Roberto Suarez, aka The PuertoGeekan, writes to Rob with some additional comments on his Robservation chat #143. There’s a lot packed in this letter – check it out!

Dear Rob,

A few comments in response to issues you brought up in episode 143.

1. When discussing Dark Phoenix, you mentioned that its primary problem was that it didn’t look to the source material for inspiration. In many of our beloved fandoms movie studios neglect the wealth of content already available to them. For example, there are many great Star Trek novels that could be adapted into films. I personally think that with some doctoring, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens’ “Federation” would’ve made for a much better TOS/TNG crossover than “Generations.” Rather than treat this content as “second rate,” why not mine them for ideas?

2. On toys and action figures: Like you I am a child of the 70’s. The reason I played with Star Wars action figures was so that I could relive moments of the movies and create new stories while I waited for new movies to come out at a time when you could only really see Star Wars in theaters. Nowadays, with the movies being available on demand within months of release and immersive video games making the Star Wars universe more vibrant than ever, there isn’t as much need for such play. Star Wars toys were for playing, not for collecting.

3. With regards to how growing up changes our perspective on movies: my lifelong friend Maria Cristina coined a term to refer to this phenomenon. When we were young we loved the movie Xanadu. We watched it on VCR until the tape wore out and played the cassette in our walkmans over and over. Watching it as adults we can’t believe what we were thinking then! Thus, whenever we run into a similar movie experience, we call it “The Xanadu Effect.”

4. Lastly, I too am a hopeless romantic. Do you have any specific romantic films you’d recommend? My personal favorite is “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” Jacques Demy’s musical masterpiece with the timeless beauty and talent of Catherine Deneuve. I highly recommend it to all the hopeless romantics in the post-geek singularity.

Thanks as always for this community and for your thought-provoking commentary and insights.

Roberto Suarez