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Continuity and Canon   Leave a comment

Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

–Judge Judy

The overlords of Star Trek have been marketing urine as rain since 2009.  Paramount Pictures has been doing it since 2009, when, in Star Trek (2009), the sold the first moment or so of that action movie has occurring in the same universe as and about three decades prior to Star Trek (1966-1969).  Visual evidence belied that claim.  Paramount said the superficial differences were due to a “visual reboot.”  Suits at CBS have been selling the same line of dung regarding Star Trek:  Discovery (properly abbreviated as STD) since 2017.  They have also hired people who have rewritten and contradicted continuity and committed character assassination in an alleged prequel series.

Visual reboots are at least as offensive as the bad story-telling and disregard for continuity in STD.  I make a distinction between an alleged visual reboot and a remaster.  I own a blu-ray set of the original series, so I have the option of watching any episode in its original form or with the shiny new special effects.  The remastered episodes are only superficially different from the originals, for better and for worse, though.  The remastered version of Spock’s Brain looks much nicer, but it has the same script as the unaltered episode, unfortunately.  Furthermore, those who remastered the original series obviously knew it well and held it in awe.

Likewise, the remastering and alteration of Starhunter (2000-2001) and Starhunter 2300 (2003-2004) into Starhunter Redux is a labor of love and respect, with some of the original guiding hands still behind the scenes.  Starhunter Redux is a television equivalent of a director’s cut of a movie.  That is fine.  Nobody is producing a terrible and alleged prequel series to Starhunter and disrespecting continuity.

Some creators (who will remain unnamed here) of YouTube series have said that the only people who have any legitimate right to define canon are the licensed creators/owners–in this case, CBS.  Balderdash!  Or, as General McAuliffe replied to a German demand for surrender during World War II,

NUTS!

Unlike the people responsible for writing STD, I understand and respect nearly all of the previous series.  (I heap scorn upon Star Trek:  Voyager and Star Trek:  Enterprise, however.  Enterprise broke me of my habit of watching and recording every new episode.)

At least I have I my copies of actual Star Trek movies and actual Star Trek series to enjoy.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 7, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Guide Post to Reviews of Tanya Allen Movies   Leave a comment

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Jason Priestley and Tanya Allen in Fancy Dancing (2002)

(The image is a screen cap.)

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This post should simplify then process of navigating my guide to selected movies with Tanya Allen in them.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 16, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Behind the Lines, a.k.a. Regeneration (1997)

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/behind-the-lines-a-k-a-regeneration-1997/

White Lies (1998)

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/white-lies-1998/

Fancy Dancing (2002):

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/fancy-dancing-2002/

Lyddie (1996):

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/lyddie-1996/

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Posted July 16, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Tanya Allen Movies

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Guide Post to Starhunter 2300 Episode Reviews   Leave a comment

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Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

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This post should simplify then process of navigating my episode guide.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 16, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Rebirth:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/starhunter-2300-rebirth-2003/

Star Crossed:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/starhunter-2300-star-crossed-2003/

Biocrime:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/starhunter-2300-biocrime-2003/

Chasing Janus:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/starhunter-2300-chasing-janus-2003/

Spaceman:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/starhunter-2300-spaceman-2003/

Becoming Shiva:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/starhunter-2300-becoming-shiva-2003/

The Third Thing:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/starhunter-2300-the-third-thing-2003/

Torment:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/starhunter-2300-torment-2003/

Painless:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/starhunter-2300-painless-2003/

Skin Deep:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/starhunter-2300-skin-deep-2003/

Supermax Redux:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/starhunter-2300-supermax-redux-2003/

Pandora’s Box:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/starhunter-2300-pandoras-box-2003/

Stitch in Time:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/starhunter-2300-stitch-in-time-2003/

The Prisoner:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/starhunter-2300-the-prisoner-2003/

Kate:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/starhunter-2300-kate-2004/

Rivals:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/starhunter-2300-rivals-2004/

The Heir and the Spare:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/starhunter-2300-the-heir-and-the-spare-2004/

Just Politics:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/starhunter-2300-just-politics-2004/

Negative Energy:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/starhunter-2300-negative-energy-2004/

Licence to Fill:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/starhunter-2300-licence-to-fill-2004/

Hyperspace I:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/starhunter-2300-hyperspace-i-2004/

Hyperspace II:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/starhunter-2300-hyperspace-ii-2004/

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Posted July 16, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Starhunter 2300 (2003-2004)

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Guide Post to Starhunter (Series 1) Episode Reviews   1 comment

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Title Card for Starhunter

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This post should simplify then process of navigating my episode guide.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 16, 2013 COMMON ERA

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The Divinity Cluster:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/starhunter-the-divinity-cluster-2000/

Trust:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/starhunter-trust-2000/

