Annihilation Movie Review

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  • The Enemy Within [ edit ] Spock: We have here an unusual opportunity to appraise the human mind, or to examine, in Earth terms, the roles of good and evil in a man-- his negative side, which you call hostility, lust, violence, and his positive side, which Earth people express as compassion, love, tenderness.

    Are you aware it's the captain's guts you're analyzing? Yes, and what makes one man an exceptional leader? We see indications that it's his negative side which makes him strong, that his evil side, controlled and disciplined, is vital to his strength.

    Your negative side removed from you, the power of command begins to elude you. Jim, you can't risk your life on a theory! Being split in two halves is no theory with me, Doctor. I have a human half, you see, as well as an alien half, submerged, constantly at war with each other. I survive it because my intelligence wins out over both, makes them live together. Your intelligence would enable you to survive as well. You haven't the right to be vulnerable in the eyes of the crew.

    You can't afford the luxury of being anything less than perfect. If you do, they lose faith and you lose command. I can't survive without him. I don't want to take him back. He's like an animal. And yet it's me.

    We all have our darker side. We need it; it's half of what we are. It's not really ugly, it's human. Mudd's Women [ edit ] Kirk: Computer, go to sensor probe. No decipherable reading on females. However, unusual reading on male board members. Detecting high respiration patterns, perspiration rates up, heartbeat rapid, blood pressure higher than normal.

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    Strike that from the record, Mr. Men will always be men — no matter where they are. You're a hard-nosed one, Captain. And you're a liar. I think we both understand each other. There's only one kind of woman Or man, for that matter. You either believe in yourself or you don't.

    I'm happy the affair is over.

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    A most annoying emotional episode. Smack right in the old heart. The fact that my internal arrangement differs from yours, Doctor, pleases me no end. Don't you think you could possibly, by accident, arrange to leave me behind here? On this planet, that would be punishment enough. I can't do that, Harry, but I will appear as a character witness at your trial They'll throw away the key.

    Can you imagine how life could be improved if we could do away with jealousy, greed, hate? It can also be improved by eliminating love, tenderness, sentiment — the other side of the coin, Doctor. Notice the-- the lifelike pigmentation, the variation in skin tones. The flesh-- The flesh has warmth. There's even a pulse, physical sensation. I am not a computer. Does this make such a difference?!? We humans are full of unpredictable emotions that logic cannot solve.

    No blah, blah, blah! Bonk bonk on the head!

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    The older the victim, the more rapid the progress of the disease. The disease doesn't seem to be interested. I am a carrier. Whatever happens, I can't go back to the ship. And I do want to go back to the ship, Captain. I think children have an instinctive need for adults. They want to be told right and wrong.

    Dagger of the Mind [ edit ] Kirk: One of the advantages of being a captain, Doctor, is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.

    You Earth people glorify organized violence for forty centuries, but you imprison those who employ it privately. And, of course, your people found an answer.

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    We disposed of emotion, Doctor. Where there's no emotion, there's no motive for violence. What did you say your name was? I was the director of-- director-- at the Tantalus colony. I was a graduate of I was assistant to But they've erased it. But I won't forget! You're madly in love with Helen, Captain. You'd lie, cheat, steal for her, sacrifice your career, your reputation Has it occurred to you that there's a certain It gives me emotional security.

    What am I, a doctor or a moon shuttle conductor? We have phasers, I vote we blast 'em! Bailey, I'll consider that Those of you who have served for long on this vessel have encountered alien life-forms.

    You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, an irrational fear of the unknown. But there's no such thing as the unknown-- only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood. In most cases we have found that intelligence capable of a civilization is capable of understanding peaceful gestures. Surely a life-form advanced enough for space travel is advanced enough to eventually understand our motives.

    All decks stand by. This is the Captain of the Enterprise. Our respect for other life forms requires that we give you this There is one critical item of information that has never been incorporated into the memory banks of any Earth ship. Since the early years of space exploration, Earth vessels have had incorporated into them a substance known as It is a material and a device which prevents attack on us. If any destructive energy touches our vessel, a reverse reaction of equal strength is created, destroying -- Balok: You now have two minutes.

    It may interest you to know that since the initial use of corbomite more than two of our centuries ago, no attacking vessel has survived the attempt. If it has none to you -- then attack us now. We grow annoyed at your foolishness. I regret not having learned more about this Balok. He was reminiscent of my father. Then may heaven have helped your mother. She considered herself a very fortunate Earth woman.

    The Menagerie, Parts [ edit ] McCoy: We've learned to tie into every human organ in the body except one -- the brain. The brain is what life is all about. That man can think any thought that we can, and love, hope, dream as much as we can, but he can't reach out, and no one can reach in. What are you putting in there, ice?

