22 February 2008

To Boldly Nominate

From John Scalzi, here is the 2008 Nebula Awards Ballot. I am over the moon excited by this, because under the Scripts section you'll find:

"World Enough and Time" - Zicree, Marc Scott and Reeves, Michael (Star Trek: New Voyages, http://www.startreknewvoyages.com, Aug07 (Aired 8/23/07))
The New Voyages are essentially fanfic, filmed with pretty high production values. The episode in question is well worth seeing. George Takei reprises his signature role as Hikaru Sulu in an episode as well written as any TOS episode (other than maybe "City on the Edge of Forever"*.) It's heartbreaking in just the right ways, funny in just the right places, and tight as a drum.

It almost definitely won't win, but just the fact that it's nominated is really encouraging to me.

*Did you think I *wouldn't* put Ellison's WGA winner ahead of this???


2old4this said...

Thanks again for turning me on to something cool.

I've bookmarked the site. Maybe I can watch an episode today.

R.A. Porter said...

Quick warning: while the script is rock-solid and the production values/efx are really good, the acting is a little spotty.

I wouldn't say that it's bad, but I think you'll end up appreciating good actors more for what they can do after seeing this. Part of the problem is that the actors all try to model their performances after the originals. They aren't trying to mimic, but are trying to echo them a bit. I think that's getting in the way of a couple of them. Kirk and Spock, for example, are pretty decent. I can't wonder how much better they'd be if they didn't try to be anything like Shatner and Nimoy.

Just a small warning.

2old4this said...

Well, didn't get to watch it. Still 2 days left to the weekend.

I think I understand you, but really, Shatner and Nimoy were, Hell ARE, Kirk and Spock. There's no way to be anyone but Shatner and Nimoy and still portray the characters.

This is the hardest part of what they are trying to do. It's the brilliance/idiocy of the project.

Now let me watch an episode and see if I still come across as someone who has a clue.