Family Values:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/starhunter-family-values-2000/

Siren’s Song:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/starhunter-sirens-song-2000/

The Man Who Sold the World:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/starhunter-the-man-who-sold-the-world-2000/

Peer Pressure:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/starhunter-peer-pressure-2000/

Frozen:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/starhunter-frozen-2000/

Past Lives:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/starhunter-past-lives-2000/

Order:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/starhunter-order-2000/

Cell Game:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/starhunter-cell-game-2001/

Black Light:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/starhunter-black-light-2001/

Goodbye, So Long:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/starhunter-goodbye-so-long-2001/

The Most Wanted Man:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/starhunter-the-most-wanted-man-2001/

Half Dense Players:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/starhunter-half-dense-players-2001/

Dark and Stormy Night:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/starhunter-dark-and-stormy-night-2001/

Super Max:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/starhunter-super-max-2001/

A Twist in Time and Eat Sin:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/starhunter-a-twist-in-time-and-eat-sin-2001/

Bad Girls:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/starhunter-bad-girls-2001/

Bad Seed:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/starhunter-bad-seed-2001/

Travis:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/01/15/starhunter-travis-2001/

Resurrection:

https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/starhunter-resurrection-2001/

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Posted July 16, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Starhunter (2000-2001)

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Lyddie (1996)   2 comments

Tanya Allen as Lyddie Worthen

LYDDIE (1996)

Starring

Tanya Allen as Lyddie Worthen

Daniel Mulvihill as Charlie Worthen

Andrea Libman as Rachel Worthen

Patricia Worthen as Ma Worten

Simon James as Luke Stevens

Alan Bratt as Mr. Stevens

Nathaniel DeVeaux as Ezekial

Produced for BBC Children’s International by the BBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Distributed on DVD by Feature Films for Families and Bonneville Communications

Based on the novel Lyddie, by Kathereine Paterson

Directed by Stefan Scaini

My tour of the Tanya Allen filmography continues with Lyddie, a movie about a young woman who struggles to reunite her family, which unfortunate circumstances have rent asunder.

The movie opens in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, in 1860.  Ontario looks amazingly like Lancashire, in England, and parts of Saskatchewan, however, for those were the filming locations.

Although Lyddie would quite easily be G-rated in the United States, scenes of child labor and unsafe working conditions in the textile mill render it better for older children than for younger ones.  This is my parental alert.

Now, for the beginning of the story:

Charlie and Lyddie

The purpose of this post is to peak interest in seeing the movie, not to divulge every important plot detail.

As the movie opens, the Worthen family (sans the father, who left a few months prior in search of mineral wealth) is barely holding out on their small farm.  The mother and four children–from a baby to a late adolescent–are in dire straits.  An aunt and uncle take the mother, the baby, and Rachel the daughter to live with them, leaving Lyddie and Charlie to fend for themselves–until their father returns, they hope.  But the father never returns.

Lyddie and Charlie manage fairly well until they receive word from their young neighbor,

Luke Stevens (pictured above), that their mother has hired them out–Lyddie to an innkeeper and Charlie to the owner of a livery stable.  So Lyddie and Charlie depart for the futures.  Lyddie’s job at the inn is rather short-lived, for the lady who runs the business is a harsh taskmistress.  Lyddie then runs away back to the farm, where she meets…

…Ezekial, an escaped slave preacher from Alabama.  (No, Michele Bachmann, the Founding Fathers of the United States did not work tirelessly until they abolished slavery.  As a teacher of U.S. history, I know my subject.)  Ezekial plans to bring his wife and two children to freedom in Canada.  In the meantime, Lyddie, who has little, gives him shelter, water, and some money she has earned from the sale of a calf.  Ezekial tells Lyddie that education is the key to freedom, prompting her to think about her direction in life.  Our heroine is barely literate, and she needs to earn money to reunite her family, for poverty has split it up.

Ezekial and Lyddie part ways, with Lyddie going to nearby Cornwall, to work in a textile mill, her best option for earning money.

Later, by the way, Lyddie learns that her gift to Ezekial accomplished far more than she could have imagined.

Diana

Lyddie gets a job at the textile mill in Cornwall.  The owner requires his employees to avoid “moral turpitude,” or to risk firing.  He has a narrow definition of moral turpitude, however, for he cares nothing about providing a safe working environment, does not respect the rights of workers to defend their basic rights, and hires children.

Diana, one of Lyddie’s coworkers, improves her literary, introduces her to the world of books, and prompts Lyddie to consider educational opportunities.  Alas, Diana succumbs to a fatal case of cotton lung.  The mill is quite hazardous to the health of employees.

Lyddie and Rachel

Charlie visits Lyddie from time to time, updating her regarding the family.  Ma Worthen, her mind broken by all the stress, enters an asylum.  And Lyddie must assume a parental role relative to Rachel, who gets a job at the mill, but whom Lyddie refuses to permit to reenter the mill after the younger sister becomes ill as a result of the conditions there.

