No, no you aren’t. You’re a naughty girl, you just play dress up like a good girl, huh? Say it, say you’re a bad girl.” Your hands have moved to grasping his lean back, head rolled back and eyes fluttering shut and the feeling of Yuta rutting against you like an animal, “I’m..I’m a bad girl, oh god Yuta! It’s all an act! I’m a naughty girl!” “Who’s naughty girl are you?” Yuta almost growled against your throat, nipping at the skin. “Yours! I’m yours, Yuta!” You practically cried. Satisfied, Yuta reached down to grasp himself, pumping his cock twice before teasing the head against your entrace. “You ready?” Yuta almost teased. “Please just fuck me already!” Not wanting to drag it out any longer, in one long thrust, Yuta was pressed flush against your hips, the feeling of him stretching you had you nearly speechless aside from the instant curl of your back, nails biting into Yuta’s back before a loud moan escaped you. Yuta was no better, the feeling of your warm walls finally around him had him freezing to take it in, the way you were panting for him, your grip on his back, it was almost too much. Almost… Unbearably slowly, he drags his hips back and pushes forward. Over and over he throws his hips into you. His eyes cast down and watching how he just disappears inside your wet core, mesmerized by how well you take his cock. His hands move to hold your thighs, curling your legs around his hips to let him reach deeper. When your lips found his neck, teeth pulling at the skin beneath his ear. His hips stutter when you breath against his ear, “There, right there!” Yuta moaned at the eagerness in your voice, pounding into your pussy now, give you everything his cock can give, feeling your walls continuously tighten around him as he makes sure to keep brushing that special spot. Whimpering that you were close to him, made him move his hand back to your core, thumb drawing shapes over your clit relentlessly, he almost came on the spot when you miraculously tightened even more around him, holding on to him for dear life and called out that you were coming. The flushed look on your face, the way your eyes scrunched shut with the feeling of him thrusting you to your release, was true art to him. Feeling you barely relax against him, now whimpering for him to cum, sensitivity now taking over, Yuta’s thrusts grew sloppy as you nibbled on his neck again, hands smoothing up and down his back as his hips stuttered again, and he groaned lowly against your neck as he spilled inside you. His hips subconsciously twitched a few more times through his release, before he slowly pulled out finally collapsed against you. Panting heavily, his arms circled your waist and rolled you to lay side by side. Your hand found it’s way to play with his sweat drenched hair while his touch remained trailing shapes on your thigh. “You know,” Yuta muttered. “I think this could win movie of the year.” “Yuta, I swear to god I’ll kill you.”
So, after a bit more searching, I decided that I’m not
satisfied with my Inigo post.
Well, turns out… the change is all in his VOICE ACTING! Oh.
Well, I feel silly. Guess I should have been playing my games with headphones
instead of just turning down the volume in public.
He sounds like the fool always failing with the ladies for
comedic effect in the Japanese, but his English voice actually sounds smooth
This isn’t really something I need to write about, since the
differences are obvious to most anyone who can hear. Check out the differences
in his voice acting for yourself if you wish. Coping and pasting ファイアーエムブレム アズール into
YouTube search and clicking on anything that looks like one of his support
conversations should be easy enough. 支援会話 is support conversation.
…But if you ignore the voice acting, like I mostly have, his
character is pretty much intact.
If you want the short version, this is about as far as you
need to go.
However, since I love to be thorough, here’s a breakdown of
the changes in his supports…
So i found a mod that makes the combat zone A, not hostile, and B, useable. meaning you fight cait at the beginning, can participate in fights for money, and bet on fights. apparently all this was gonna be in the game (its all voiced acted out already) but bethesda cut it. and holy hell man is it better this way. man everytime i find out they cut something cool like this from the final game, like damn bethesda you could of had such a better game. caits intro feels so much better this way, i always hated how the raiders there attacked you as soon as you walked in anyways. (it reminds me of that animal fighting pit in FNV) anyways if u want to use the mod just search combat zone (im afraid to say i forgot its title)
Hello, it’s Kristopher - again - with another new podcast: Suburbia is Hell! This podcast takes place in a world where humans and monsters coincide - though there is a lot of prejudice for the latter - and more specifically focuses on the struggles and such of a found family of monsters, who not only have to deal with bigoted humans, but other monsters as well. This casting call covers the werewolf pack - the main antagonists of the first arc! If you are interested at all in voice acting for this project, the information is under the cut!
