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Adventures in Spokane, part 35: Where I Party for (not)Batman, Miss a Concert, and Serve as a Trophy Girl

AdventuresInSpokaneIt’s very Fall-like outside this morning. Windy and wet and cold. I’m finding it rather depressing myself. How about everyone else? Are you enjoying Autumn? Why? Give me some good reasons to change my mind and stop missing Summer so much. Please?

Anyhoo, I am well aware that it has been forever (or at least a couple of months) since my last blog update. Not, however, since my last great adventure in and around Spokane. August was busy busy busy and September was busy and not so busy and time just seemed to get away from me. I sat down to write about my exploits several times (and I’ve got the half finished posts to prove it) but something else always came up to distract me.

I’m not distracted now though (well not super distracted at any rate) and I’m ready to give a rundown of all the wacky fun I had in the last week or so.

gothamviewingpartyThe Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick is a lovely building with swanky couches and pretty decor and a bunch of construction off to one side. I had never been there before but suddenly last week I was there twice. First up on Monday when I helped put on a Gotham/Sleepy Hollow viewing party for Fox11 in the TriCities. The Promotions Manager and I drove over in the afternoon (after a stop at Wal-mart to play with Halloween items and look for raffle tickets and grab tasty snacks), hung out at Fox11 for a little bit, then went over to the convention center to set up.

Guests started showing up early for the party, which I think was a good sign that they were excited for the show premieres. The event itself was a lot of fun. We did a bunch of giveaways of Fox swag, guests ate tasty snacks and drank tasty beverages, and the whole Fox11 crew (including their wonderfully nice news anchor) were in attendance. If you ever get a chance to attend a Fox premiere/finale/viewing party, take it. And I’m not just saying that cause I work here. They actually are a good time.

threeriversconventionThe convention center morphed itself into a different kind of party over the weekend, when the Three Rivers Tattoo Convention took over the space. Local artists as well as some not-so-local artists set up booths and tattooed convention-goers for three days. I attended with The Modified Dolls to raise money for Boys and Girls Club of America, as well as to give out trophies for tattoo contest winners. It was an interesting experience, chatting up visitors about The Modified Dolls, comparing tattoos and tattoo artists with fellow enthusiasts, playing with funny hats in the photobooth, and dealing with con attendees who had been sampling adult beverages from the bar a bit more than they probably should’ve been.

As I get older I find myself a lot less interested in staying out all night long. Even when I’m out with friends I definitely hit a point where it feels really late and I start longing for my bed. But when a friend’s new band – Fear Not the Void – was performing their first show at The Viking on a Saturday night, I was determined to be there. My older sister (who has a kid and a dad and a job with crazy hours) and I got ourselves dressed and to the bar and were only 35 minutes late (and so missed the band we’d come to see) but were still determined to have ourselves a good time. We hung out at The Viking with the band, had some drinks and some conversation, saw some girls dressed as Disney princesses, heard several more great bands, and had ourselves a great ol’ time.

threeriversconvention2Eventually we realized we were starving to death so we headed downtown to The Satellite because it was 1:30am and that is where you go when you are starving at 1:30am on a Saturday night. The place was packed but we wiggled our way into a table and ordered ourselves some cheese fries and breakfast foods and stuffed our faces quiet happily for the next hour. What would the starving drunken Spokane masses do with themselves if The Satellite didn’t exist? Let’s all hope we never find out.

Well that’s all I’ve got time to mention today. I could go back a few more weeks and mention car shows and movie nights and birthday dinners, but my fingers would probably fall off from all the typing and that won’t do any of us any good. Instead I’ll do my very best to be back next week (or the week after) to talk about zombie flavored pub crawls, scary movies, and dinners with the senior folks. To pass the time until I return why don’t you head out for some adventures of your own? If you’re lucky you might see me bouncing around town while you’re out there (and if you can find me I’ll give you a prize)!

– Mia V.

This week’s Adventures in Spokane brought to you by:
Three Rivers Convention Center
Three Rivers Tattoo Convention
The Modified Dolls Washington Chapter
The Viking Bar and Grill
Fear Not the Void
The Satellite Diner

Rabbits, Roosters, and Billy Goats (Oh my!) – Adoption Event at SCRAPS

Animals rescued from a recent seizure in Deer Park are up for adoption at a special event on Wednesday, October 1st from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Spokane County Fairgrounds.

