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War in the Skies: A Hope, Rekindled

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment

It is a time of war.
Colonial dirigibles, striking
from hidden camps, have won
their first victory against
the evil German Empire.

During the battle, colonial
spies have managed to steal
designs for the Empire’s
ultimate weapon: the Himmelschiff
von Zerstörung, a giant sky
ship with enough power
to level an entire city.

Pursued by the Empire’s
sinister agents, Lady
Lianna races home aboard her
dirigible, custodian of the
stolen designs that can save
her people and restore
freedom to the British Empire
and its colonies…

Set in the Edwardian era, the German Empire has taken over the Royal Republic of Britain and Her Colonies. Its Kaiser and his loyal Erzmagier — both of whom are steeped in dark druidic magickal arts — lead death squads of Sturmkriegers who are routing out the strains of rebellion in the outskirt colonies of the last vestiges of the British Republic.

A German Träger-schiff has tracked down and boared a Colonial dirigible in search of the stolen designs. A royal family member is on board feigning a mission of diplomacy. She is captured by the Erzmagier and is to be taken to the Kaiser, but not before she is able to hide the designs for the dread ship inside a nondescript automaton who escapes the notice of the Erzmagier.

Fate brings the designs of the now operational Ship of Destruction to a Kansas farmboy with the arrival of two automatons. He meets up with a former paladin who is an old acquaintance of the lady of court. They decide to return the plans to London, not knowing that the lady has been captured.

This rag-tag group heads to Carson City, Nevada where the book passage on a rickety pirate airship helmed by a brash outlaw and his firstmate, a sideshow freak. They head for Londontown but find it already has been destroyed as show of power by the German army.

The young farmboy has a novel idea of rescuing the lady of court. So they attempt to smuggle themselves aboard the death ship. They rescue the lady, and are able to escape due to the paladin, who sacrifices own his life in an epic swordfight with the erzmagier.

They find their way to a colonial encampment hidden deep in the Northwest Territory. And, after an exhaustive analysis of the ship’s designs, a fatal flaw is discovered. A plan is hatched to launch a small squad of balloon busters against the death ship. A small hatch at the top of the ship is without armor. A precisely placed bomblet would cause a such a vibrational dissonance that the entire airship would shake itself apart from the inside out.

The young farmboy, having been learning martial arts from the now-deceased paladin and launches the bomblet that destroys the ship of death (with some timely aid from the swashbuckling outlaw); falling from the sky in a fiery explosion.

Or, something like that…

So, this was an idea that popped into my head and has been plaguing me for the better part of the day. Had to get the thoughts out of my head. Maybe I’ll flesh this out a bit more. Who knows.

By the way: I HATE fan fiction.

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Down the Rabbit Hole…Again

March 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Saw Tim Burton’s “Alice In Wonderland” last night. Still trying to come to terms with what I watch.  Having seen Cameron’s “Avatar” earlier this week is probably coloring my perception of “Alice”.

The visual effects are stunning. You can see all of the craziness of Wonderland.  But, Alice, apparently does not. Lucy’s response to first seeing Narnia was a joy and you felt the wonder she felt right along with her. Alice just sort of accepts Wonderland at face value, and that’s too bad, because Wonderland is absolutely insane. Burton and crew really captured the the feel of Tenniel’s art from the books.

I can praise the visual artistry all day. But that’s where my praise stops. I felt nothing for any character in this movie. No character did anything to evoke emotion. The story oscillated between a feminist treatise and an action movie. “Alice in Wonderland” should be a children’s story, albeit, a dark and twisted one.

I must be honest here, and note that I did at one point have a very long blink…maybe five or ten minutes long. And those who know me know that while watching a movie on TV know that this is not an uncommon occurrence. And it was a late showing. But, I just lost interest and nodded off.

At matinee prices, this is a movie worth seeing in the theater. At full price? The only thing worth it was being able to spend time with my daughter.

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