    Who wants a warm martini? What makes you think I need one? Sometimes a man will tell his bartender things that he'll never tell his doctor. A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away. Now you're beginning to talk like a doctor, bartender. We both get the same two kinds of customers -- the living Now, unless you want my ship to consider capturing me an unfriendly act -- Magistrate: The specimen is about to boast of his strength, the weaponry of his vessel, and so on.

    Spock, when you're finished, I want to talk to you. This regrettable tendency you've been showing lately towards flagrant emotionalism -- Spock: I see no reason to insult me, sir. When dreams become more important than reality, you give up travel, building, creating; you even forget how to repair the machines left behind by your ancestors. You just sit living and reliving other lives left behind in the thought records. Jim, don't stop me! Don't let him stop me! It's your career, and Captain Pike's life!

    You must see the rest of the transmission! A Vulcan can no sooner be disloyal than he can exist without breathing. Captain Pike has an illusion, and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant. This is the first time in a week I've had time for a drop. Would you care for a drink, Mr. My father's race was spared the dubious benefits of alcohol. Now I know why they were conquered. What are you worried about?

    Jim generally knows what he's doing. It was illogical for him to bring those players aboard. Did you get a look at that Juliet? That's a pretty exciting creature. Of course your, uh, personal chemistry would prevent you from seeing that. Did it ever occur to you that he might like the girl? What if you decide he is Kodos? Do you play God, carry his head through the corridors in triumph?

    That won't bring back the dead, Jim. But they may rest easier. There is no mercy in you. If he is Kodos, then I've shown him more mercy than he deserves. And if he isn't Who are you to say what harm was done?

    Who do I have to be? Those beautiful words, well acted, change nothing. Worlds may change, galaxies disintegrate -- but a woman is always a woman. How many comrades have we lost in this way? Death, and more death A message was dispatched. You've broken the Rule of Silence! Only in code, Commander.

    To inform our Praetor of this glorious mission. Your carelessness might have ended this "glorious mission"! You are reduced two steps in rank! He has friends, and friends of his kind mean power, and power is often dangerous.

    Danger and I are old companions. We've seen a hundred campaigns together, and still I do not understand you!

    I think you do. No need to tell you what will happen. The Earthman will follow; he must. And when he attacks we will destroy him. Our gift to the homeland: If Romulans are an offshoot of my Vulcan blood, then attack becomes even more imperative. War is never imperative. It is for them, Doctor.

    Vulcan, like Earth, had its aggressive colonizing period, savage even by Earth standards. If Romulans retain this martial philosophy, then weakness is something we dare not show. In this galaxy, there's a mathematical probability of three million earth-type planets And in all of that, and perhaps more, only one of each of us. Don't destroy the one named Kirk. Standing by to beam your survivors aboard our ship. Prepare to abandon your vessel. No, that is not our way.

    I regret that we meet in this way. You and I are of a kind. In a different reality, I could have called you friend. What purpose will it serve to die? We are creatures of duty, Captain.

    I have lived my life by it. Just one more duty to perform. Shore Leave [ edit ] Spock: After what this ship has been through in the last three months, there is not a crewman aboard who is not in need of rest. Myself excepted, of course. I picked this up from Dr. We have a crew member on board who is showing signs of stress and fatigue.

    Reaction time down 9 to 12 percent. Associational reading Norm minus 3. That's much too low a rating. He's becoming irritable and quarrelsome, yet he refuses to take rest and rehabilitation. Now he has that right, but A crewman's rights end where the safety of the ship begins. Now that man will go ashore on my orders.

    It's an interesting planet. I believe you'll find it quite pleasant, very much like your Earth. Scouts have detected no animals, artifacts, or forcefields of any kind. Only peace, sunshine, and good air. You'll have no problems. On my planet, to rest is to rest — to cease using energy. To me, it is quite illogical to run up and down on green grass, using energy, instead of saving it. The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.

    I do [believe you]! I've met some interesting characters myself! The logical thing for you to have done was to have left me behind. Spock, remind me to tell you that I'm sick and tired of your logic. That is a most illogical attitude. It is more rational to sacrifice one life than six. I'm not talking about rationality. You might be wise to start.

    Life and death are seldom logical. But attaining a desired goal always is. Respect is a rational process.

    Didn't it ever occur to you that they might react emotionally Doctor, I am not responsible for their unpredictability.

    They were perfectly predictable, to anyone with feeling. I realize that command does have its fascination, even under circumstances such as these, but I neither enjoy the idea of command nor am I frightened of it. It simply exists, and I will do whatever logically needs to be done. Spock, you said a while ago that there were always alternatives.

    I may have been mistaken. Well, at least I lived long enough to hear that. Spock, there's really something I don't understand about all of this. And maybe you can explain it to me.