Adults interested in adopting any of these animals as a family pet can come to the Spokane County Fairgrounds through the Broadway entrance.

Currently available for adoption:
60 Rabbits
14 Roosters
2 Billy Goats

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A $25 adoption fee is requested for rabbits, $10 for roosters and $50 for the Billy goats. The adoption fee helps recover the cost of care and feeding of the animals during their holding period. Donations to the SCRAPS Animal Medical Fund are also greatly appreciated.

The other animals taken in the seizure have been adopted through SCRAPS rescue partners.

SCRAPS Animal Protection Officers executed a search warrant at 503 W. Bridges Road #10 in unincorporated north Spokane County on September 26th. A SCRAPS officer was at the location and made the following observations: Animals without water or the water provided was dirty with green algae or feces. The property was covered in garbage, hazardous debris and animal waste. Some animals had injuries and were covered with flies. Additionally, animals were in small cages with no shelter in unsanitary conditions – standing in their own waste.

Officers are investigating for violations of the Revised Code of Washington:
• Animal Cruelty in the first degree
• Animal Cruelty in the second degree
• Confinement in an Unsafe Manner

A citizen called SCRAPS and was concerned about animals that were being kept in unsanitary living conditions and that there were dead animals.

Animal Cruelty in the First degree (RWC 16.52.205) is a Class C Felony with 5 years confinement and/or a $10,000 fine. RCW 16.52.207 indicates animal cruelty in the 2nd degree and is a gross misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 365 days in jail and/or a $5000 fine. RCW 16.52.080 indicates confinement in an unsafe manner is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1000 fine.

 

SOURCE – SCRAPS press release, September 30, 2014

Pinterest:Impossible – CrockPot Vietnamese Pho Soup

pinterestimpossiblelogoI love pho.

Really I love all Vietnamese food, and I’ll devour a plate of spring rolls and fried rice and grilled meat quite happily if it is put in front of me.

But I love pho the best.

When I first started really trying to learn how to cook Asian dishes I bought myself a Vietnamese cookbook and I made chicken pho once.

Only once.

beefpho2While the soup I made turned out warm and delicious and filling, it was also incredibly time consuming and complicated to make. I found the whole process rather stressful as I was sure I was going to miss one of the dozens (at least it seemed like dozens) of ingredients or one of the hundreds (it seemed like hundreds) of important steps necessary to making the pho correctly.

I never tried making it again. I’ve been quite satisfied with going to restaurants where professional chefs make the pho for me, and I get to just sit and enjoy it.

And then I found a recipe for pho that you make in the Crockpot. Suddenly it didn’t seem like such a chore to make delicious Vietnamese soup at home by myself.

Yay! Seriously, yay!

The recipe I found called for using already made beef broth or stock, which cut at least half of the process out right off of the bat.

Once again, yay!

I do understand why stock is important and why it makes things taste so great BUT it is a pain to make and I don’t usually have the patience to do it. So I made the recipe with the pre-existing beef broth because I’m lazy and it was easy and I figured it would be almost just as nearly as good.

The only substitution I made to the recipe was using a tablespoon of ground ginger instead of a chunk of ginger. I don’t have a lot of experience using fresh ginger so I didn’t want to attempt it and possibly mess up the soup.

Of course, the difference between ground and fresh ginger is not the only thing that can mess up a recipe. On the instructions I had it used ‘t’ for amounts of spices. I’m not used to just a ‘t’ as a measurement. I tend to expect either a ‘tsp’ for teaspoon or a ‘T’ for tablespoon.

Needless to say, I got confused. I took a risk that the ‘t’ meant tablespoon since there was so much soup in the Crockpot.

It may have been the wrong choice. The first time I taste-tested the pho about an hour later it was INCREDIBLY salty. The salt and fish sauce were so very prevalent that I gagged a little bit. And then I got mad and yelled at myself a little bit because that’s the kind of person I am.

beefphoEventually, when I was done beating myself up over the salty affair, I went ahead and added two more cups of water to the broth and a little bit of mirin cooking sake because that’s what seems to soften the saltiness of soy sauce when making fried rice. I figured it couldn’t make the soup any worse, at least, so was worth a shot.

Being a grumpy coward, I had someone else try the pho when it was finally done cooking. They gave the broth a good sip or two, claimed that it really wasn’t that bad – and in fact was actually quite tasty – and so I dumped in the noodles, let them soften for about fifteen minutes, and called the whole thing done.

