Tag: Jack B. Sowards

  • Star Trek III: the Search for Spock

    Star Trek III: the Search for Spock

    The death-and-resurrection formula has been used in the hero’s journey so often that it’s become a labelled stage of the hero’s journey, the “Abyss”, which is considered a time of revelation for the characters involved in the mono-myth. It dates back as far as the death and return of Jesus Christ in the Gospel, and the general versions of that story’s been referenced by most stories featuring a character who returns from the dead.

  • Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan — screenplay, structure, story

    Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan — screenplay, structure, story

    Theoretical structure: Duration: 103 minutes Act I: 0 – 25 minutes Introduce Kirk: 5 – 10 minutes Introduce Khan: 10 – 15 minutes Establish conflict: 15 – 20 minutes Plot Point I: 20 – 25 minutes Act II: 25 – 75 minutes Conflict: 25 – 70 minutes Plot Point II: 70 – 75 minutes Act III: 75 – 100 minutes Conflict solution: 75 – 95 minutes Ending: 95 – 100 minutes

  • Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan — single drama review

    Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan — single drama review

    Is Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan the best of the Star Trek features? It’s considered and accepted to be by fans, but critically, it’s only the third highest-scoring. Nevertheless, it’s still extremely popular, and has inspired the most homages in popular culture. Whatever one subjectively thinks of it, the creative industry has looked to the second Star Trek feature for material more than the others. Which is both interesting and ironic, given that the story is essentially Moby Dick; or, the Whale in space, inspired by Herman Melville’s novel. That was approach taken by director Nicholas Meyer – it’s a modern day ocean adventure with a science fiction dressing. That’s when science-fiction is at its best – when it’s telling a universal story through a particular style. Is science fiction even a genre? A genre is a category of an artistic medium based on form, style or subject matter.