    When you jettisoned the fuel and ignited it, you knew there was virtually no chance of it being seen, yet you did it anyhow. That would seem to be an act of desperation. We all know, and I'm sure the doctor agrees, that desperation is a highly emotional state of mind. How does your well-known logic explain that?

    I examined the problem from all angles, and it was plainly hopeless. Logic informed me that, under the circumstances, the only possible action would have to be one of desperation. Logical decision, logically arrived at. You mean you reasoned that it was time for an emotional outburst.

    You're not going to admit that for the first time in your life, you committed a purely human, emotional act? Spock, you're a stubborn man. Oh, how absolutely typical of your species! You don't understand something so you become fearful. Does your logic find this fascinating, Mr.

    In this case, I should think "interesting" would suffice. You do realize that it's in deference to the Captain that I brought you here. Well, I don't know if I like your tone. That's what you're doing, challenging me? I object to you. I object to intellect without discipline.

    I object to power without constructive purpose. Spock, you do have one saving grace after all - you're ill mannered. The human half of you, no doubt. Our missions are peaceful — not for conquest.

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    When we do battle, it is only because we have no choice. We're living beings, not playthings for your amusement! This trial is over! On all counts you are guilty. InLee recalled, "I couldn't have everybody bitten by a radioactive spider or exposed to a gamma ray explosion.

    And I took the cowardly way out. I said to myself, 'Why don't I just say they're mutants. They were born that way. What would you do with mutants who were just plain boys and girls and certainly not dangerous? You develop their skills. So I gave them a teacher, Professor X. Of course, it was the natural thing to do, instead of disorienting or alienating people who were different from us, I made the X-Men part of the human race, which they were.

    Possibly, radiation, if it is beneficial, may create mutants that'll save us instead of doing us harm. I felt that if we train the mutants our way, they'll help us — and not only help us, but achieve a measure of growth in their own sense. And so, we could all live together. The original explanation for the name, as provided by Xavier in The X-Men 1is that mutants "possess an extra power That is why I call my students X-Men, for EX-tra power!

    Art by Jack Kirby. The comic focused on a common human theme of good versus evil and later included storylines and themes about prejudice and racismall of which have persisted throughout the series in one form or another.

    The evil side in the fight was shown in human form and under some sympathetic beginnings via Magneto, a character who was later revealed to have survived Nazi concentration camps only to pursue a hatred for normal humanity. His key followers, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, were Romani. Inwriter Roy Thomas and illustrator Neal Adams rejuvenated the comic book and gave regular roles to two recently introduced characters: However, these later X-Men issues failed to attract sales and Marvel stopped producing new stories with issue 66, later reprinting a number of the older comics as issues 67— This new team replaced the previous members with the exception of Cyclops, who remained.

    This team differed greatly from the original. Unlike in the early issues of the original series, the new team was not made up of teenagers and they also had a more diverse background. Each was from a different country with varying cultural and philosophical beliefs, and all were already well-versed in using their mutant powers, several being experienced in combat. Giant-Size X-Men 1 May Cover art by Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum.

    The "all-new, all-different X-Men" [8] were led by Cyclops, from the original team, and consisted of the newly created Colossus from the Soviet UnionNightcrawler from West GermanyStorm from Kenyaand Thunderbird a Native American of Apache descentand three previously introduced characters: Wolverine eventually became the breakout character on the team and, in terms of comic sales and appearances, the most popular X-Men character.

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    However, this team would not remain whole for long as Sunfire quit immediately and never really accepted the other members, and Thunderbird would die in the very next mission.

    Filling in the vacancy, a revamped Jean Grey soon rejoined the X-Men under her new persona of "Phoenix". Angel, Beast, Iceman, Havokand Polaris also made significant guest appearances. The revived series was illustrated by Cockrum, and later by John Byrneand written by Chris Claremont.

    Claremont became the series' longest-running contributor. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. June Learn how and when to remove this template message The s began with the comic's best-known story arc, the Dark Phoenix Sagawhich saw Phoenix manipulated by the illusionist Mastermind and becoming corrupted with an overwhelming lust for power and destruction as the evil Dark Phoenix.

    God Loves, Man Killsthe partial inspiration for the movie X2: Its sales were such that distributors and retailers began using an "X-Men index", rating each comic book publication by how many orders it garnered compared to that month's issue of X-Men.

    When Claremont conceived a story arc, the Mutant Massacrewhich was too long to run in the monthly X-Men, editor Louise Simonson decided to have it overlap into several X-Books.

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    The story was a major financial success, [13] and when the later Fall of the Mutants was similarly successful, the marketing department declared that the X-Men lineup would hold such crossovers annually. This period also included the emergence of the Hellfire Clubthe arrival of the mysterious Madelyne Pryorand the villains ApocalypseMister SinisterMojoand Sabretooth.

