This Is One Rough Week

by Irma Arkus

As I’ve fallen behind in reporting (blame me, blame Canada…) I decided to throw you “What Irma’s been worrying about today” list. So, here goes nothing:

Geoengineering – fully intend to explore this during the show, but probably will not get a chance to really get anguished on air, or go into details.

The light version goes something like this: Royal Society says that things are grimmer than anticipated. This kind of fits within new scientific reports that are quite clear on state of global environment being more dire in reality, than the proposed worst case scenarios spelled out a few years back.

For one, methane is cause for concern, it being a major greenhouse gas and all, and as its reserves are kept in liquid state either at bottom of Arctic Ocean, or in Russian steppes, warming of these areas ultimately means release of untold quantities of methane gas into atmosphere, pretty much cutting down our chances of survival as species, as well as that of others who have the misfortune of occupying this planet at the very same time.

This ongoing tragedy is revolving through scientific journals and news practically on daily basis, but Royal Society this week came out of its usual quiet narration, and announced (and who knows who heard it?) that should drastic steps toward reduction of CO2 levels not be taken, geoengineering may be the only step we can take, no matter how *dangerous, stupid, irreversible, harmful and altering to Earth itself it may be.

Geoengineering may sound cool in theory, offers no reason for joy in reality. Not only does it offer no guarantee of reducing temperature or CO2 levels, but the proposed “solutions” involving geoengineering are so disturbing that we may end up paying for it for generations to come.

Star Trek – I keep on getting disturbingly pissy about this, mostly because I hate the Abrams’ lack of any insight into what Star Trek, as initally imagined by Rodenberry, is about. Oh sure, Shatner’s Kirk is a vagabond, a daredevil, everything that McCain tried to persuade America he is during the elections and more, but the crew of Enterprise also had a moral centre, a moral obligation to assist other cultures and attempt to understand them, and that was wiped clean off of the tabula rasa presented to us by Abrams.

I weep for Nero. The rest of them can burn in hell.

I’ve offered thorough critiques of the film before, but to indulge the rest of you, I will do so again in near future.

The news though, keep dripping in regards to Star Trek – mostly because of the anticipated DVD release, and the continuously held promotional panels.

One thing has been confirmed though, Leonard Nimoy did not incidentally appear very old in the film, but rather IS old. He firmly announced that he will not be returning for another appearance in the upcoming Star Trek.

Green Hornet – Stephen Chow is no longer attached to the project. This makes me mildly sad, because I really looked forward to Chow’s breakthrough into North American film market, and this was supposed to have been “it.” Chow’s “CJ-7” was fantastic in every way. Polished, funny, interesting, enchanting…I loved it to bits, and was hoping to see more of Chow’s ingenuity on screen. And he would have made an amazing Kato to boot.

But not all is lost, and I will fill you in during the show.

Planet of the Apes – announced is yet another remake. No joke. Have no idea why or how, but here we are.

After finding this out, I made an effort to procure the TV series of the franchise, and while short-lived, it had some rather interesting ideas…and not necessarily ape-related ones either.

The show was written during the era of energy crisis in the 1970s, and it reflects through and through. For one, a lot of contemporary concerns regarding alternate energy are reflected in the series, creating some sort of a temporal “worry bridge”?

From solar-powered lights, to nuclear-powered subways, humanity of future/yesteryear was heavily reliant on solution to gas, in form of nuclear power supply, and has incidentally also met its end at hands of its savior.

The funny bit is the premise of the show. The astronauts, played by James Naughton and Ron Harper, are continuously spreading their philosophy, which reads something like “why can’t apes and humans just get along?” but in reality sounds like “we want peace and collaboration between sentient species.” That may sound fine and dandy, but in this alternate future, it seems to me that peace has finally been established with apes in position of superiority.

The ape masters may treat humans like pets or slaves, but there are certainly no massive wars, and they seem to be positively nicer than your average CEO.

All that and more…tune in!