For my at-home vacation, my husband and I were originally going to see both Wolverine and Star Trek. We decided to only see one movie, and Star Trek won without much debate. I like Hugh Jackman and all, but the idea of so much violence didn't appeal to me. And wherever there's Wolverine, there's violence. We'll probably get the DVD. After a trial rental.
So anyway, we caught the 9:45 AM showing of Star Trek this morning (Friday--this post will take me a few days to write).
Star Trek was my first exposure to science fiction. Sometime during the Nixon Administration, they started showing the reruns on TV and I didn't want to miss anything, including the opening. And so, that's when I started watching the news, because Star Trek was on just after the 6 o'clock news. Along with the drama of Watergate, I got to watch such classics as For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky (which was my all-time favorite), along with The Trouble with Tribbles, The Doomsday Machine, and too many others to list.
I really can't go into a plot synopsis because . . . well, even if I told you why, it would give away the premise behind the movie. Instead, I'll give a general two thumbs up (two of my own thumbs, that is) and stress that the story is entirely fresh. Expect nothing that is familiar except the characters.
I'll also go over each character and give you my impressions. That's a lot more fun, anyway.
What about the rest? Some Star Trek tropes make it into the movie, such as The Guy in Red Who Always Dies, the weird spaceships, and the time travel. It was fun and reasonably intelligent, and most certainly leaves the option open for future episodes. It inspired a Star Trek Oldie weekend, and we even got my daughter hooked. We will certainly buy the DVD. This is a must-see for Star Trek fans, especially fans like myself who didn't really get into any of the other series. And as per a recent spoof on The Onion, it is also something that people will actually want to watch, whether you are a lifelong fan or not.
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