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Star Trek is back! Spoilers!


By Chance - Posted on 09 May 2009

Star Trek 

I saw the new Star Trek movie today and it was completely awesome.  Star Trek has returned from its long slumber that was brought about by tired writers and clueless producers.

Be Warned there will be spoilers below.  If you don't want to read them, proceed no further.

A little bit of background on my life as a Trekkie...  I've been a Star Trek fan since The Next Generation's (TNG) fifth season (1991-1992).  I've seen every episode and film multiple times and have an extensive collection of novels from the re-launch series by Pocket Books. 

My favorite series was Deep Space Nine (DS9) for being so creative and trying (in vain) to inject some real drama and action into a slipping series.  The show was the most inventive with compelling characters and storylines.  I stuck with Voyager (VOY) and Enterprise (ENT) even though I knew that they were killing the franchise and it was painful to watch most episodes.  The final nail in the coffin was really 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis.  It was a bloated, horrid film that was beat at the box office by a Jennifer Lopez flick.  Unfortunately, Enterprise puttered along was finally killed (after some new writers tried to salvage the mess) in May 2005 (Its best episode came in that last season). 

Now four years later Star Trek is returning to the big screen and it's roots first seen in The Original Series (TOS).  JJ Abrams (Lost, MI:III) with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers) have created an excellent story that takes us back to the days of James T. Kirk and Spock's first adventures aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. 

Through the use of a black-hole and time-travel a villainous Romulan (Nero) travels to the past to extract his revenge on the United Federation of Planets, Spock, and the entire Vulcan people.  By altering the past during his quest the old canon is thrown away and a new universe of possibilities (and stories) is created.               

First of all.  I loved this movie! 

Loved it. Loved it. Loved it!
I'm, still, a bit in awe, so I'll need some time to digest, but everything in this movie worked so well for me.

I was never a Canon-ista and most of the time I felt that Star Trek's 43 years of Canon bloated down the stories and limited what could be told.  This movie literally creates a whole alternate universe and truly wipes out that past, so that new stories can be told.  

SPOILERS!   

My thoughts on the film!  

I actually got weepy when George Kirk, Sr. rammed his ship (U.S.S. Kelvin) into the Romulan ship (Narada) and sacrificed himself.  He did this so his wife, son(s?), and rest of the crew could have the time to flee before the Narada recovered and slaughtered them all. 

25 years later... The Enterprise was so beautiful in action.  She looked and felt every bit the heavy cruiser that she is.  Especially when backing out of spacedock.  The shot where she climbs out of Titan's (Saturn's Moon) cloud layer was stunning.  Now, I think that they moved the bridge further down into the saucer dome, but even that made sense as the bridge always felt so exposed at the top of the saucer.   I was, also, worried about how Engineering would look since it was filmed in an actual brewery, but it really looked wonderful. The pipes and knobs just felt correct.  It made the ship appear so vast.

The cast...  Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy and Simon Pegg as Scotty were great.  I was so worried about Pegg, because is such a ham in his other roles.   Both were perfectly cast and brought such joy to the characters.  I had a hard time adjusting to Anton Yelchin's voice for Chekov.  It was stereotypically Russian, but since the actor was born in Russia, I figure that he knows best.

It was nice to hear Majel Barrett-Roddenberry's voice as the computer one final time (She passed in December after recording her voice).  Bruce Greenwood as Captain Pike, Chris Pine as Kirk, and Zachary Quinto as Spock were perfect in their respective roles, but I wasn't really worried about those casting choices.  Zoe Saldana was very good as Uhura, but I'm not sure how I feel about her relationship with Spock (he is a senior officer).

For me, Ben Cross had the hardest role to portray in Sarek (Spock's father).  Mark Lenard originated the role and was outstanding.  Cross gave a perfectly acceptable performance as Sarek, but his role was quite minor as most of his scenes were cut.  I look forward to seeing some of his cut scenes on the DVD.  Was Winona Ryder even in this film?  Heh!  She barely had any scenes as Amanda (Spock's mother) and then she was dead.  Now, Amanda's death was really shocking when I read the spoilers, as she was always a favorite of mine.  Unfortunately, the character barely had anything to do in the film, so her grisly death didn't really get to me.  

