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On The Captain’s Log Today: Star Trek
I know that you are all going to think I’m just jumping on the bandwagon,
but I really want to become an actual “Trekkie”. No, the new “Star Trek”
film has not inspired me to do so. This is a fantasy I have had for many,
There is a method to my madness. Yes, I HAVE been a fan of “Star Trek”
for about as long as I can remember… But I’ve got a goal that has yet to
be realized. I wanna go to a Star Trek convention wearing “Vulcan ears”.
At this convention, I hope to find William Shatner (AKA Captain Kirk) !
Once I see good ol’ Bill, I shall follow him around. Why ? Because sooner
or later, he’s going to drop something. It’s inevitable. We all do. Maybe
it will be his pen… Or perhaps a cup… Maybe even a quarter.
When he bends over to pick up whatever it is he has dropped, I’m going
to pop out and loudly say: “Space… The Final Frontier” !!! Ha Ha Ha !
Sigh… I can dream, can’t I ? If that isn’t enough reason to become a
Trekkie, I don’t know what is. Something tells me the latest Star Trek
offering will bring some new fans to the fold, and it should give all the
die-hards reason to feel born-again !!!
What we have here is a “reboot” of sorts… A reboot that (finally) keeps
the heart and soul of the original source material ! Kudos to J.J. Abrams
for realizing what made “Star Trek” so special in the first place. He helms
this movie with grace and treads lightly on sacred ground. Much to my
delight, the result is nothing short of a science fiction masterpiece.
Don’t get me wrong. I still cherish all of the old “Trek” movies ! I loved
it when everyone went to “SeaWorld”. And who can forget Kirk fighting
that evil soul singer in “The Wrath of Chaka Khan” ? Of course, there is
“The Search For Spock”. I never understood that one. Why didn’t they
just Google him ?
I’ll Stop The World And Meld With You !
In this refreshingly new installment, the tables have turned and it is now
Spock who is on the hunt !!! Leonard Nimoy returns as the (aging) Vulcan
ambassador “In Search Of” his youth.
While buzzing about the galaxy (in the coolest spaceship ever) Spock
is schlucked away to the PAST by a black hole… The aforementioned
schluckage creates an “alternate reality”. A strange new world where
people are actually sexy !
Warning: When you add sexy to the continuity of ANYTHING, there
are going to be cataclysmic, history-changing results. So our logical
friend has his hands full trying to rectify the situation… Also causing
trouble are some nasty Romulans (coming from the future as well).
Spock enlists the aid of his good friend James T. Kirk, who’s now much
younger… Young Kirk (played by Chris Pine) has some issues to work
out though, and is indeed a challenge. He channels James Dean as a
true rebel without a cause.
In this universe, Kirk never knew his father and is running amok on
Earth until the prestigious “Federation Starfleet” sees his potential.
Hesitant at first, this crazed kid soon joins the Starfleet Academy,
only to end up on the just-built “Starship Enterprise”.
I Knew I Should’ve Taken That Left Turn At
Here we meet (all over again) the crew we know and love. Scotty,
Sulu, Chekov, Uhura, Dr. McCoy and young Mr. Spock !!! Mr. Spock
has some anger management issues, to say the least. He is always
whaling on someone !!! (Sounds like I am talking about “Star Trek
IV” again, doesn’t it) ?
He beats up on other Vulcans, and at one point he even pounds the
captain ! Um… Moving on… Anyway, at first young Spock (Zachary
Quinto) and young Kirk despise each other. But these fellows soon
realize that they are way better off as pals in order to stop Romulan
Nero (an unrecognizable Eric Bana) is out for revenge against the
old Spock, probably because he had watched “The Final Frontier” !
C’mon… It wasn’t that bad. Nonetheless, he is going to make our
hero suffer, and destroy anything that gets in his way.
The Enterprise soon rises to the challenge… And starts to kick some
time-traveling butt. The special effects are extraordinary, and I got
goosebumps every time they went into “warp speed”. A feeling that
reminded me of watching the show as a kid !!! My first recollection
of “Star Trek” was viewing it (as a rerun) in the 1970’s… It was on
after the news Sunday nights !
This movie is cool. Like a tall glass of Altair Water. We have Mr.
Sulu whipping out a sword. Kirk listens to “Beastie Boys”. Majel
Roddenberry (Nurse Chapel in the 60’s series) provides the voice
of the ship’s computer. And, to top it all off, Winona Ryder plays
Spock’s Mom. WOW !
“Star Trek’s” 2009 ensemble cast does a fine job interpreting our
beloved Enterprise crew… All while adding a few fresh twists of
their own ! I am going to open my “hailing” frequencies and tell
the planet about this movie’s stellar appeal !!!
At last, a film that will cure what “Romulan Ales” you ! A bright
blockbuster sure to leave you stunned !!! After watching this, I
felt nothing could phase me ! I’m still beaming…
“Star Trek” is Spocktacular fun ! Boldly go see it today !!!
Would I Recommend This ? Yes
Daniel’s Critical Rating: “10” out of “10”
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Hair No Man Has Gone Before…
This review is dedicated to Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. Wife of
“Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry. She played my favorite
character in the original series, “Nurse Christine Chapel” ! She
was promoted to Doctor when the first flick came out… Majel
(as mentioned above) is the voice of the computer in this new
film and many other “Trek” offerings.
We miss you !
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