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Over the last few weeks I’ve been “binge-ing” on the TV series: “Star Trek: Enterprise“.   There are ninety-eight episodes representing over seventy hours of viewing so it was quite an investment of time!!  The series originally ran from 2001 through 2005 and I saw about twenty-five of the episodes when they originally aired.  I’m not sure why I never watched them all, but I’m nearly positive I didn’t as I remembered so few.  The series is about the first Starship Enterprise and humanity’s first attempts to explore “deep space” with the development of a Warp-5 capable spaceship.
Now, with full disclosure, I am a “Trekkie” and saw all of the original series (Star Trek: TOS) in their initial broadcasts and have subsequently viewed them all at least three times and most of them far, far more than that as I used to watch them back in the ’70’s and ’80’s when they were in syndication.  Back then, you could watch them day after day and so see most of the 79 episodes four times in a single year.  In fact, you could see them more than that as the series ran on a couple of different channels a various times of day.  Yeah, I know, a bit OCD!!
Anyway, as SciFi goes, like most of the other Star Trek franchises, this is not very good.  In terms of special effects, it is pretty good to outstanding – particularly for TV.  In terms of acting, the series starts out MUCH better than TOS (The Original Series) or TNG (The Next Generation).  TOS never had a chance to explain much of its back history and TNG was incredibly stiff in its first season.  Picard (played by Patrick Steward) was particularly wooden.  In terms of “realism”, this series is pretty much the same as all the others – little or none.
Does any of that (bad science, poor realism) matter?  Not one iota!!  The show is about humanity and our efforts to deal with “ultimate” issues: war, racism, sexism, slavery, social justice, etc.   All the things which have always made all of / each of the Star Trek franchise TV series great viewing.
This is a VERY good TV series which I thoroughly enjoyed watching!  I hate to say it, but it is every bit as good as the best episodes of TOS and TNG.
(I was never a big fan of DS9 (Star Trek: Deep Space 9) or Star Trek: Voyager and barely watched any of either.  Just a couple of seasons of each and then the odd episode.  I recognize that both of those series have their fans, but as neither of those series have had a sniff of interest in getting turned into a movie franchise, I think my opinion is justified.  I will admit, though, that now they are available (more or less free) on Netflix, I will be watching them both as and when I have time.  I doubt I’ll be binge-ing on them, though.)
As with both TOS and TNG, the stories all center around the senior staff and the most interesting characters are the Captain (Jonathan Archer played by Scott Bakula) and the main alien – as in TOS – the Vulcan First Officer (T’Pol played by Jolene Blalock).  Over the course of the series, the former goes from being an idealistic explorer to a military commander and diplomat while the latter goes from being an emotionally suppressed Vulcan to an openly emotional “almost human” female.  As such, the stories are mostly self-contained episodes with sub-story arcs which span a couple of episodes to the entire series.  Watching the whole series in compressed mode, therefore, made it seem much more understandable to me as I was easily able to remember nuances which I almost certainly would have missed (or forgotten) if I had viewed the series over a four year time span.
If you consider yourself a “Trekkie”, you must watch this series.  If you just want enjoyable SciFi about space exploration and humans meeting alien species, this is a great series.  As I said, it’s well written and character driven and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and highly recommend it.
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If being a dog means you’re like Mr. Peabody, who never turns his back on you and who’s always there to pick you up when you fall and loves you no matter how many times you mess up; if that’s what it means to be a dog, then yeah! 
[Proudly] I’M A DOG, TOO!
  —   Sherman Peabody
From the movie: “Mr. Peabody and Sherman
[Yesterday, I watched a very cute animated movie titled: “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” (2014).  The movie is an extended version of a Saturday morning TV cartoon series by the same name which I used to watch as a young child way back in the early 1960’s.  Basically, a super-intelligent canine named Mr. Peabody adopts a human boy and raises the boy (Sherman) as his “son”.  Peabody invents a time-machine to take his son back in time so the son can learn life-lessons from history.  I really enjoyed watching this show as a child and I’m happy to report I found the movie is every bit as good as I remember the show to have been.
To be honest, I wasn’t intending to watch the movie any time soon, but my own son, James, was visiting over the weekend and he said it was really good and he thanked me for recommending it to him.  Apparently, he asked me about it some time ago and I said I hadn’t heard the movie was coming out, but the TV series was really good when I was a kid.  As I said, his review was to definitely see it as it was both educational and funny.  (And it’s available on Netflix.)
This is a family movie you can take your kids and grand-kids to.  There is no real violence and no bad language.   It is funny, touching and educational.  Final review: Highly recommended!!  —  KMAB]
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No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
   —  Henry Adams
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