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This week is harboring all kinds of of juicy sci-fi delights - at least by my measure of what constitutes "juicy sci-fi". And refreshingly none of them have to do with big Hollywood blockbusters (tm)(R)(c). First I'll start with Trek. More specifically a great dose of that "Gimme the Olde Thyme Trek". The fan production, "Star Trek Continues" www.startrekcontinues.com/ , recently released their first full episode. If I'd just looked at the episode synopsis, I would have yawned (a sequel to "Who Mourns for Adonis?"... did we really need that?), but they really made lemonade from lemons on this. The show is exceptionally well-written, interwoven with drama, humor, and wraps up in a very refreshingly Roddenberry style. But wait, potenial Ginsu buyer, there's MORE!

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The production has all kinds of interesting cast and cameos. Regulars include Grant Imahara ("Mythbusters") as Sulu and Chris Doohan (the product of James Doohan's wild oats...) as Scotty. Honestly, name aside, Chris Doohan's Scotty totally sells you on the character. It can be argued he's better at the role than his Dad was. On the cameo side, Jamie Bamber (BSG) drops in and dies as red shirt, Marina Sirtis provides the computer voice, and Doug Drexler sticks his mug on the screen.

And my final endorsement of the effirt, but hardly least important, is the production values. The aim to make it feel like a season four video of the period and succeed spectacularly, even mimicking run time and commercial breaks. The CG effects don't scream "high tech wonder", they just try to evoke the better FX of the period. So if you're a TOS fan (as opposed to someone who will just pursues anything with the Trek name attached), indulge and enjoy! www.startrekcontinues.com/epis…

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OK, next up - the newest batch of "Space Battleship Yamato 2199" episodes (15-18) just rolled out on the Interweb. Personally I feel this may be the coolest batch of four to date in the 26 episode series. It sorta has its own little arc story and each episode is vital - no filler here. It answers many questions that have been building, and in quite satisfying ways. I won't say much more as I thoroughly raved the hell out of this series in a previous blog arcas-art.deviantart.com/art/A… . But suffice to say, they only improve on the fine standards they've already set. You can try these sites to get the full series feeds for free:

Gogoanime: www.gogoanime.com/category/uch…
Pinoy Anime: www.pinoyanime.tv/space-battle…
Anime Flavor: animeflavor.com/index.php?q=no…

Also just released is the Japanese trailer for episodes 19-22. Clearly it's crunch time for the astrofleets: www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8N1pq…

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And finally we switch gears to the literary side with the release of the third full novel in the James S.A. Corey's  (aka Ty Frank and Daniel Abraham) www.amazon.com/James-S.-A.-Cor… solar-system-based Expanse series, "Abaddon's Gate" www.amazon.com/Abaddons-Gate-T… . This is my favorite currently running series of SF books, delivering a perfect balance of fun space-operatic adventure and real physics. It's proof in the pudding that good science doesn't get in the way of great SF storytelling, it enhances potential drama. Top it all off with well-rounded characters and snappy dialog (fairly Whedonesque) and this series is just a freakin' uber-blast! IO9  recently nominated the series as one of the literary SF creations that's more action packed than the current crop of Hollywood blockbusters (tm)(R)(c) io9.com/10-novels-that-are-mor… . So give it a go (new book comes out this Tuesday, June 4) and I suspect you'll find yourself similarly addicted in no time.

'K. That's it for the nerdgasm.... maybe. Still, here's some inspiring stuff from right here at DA that you might have missed. Share the luv and click the thumbnails below to experience their full glory!

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Vektorix Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Finally got subtitled 1080p copies of Yamato 2199 eps 19-22. Bit of a mixed bag - character animation in the latter two eps seemed a bit sketchy, and I think the whole "Captain's Log" segment could easily have filled another episode (when did Admiral Ditz get arrested?? I don't remember that...) Run-up to the big battle in the Rainbow Nebula and all the Gamilas politics/Iscandaran religion stuff was great though!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Overall I found this chapter (19-22) to be weaker than the one before it, but I'm sure I've just been spoiled rotten by what's come before. This show quickly sent the bar up MANY notches to a high standard. Did you read the update this weekend on Cosmo DNA?
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Vektorix Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Just took a look at it. I hate the fact that it was rushed, and yes, character animation did suffer in 22. Hopefully it won't be so noticeable going forward!

