Southwest Airlines Mag Pokes Fun at DS9 (and DVD) Fans

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  1. Todd K

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    I figured since this didn't have anything to do with R. Epstein's review of the box set, I'd start a new thread. If an admin feels it would better as an addendum the original thread, please move it.

    So I was flying Southwest Airlines over the weekend and picked up their complimentary "Spirit" magazine. On page 103, they discuss upcoming media releases. There was a blurb on the DS9 Season One set.

    The problem is, the article doesn't really promote the series as much as it does insult the fans. Here's the Text:

     
  2. Tim Doane

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    Indeed, a very strange magazine article indeed. Extremely insulting in fact and I'm not that big of a Star Trek fan.

    -Tim
     
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    Yes, he too is a "dork" since he also knew that Data is the android on TNG. [​IMG]
     
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    Actually, I bet they used Dolby's AC-3 to compress the audio, not MPEG2. [​IMG]

    I don't like his definition of compression, either. Compression is to 'minimize size' not to necessarily to 'maximize the amount of "information" that will fit on a disc.' I suppose you could say his definition was correct, but I think he's looking at it backwards... or something. He's a dork.
     
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    I really only mentioned this because it's the oddest promo I've seen in a while.

    The scenario reminds me a lot of that Seinfeld episode where Tim Watley converted to Judaism just so he could make Jewish jokes.

    "So, this offends you as a Star Trek fan?"
    "No, it offends me as a writer!"
     
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    I've been seeing quite a few of these reviewless reviews lately -- especially from the DVD guy in my local paper. Despite the fact that he hates anything that isn't completely obscure, he recently foamed at the mouth about the Six Feet Under boxed set.

    He argued that the price was too high for the content included (a valid point), and that since everybody already has HBO [it's free after all, isn't it? [​IMG] ] we should all just tape it -- since off-the-air VHS copies (yes, no mention of higher quality signal/recording devices, just plain old VHS and plain old snowy coax cable) are about equal to DVD quality anyhow. And that was the review. No mention of special features, surround mix or even a rudimentary glance at the picture. Perhaps someone out there will be want to rent it at a cost lower than either the purchase of the box set or a subscription to HBO? Nope! Not an option.

    He frequently flames cult B-movies as well, especially Image releases. The fact that they aren't Citizen Kane yet still contain extras apparently infuriates him. How someone who despises the format would want to write a column about DVDs every week is beyond me. His boss must have forced him to take the gig, I suppose.
     
  8. David Lambert

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    Whether the guy is insinuating he's a dork or not himself, the article IS rather insulting to Trekkies. As you know, we are a group that takes things to fanatical levels. I wouldn't be surprised to see a movement along the lines of "well, we just won't fly SouthWest Airlines" over something like this. Why patronize a business that "entertains" you with a magazine whose editor permits writers to take shots at you?
     
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    I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and although we Star Wars fans are a class or two above Trek fans, we're still nerds and geeks and dorks and whatever. [​IMG] Still a strange article, though. . .
     
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    I'm a huge SW fan also, but wouldn't consider a Trekkie a lower class fan. I dunno I think the guy who wrote that was obviously making fun of himself.[​IMG]
     
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    You know, a quality article like that got me thinking: if they just stopped making the "Spirit" magazine I wonder if they could lower the prices of their tickets...
     
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    Wow, the humour is obviously lost.

    I'm not really a hardcore Trekkie, but I've watched pretty much every incarnation of ST as well as going to the movies.

    And I think this is pretty funny.

     
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    Methinks this has the smatterings of the Shatner/SNL "Get a Life!" sketch. There were those that advocated boycotting both Shatner and SNL at the time. I think the reviewer's biggest fault lies in not including enough smilies so everyone takes his comments in a good natured way. Like this --> (Star[​IMG]Trek[​IMG]Fans[​IMG]Are[​IMG]Dorks[​IMG]I'm[​IMG]One[​IMG]Too[​IMG])[​IMG]
     
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    Rain, I'm with ya. I think it's funny!

    I think the reason that most of us don't find it funny is that we're geeks. (Yes, myself included!). [​IMG]
     
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    I'm a geek and I'm proud. [​IMG]
     
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    you see, the Shatner sketch had a funny end, and was obviously meant tongue in cheek

    This comes off as nothing but mean
     

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