Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Star Trek

I would not call myself a Trekkie.

I occasionally watched the original series. I've never watched an episode of any of spin-offs. I didn't like the movies (with one exception below).

But, did I enjoy this movie! Exhilarating fun. Adventure. Heroes. And so many great nods to Star Trek lore.

I will admit that I also really enjoyed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home when it came out in 1986. It had a sense of humor and I'm a sucker for time travel. According to Leonard Nimoy, IV was the most successful of the Star Trek movies.

This movie too reaches me as a non Trekkie. By tapping the humor element and including a healthy dose of time travel, the movie successfully capitalizes on previous popular elements.

While I'm aware that many "true" fans don't agree, I felt the alternate reality gambit was a clever way to deal with the difficulties of developing a prequel. It also provides much flexibility for any future projects.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think we might have seen "Wrath of Khan" together way back when. That's my only Trekkie experience.

When it was on TV, I was too young to get pulled in and after awhile I seemed it was too addictive or required too much loyalty to get involved.

I started to watch a friend's DVD of this new one, and just found the opening sequence so overstimulating - that's why so many blockbusters leave me cold.

I turned it off and returned to grading. Maybe I'll see it. Not sure.