Still no word on a second series, as far as I know…
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Vektorix Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
In case you haven't yet seen this: www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/…

No subtitles, but it's pretty clear they've deviated pretty dramatically from the original climax of the first series. Can't wait to see how this all gets wrapped up - and still hoping for a series 2 announcement sometime soon…
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh MAN - thanks for the heads up!!! Yup, lotsa new angles here.... and if the remake has taught us anything, it's that it's best not get Okita pissed.

Their full-bore landfall on the planet was great, as was the "dogfight" with huge starships in a Gamilas city. I figured that thing Talon was sent to man would come into play. Also, the scene with Starsha was... "intriguing"!

I'm sure the second series is gonna get green lit... but I also think these guys have earned themselves a breather.
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Vektorix Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
If there is a series 2, will be really interested to see which of the new characters will continue. Seems unlikely Niimi would get reassigned to the ship considering her misguided mutiny attempt. Yamamoto is certainly a fan favorite and there's more they can do with her character. Misaki - no idea; seems she was there mostly to channel Yurisha. And Melda Ditz? I can't see her staying with the ship, but they could do a lot with her during the series 2 subplot about Desslar's dealings with the Gatlantis and his eventual "redemption".
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well we'll have to see who survives THIS season, first. I wonder what episode Okita will buy it in?
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Vektorix Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I suspect it will be the last episode, as before. The Moses-like touch of him making it back to SEE Earth one last time was emotionally powerful in the original, so I think it's a no-brainer to keep that. I wouldn't be surprised if Niimi goes down in a "heroic redemption" moment sometime in the last 8 eps. Of course, they could always have her transferred to Earth after the return, ready to cause some conflict with Sanada or the ship in general at some point in the future. 

One thing about 2199 that has REALLY impressed me is that they managed to introduce a slew of new characters on the ship, and on the Gamilan side, and pretty much managed to make them all real characters and not cyphers, and each of them has gotten one or more real development moments. AND they did so without diminishing the original main characters much. They've toned down the "Kodai growing up" theme and the Kodai/Yuki romance in the first series, but not eliminated either. Okita isn't spending the last third of the series in bed, which gives us more of a reason to understand the quality captain Kodai eventually feels he has to live up to. And the machinations of the Gamilans is often as interesting as what's going on aboard the Yamato itself. 

Seriously, this is a Battlestar Galactica-level/quality reboot. Took a show which was fun as a teenager and retained a campy/guilty pleasure quality to it, and made it a real, top-drawer space adventure…
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it's BSG level.... but better. Really. This has become my gold standard of rebootology.
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Vektorix Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Hmmm... I might still give the title to BSG (with 2199 a close 2nd) for a few reasons. BSG aimed higher than 2199 has (so far) in trying to create a much deeper canvas upon which to tell their story. Sticking to just BSG itself and its two extra movies (not counting Caprica and Blood & Steel) you learn a GREAT deal about the colonies pre-catastrophe - social, political, seedy underbelly, even the sports teams. Points get docked for some of it making zero sense (why the vehicles and fashions are essentially 21st Century Earth, etc.) but you get the idea - the Colonies pre-catastrophe are a real place the destruction of which hits you. Plus there's the history of the original war, the false trail towards original Earth, the "mythology" of the Cylons and their attitudes, etc. Again, sometimes the dots don't connect well, but Moore aimed really high and hit more than he missed, especially in the first 2 1/2 seasons. And of course, BSG ran for four years plus some extra materials, so there is a lot more to judge from (so far).

2199 has done SOME of that, but to a much lesser extent - so far. We see that Mars used to be inhabited, and that there was some conflict between Earth and Mars before the Gamilans appeared. Yamamoto is proxy for that, but aside from her red eyes, not a lot has been made of it. We see a small bit in the early episodes about the UN and the regional governments of Earth. We see a LOT of the Gamilans and their society, or at least the highest echelons of it, which is a big plus, as well as a good bit more about Iscandar and Starsha's motives than we ever saw before. And it's a VASTLY improved space adventure setting than ever it was in the 1970s. There are some areas, though, where 2199 (or 2201...) really need to reach farther to make the show tops for me. Use some of the time in S2 to showcase the Earth of the early 23rd season better - give Earth politics the same focus as Gamilan's had. Flesh out some of the pre-2199 solar system history - are Martians treated differently? And the biggest unanswered question from all the original Yamato series: why do all the aliens look human only with different colored skin? Maybe connect it to the builders of the warp gates?

