Go see it. Pay money to see it.
Have you already seen it? Why aren’t you watching it again?!
My future Mrs. is not a Star Trek fan, and though I’m no obsessive Trekkie (I’m close to that with Transformers, though), I’m fan enough to have ‘wrote Star Trek parody fan fiction during high school‘ on my list of ‘why I became a writer.’ (Yes, it’s early work, scripted style, rushed at times, and rough around the edges, but I still look back on it fondly. Jaime’s newer work is getting interesting, too.)
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My future Mrs. isn’t much of a Star Trek fan, but she finds humor in the original series when we’ve had the chance to watch it. She hadn’t seen a Star Trek movie before this one, hadn’t watched Picard (any card) or Cisco, and had a mild distaste for Shatner thanks to his Priceline commercials. She always laughs when I parody Picard (any card)’s diplomacy over action, and doesn’t laugh too much when I declare that Captain James Tiberius Kirk is like James Bond, only awesome.
Seriously. As I’ve said before…. If Chuck Norris were a real person, he’d be Captain Kirk.
I liked TNG, even watched it every weeknight. But I grew up with TOS on weekday mornings. Just past Andy Griffith and The Beverly Hillbillies, but before the awful Hawaii Five Oh, there was the awesomeness of James T. Kirk and his 5 year mission to seek out new life and sleep with their women.
Except for lizard people. He may have slept with some, but not before he hurled heavy rocks at their menfolk.
I can see Picard (any card) watching holo simulations of these historic moments, giving his head a fresh shine with pledge and muttering, “How barbaric, numbah two. If only he’d tried to reason with them first! And let me tell you, there’d be far less hanky panky if I were in charge.”
I kid, of course. Sort of.
With this latest movie, I both introduced my future Mrs. to just how great Star Trek can be, but found it was better than even I had thought it was. Bill, you’ll always be the first, but long live the new Kirk! He is sufficiently bad ass.
Every one of the crew was spot on, as far as I’m concerned. (With the guy playing Bones probably the best, and Simon Pegg as delightfully good as I had hoped.)
Have I been blinded by my own fan wankage? I don’t think so. Consider that I used to be more of a Star Wars fan than Star Trek. Star Wars had the mystical, had the grit of a more ‘lived in’ future (and the angle of it being in decay), and had the lone hero story of good versus evil. Star Trek was more layered, but Star Wars was much more primal.
Then Episode One. Then Episode Two. Then… You know what? That’s better left for another post. Suffice to say that I left Star Wars behind for the most part.
But neither did I return for refuge in Star Trek. It was just there, and I stayed out of it while things like Voyager and Enterprise did their best to end the franchise.
But now… Now I have recaptured that elusive feeling, that mysterious wonder of the child in awe at heroes and their lives lived larger than most men. Of boldly going, and where no man has gone before!
At long last, Star Trek is not just protocol and diplomacy, a shining example of a political correct future where stories struggle to be great.
At long last, Star Trek is awesome again!
And if there had been bitter nerds ranting at the close of the movie, I would have beat the holy hell out of them. Why? Because that’s what James T. Kirk would have done!