The premise of my Sheithllura blog is not because I ship any
of them but because I think Shallura and Kallura are both plausible ships that
the writers/creators are (or are actively thinking about) developing.
I won’t be debating on the shoulds or shouldn'ts of these
ships, there’s already a lot of that going on in the fandom. So I will try to
keep the speculation and my personal opinions at a minimum. But I am going to
show, at best I could, how both ships were actually being implied by the
Shallura is real, you guys!
I’ll talk about Shallura first because it was actually first
hinted at in S1. They were very subtle winks and nudges but perceptible enough
to be noticed. Although I noticed that Keith had more chances for interactions
with Allura in the first half of S1, but I will be discussing that later when I
write about Kallura.
Shiro and Allura had many interactions before this episode
but this is maybe the first time that Shiro shows any kind of affection towards
When Allura’s suffers her most heartbreaking moment in the
show so far, it is Shiro who first consoles and comforts her. And because of
Josh Keaton’s great voice acting, Shiro really came off as sympathetic and
It could be also be added that a few scenes before that, it
was Shiro who catches her when she falls from the control deck.
Collection and Extraction
If ever there was a Shallura episode, this was it. It was
all classic set-up for relationship development if I ever saw one.
Allura, being the strong female character™ that she is,
insists on joining the mission despite opposition and doubt from members of the
team. She challenges anyone who would defy her will. Everyone expects Shiro be
the sensible one, to side with caution and be opposed to her.
But instead, he becomes her advocate and lets her join the
mission. This elicits some surprise and disbelief from the others, like Shiro
was acting out of character.
When Shiro tries to be protective of her, she is insulted
and this creates an awkward tension between them that the other Paladins
pick-up on.They’re back-and-forth
glancing asking themselves, what’s up with these two? This could
have been a scene on any romcom out there.
When they get on their mission inside the Galra ship, the
whole thing becomes a lighthearted romp of their bonding moments™.
They’re grabbing each other by the hands and running
They foolishly escape being caught by impersonating the Galra officer Plyrox…
There’s that funny scene of them arguing/bantering during that tense situation.
And when the situation becomes dire, Shiro, again, becomes protective of her.
But she still sacrifices herself to save him
If ever there was a “Moment” between these two, it was that scene of them looking at each other as the enemy closes in on Allura.
He is so shattered by the whole ordeal that he becomes reckless and decides to attack Zarkon’s base to rescue Allura, despite all the protests from his team.
Hunk: But you said going there would be a huge mistake. You said for us to attack that place head-on would be the dumbest possible thing we could ever do.
Shiro, the most controlled and judicious person of the group, lets go of all logic and chooses the most ill-advised course of action just to get Allura back, without any thought on the repercussions.
This is a whole episode dedicated to creating that dynamic and characterization.
The Black Paladin
With the finale, the focus is more on the action except for that
brief talk between Shiro and Coran to share their worries about Allura. You
basically have two characters having a serious and heartfelt conversation about
their feelings for another character.
Allura, again, saved Shiro. (I have to include that many
Shallura shippers point out that these two are very touchy with each other.
Also it might be noteworthy to add that this the 2nd time she saves him.)
When S2 rolls around, there is discord between them. Shiro feels a bit slighted by Allura’s secrecy about the Black Paladin while Allura is irritated with Shiro for wanting to ally with a Galra. This creates a distance between them as both are indignant with each other. Tensions arise and they argue quite a bit.