2199 has been a HUGE success and has made it so that I can recommend the show to non-anime geek fans as serious space adventure TV. It may yet take the crown of best reboot, once we see how it progresses into future seasons (if they happen). God I hope so, because it is SO much fun now!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
If I were to put a finer point on it, 2199 is a great "reboot" while BSG is a great "reimagining". 2199 didn't try to dramatically change the story or characters, they just messaged and enhanced it. BSG took the basic premise and really reworked lots of the supporting assumptions. Incidentally, I rewatched the live action Yamato this weekend. When I look at it now it just seems so laughably a BSG-wannabe.... and followed the same idea, which is to keep the trappings of "the original" but to take the details in all new directions. Only BSG did it FAR, FAR better.

I really appreciate the fact that 2199 not only keeps the Gamilans what they were, but dives even deeper into them, adding more layers of human drama to the story as a result.
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Vektorix Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Based on my very limitied ability to follow the Japanese dialogue without the benefit of subtitles, the rift between Gamilas/Iscandar, and perhaps between Desslar and Starsha, revolves around wave motion energy technology. "hado energy" is said a lot during that scene. 
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Mm. I was very surprised how "tender" their interaction was. And I sure hope they drop the absurd twist of having Kodai's bro show up on Iscandar. Ugh.

I think that was a new musical cue, when Yamato was flying over/through the Gamillas cities. Nice - it had great "don't fuck with me!" energy. I wonder what's going to become of Yuki's Gamilon escort?
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Vektorix Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
So not sure if you heard or not, but at Comic-Con in San Diego last week an English-language dub of Space Battleship Yamato 2199 was announced, Star Blazers 2199, due out next year. 

I am of mixed minds about this. Positively, anything that adds to the appeal/success of the reboot is a good thing and increases the odds that a second season featuring the Gatlantis (Comet Empire) will be produced. The teaser of the Gamilas/Gatlantis battle in Ep 11 was catnip for old school Yamato fans! So thumbs up for that. On the down side though, it looks like Star Blazers 2199 will be less of a translation dub (akin to the various Ghibli dubs at Disney where the dialog changes are minor and only cover difficult cultural shifts) and more of a recreation of the original Star Blazers - complete with name changes to Argo, Wildstar, Nova, etc. While I understand that - there are a lot of fans like me who grew up with the old show - I think the audience (old and new) is sophisticated enough to handle the original names and references (especially since the original Japanese Navy Yamato worship of the original show, produced only a few decades after WW2, has been retoned into a much more international feel).

Anyway - in the midst of Eps 15-18 now...just mind-boggling how good this series is. 
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Y'know, I wouldn't mind the "tweaked translation" as long as it included an accurate subtitle option. So I'm cautiously hopeful.... but yeah, I'd rather see then just go for accuracy to the Japanese production, through and through.

15-18 may be the best four-episode stretch in the whole series! Great stuff - enjoy! We're less than a month out from 19-22 :D
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Vektorix Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Yep...would definitely say 15-18 is the best mini-arc so far. Really amazing to me that they've kept almost every element of the original anime, even the ridiculous bee-planet and the captured Gamillas pilot, and turned them into something interesting, mature and engaging. All the new ensemble characters, Earth and Gamillas, are all developed enough that you want to know what's going on in their substories. Clearly Melda Ditz is in the next set of episodes - hopefully she will survive the first season and play a role in the future...
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Vektorix Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I noted also the brief reference to the ruins of the Aquarius civilization in Ep 13 or 14. Love seeing those hints that - although they may never make anything like "Final Yamato", the producers are definitely love placing call-outs to possible futures...
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ooo, I'd forgotten that connection. It's been YEARS AND YEARS since I saw Final Yamato.
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Vektorix Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Same. I had an original VHS (no subtitles) way back in the day that cost two arms and three legs to have imported. Hard to believe now how difficult it used to be to get access to this stuff…
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well I wrote Voyager entertainment to see what their plans were with regards to subtitles and audio, letting them know that I would not be interested in buy a version that is a) image edited from the Japanese, and b) did not include a literal English subtitle option with Japanese audio. Their response was.... well, depending on how you want to read into, either "promising" or "disheartening":

"Thank you for your continuous support and e-mail.
Unfortunately, we are still in the process of deciding the audio options for the DVDs.
Further notice will be posted on the website."
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Vektorix Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Assuming they're going to recast all the English voice actors for Star Blazers 2199, I just realized who would be absolutely PERFECT for Desslar/Desslok if they go for the American high-pitched tone: Andrew Robinson, doing his Garak voice. He might even be affordable...
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Mebbe. I just hope they don't try to recreate the rather effeminate approach of the original. I remember when I finally got to see my first Japanese audio track version of the original as was stunned by how threatening Desslar suddenly sounded!
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Vektorix Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Announce first, sort out the requirements later. Very typical!

