Thursday, May 14, 2009

Star Trek- LOVED IT!

I'll preface this by saying....I'm no Trekkie.

And I think that some of the people who immerse themselves in the minutiae of Star Trek really need to get a life. I think those people are trying to live an "alternate reality" and...well, I just might be getting ahead of myself, so let's leave it right there.

I wasn't a big fan of the original series, but got into it when it went into syndication. A couple of my roomies were big fans back in the seventies, so I watched all of the original shows with them....and got to know about Khan, Romulans, Klingons, Harry C. Mudd, and about all of the original characters. My favorite relationship was that of Dr."Bones" McCoy and First Officer Spock. The testy exchanges were amusing enough to offset the scenery chewing acting of Mr. William Shatner.

All that being said.....I loved this rebooting of the Star Trek franchise. It was great. I want to see it again, and I can't wait until the sequel.

The story begins on the USS Kelvin of The Federation, commanded by Captain Richard Robau, First Officer George Kirk, the father of James Tiberius Kirk. In an attack by the Romulan vessel NARADA, commended by the fanatical Nero, the Kelvin is destroyed, and both Captain Robau and First Officer Kirk are killed. But before the ship is blown to bits James T. Kirk is born when his mother gives birth as the ship is being scuttled.

James Tiberius Kirk grows up as a wild child in Iowa, while on the planet Vulcan the young Spock excels in the classroom, but is mocked and shunned because of his human mother.

The adult Kirk ends up at Starfleet Academy, were he meets Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, and crosses paths with Spock, and the beautiful cadet who only identifies herself as Uhura.

All end up on the maiden voyage of the USS Enterprise, commanded by Captain Christopher Pike, where we meet familiar characters Sulu and Chekov, and later Montgomery Scott comes into the picture.

Before long the Romulan who killed Kirk's father factors in....and the story moves forward at warp speed.

Directed by JJ Abrams, STAR TREK tweaks some of the old angles from the original show. The back stories of the major characters were worth telling, and a necessity to start a new and improved STAR TREK. This reinvention is not unlike what was done with Batman and James Bond in BATMAN BEGINS and (the new) CASINO ROYALE. Not to reveal too much (and create a spoiler), let's say there is an unlikely romance involving two characters....and a surprise appearance at the end of the movie that will explain my previous crack about "alternative reality".

Chris Pine played a cocky but likable Jim Kirk, Karl Urban was an amusing Bones McCoy, Simon Pegg a scene stealer as Scotty, and Zoe Saldana was a stunning and very sexy Uhura. But Zachary Quinto was by far the jaw dropper as Spock. In makeup he appeared like a clone of the young Leonard Nimoy in the same role. Special mention also goes out to Eric Bana, who along with Ralph Fiennes seems to have cornered the market on playing baddies, is menacing as Nero.

Bottom owe it to yourself to see this movie. Its a great couple of hours that you don't have to be a Trekkie to love.

For more info click here for the Star Trek movie website.

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