The last scene of that episode is Keith being supportive to a troubled Shiro when Allura walks in seemingly trying to apologize but then becomes cold and callous owing to her deep hatred of all Galrans (great voice acting from Kimberly Brooks). Shiro is irked by Allura’s obstinancy but Keith is the one doing the arguing for him (It’s Sheithllura, people!). Whatever “Moment” they had in the past seems forgotten now as Allura is unable to be sympathetic to Shiro as he had been to her in the past.
Eye of the Storm (or that episode with the Hand Touch™)
This episode is the hallmark of the Shallura shipdom and is basically
a continuation of their “Moment” from Allura’s capture.
And it’s all about the framing. We are being shown this
moment from Allura’s perspective and what she is seeing is a softer side of
Shiro. She is worried and on-edge, and Shiro is again giving comfort and
advice. Basically, she’s always saving him and he’s always comforting her.
We see is that they are now more at ease with each other,
closer you might say. Shiro is comfortable enough to show some mild affection.
They have some history now, some shared experiences and so their relationship
Another thing to note is that the downtime created in this
episode was obviously to further develop dynamics between characters. And
so the writers/creators chose to put these two together to show the development
in their relationship. They are building up on what they were alluding to in S1.
And when Allura expresses her fear that they they are being tracked through her, Shiro again acts as her protector and tries to appease her worries.
The next episodes after this focused heavily on Kallura so Shallura shippers are gonna have to wait until S3 to see any more big Shallura moments. But the last two episodes of the S2 did leave a few breadcrumbs…
Best Laid Plans
At the end of this episode, it is Shiro who checks up on Allura and tells Coran to take care of her. By this point, we have seen Shiro openly express care and concern for Allura like a gazillion times (okay, that’s an overstatement).
When Voltron is shot by the Komar, Allura calls out Shiro’s name first. She makes her “don’t give up” speech to rally the Paladins but still Voltron remains lifeless. Then the Castle gets hit by the laser and Shiro’s reaction is the most significant here because he actually screams her name in horror. Then he delivers his own “don’t give up” speech that brings Voltron back to life.
It seems Allura is a pretty effective driving force for Shiro.
Then Shiro disappears and we’re all left hanging asking, what’s gonna happen to those two now?
And that my friends, is every Shallura moment in the show so far (as of S2).
Although I would like to add a couple of points that aren’t in the show.
First, the revelation of the scrapped Mouse Washing Scene was obviously a ploy to stir the pot of the ship wars. The question here is that why did the writers/ creators even consider to make more scenes between these two? And what was the point of revealing the existence of this all-fluff scene except to insinuate something?
Second, if the Romelle character gets introduced in the series, then this might change things. Planet Pollux and Princess Romelle were a big part of the Defender of the Universe story especially regarding Sven’s arc (the character in DotU from which Shiro was based on). Spoiler Alert!Sven and Romelle fall in love with each other. If they switch Shiro’s affections, then everything just mentioned above was just one big chemistry experiment.
Was it a movie I saw since August 22nd, 2009: Yes. #227
1) The opening scene for this film is a lot of fun. It is a nice isolated adventure which reestablishes the world and the dynamic of the crew while also setting up some character interaction/arcs to come.
2) Hmm, wonder which Star Trek film this is going to take reference from…
Spock: “Doctor, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”
3) Remember this question:
Kirk [when he has to either save Spock’s life or follow the prime directive]: “If Spock were here and I were there, what would he do?”
Bones: “He’d let you die.”
The opening scene with Noel Clarke in London - with his obviously sick daughter, elevated by Michael Giacchino’s subtle and somewhat haunting score - does well to set up the titular darkness the film features. It is somber, slower paced, and much more clawing than what we’ve seen before.
5) Sassy Spock returns!
Captain Pike: “You givin’ me attitude, Spock?”
Spock: “I am expressing multiple attitudes simultaneously, to which are you referring?”
