Star Trek… My thoughts
Howdy y’all! Sorry I missed posting on Monday. It’s another very busy week for me at work. I’ll do my best to get some posts up this week, but please forgive me if I miss another day or two.
My thoughts on the new STAR TREK movie (and yes, there are SPOILERS):
HOLY CRAP, WHAT A GREAT MOVIE!!!! That sums it up. Thanks for reading and have a nice day! … … … well, I guess I can go into a little more detail.
I flew to Dallas to spend some time with my brother and father; it was a sort of Guys/family weekend. Thursday night we hung out, re-watched all the trailers, and talked about our anticipation for the film. We were so excited for the film and had such high hopes based upon the trailers. Because of our excitement, we all agreed there was no way the movie could live up to our expectations. We were ready to be disappointed, simply because the previews made the film look so good. On Friday at 7:30pm we saw the movie. I’m very pleased to say the movie lived up to the hype! I loved this movie!
Was the movie perfect? No. Was a great action/sci-fi film? Yes. Was it faithful to the spirit of Star Trek? Yes. Here are a few Pros/Cons about the film in my opinion.
- The new cast was great: Chris Pines (Captain James T. Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy), Zoe Saldana (Nyota Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu), and Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov). I thought each of them did a really nice job with their roles.
- Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy was quite possibly better than DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy. I’m sure that statement is sacrilege to some, but I thought Urban did a great job with this role.
- Zachary Quinto as Spock was uncanny. He did a great job channeling his inner Nimoy.
- Zoe Saldana was not only hot, but was also a real character. She did a great job creating Uhura. I say “creating” because the original Uhura’s character never really developed on screen.
- Chris Pines did not play Kirk like Shatner. That was a smart move. While much of the original Kirk’s spirit was the same, he did his own interpretation. That will help him avoid comparisons with Shatner.
- The opening scene with Jim Kirk’s birth and the death of George Kirk was powerful. Great action combined with strong dramatic effect.
- Bruce Greenwood as Captain Pike. Greenwood is just cool. You couldn’t help but like Captain Pike.
- The special effects were freakin’ amazing! The subtle redesign of the Enterprise is sweet!
- I enjoyed Eric Bana as Nero more than I expected. I’m not typically a fan of Bana in movies, but he did a nice job with this role. The character was not what I expected at all. Nero was basically a blue-collar Romulan, who sometimes spoke very casually to his opponents. It was very different and I think that is why it worked.
- The romance between Spock and Uhura. It totally caught me off-guard, but I like it.
- The time travel subplot worked much better than I expected. I thought that would be what killed the movie; I was totally wrong. It accomplished two goals: (1) it symbolized the original cast passing the baton to the new cast, and (2) by identifying this as an alternate timeline, the writers have freed themselves of any pressure from the die-hard continuity Trekkies. Smart move.
- The rapid promotions in the film were a little hard to swallow. Third year cadet on the skids suddenly becomes Captain? Uhura becomes the primary communications officer because she speaks a rare language? Dr. McCoy becomes Chief Medical officer because he answered the phone at the right time? Scotty becomes Chief Engineer because he … showed up? And after the emergency, they all got to keep their posts. I had to keep reminding myself, suspension of disbelief.
- The original Kirk was definitely a rebel. However, he only broke the rules when he felt it was necessary. This Kirk seems to want to break ALL the rules. I think showing him following some basic rules would help engender some trust between the Captain and the crew.
- Kirk finding Spock Prime’s cave on the ice moon. A little hard to accept.
- I’m still trying to figure out the Roddenberry-like moral of the story. Star Trek was always a way for Gene Roddenberry to tackle moral issues facing modern society. So far I’m only coming up with vague concepts, like “There is no predestination. Your destiny is your own. You can be anyone or anything you want to be.”
There you go. My initial thoughts on Star Trek. What did you think?
Also, enjoy this clip from Saturday Night Live. A few Star Trek cast members made a brief appearance.