And it really did turn out more than edible. I had a couple of bowls of beef pho, while my friend had pretty much all the rest. It was even good as reheated leftovers the next day, which was impressive considering rice noodles get weird in soup over time.

I am definitely going to have to try this recipe again in the future, and this time use teaspoons instead of tablespoons to see how it works out. Maybe I wasn’t wrong, and the person who created the recipe just LOVES their salt.

Though I can admit that isn’t very likely.

– Mia V.

 

*Be sure to check out all the great recipes we have on our Recipes! and Pinterest:Impossible boards!

SOURCE – Crockpot Vietnamese Pho Soup

Featured Pet: Tosa #7629

Pet-of-the-Week-Tosa-7629-TV-1Meet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Tosa #7629

Breed: Mixed breed (Shepherd mix)

Likes: hugs, long walks, playing in the yard, snuggling, eating treats, kind of listening to commands

Dislikes: being left alone, startlingly loud voices, empty food bowls

What She’s Looking for in a Family: any size family will do but small children should be aware of her size

Extra extra: just getting over a pryometra infection but is very healthy now

Adoption Fee: $87.04 (includes spaying, micro-chipping, and licensing)

ThisTV Movie Review: Star Trek The Motion Picture

star_trek_the_motion_pictureI have a friend who calls Star Trek The Motion Picture a ‘very long tea party in space.’ Jokes on him, though, because they don’t even DRINK tea in this movie. And jokes on me, because even with the lack of tea drinking I understand the point he’s making (in his very snarky manner).

The plot for the first Star Trek movie breaks down basically like this: Some giant space anomaly type thing comes along and starts sucking up Klingons and space stations and common sense. Starfleet gets a bit freaked out when it realizes the anomaly is headed toward Earth so they decide to send the Enterprise out to intercept it. Of course Admiral James T. Kirk HAS to lead the mission, even though he’s spent the last few years working a desk at Starfleet headquarters AND the Enterprise has been almost completely rebuilt with a new Captain at the helm. Tensions rise (very slowly) as Admiral and Captain clash, Captain is re-introduced to an old love interest, friends are re-united to less than bromance level excitement, and EVENTUALLY the Big Bad at the heart of the anomaly is revealed to be someone(thing?) no one could have really expected because wow that was kind of a cool and surprising reveal.

startrek2Star Trek The Motion Picture is a big, long, strange mess. It feels nothing like an episode of the show, and nothing like any of the other movies in the franchise. The costumes don’t look right, the characters don’t really act right, and the story just doesn’t FEEL right. It isn’t that this movie is BAD, it’s that it is so WEIRD. Long scenes with people staring at things. Crazy effects and graphics just for the sake of having crazy effects and graphics (“look guys, we have a huge budget and we’re gonna spend it ALL on computer images and models and anything else we can think up!”). The inside of V-ger’s (the Big Bad’s) ship is cool and all, but it goes on FOREVER and traveling through it is just a lot of staring and making faces and staring and gasping in wonder and on and on and ON. The thing is I actually quite like the whole V-ger thing. It’s an interesting idea. Unfortunately it’s buried in all the weirdness of the rest of the movie.

And is it just me, or does it seem like the creators/costumers on Star Trek can’t ever figure out what exactly future fashion will look like? It changes almost every film and sometimes it is way more bizarre than others. In this first film in the series they’ve settled on a future/ancient Grecian … style? … I guess? Lots of short tunics and short dresses and short sandals and, yeah, lots of shortness going on. Except when people pop up in 70’s leisure suits with swanky medallions and bushy beards (Bones was into bushy beards BEFORE they were cool).

startrekAnyway, so yeah, Star Trek The Motion Picture, kind of a mess BUT like I mentioned before, the reveal of the Big Bad is pretty cool and raises all these great questions about robots and artificial intelligence and what it means to be alive and questioning existence and who may have created that existence. And while much of the cast is left in the background, miling around and getting randomly electrocuted from their work consoles, some good depth is given to Spock (quit trying to grow out of your emotions there buddy, it never works out well in the end for you) and Admiral/Captain/WhateverHeIsToday Kirk. From the second he catches sight of the Enterprise you can see in his eyes that he will never love anyone as much as he loves that ship. He’ll never fight as hard for a human relationship as he will for his right to sit in that Captain’s chair. In an incredibly d-bag-like maneuver first thing in the movie he steals the Enterprise from the guy who he told Starfleet to hand the ship to. Poor Captain Will Decker, he never really stood a chance, in his less-than-flattering gray unitard and righteous indignation. Decker wants to be Captain because that’s the next step in his Starfleet career. Kirk wants to be Captain because he’s married to his ship and doesn’t know any other way to be.