6) Kirk’s key conflict throughout this film is how he deals with mortality. Outside of the death of his father, it is not something he is familiar with. And even that was something which occurred literally the day he was born, meaning he has no memory of it. Yet it still guides his actions. Everything he does - letting the indigenous species from the beginning see the Enterprise to save Spock, attempting to save the species in the first place - is striving to prevent what happened to his father. Kirk plays god not out of ego but because he doesn’t wish anyone to feel the emptiness he knows from that kind of conflict. But he has to learn to let it happen. He has to learn to deal with it, otherwise he’ll go on a bad path. Look at what he almost did when Captain Pike died. He almost let himself get played and go against the core beliefs of Starfleet just to make sure no one else got hurt. But death is a part of life. And he will come face to face with death in a way in a similar-yet-unique way as he did in Wrath of Khan.
7) The whole “Kirk loses his command, has to go back to Starfleet academy, only to become a first officer and immediately get his command back” thing feels sort of frivolous. I feel it would have been much more effective to have him just be on probation or something, because this sort of undermines the lesson he was meant to learn. There’s not much of a consequence to it.
8) The bar scene between Kirk and Pike (calling back to how they met in the first film) is something I have mixed feelings about.
Kirk: “How did you find me?”
Pike: “I know you better than you think.”
Kirk [in reference to the bar fight from the first film]: “Yeah, that was a good fight.”
Pike: “A good fight? I think that’s your problem right there.”
For the most part I think it is a nice piece of the film. It gives us one last good look at their relationship, Pike’s mentorship, and the respect Kirk has for Pike before Pike’s death in a little bit. However - for me - it doesn’t feel like it matches up with when Pike was railing on Kirk earlier in the film. At all. There is this dissonance there I just cannot remedy.
9) The key conflict between Kirk and Spock in this film is interesting. We’ve moved past the place of sheer conflict they started out in the 2009 reboot to a place of respect but there’s still this dissonance between them. They’re not the strong pair that we are used to yet. The best friends. That’s what they become in this film, but they’re not there yet.
Kirk: “Do you understand why I went back for you [to save your life]?”
[Spock does not have an answer.]
10) Hey look, Robocop!
11) At the meeting of the captains, Kirk - even though he’s been disgraced - still says his piece. Yes it took some convincing but he notices something no one else could and stood up for it. And so continues the tradition of Kirk standing up for himself.
12) Spock’s mind meld with Pike plays into his own arc of dealing with death (similar to Kirk’s) very well, but more on that later.
13) Alice Eve as Carol “Wallace”.
With one noteworthy exception, I truly enjoy Carol’s presence in this film. Alice Eve has always been a favorite of mine and I think she does well in the part. Carol Marcus was an interesting character in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and it’s fun getting to see this younger side of her. She is probably one of the characters with the most underused potential from the original series of Star Trek feature films and I’m glad that - at least for this film - they decide to explore that potential more. More on that one exception later though…
14) It is good to see that Kirk, Bones, and Scotty - while all loyal to Kirk - care more about making sure he is okay than following him blindly. They all act as voices of reason to their captain and their words do set in, it is just a delayed settling.
15) I think Scotty resigning was a nice surprise. I honestly was not expecting it and it lends itself to a few things:
Kirk realizing just how sketchy some of this stuff is.
Kirk being pushed/pushing himself to places he’s never been before.
An organic & unique way of including Scotty later in the film.
16) Love this.
Kirk [about Spock]: “Sometimes I want to rip the bangs off his head. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.”
Uhura: “It’s not you.”
Kirk: “It’s not? [Beat.] Wait a minute, are you guys fighting?…Oh my god, what is that even like?”
17) Even Chekov knows what a red shirt in Star Trek means.
Kirk [giving Chekov’s Scotty’s old job]: “Go put on a red shirt.”
Chekov [nervously]: “Aye sir…”
18) So one thing that sort of confused me was the fact that Carol is British in this film while in Wrath of Khan she was American. My theory is that the results of the Kelvin made Admiral Marcus (her father) a much more paranoid man, which we know lead to his wife leaving him. I feel like his wife is British and since Carol takes on her mom’s maiden name I have a feeling she grew up more with her than in the original timeline. Hence her British accent. But that’s besides the point…
19) I like that Uhura knows and uses Klingon in this film. In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Nichelle Nichols objected to a scene where Uhura had to hurriedly learn Klingon since she felt her character should already know it. In this film, she does! Yay! Progress!
