Star Trek is Back!!!

Spoiler Alert…I cannot be held responsible for letting things slip and spoiling your fun so if you haven’t already seen the movie, STOP NOW.

If you don’t care (and have read everything out there about the new Star Trek movie), by all means, carry on.

I saw it yesterday and I loved it!

We saw it yesterday at 11:50am. It was about half full- pretty good considering the time of day. Everyone clapped when it ended- I can only imagine the response of the truly rabid who would have gone to see it at 12:01 am on Friday!

I tried to avoid as much of the hype as possible but I got very hopeful when I heard one review on the morning news. And she was right.

I am a Star Trek fan, seen all the movies and all but one of the series (just couldn’t get into Deep Space Nine). I go to Star Trek Conventions (though there are other SF and Fantasy film, t.v., books etc represented). I love SF and played role playing games when I was a kid- generally not the kind of thing you admit to if you care about being judged.

But you don’t have to be a fan of the original series or have any knowledge of the mythology of the franchise to get caught up in the movie. It stands on its own. 

I was excited when I heard that J.J. Abrams was going to be at the helm of this last ditch effort to revive the franchise. The powers that be had made the decision to cut it off at the knees with the cancelation of Enterprise four years ago- just as it was starting to pick up steam (coincidentally, with an alternate reality story line- still carrying lingering resentment over that one).

The use of an alternate timeline could have been heavy handed but it works. A reboot indeed. It was interesting to see how things differ from the original e.g. Captain Pike ending up in a wheelchair but not in a vegetative state. Did I just cross over into capital “T” Trekkie?

Abrams and his band of merry men (all of whom are responsible for keeping me off the tennis court and in front of the tube) walked a fine line between pleasing rabid fans and inspiring new people to give it a try. They threw enough bones (no pun intended) to Trekkies without making it a complete inside joke- though I imagine they will (or should) make the extras more inside-heavy. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll probably buy the DVD regardless so no extra effort is necessary- but it would be appreciated. Maybe they will go into spot-the-other-influences e.g. does the sphere of red matter bear a striking resemblance to the big red ball in Alias?

It is often said that half the work is done with casting and this cast is perfect. Everyone hits the right note- Karl Urban as the sardonic (laugh a minute) Dr. McCoy, Simon Pegg as the giddy, tech savvy engineer (love this guy!), Zoe Saldana as the ever resourceful Uhura, Anton Yelchin as the heavily (overly?) accented Chekov (who will also be playing Kyle Reese in the upcoming Terminator Salvation), John Cho as Sulu (Harold!!), Christopher Pine as the cocky, womanizing James T. Kirk (who looks better roughed up) and Zachary Quinto is perfect as Spock.

I love Quinto in Heroes but when Spock and Uhura have their “moments”…swoon-worthy. Am I the only person who thought this? Not possible!

I can’t wait to hear what some of the uber-Trekkies think of the movie when I go to this summer’s convention.

I can’t wait for the sequel to the reboot!

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~ by angryegg on May 11, 2009.

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