    With the return of Xavier and the original X-Men to the team, the roster was split into two strike forces: Retailers pre-ordered over 8. Internal friction soon split the X-books' creative teams. Claremont left after only three issues of X-Men, ending his year run as X-Men writer. Byrne was then replaced by Nicieza and Scott Lobdellwho would take over the majority of writing duties for the X-Men until Lee's own departure months later when he and several other popular artists including former X-title artists Liefeld, Portacio, and Marc Silvestri would leave Marvel to form Image Comics.

    Jim Lee's X-Men designs would be the basis for much of the X-Men animated series and action figure line as well as several Capcom video games. The s saw an even greater number of X-books with numerous ongoing series and miniseries running concurrently. Zero Tolerance " in Though the frequent crossovers were criticized by fans as well as editorial and creative staff for being artificially regular, disruptive to the direction of the individual series, and having far less lasting impact than promised, they continued to be financially successful.

    Many of the later additions to the team came and went, such as JosephMaggottMarrowCecilia Reyesand a new Thunderbird. Xavier's New Mutants grew up and became X-Forceand the next generation of students began with Generation Xfeaturing Jubilee and other teenage mutants led and schooled by Banshee and ex-villainess Emma Frost at her Massachusetts Academy. InExcalibur and X-Factor ended and the latter was replaced with Mutant Xstarring Havok stranded in a parallel universe.

    Marvel launched a number of solo series, including DeadpoolCableBishopX-Manand Gambitbut few of the series would survive the decade. He was later removed from the two flagship titles in and created his spin-off series, X-Treme X-Men.

    The book is often referred to as the Morrison-era, due to the drastic changes he made, beginning with " E Is For Extinction ," where a new villain, Cassandra Novadestroys Genoshakilling sixteen million mutants. Morrison also brought reformed ex-villain Emma Frost into the primary X-Men team, and opened the doors of the school by having Xavier "out" himself to the public about being a mutant.

    The bright spandex costumes that had become iconic over the previous decades were replaced by black leather street clothes reminiscent of the uniforms of the X-Men films. Morrison also introduced Xornwho would figure prominently in the climax of his run. Several short-lived spin-offs and miniseries started featuring several X-Men in solo series, such as Emma Frost, Gambit, MystiqueNightcrawler, and Rogue.

    Another series, Exilesstarted at the same time and concluded in December which led to New Exiles in January written by Claremont. Academy X was also launched focusing on the lives of the new young mutants at the Institute. This period included the resurrections of Colossus and Psylocke, a new death for Jean Grey, who later returned temporarily in the X-Men: Phoenix - Endsongas well as Emma Frost becoming the new headmistress of the Institute.

    Inthe " Messiah Complex " storyline saw the destruction of the Xavier Institute and the disbanding of the X-Men. It spun the new volumes of X-Forcefollowing the team led by Wolverine, and Cable, following Cable's attempts at protecting Hope Summers. X-Men was renamed into X-Men: Legacy which focused on Professor X, Rogue and Gambit. A new New Mutants volume written by Zeb Wells, which featured the more prominent members of the original team reunited was launched.

    X-Men " served as a closure to those story lines. It featured the death of Professor X and reappearance of new mutants. Schism " led to the fallout between Wolverine and Cyclops.

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    Variant cover of Extraordinary X-Men 17 Dec. Art by Jorge Molina.

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    Inas part of the Marvel NOW! The relaunched Uncanny X-Men featured Cyclops, his team and the new mutants, taking up residency in the Weapon X facility, which they have rebuilt into a school — the New Charles Xavier School for Mutants. The latter featured the original five X-Men members who were brought to the present day.

    Infor the 50th anniversary of the X-Men, " Battle of the Atom " was published which involved members of both X-Men schools trying to decide what to do about the time-displaced original X-Men.

    InWolverine was killed off in the " Death of Wolverine " story arc. During this period, the mutants dealt with the threat of the Terrigen cloud that circulated the world that appeared to be toxic to them, placing the X-Men at odds with the Inhumans. The X-Men also dealt with Apocalypse resurfacing, and the truth of what happened between Cyclops and the Inhumans that led to his death.

    Storm's team resided in Limbo and worked to bring mutants to safety away from the Terrigen. Magneto's team took on a more militant approach. Beast worked alongside the Inhumans to attempt to find a way to alter the state of the Terrigen, but later discovered that it couldn't be altered and would have rendered earth toxic for mutants.

    This revelation caused the X-Men to declare war against the Inhumans. Inthe ResurrXion lineup was launched with X-Men: With the Terrigen gone, the X-Men vacated Limbo and moved to Central Park where they returned to their heroic roots instead of constantly living in fear for their survival.