20) According to IMDb:
When calling down to the shuttle bay, Sulu commands the crew to prepare the transport captured during the “Mudd incident last month”, a reference to the same character who appeared in Star Trek: Mudd’s Women (1966) and Star Trek: I, Mudd (1967) as a rogue trader. He also appeared in the comic prequel “Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness”.
Last I heard, Rainn Wilson (of “The Office”) would be playing Harcourt Mudd in the upcoming Star Trek TV show “Star Trek: Discovery”. Moving on…
21) I feel like I’d be Kirk in this scenario.
Kirk [as Uhura and Spock start arguing on a dangerous mission to the Klingon home world]: “Are you - are you really going to do this now?”
22) This is so important to Spock’s arc throughout the film:
Uhura: “At that volcano, you didn’t give a thought to us. What it would do to me if you died, Spock. You didn’t feel anything. You didn’t care…”
Spock: “Your suggestion that I do not care about dying is incorrect. A sentient being’s optimal chance at maximizing their utility is a long and prosperous life.”
Spock [later]: “You misunderstand. It is true I chose not to feel anything upon realizing my own life was ending. As Admiral Pike was dying, I joined with his consciousness and experienced what he felt at the moment of his passing. Anger. Confusion. Loneliness. Fear. I had experiences those feelings before, multiplied exponentially on the day my planet was destroyed. Such a feeling is something I choose never to experience again. Nyota, you mistake my choice not to feel as a reflection of my not caring. Well, I assure you, the truth is precisely the opposite.”
That’s it. Right there. I don’t think there’s any more analysis needed. Spock is dealing with death in a similar way Kirk is, except he is dealing with much more relevant and painful memories he is trying to avoid. Kirk has to learn how to deal with those kinds of experiences as opposed to death as a concept.
23) Remember how I said I love that Uhura can speak Klingon now?
Uhura [convincing Kirk to avoid a fight with Klingons]: “You brought me here because I speak Klingon. Then let me speak Klingon.”
I love that she takes such an active role on Kronos of trying to avoid conflict. I love that she puts herself out there for her crew and her team. I just love it all.
24) Here we have Kirk just beating the shit out of “John Harrison” and “Harrison” not doing anything about it because it doesn’t really effect him. Or the plot. I get that Kirk is dealing with how “Harrison” killed Pike, but can’t we just have him hit him once, see it does nothing, and move on?
Also I will talk about Benedict Cumberbatch as “John Harrison”, just not yet.
25) I love Carol Marcus in this film. I think she’s smart, competent, is able to hold her own with Kirk well, and just works really well. However, I hate - hate hate hate - this moment:
So according to IMDb:
Writer Damon Lindelof apologized on Twitter for the seemingly gratuitous and much criticized scene where Alice Eve strips down to her underwear. J.J. Abrams would counter the criticism later when he appeared on Conan O'Brien’s talk show and premiered a deleted scene featuring Benedict Cumberbatch showering. For her part, Eve staunchly defended the scene, and stated that she was very proud to show her her body after working out intensely for the shot. She has maintained that doing the scene was not forced upon her, and that in no way she felt exploited by this.
I like that Eve herself was comfortable with it, that makes me a bit more comfortable with it. However, gratuitous is totally the right word. It literally serves no purpose other than to objectify Marcus when she is so much more than her body. It’s eye candy for Kirk in a film written by guys, directed by a guy, and produced by a guy. And at the end of the day the filmmakers DID cut the scene with Khan, they did not cut this scene. I just…do not like this moment. At all. It feels pointless and makes me sad every time I see it. Again, I like that Eve was comfortable with it. But from a storytelling standpoint it just does not need to exist. At all.
26) I do enjoy the scene immediately following Carol’s strip down, which is where she and Bones take a torpedo to a nearby safe space to try and open it up only to risk blowing it up. It’s a simple, short, yet tense scene which I think is an elegant piece of conflict. It also plays into something which was a regular occurrence in the first film: the idea of if something can go wrong it should go wrong.