star-trek-MP_lIn addendum, some things I noticed and kept track of in this, my dozenth (is that a word? cause I’m using it whether it is or not) viewing of this film: Dr. McCoy walks on and off the bridge of the Enterprise six times for no particularly good reason (he’s the head of medical, why is he ALWAYS up on the dang bridge? doesn’t he have medical stuff to be doing?), there are six costume changes between the main characters of the film and most of those do not seem like they need to happen (though I do find the white short sleeved shirt uniform Kirk sports for a while quite fetching), and the scene that shows off the Enterprise for the first time in the movie takes a whopping five minutes. Five minutes of nothing but showing off the ship from every conceivable angle – to a rendition of the Star Trek theme done on harp, no less. Quick sidenote on that ‘five minutes,’ however, as I think that scene used to be longer. In fact I think several scenes in this film used to be longer, so maybe I had a special edition of the movie OR someone realized along the way that all the staring and gasping and watching scenes did nothing for the flow of the film and cut them down a bit.

– Mia V.

Star Trek The Motion Picture, 1979
Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly, Stephen Collins
Directed by Robert Wise
Written by Gene Roddenberry, Harlod Livingston

*Watch Star Trek The Motion Picture on ThisTV: Tuesday September 23rd at 7pm, Thursday September 25th at 8am, Monday September 29th at 7pm!

 

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A Year of Cats!

scraps logoA record 355 cats and kittens have come to SCRAPS in the first two weeks of September.  Last year during the same period, SCRAPS impounded 150 cats and kittens.

“This September we have had an overwhelming number of cats brought in,” said Nancy Hill, Director of SCRAPS.  “If we adopted one cat per day, it would take almost a year to empty out our cat room.”

Unfortunately, SCRAPS doesn’t have a year to find homes for these animals.   So far this summer, over 500 kittens have been placed into the SCRAPS foster care program.  These babies are so young they must be hand-fed.  As they become available for adoption, they will continue to keep the cages full in our new facility.

All of the animals taken into SCRAPS are from the Spokane area – SCRAPS does not import animals from out of the area into our shelter.  These cats and kittens are from Spokane and need homes here in Spokane.

Please remember to spay/neuter, license and microchip your pets.

CAT SPECIAL THIS FRIDAY, SATURDAY, and SUNDAY!
The SCRAPS cat room is nearing capacity and they need the public’s help in finding homes for all of the cats and kittens in their care. They are offering a special starting Friday, September 19th through Sunday, September 21st 2014. Owners can adopt an adult cat, young cat, or kitten for $15 – the cost of a license. This includes spay/neutering, micro-hipping, vaccinations, and exam.

 

SOURCE – SCRAPS press release, 9/18/2014

Featured Pet: Oreo #7414

oreoadoptedMeet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Oreo #7414

Breed: Mixed breed (possibly some Jack Russell Terrier)

Likes: walking on a leash, sitting in a lap, eating treats, hunting for crumbs left in the couch, sniffing interesting smells

Dislikes: new people and places mixed with loud noises (needs some time to adjust to new things – a little shy but willing to get over it)

What He’s Looking for in a Family: anyone young or old who has the time to play and cuddle with him

Extra Extra: neutered

Adoption Fee: $87.04 (includes micro-chipping and licensing)

Q&A with Local Children’s Fantasy Author Jessica Rising at SpoCon!

jessicarising.JPGLast year we did a profile on local children’s fantasy author Jessica Rising. While she is just as amazing as she was back then (and it is totally worth it to check out the profile on her), lots of great things have happened to her since that time. She’s signed with a publisher and her post-apocalyptic middle-grade novel trilogy Guts and Glory, Freedom Fighters of Nil is now being released by Second Wind Publishing LLC. She’s done book readings and signings in Spokane and other areas of the Northwest AND she’s become kind of a big deal at SpoCon. Luckily even with her busy busy schedule she found time to answer some questions for us about the convention, writing, and being a nerd in this day and age.

Q. How many years have you been involved in SpoCon?
A. This was my second year at the con and my first as volunteer “staff”. I put that in quotes because I’m not currently official but I was involved in content meetings and their inevitable work this past year. That was a blast!