The Kobayashi Maru test sequence was hilarious. I had hoped we'd get to see the one of the two times that Kirk failed the test, but the ingenious decision to reprogram the test was nice to see.  Pine's swaggering and eating an apple was ridiculously delightful and perfectly Kirk.

Finally, it was wonderful to see Leonard Nimoy return to play an Older Spock from the future and the Prime universe.  Watching him try to stop Nero from destroying the planet Vulcan and then failing was gut wrenching.  Especially, for a Vulcan who suppresses his emotions.  For the audience, watching Vulcan implode was shocking and really universe altering.  Though, in Star Trek alternate universes are common. 

I take comfort in knowing that in the Prime universe all our favorite characters still exist.  Though, we'll never see them again.  There will always be comics and novels for fans to enjoy.   


All in all I give it a 9.5 out of 10.  It's probably the best Star Trek in the last 25 years.  I eagerly look forward to a sequel.  Especially, if it is in the hands of JJ Abrams.   

I skipped the spoilers part of your post (thanks for the warning!), but the rest was a pleasure to read. I too became a fan during Next Generation, and agree that the best series was Deep Space Nine, for the same reasons you mention. I also feel the same as you about Voyager and Enterprise. So based on your assessment of the new movie, I expect to love it too!
It's probably the best Star Trek in the last 25 years.

Be glad this isn't a heavily-populated board, as that would be heresy for a lot of Trek fans. LOL

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Lewis Black

Actually, I spend a lot of my time lurking on Trek BBS and the response from the hard core fans over there has been overwhelmingly positive.  With the exception of the rather vocal Canon-istas, that is.  They're a lot like certain segments in the GOP who want ideological purity.  

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"That's the thing about faith... if you don't have it, you can't understand it and If you do, no explanation is necessary."

- Major Kira Nerys

- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Chance - I agree with you about DS9.  I enjoyed that Star Trek series more than the others.  The best episode, IMHO, was "The Siege of AR-558" which first aired on 11/18/1998 in its seventh and last season (according to startrek.com).  No television show before or since showed the tragedy and stupidity of war any better.  For me, one of the most unforgettable Star Trek episodes ever.  Highly recommended viewing even if you aren't a Star Trek fan.

My favorite, naturally, was the Original Series. I graduated high school in 1973, so that should give you some idea.

My husband and I "connected" through our secret hobby: reading Star Trek novels. 

My favorite: Yesterday's Son. We both had collected every paperback. I think they are still in my basement in a huge plastic storage box.

I did not care for Pine's interpretation of Kirk. I will no doubt have to get over it, but I just don't "see" James Kirk in him.

I agree about McCoy and Scotty, though. 

My husband feels like you do about this movie.

I do not. Parts of it I liked, others I was not pleased with. But. It's just a movie. I'll get over it!

One thing I think was excellent, though, was the fact that Abrams treated the Enterprise as it should be treated, like a central "character" all on her own; a strong cast member with her own story to tell. 

He respected that about the series, apparently. As he should. I think that's where some others lost their way. They thought the core cast members were only the organic ones!

My husband and I "connected" through our secret hobby: reading Star Trek novels. 

Dang, that is awesome.  If only I could meet a single woman my age who loved reading Trek novels as much as I do.  Sadly, I have never met a single woman in my age range who liked Star Trek.  

I did not care for Pine's interpretation of Kirk. I will no doubt have to get over it, but I just don't "see" James Kirk in him.

Well, he's not the 55-year-old James T. Kirk of the later movies who was old, bored, and full of responsibility.  I definitely saw the swaggering, cocky 35-year-old James T. Kirk of TOS Season One and Two.  The James T. Kirk who bedded every woman who came his way and always managed to tear his shirt in the fist fight with the baddie of the week.  

One thing I think was excellent, though, was the fact that Abrams treated the Enterprise as it should be treated, like a central "character" all on her own; a strong cast member with her own story to tell.  

I originally hated the new design, but once I saw her in action I realized how beautiful Ryan Church's design was.  She really came across as the graceful lady that she always was.  I was kind of annoyed by the fact that her shields seemed to be significantly inferior than they were in previous films, but it is an alternate universe.  I'm not sure how I feel about multiple warp cores either.  I miss the big pulsing drive in the center of the engine room.    

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"That's the thing about faith... if you don't have it, you can't understand it and If you do, no explanation is necessary."