27) Alright, Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison.
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Cumberbatch as Khan is a very mixed bag for me. Like I have a lot of different feelings about it. I like that he is able to play the intellect/physical prowess of the character well, but obviously no one will ever be able to touch Montalban’s performance so there’s not really a point in trying. Since this is an earlier version of Khan, he’s a lot less wrathful than what we’re used to. He’s also less poetic and greener (as is the rest of the crew, in relation to the later of those two). But Cumberbatch is also able to give Khan a brief vulnerability we are not exposed to in Wrath of Khan, specifically in his care for his crew. So in terms of the performance alone, I think Cumberbatch does a nice job. He is a terrific actor so I’m not surprised. But…
I don’t think they should have gone with a white actor, if I’m being honest.
For one thing, Ricardo Montalban is Mexican. And based on what I’ve read about the character’s episode in the original series (I’ve never seen it myself, so I might not be totally right here) he was a ruler of Asia and the Middle East before being deposed and cryogenically frozen (I read on Wikipedia that he’s Sikh, but it still is Wikipedia so there’s a chance that’s not 100% accurate). None of this really screams, “white british guy,” to me. This is a criticism of the casting, not Cumberbatch or his performance.
In an interview with Trekmovie.com, cowriter Bob Orci said:
“Basically, as we went through the casting process and we began honing in on the themes of the movie, it became uncomfortable for me to support demonizing anyone of color, particularly any one of Middle Eastern descent or anyone evoking that. One of the points of the movie is that we must be careful about the villain within US, not some other race”
I do understand the issue there, but Khan is not meant to be representative of all Middle Eastern people or a certain ethnicity. He is a visual representation of himself but he is an individual. It’s not like you are writing him to be the big bad Middle Eastern bad guy. You’re writing Khan, and in the past Khan has been non-White.
Again, this is not a criticism of Cumberbatch himself but of the casting decision. I think Cumberbatch does a fine job in the film, I just think a non-white actor should have been cast. Now that I’m done talking about that…
28) This is Kirk at his most frightened.
He see no way out right now. Admiral Marcus is going to blow his ship out of the sky with his crew, so he pleads with Marcus to just take him and spare his crew. He knows what it feels like to lose a loved one in a situation like this, he knows the hole it leaves in your heart even if it isn’t one he can’t define in the same way as Spock. He wants to spare them so they can go home to their families. Just like he wished his father was spared. And when he can’t do that…
Kirk [to his crew]: “I’m sorry.”
I think Kirk’s emotional conflict in this film is one of its standout elements (possibly its strongest), and whatever other issues this film may have I’m glad it does that well.
29) Fans of voiceover actors will recognize Nolan North as a member of Admiral Marcus’ crew.
North is most famous for his role as Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series of video games, but also has voiced Deadpool on a number of occasions and even the Penguin in the Batman: Arkham video game series. He’s one of the most prolific and talented voice over actors there is and I believe JJ Abrams included him because he’s a fan of his work.
30) Similarly, Bill Hader voices the computer on Admiral Marcus’ ship and would collaborate with JJ Abrams again on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens as a voice consultant for BB-8 with Ben Schwartz.
31) I think it’s nice that the tribble (a fan favorite from the original series) is included, but it’s sort of just awkwardly placed while Kirk is talking with Khan just so it can establish a way to resurrect Kirk later in the film.
32) The dive Kirk and CumberKhan make from the Enterprise to Marcus’ ship is a great set piece in the film. Supported by strong visual and great action, it has the potential to be considered iconic Trek a few years down the road.
33) It makes so much sense that Zachary Quinto Spock would call Spock Prime to ask about Khan.
Spock Prime: “Khan Noonien Singh is the most dangerous adversary the Enterprise has ever faced…”
Spock: “Did you defeat him?”
Spock Prime: “At great cost, yes.”
34) I like that Kirk is not stupid enough to actually trust Khan.
Scotty [after Kirk tells him to stun Khan when he’s given the signal]: “I thought he was helping us.”