Q. What was your first SpoCon experience like?
A. It was pretty laid back. I had a selling and signing table which I was at most of the time. I was on two panels as well, which was so much fun that I insisted on attending a lot more this year. My first panel ever was just myself and C.J. Cherryh. That was pretty intimidating but exciting as well; she was wonderful!

Q. What has this year’s SpoCon experience been like for you?
A. Well, I can certainly say it wasn’t laid back! I attended about seven panels, taught two workshops, directed the Mad Marmot Variety Show, and spoke at C.J.’s tribute, as we have gotten to know each-other better over this past year. I was REALLY tired, REALLY busy… and had a LOT of fun! I wouldn’t change a thing about my experience this year (well… except maybe get a LITTLE more sleep).

Q. What were you most looking forward to at SpoCon this year?
A. Hands-down, my children’s writing workshop. I requested it from the SpoCon content team myself, as I really wanted to work with my actual readership one-on-one. It was a lot of fun. In the end, I think I may have learned more than they did. I was also looking forward to the panels. They’re always SO much fun!

Q. Have you been to other scifi/fantasy conventions? If so, how would you compare those conventions to SpoCon?
A. SpoCon is the only con I’ve ever attended. I know, I know. I plan on fixing that ASAP. I’m a little addicted now.

Q. Why do you think it’s important to have events like SpoCon?
A. Growing up as a nerd is not easy. At least it wasn’t when I was a kid. For an adult — especially these days — being a nerd is a little more acceptable for most people, but there are still more “normal” people out there who we work with, play with, and otherwise spend our time with. They can be great people, but they don’t understand fandom like we do. They don’t understand the obsessions we have. They can’t relate, and that can be really difficult to deal with. This is especially true for those of us who don’t have nerdy family or friends close by. To spend a whole weekend immersed in our very favorite things — with others who love them too — is invigorating. It re-energizes us, giving us the drive we need to keep going to our day jobs the rest of the year.
This year especially I felt even more than that. Surrounded by people who not only understand the things that drive my soul but also create those things AND think highly of my own work, I was revitalized to continue writing and to make it even better.

Q. What do you hope people get out of attending this event?
A. I hope people have fun, first and foremost. That’s what SpoCon is all about! Adding camaraderie, encouragement, family bonding, learning, growing, beauty, fandom, music…I could go on and on… well, that’s just icing on the cake!

Q. What are your favorite things about the convention?
A. The writing track of course. For me, networking with fellow authors at mealtimes, discussing nuances with up-in-coming authors at the panels, and teaching budding authors in the workshops is almost as great as writing. Almost. I also love the cosplay and being surrounded by my fellow nerds. It’s not just anywhere that I can begin a Monty Python quote and receive a perfectly timed finish from a bunch of people at the same time!

Q. Will you be participating again next year?
A. Yep! I also hope to continue working with the amazing content team on making next year, and every year after, better and better!

Q. What guests were you most excited to see this year, and who are your dream guests for future years and why?
A. I always love being around C.J. Cherryh so she’s definitely a number one! I was also excited to meet Scott C. Brown who I worked with on the Mad Marmot Show. The Handsome Author’s Society was a lot of fun to work and hang out with too. Roget Ratchford was also so fascinating!
As for future guests, as a bibliophile my first choices are authors. Stephen King would be AMAZING, though he’s difficult to book. I’d also love to see Terry Brooks, who calls the Inland Northwest home and even includes Spokane in some of his work. Rick Riordan would be a lot of fun, as would J.K. Rowling (also difficult to book). Outside of the book realm, I’m excited to meet just about anyone from the realms of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, though if they worked on Stargate I’d be pretty starstruck! (Pun totally intended.)

Q. Do you have anything else to add?
A. Just that SpoCon is only getting bigger and better, and I’m so excited to remain a part of it for many, many years to come!

 

*To keep up with Jessica Rising, her book releases, and all the random fun stuff she likes to write/talk about, find her on the web at her site or on Facebook! You can purchase books from Second Wind Publishing online (and it’s totally worth it, our blogger-gal Mia has read the first two books in the Guts and Glory trilogy and she loved them even as an adult reader). 

Featured Pet: Stuart #6924

stuartadoptedMeet Our Pet of the Week!