Will Lyddie be able to save enough money to reunite as many members of her family as possible?  Will her path to security run through education or through marriage?  Watch the movie to discover the answer to these and other questions.

The movie’s packaging and special features come with four questions for parents to discuss with children.  Unfortunately, all of these questions concern individual matters, ignoring societal sins.  The movie does not shy away from addressing slavery, child labor, workers’ rights, and unsafe working conditions, but the four questions do.  My problem, then, is with whoever drafted and approved the questions, not with the movie itself.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 26, 2011 COMMON ERA

All images are screen captures I took via PowerDVD.

http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/lyddie-1996/

Posted July 26, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Tanya Allen Movies

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Anyone’s Game/Chicks with Sticks (2005)   1 comment

Tanya Allen as Kate Willings, one of the Black Widows

ANYONE’S GAME, A.K.A. CHICKS WITH STICKS (2005)

Starring

Jessalyn Gilsig as Paula Taymore

Andrew Chalmers as Stewart “Stewie” Taymore

Margot Kidder as Edith Taymore

Kevin Kruchkywich as Ross Taymore

Pascale Hutton as Charlene

Michie Mee as Heather Desmond

Chantal Perron as Brigitte

Vanessa Holmes as Brenda

Tanya Allen as Kate

Juliette Marquis as Felicity

Natassia Maltbie as Marcie

Jason Priestley as Steve

Directed by Kari Skogland

1 hour, 38 minutes long

Rated PG in Canada; PG-13 in the United States

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Canadian movies can be very good.  My tour through filmed works of Tanya Allen has brought me across films I would not have watched otherwise, but am glad I did.  Anyone’s Game/Chicks with Sticks is among these.  I have also noticed connections between this movie and others.  For example, Kari Skogland also directed Tanya Allen in White Lies (1998), my review of which is here:  https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/white-lies-1998/.  And Jason Priestley was also in Fancy Dancing (2002), my review of which is here:  https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/fancy-dancing-2002/.

I begin by setting up the story.

Jessalyn Gilsig as Paula Taymore

Paula Taymore is a newly single mother with a hardhat job in the small town of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.  (Calgary and Okotoks substitute for Red Deer as filming locations.)  Being short on money, she evades the washer repo man during the opening credits.  Paula hopes for a promotion and the corresponding 20% raise at work, but this uncertain.  And her alternator is on the fritz. Ross, her brother and a mechanic, has the part but not the time to replace the alternator.

A few years ago, Paula almost made the Olympic hockey team, but events, including an automobile accident involving her son, Stewart, and mother, Edith, pulled her away from the camp.  She still follows the sport religiously, playing it when she can.

One night Ross arranges for Edith, the grandmother, to babysit Stewart so that Paula can play on his local hockey team against another local team, the Chiefs, who lose the game.  At the gathering following the game some knuckle-dragging men make sexist comments about women’s hockey, and Paula accepts the challenge to field a women’s team to play the women’s game against the Chiefs in four weeks.  Ross will keep track of the roster.  And there will be money involved, with men matching any funds the women can raise.

The diverse women’s team, called the Black Widows, consists of, among others, an ex-con and a Ph.D. candidate in women’s studies writing her thesis, “Wicca in the Workplace.”  The Black Widows:

Marcie replaces Charlene:

The end of the movie is never in doubt, as the DVD box art gives it away.  Furthermore, one of the songs in the movie is “Girl Out of the Ordinary.”  In other words, one might as well chant “You go, girl!” while watching this film.

This is an unabashed hockey chick flick.

Michie Mee as Heather Desmond

Heather Desmond is the spunky radio DJ with an urban attitude in rural west Canada.  She encourages Paul’s hockey battle of the sexes.

Margot Kidder as Edith Taymore

Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in four Christopher Reeve Superman movies, does an excellent job as Paula’s supportive and spunky mother, who plays cards with her grandson and becomes the den mother to the Black Widows.

Mother and Son

Stewart “Stewie” Taymore, who is in the Second Grade, is actually one of the two most mature males in the movie.  (Most of the others spend time speculating foolishly about the menstrual cycles of the Black Widows.)  The relationship between Paula and her son is quite endearing.

Steve and Paula

Jason Priestley’s Steve is the other mature male.  He, also a single parent, has something in common with Paula:  his daughter and Stewart have the same teacher.  So Steve and Paula meet at school, between parent-teacher conferences.  These two fall in love.  But, more importantly, Steve has both the time and ability to replace her alternator.

Anyone’s Game/Chicks with Sticks contains both dramatic and comedic moments.  It is predictable, yes, but good and harmless viewing.

You go, girls!