Considering I don't even have a way to play discs any more (all iTunes and, ahem, sources now) the English version doesn't hold THAT much interest for me. If I knew it'd make a difference for future series I might be tempted to buy Japanese Blu-Rays…
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well I wonder how much of it is now weighing the costs of buying an English sub translation vs. the profit potential. It seems like they've committed themselves to the "Starblazers" English dub. It's the rest that remains to be sorted. But I certainly confess to a degree of worry that they'll be marketing it under the "Starblazers" name. It'd be like if Disney had announced their Nausicaa translation as "Warrior of the Winds".
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I'd seen their vignettes...so I had a inkling they'd be good.

I really enjoyed it. The idea that is was a sequel episode did put me off a bit, but it had the flavour and spark of the original. Which is something I feel that New Voyages lost when they started pushing the Phase II angle.

For 'Continues' I thought, casting was inspired. I particularly enjoyed Vic's portrayal of Captain Kirk...at last someone who understands that just doing an exaggerated Shatner impression doesn't constitute playing the character of Kirk. :D

Larry Nemecek as McCoy was an interesting choice, he's been in Fan productions before, this is the first time of seen him as a regular though. Mr. Doohan Jr., well it's all in the genes laddy. ;P And the rest of the cast did great in their roles...I'm hoping there wont be too many re-casts. With Phase II it's got to the point where Uhura get's switched every episode. :(

Jamie Bamber rocked his cameo...then I got it! He played 'Apollo' in Battlestar Galactica and he's in a Trek story about Apollo. :) That's is clever dat is.

Doug Drexler rocks...he is da Man! :D

The special effects are just effects...they are in their proper place being an aid to the story telling and not replacing the storytelling in some films we could mention.

The bested thing about it is that it didn't leave me with that 'irritated, gee that would have been good if they'd done it correctly' feeling. It left me with a 'gee that's an actual episode of the original series, just delivered 40+ years behind schedule.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Writer
Okay...I am really honored to see my Time for the Stars cover in your gallery. Thank you!

And you were 100% right about Star Trek Continues. But now my wife is mad at me because she wants to see another episode RIGHT NOW!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
We all do! Nice to know that the flame is being kept, hm?
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Taka67 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
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I'll have to check out that Trek episode. :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOL! Kewl :)
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Thank you for the Star Trek:Continues site. Found it "fascinating".
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
KEWL! :thumbsup:
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
hey...this StarTrekContinues thing was kinda cute to look at!
I'm not through it yet but I guess that'll be on my next hotel-night's playlist.
I love "Scotty"! His accent! :D

And you've collected an awesome sample of new art again!
Thanks :)

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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
So how much hotel-staying are you doing these days?
Yeah, Scotty is just..... well, he's just perfect! :D
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'll be on the road for the whole next week (right now I'm preparing the trip, that's why I'm sitting at my computer right now :) ) So I'm pretty sure I'll have more "Scotty" the next days :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Enjoy! :hug:
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I will :)
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Pheenix42 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
*whoa*

Amazing stuff, Arcas!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
HA! Glad ya like! :D
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Pheenix42 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Seriously, I'm surprised that Paramount hasn't issued a cease and desist order to the folks behind 'Star Trek Continues', you know?
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
As a fan production, no money is changing hands. Besides, it's not like it competes with their big screen crap ;p
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mattaui Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for all the info, and that's some great art you've linked!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks - from me and all the talent behind the art!
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SpaceCowboy5000 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well talk about yer synchronicity! I saw "Star Trek Continues" just yesterday and was about to send you a link. But you beat me to it. I was pretty impressed too; good story, decent acting, etc. I thought the very end could have been done a little differently but wtf ... I hope they continue making quality episodes like this. Seeing Grant and Chris Doohan was a pleasant surprise. The guy playing Kirk is very good and even looks like him in the wide shots. This is a great find.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
How would you have handled the ending?
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SpaceCowboy5000 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I don't think they should have tried showing Apollo getting younger. The black wig and penciled eyebrows just didn't do the job. It still looked like a 70-ish actor with makeup. If they'd just showed the hooded figure walking away after being thanked, the viewer would know who it was. It would have been more subtle.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, agreed. It was a bit "expository", for dimmer viewers ;)
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James-Is-James Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the pointer to "Star Trek Continues"! I looked at the shorts and thoroughly enjoyed what I saw.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
I thin you'll like the full episode even more!
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LeAKyGrAPHics Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hot Damn!!!!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D
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