Name: Stuart #6924
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Likes: cuddling, talking, playing with string and other dangly things, napping in the warm spot left on the couch after his people have been sitting there
Dislikes: outdoors (he’s declawed so needs to stay inside), an empty food dish
What He’s Looking for in a Family: kids and adults are fine as long as they are mellow and quiet and willing to give him lots of affection
Extra Extra: neutered and declawed on his front paws
Adoption Fee: $40 (includes micro-chipping and licensing)

ThisTV Movie Review: Star Trek II-Wrath of Khan

star-trek-ii-the-wrath-of-khan-poster-star-trek-movies-8475612-1707-2560“Jim Kirk was many things, but he was NEVER a boy scout.” Dr. Carol Marcus
“I don’t believe in a no-win scenario.” Admiral James T. Kirk

Once upon a time James T. Kirk was a captain. Then he was an admiral. Then he was a captain again. And then an admiral. And then he was dead, but not really. And how did all this ridiculous yo-yo-ing start?

Well …

Once upon a time there was a planet where a Big Bad with fabulous hair and a Latin accent was marooned by Captain Kirk and then forgotten. It left him feeling a bit … bitter.

Ok VERY bitter.

So when StarFleet returns to his crappy desert planet and starts poking around at things, this bitter Big Bad is quite ready to bring on an extreme level of vengeance to the universe.

And especially on James T. Kirk.

ST2_1The plot of Wrath of Khan basically breaks down like this: The Starship Reliant is tooling about the galaxy looking for a dead planet to do some science-y business on. Unfortunately the planet they come up with is less lifeless than it at first seems. Khan Noonien Singh, an old nemesis of Admiral Kirk’s from back in his original Captain-y run on television, has been living it up on this desolate wasteland and he’s ready to branch out and explore some new worlds. Within just a short period of time he’s taken control of the Reliant, stolen some swanky life-creating future-tech, and harassed the Enterprise and Kirk in an explosive and nearly life-taking way. Soon Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the jolly Enterprise crew must find a way to retake the future-tech, destroy Khan, and deal with some sudden and surprising family issues (surprise Kirk, it’s a boy!).

movies-star-trek-wrath-of-khanStar Trek 2: Wrath of Khan is not the first film in the Star Trek film series, but it is the first one many fans want to acknowledge exists. It’s the one with the great story, scene-chewing Big Bad, epically quotable dialogue, and wonderful, emotional, tragic ending. It’s the one that combines classic literature including Moby Dick, A Tale of Two Cities, and King Lear with the powered-up version of a 60’s campy scifi show. It’s the one that leads into the next one, and the next one, and the next one, where Admiral Kirk will find himself demoted, promoted, imprisoned, and sucked into a time vortex-y thing.

It’s the one where for a moment, a brief little hiccup of time, James T. Kirk admits he’s old and tired and worn out around the edges and maybe ready for all of the space adventuring to be over.

It’s a tiny little moment, a bit of quiet after Khan has stolen the life-creating future-tech and (supposedly) stranded Kirk and company inside a dead planet and Kirk has screamed Khan’s name in an iconic fashion. Kirk and his lost love interest Dr. Carol Marcus are having a heart-to-heart about life, the universe, and every secret child-shaped thing, when for just a minute – just a tiny little minute – he gives up.

Khan!!!Admiral Kirk, once the most infamous captain of the most infamous ship in StarFleet, has had enough. His ship is a mess, his crew is injured or dead, he’s stranded in a planet with his ex and his surprise son, his enemy from 15 years ago is out to get him, and he’s just had a birthday reminding him that his time in this crazy galaxy is running out.

It is such a brief moment really, and within minutes he’s off and running on another hair-brained scheme to save the day. BUT. But. That doesn’t make it any less of a profound look into the heart of this great man.

James T. Kirk is a legend. A hero. A rebel and a scoundrel and a bit of a man whore.

He’s larger than life. He’s the only one to ever beat the Kobayashi Maru no-win-scenario – because he totally cheated. He’s an idea, a concept, an ascendant point to aspire to.

But he’s also a man. A man with deep weariness who has been around the universe and back and isn’t sure he has it in himself to do it all again.

– Mia V.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, PG, 1982
Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Ricardo Montalban
Directed by Nicholas Meyer
Written by Gene Roddenberry, Harve Bennet

*Watch Wratch of Khan on ThisTV: Friday 9/19 11:30pm, Tuesday 9/23 at 9:30pm, and Thursday 9/25 at 10:30am!

 

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