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I Hate Reusing Titles.

I was reading TV Guide's review of Wall-E yesterday and I really don't agree with it. They suggest that it's the best Pixar film to date. I think the exact opposite. They particularly liked that it shows humans will be fat and lazy a millennium to two from now. My thought is "Well, yeah..." but this is not really what I want from a cartoon. You know what I would like from a movie? Dialogue. Even silent movies have more than this movie. If you compare the latest cartoon movies, Kung Fu Panda had many big name stars while Wall-E had John Ratzenberger, Jeff Garlin and Kathy Najimy; in supporting roles! If you want to see a Pixar movie, better choices would be The Incredibles or Finding Nemo.

Recently, I finished The Eyes of the Beholders, a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel by A. C. Crispin whose Sarek is one of my two favorite Star Trek novels. Being new at that time, it takes places early in the third season. It was a good book subplots that were interesting. I really enjoyed the story of Thala the blind Andorian girl and Data trying to write a novel.

The main plot of finding this artifact that made ship crews insane was interesting but it needed work. Referencing the Medusans was cool but they really should have ran with that. Usually, the character that appears on the cover has a major part to play. By this, I was lead to believe that maybe the fact Geordi is blind would play a role here but no it didn't. Crispin instead gave most of the crew something to do in this book which is hard.

A side note: the novels used to explain what happened "behind the scenes" to characters, like in Imbalance, Keiko O'Brien discovers she's pregnant with Molly. Here we're told what happened to Dr. Selar played by Suzy Plakson in an second season episode. While I was reading this book, Plakson appeared in an episode of Beauty and the Beast we were watching!

Thursday, my parents came down as my mother had to go to a meeting. We went out to eat at Wendy's, then later got sundaes at Friendly's. Can someone explain to me the difference between the PB Fudge ice cream and the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream as the former also had peanut butter cup chunks in it? We then swam in the motel pool. After that we went up to their room split a bottle of chardonnay and a can of cashews while watching the current season of Last Comic Standing. The votes from the theater audience for the three "battlers" turned out to be the exact opposite of my ranking. Stand up about sex and dating is unoriginal compared to stupid upbeat songs making fun of evangelical Christians but once again that's just me and everybody I know with an ounce of sophistication...

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