- Major Kira Nerys

- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Sadly, I have never met a single woman in my age range who liked Star Trek.  

Widen your search range and/or parameters.

I'm 8 years older than my husband (wink wink, nudge nudge).

 

I definitely saw the swaggering, cocky 35-year-old James T. Kirk of TOS Season One and Two.

See, and that's what I'm talking about. I didn't see that guy. Not at all. And his bad hair didn't help!

I think it's the stance. For the most part. Of course I realize that "cock of the walk" stance was manufactured due to Shatner's girdle and "sucking it in," (yes he even wore a girdle in the Original Series) but it also translated to a sort of boyish machismo, which I don't think Pine carries off that well.

But, that's just me. We all have different "visions" and ideas of how the interpretations should go!

 

I really enjoyed the new movie.online roulette poker calculator online blackjack video poker divx movies horse betting iphone games fapturbo

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Leonard Nimoy were on Saturday Night Live last night.  It was an awesome segment.  SNL was exceptionally good last night and this part of Weekend Update was a prime factor.  

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"That's the thing about faith... if you don't have it, you can't understand it and If you do, no explanation is necessary."

- Major Kira Nerys

- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

I always had a dream of what if we could put Star trek technology to work in our own world. Can't figure out why we can dream up such wonderful technology, and can't apply it in science to the real world. That I believe is the real love of the Star trek fans. It keeps them dreaming that maybe one day it will be for real. it keeps the question of, "are we the only ones in the universe, and some day will we tie up with new species", going strong in our minds. I'm looking forward to seeing this one. Only heard good things about it.

Bush's Star Wars vs. Obama's Star Trek. 

Pretty funny stuff!

I really love the description of Clinton/Pike.  So talented, so promising, ... so damaged.  

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"That's the thing about faith... if you don't have it, you can't understand it and If you do, no explanation is necessary."

- Major Kira Nerys

- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

I would've swapped Axelrod and Biden-- Biden has a slight tendency to get in trouble with his mouth, and Axelrod has been a steady hand on Obama from the very beginning of the campaign.
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It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

I saw the movie with my wife on a Saturday matinee on opening weekend. I loved it!

The characters: I thought that all of the actors channeled the originals very well without being carbon copies -- each actor still put his or her own signature on the character while still remaining recongizable to us long time fans.

The story line was very good, both believable (as Star Trek) while still giving a tongue-in-cheek  nod to the past. And there was just enough cheese in the movie to be fun without overwhelming the viewer or turning it into camp but still allowing us to recognize and laugh at old tropes in a new way (they gave Chief Engineer Olson a name and a red shirt before killing him off! LOL!)

There were some negatives, though: I thought that there was too much fast-paced action for a Star Trek movie, although it certainly wasn't dumbed-down to compensate. While I really enjoyed Quinto's explanation of the reboot (which bent the fourth wall, IMO), Leonard Nimoy's second explanation on the ice planet surface was kind of a let down. And the monsters were too; the movie could have done without them.

Overall, I would like to see the movie on the big screen again (not gonna happen) and I will definitely buy it on DVD when it comes out.

I am very much looking forward to sequels.

My Star Trek history:

I grew up watching TOS reruns on local TV and it was my favorite show. I was always more of a fan of Spock than of Kirk, though. I got into TNG and some of the novels in high school. I never got into DS9 (because I was more of a B5 guy) but I did like Voyager (unlike many other Trek fans).

I will maintain that to this date, Picard was the superior captain. But Chris Pine's portrayal as Kirk at least  allows me to reconsider the character as an action hero rather than as a pseudo-military leader.

"For those who plan with audacity and execute with vigor,
progress is the magnificent by product." 

I also saw the movie Saturday and loved it.  I was a fan of the original series and some of the original movies but never watched TNG, Voyager, DS9 etc.

J.J. Abrams had an almost impossible task trying to make a movie that would appeal to both Star Trek fanboys and the mass public.  The fact that he succeeded is amazing.

I've only talked to two Star Trek nerds who didn't like it.  One thought it was too much action and nothing that made you think like Gene Roddenberry would have wanted.  The other thought it was a copy of Star Wars and sent me a list of similarities that makes me understand his point, but I really liked it and plan to see it again. 

Well, Star Wars itself is a clear ripoff of a classic good v evil, warrior prince mythology. So. . . there ya go.

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