Kirk: “I’m pretty sure we’re helping him.”
35) Wow, the ego on this guy.
Admiral Marcus: “If I’m not in charge our entire way of life is decimated!”
That does not justify the horrific crimes, attempted murder, or extortion you’ve committed. This guy pisses me off way more in 2017 than he did in 2013.
36) Khan crushing Marcus’ head is very strong for me. It feels like it’s straight out of a horror film and really shows just how dark this character is willing to get in the fulfillment of his wrath (see what I did there?).
37) The preceding mental chess game between Spock and Khan is very nice, though. It shows just how smart each is, how they’re intellectually matched, and see to succeed Spock must use Khan’s ego (a flaw he has always had) to his advantage. Khan underestimates Spock and just how crafty he can get, to his own disadvantage.
38) Remember note #3? Where Kirk was wondering what Spock would have done if the roles were reversed? Well Trek fans know what Spock DID do when the roles were reversed in the past (alternate timeline? I don’t know). We know Spock very willingly sacrificed himself to save the crew, and so does Jim.
Spock [about the trick he pulled on Khan]: “It’s what you would’ve done.”
Kirk: “And this…this is what you would have done.”
Kirk admits that he’s afraid and that has been his conflict all along. He’s afraid of death, or mortality. Not just for him, but for his crew as well. For his loved ones. But his need to keep them safe outweighs his fear for himself. And this is how Kirk learns to face mortality, by sacrificing himself (as opposed to dealing with Spock’s death in Wrath of Khan). As I said before, a similar-yet-unique way of facing that conflict.
39) Of course this had to be somewhere in the film.
40) When the Enterprise crashes into the San Francisco bay it destroys Alcatraz. JJ Abrams had a 2011 TV series on Fox named/surrounding Alcatraz that was cancelled in its first season. Hmmm….
41) I like the final chase between Spock and Khan through San Francisco but I always feel its sort of extra. Fun to watch but maybe a little long. The real climax was Spock/Khan’s mental chess game and then Kirk sacrificing himself, this just does not carry the same amount of conflict with it.
42) So Khaan’s blood can…cure death?
Whatever you can do to keep James T. Kirk alive, I guess.
Kirk: “Dr. Marcus, I’m glad you could be a part of the family.”
Okay, I actually googled why Carol Marcus was left out of Star Trek Beyond and the reason I found I actually REALLY like. This is a quote from Simon Pegg, who cowrote Beyond in a somewhat rushed amount of time.
“With this it felt like we would under-serve her if we included her, she might end up feeling like she hadn’t been given the amount of screen-time she deserves, so rather than bring her in and just have her be a supporting role, like, have her not be in this one, and when the time comes [bring her back], the worst thing to do would be to have her in the film and have that character be killed, and that felt like a cynical thing to do. We thought rather than have Carol Marcus not be used to a reasonable capacity, let’s just not include her, have her be alive, in canon, and ready to come back at any time.”
I’m actually REALLY glad they went that route, because more often than not characters are included out of obligation and killed off because they can’t think of anything better to do with them.
While I do enjoy Star Trek Into Darkness, it is a mixed bag for me. I think the acting is still topnotch and the conflicts each character deals with (ESPECIALLY Kirk and Spock) make for incredible storytelling. Sometime it can feel a bit extra and convoluted however, I’m disappointed in the whitewashing of Khan (even if I do think Cumberbatch did a nice job), and I find the underwear shot of Carol gratuitous. Overall I think it’s a good film just not a great one, and occasionally a problematic one. I do enjoy it. It’s not like I feel like I waste 2 hours of my life whenever I put it in, and this is about the third time I’ve seen it. I just am very aware of its flaws. I hope some of that makes sense. If you want to watch it, watch it. If you are more of a fan of it than I am, fantastic! It’s still a good Trek film (there are much worse Trek films out there), but if it comes down to watching this or any of the rebooted Star Trek films I’d go with any of the other two. Or even better, Wrath of Khan. Maybe I should stop talking now.