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 23, 2011 COMMON ERA

All images are screen captures I took using the PowerDVD program.

Fancy Dancing (2002)   2 comments

Tanya Allen as Karen in Fancy Dancing

FANCY DANCING (2002)

Starring

Jason Priestley as Asa Gimmel

Tanya Allen as Karen

Ewen Bremmer as Bernard Schiff

Dave Thomas as Uncle Billy

Dave Foley as Nat Porter

Deborah Odell as Charity

Connor Price as Michael Pelham/Stuart Gimmel

Dan Chameroy as Mar Stoddard

Stephanie Graham as Doreen Gaynor

Directed by Brock Simpson

91 Minutes Long

No MPAA Rating

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With this post I continue my series of reviews of selected Tanya Allen movies.  Per my custom, I choose to leave most of the film’s content for a viewer to discover, but I endeavor to encourage one to do that.  Know also that I write this post immediately after having watched the movie again and taken screen captures.

Fancy Dancing is a pleasant and sweet movie, maybe even a good date movie, assuming that one’s date enjoys singing and dancing in the style of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  To state the case differently, one who likes stoner comedies and scatological humor will certainly dislike this film, which, if rated in the U.S.A., would probably be PG.

Asa Gimmel

Asa Gimmel has lived off a trust fund for too long.  He sleeps rather late and spends many nights in a jazz club, where he lives in a time warp.  Asa, you see, is stuck in the 1940s.  He knows the songs of that era and spends too much time watching cheesy musicals starring Mar Stoddard, the Canadian counterpart to Fred Astaire, and his frequent costar, Doreen Gaynor.

Asa also likes to pursue women he meets in the jazz club.  Early in the movie, he follows one young woman home.  Consider this clever writing:

WOMAN:  Who’s that?

ASA:  “Tis I.

WOMAN:  O, you’re that guy who lives at the Winchester Hotel.

ASA:  I beseech you, please do not steal into the darkness of your chamber, but lend an ear to an unworthy suitor.

WOMAN:  Okay, but I should warn you that it’s going to take more than arcane pronouns to get me into bed.

Schiff

Living in fantasy land with Asa is his good friend and fellow musician, Bernard Schiff, or just Schiff.  He speaks in a frantic and barely understandable variety of English, but he comes with subtitles in the middle of the screen.  Schiff spends much of the move fretting over the loss of the “groove,” which he swears his girlfriend stole from him.  Later, however, he concludes that he did not lose the groove and could never have lost it, for “the groove is within.”  There is your motivational thought for the day, O reader.  “The groove is within.”

A Business Idea

Schiff decides to turn lemons into lemonade.  So he creates a new board game, Co-Dependent Quandries.

The Game

As you can see, O reader, it comes with a heart-shaped board.  Wow!

Asa with his son and ex-wife

Asa is also irresponsible and on the outs with his former wife, Charity.  She calls their son Michael Pelham, but he insists on referring to the boy as Stuart Gimmel.  And Asa thinks that a highland sword is an appropriate gift for the boy.  This disturbs Charity, who also objects the fact that Asa’s most recent child support check bounced.

Michael/Stuart

And Asa keeps his son up much too late at the jazz club.  As Asa asks, “What kid doesn’t like the cabaret?”

Charity and her parents, whom Asa calls “cricket-playing Anglicans” contemptuously (At least it is better than “limey bastards.”), read Asa and his uncle and aunt the riot act.  Asa will either become responsible immediately or lose visitation rights to Michael.

Uncle Billy

Asa’s Uncle Billy, who owns an advertising agency, agrees that Asa needs to learn responsibility.  So he forces Asa to go to work in the family business immediately.  So Asa learns how to get to work on time and how to plan an advertising campaign.

Nat Porter

Asa works under Nat Porter, an annoying man who prefers to have a lamp at eye level between himself and any other person.

He becomes concerned when someone lowers the map.

Karen

Asa works with Karen, who designs the advertisements themselves.  Asa concludes that Karen is weird, but that he likes her.  She thinks that he is also odd, but in a good way.

Karen and Asa

Asa is thrilled to learn that he and Karen have the same taste in movies and music.

At a Movie

They attend a screening of a Mar Stoddard-Doreen Gaynor movie, Song of the North.

It is really cheesy, but they enjoy it.

Asa and Karen

Asa and Karen get along very well.

That which follows is a sweet and predictable plot about how an interest in Mar Stoddard movies can lead to a successful advertising campaign.  Asa and Karen fall in love, of course, and everyone lives happily ever after.  Along the way we encounter a healthy dose of singing and dancing, some of it involving Jason Priestley and Tanya Allen.

True Love

I recommend Fancy Dancing highly.  There ought to be plenty of room for something as positive as this in a film fan’s life.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 8, 2011 COMMON ERA