Star Trek: Into Darkness (Spoilers!)

Last night I went and saw Star Trek: Into Darkness with my mom at our newly renovated local theater.

First let me say that this renovated AMC is hella fresh and fancy. Every single theater has fully reclining leather (I think leather…I didn’t sniff them, could be pleather) seats and MOTHERFUCKING walking room in all the aisles! It. Was. Awesome.

As for the movie, I would totally go see it again. It was SO GOOD! I read all kinds of viewer reviews on Tumblr last night via tags cause I was trying to find the bromance scene toward the end of the movie between Spock and Kirk, (there was so much bromance between them in this movie, omg) and had to wade through 20,000 gifs of Benedict Cumberbatch’s deleted shower scene that everyone is angrily creaming their pants over for having been deleted. He is a fine man specimen, but he looked so upset in that shower lmfao.

Anyway, I’ve noticed a lot of people are upset about various petty things in this movie such as:
1. Khan (Benedict) being white when in the originals he was Indian or whatever. The term whitewashing was thrown around, but frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn and I don’t think it really matters. He played the part very well. Plus! The original actor was a white man in black face.
2. John Harrison = Khan. Like why are you even upset!?
3. Spock showing emotion. I think people forget HE’S HALF HUMAN.
4. The scene when Kirk sneaks a peak at lieutenant (is she a lieutenant?…) Marcus in her underwear. Like, listen, I’m a feminist, okay? I get the whole being upset about this scene, but it’s really stupid to be upset about it in my opinion. It wasn’t that bad at all, and she looked great in her underwear. And as J.J. Abrams said in his interview with Conan, they had shown Kirk half naked in bed getting jiggy with two alien girls before that scene. Like it’s okay to exploit the male body and not the female body? Okay. And for all you who are going to say that the female body gets exploited every day in porn, etc, yeah, it does. It’s a choice. We all have them. Just like I choose to not be phased by someone in their underwear.

From a fashion standpoint, I was very excited about this movie as well. Let me preface this by saying that I love military-like uniforms, and I’ve always liked the Star Trek Starfleet uniforms. Last year, I considered making my own for Halloween. (I didn’t, I was a fox.)

Anyway! I thought the uniforms in this movie were pretty cool. I don’t know if anyone else noticed this, but when they’re in their color coded uniforms on the Enterprise, the fabric is printed with miniscule Starfleet symbols. I also liked the chrome uniforms for when they were on earth. I thought they were sharp, and I would totally rock that shit daily.

Lastly, I really enjoyed the opening sequence of the movie when they revealed the Enterprise to those indigenous aliens, who then proceeded to draw the ship in the ground. I thought that was a nice stab at religion and our own beliefs about God and the stories of the bible. With the human consciousness beginning to awaken more each day, I think more people are willing to consider the implication that we too were visited by aliens in the past and wrote and told stories about them and, gasp, WORSHIPPED!! them.

All in all, it was a great movie, and it again ignited the burning desire I have for Star Trek and Starfleet to be real. I genuinely considered whether I would attend Starfleet Academy during the movie. The mission is to explore new worlds, and boldly go where no one has gone before. You must admit that takes serious guts. You have NO idea what you could meet, you’re millions of light years away from home, and you could die at any moment. It’s daunting, yet exciting. I think I’d do it. Only if Captain Picard was my captain though.

Motor City Comic Con Was Actually a Ginger Convention

Okay so, I’ve been procrastinating writing this post for like an hour and a half because agh, fuck, the internet is distracting and there’s pretty pictures.

BUT ANYWAY, so this weekend I attended my first nerdy convention ever: Motor City Comic Con and it was a BLAAAAST. Alyza and manfriend were courteous enough to pick me up and let me crash with them at manfriend’s mom’s apartment for the weekend, and I got in free via being a photographer for XICW.

On Friday, XICW didn’t perform, so we just hit up all the exhibitors and artists and I  FOUND TUXEDO MASK, who I kind of ended up stalking a little bit throughout the weekend because he was there dressed in costume all 3 days and an easy target for my camera lens. So consequently, I have a plethora of photos of this kid. He fucking threw roses at the audience during the costume contest and walked around holding a rose to his nose ALL WEEKEND LONG. HE WAS MY FAVORITE.

