Friday, May 22, 2009

We don't need no stinking badges Part 2

Yesterday, I sent off for my first free Kellogg's Star Trek T-shirt. I asked for a medium size blue one. I hope that I wear medium, and the blue one probably looks the most like something that was worn on the show. At least, that is what I think. We can't really be sure, because I have yet to see any actual photos of the shirts.

This month we ate three boxes of Corn Pops, a box of Frosted Shredded Wheat, a box of Cheeze-its, and about six packages of Fudgeshoppe cookies. In addition to that I bought another box of crackers, five boxes of Cheeze-its, a box of Eggo waffles, and I'm not sure how many boxes of cereal. I have enough tokens to mail off for the second shirt. Possibly, I have enough tokens to send off for the third shirt. And I have fourteen assorted badges, which are mostly command and engineering, but I got an extra Romulan and traded it for a Klingon. So now I have all five badges.

I have the science badge.

So now the question is, do I keep it or put it on eBay and try to get fifty dollars for it.

And the other question is, should I buy some more cereal and such and get a fourth or fifth shirt, or maybe more badges?

I found one science badge. Maybe there's another one out there.


dmarks said...

First question? Put that badge on eBay, maybe with a reserve or some way to make sure you don't get a disappointing bid.

If you get $50 for it, use the money for the "pay" option that I think lets you get more shirts for one token and some money.

That's my two cents on it. Or two cardboard Trek cereal tokens, as the case may be.

bulletholes said...

because I like thaqt one, then got "Generations".
Generations was cute, but on the whole disappointing to a non-Trekkie.
From what I understand, I can watch this new one without needing to see the others.
For a non-Trekkie who never saw anything after "5", (except the recent view of Generations) which of these newer films, in 20 words or less, would you recommend?

laughingattheslut said...

Now that is a tough one, especially since I am a Trekkie, and it is hard to think from the point of view of someone who is not.

Generally speaking, I think that most people like the newest movie (the current movie is number 11), though some of us Trekkies from way back cannot get past some of the mistakes.

Of the movies 6-10, my favorite is number 8, First Contact. It has both the borg and the man who first invented warp drive (though this version of the character is very different from the one seen in the original series back in the sixties). Without getting too much into what the borg are, just know that they are the type of alien that you have to stay away from or you will become one of them (like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Puppet Masters, Invaders from Mars, or The Thing, etc...)

I would think that the favorite Star Trek movie for basic non-trekkies would be number 4, where they go back to our time to get a couple of humpback whales. It is very funny and you don't have to know anything about the Federation or Klingons or any of that to get what is going on. But you said that you already saw that one.

Funny that you like number 5. Most people hate it.

Number 6 has been compared to us trying to be friends with the Soviet Union after something really bad happens to them, like Chernobyl.

Number 7 you saw. I think that they were trying to make both the original series fans happy and at the same time make the Next Generation fans happy, and just ended up not making anyone happy. Fans of the original series just got up and left in the middle of the movie.

Number 9 was okay. Some people accidently found the fountain of youth, and some other people try to take it away from them to cure their own illnesses. But it is their own fault that they got the illnesses in the first place, so you can't really feel too sorry for them. Captain Picard and crew to the rescue.

Number 10 doesn't seem to be anybody's favorite either. It had Romulans, and scary sort of almost vampire-like relatives of Romulans, and a dopey younger brother of Data. But somehow, it just wasn't what anybody hoped for.

For most trekkies, the second movie is still the best, even if Spock dies in it.

So if you are going to the theater this weekend you should be able to watch number 11 without much trouble, and if you want to stay home and rent a Star Trek video that you haven't seen before I would go with number 8, though certainly number 4 is also worth seeing a second time.

bulletholes said...

Yeah, they had "first contact", but the cover of Generations said it had Kirk in it so I thought maybe it was #6 in the series.
I don't think it was so bad as to walk out on, and when Picard found Kirk in that house in the Nexus it gave me a good feel.
Then they blew it.

I like #5 maybe just for one reason son and I watched it when he was about five and when Kirk asks the big God dude why he needs a son mimics that scene all the time.
He will raise his finger up and say "I have a question"...he still does that to this day.