Friday night, I discovered Alyza and I were sharing an AIR MATTRESS. I make it sound really bad, but it was hilarious more than anything else. Before manfriend went to sleep, he came in to check on us and I was wobbling around on it while Alyza was giggling her face off. I’m pretty sure the soreness I feel in my triceps is from sleeping on that damn thing.

Saturday was a fantastic day. There were redheads EVERYWHERE and I was in ginger heaven. It was the most packed (the line wrapped around the building nearly twice and from the tags I’ve been stalking on social networking, it was about a 3 hours wait to get in) and there were SO MANY PEOPLE IN COSTUME it was fantastic. Of course I took pictures of as many interesting ones as I could. UNFORTUNATELY, I somehow didn’t take a picture of the guy dressed as fucking GREEN MAN!! from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Idk wtf I was thinking there cause I totally ran up to him and tapped him on the shoulder to see if I had guessed his costume right.

They were so fabulous, I almost couldn’t handle it.

I skipped the first half of the XICW show to take pictures of the costume contest which was very amusing (a guy dressed as Where’s Waldo kept peeking in and was heckled by the accouncer) and the girl dressed at Loki won. She doesn’t look that happy, but I’m pretty sure she’s just really socially awkward, and that’s totally okay.

Saturday night was really long post convention. We had dinner at Hooters and I got a free meal because my food was mega late. The manager delivered it and apologized. I was like okay! Then I think we went to the after party which we thought was supposed to be like all the vendors and famous people (OH YEAH BTW STAN LEE, NORMAN REEDUS, MARINA SIRTIS, LOU FERRIGNO, AMONG THE CELEBS THERE) but turned out to be some vendors, a most of the XICW crew, and fans.

This happened.

Then we went to an after after party at this bar called Stingers. I should mention that I was 100% sober the entire time this weekend (only because I’m on antibiotics) so I was drinking water and observing everyone making fools of themselves and trying to hook up. It was amusing.

Sunday was slightly depressing. It was a little like Friday in terms of amounts of people. It was still pretty packed around 12-2 PM and then slowly started dying out. It was the day I ran around and spent too much money on art that I had been stalking all weekend. My favorite purchase is this original fan painting of Ron Perlman as Hellboy which I talked down from $50 to $37.

My second favorite purchase is KICKASS HUNGER GAMES POCKET WATCH which I paid $40 for (totally overpriced. I didn’t even try to talk this down) and I keep popping open and snapping closed with too much flair in my fingers.

I also bought this cute Powerpuff Girls print and framed it in this fancy frame I spray painted gold today. #craftybitch

Friday and Sunday I talked to a good number of vendors. This one adorable guy who I bought a print of an octopus from was probably my favorite – he was really nice and had a great artistic aesthetic and I gave him my business card. Also, these two guys that made pixelated magnets and keychains were very friendly and I liked them a lot. YAY FRIENDLY PEOPLE!!! <3

Look at them. They’re so cute.

All in all, it was a great weekend and I’m glad I decided to go (I was debating cancelling). My right shoulder still hurts from carrying ~30 pounds of purse all weekend. ALSO, I wore my fox ears all weekend long (and my tail was attached to my purse) and had several people tell me they liked them and several more touched/scratched them. I was tempted to purr every time. But I’m pretty sure foxes don’t purr. Da fuq.

Elder Tea = Love

Tonight my mom and I went specialty grocery shopping and I was beyond ecstatic to find that a local store that carries Eastern European and Middle Eastern imports finally had Elder tea back in stock! I bought 4 boxes to be sure I have it for a good amount of time.

If you’re wondering why I’m so excited about it, I’ll tell you: Elder is THE SHIT for colds, especially for when you have a cough. It’s very hard to come by in America for some reason. I find Echinacea all over the place, and Elderberry syrup, but just Elder tea? Nope. It’s kind of hard to find on the internet too, although I did find some at some Russian shop, but with shipping and everything, it would’ve cost me $40 ($30 minimum purchase). I got mine for $1.49 a box.

In other news, I also entered a sweepstakes to win a trip to London for  Destination Star Trek London. It would be pretty amazing if I won. I mean, London AND Star Trek? Yes please! And from what I gather, all 5 of the captains from the various series will be there. Patrick Stewart *swoons*.