Saturday, May 9, 2009

A new Star Trek

I remember September 1966, when I watched my first Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap." I thought Star Trek was a dumb name for a TV show — hey, I was 13, what did I know? — but I immediately realized that I'd love the show.

When the show died in 1969, I was devastated, empty. I "survived" on novelizations or novels until 1979 when the very slow and boring "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" came out. In lots of ways, I hated it; but it was great to see the Enterprise and its crew again.

Fast forward. We've gone through Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Enterprise. There have been great individual episodes, and some of them are as good or better than anything in ST: TOS.

It's been a while since I got my Star Trek fix, although I've bought a movie or two and several Next Generation episodes. Within a few days, I watched Nemesis, the movie with F. Murray Abraham having stretched skin, and the Next Generation episode in which Picard visits his brother Robert (French pronunciation, ro-bear) and his family.

On Friday, I got another fix, as I watched the new movie. They played fast and loose with the Star Trek mythos — hell, they imploded Vulcan and killed the Lady Amanda. Kirk was a wild child and Spock's mortal enemy (until the ending).

The movie itself is almost non-stop action, although it slowed down enough for Kirk to have an interlude with a green woman with red hair.

Leonard Nimoy dominated the movie in his short moments onscreen — no big surprise. The Romulans looked like biker punks with tattoos and elfin ears. I loved the guy who played Scotty, and Bones McCoy was dead on. The crowd laughed when McCoy said something like "I love this guy," meaning Spock. DeForest Kelly's Bones wouldn't have said that for love or Federation credits.

It's funny, but the new Kirk didn't remind me of William Shatner until the end of the movie, when he walked onto the Enterprise bridge as the new captain. His manner, and the uniform, finally reminded me of the original James Tiberius Kirk. Instead of being a frenetic cadet, he was finally and truly in command.

Will I watch it again? Yes. Will I embrace the "new timeline" as gospel? No.

But, every once in a while, it's great to boldly go where no one has gone recently.

One other thing: There's no way in hell that Starfleet would give THAT Kirk his own starship. They wouldn't let him fly a wheelbarrow.


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1 comment:

Jeremy Lockyer said...

Yes, I agree with you about the dodgy timeline; and the bridge on the Enterprise looked nothing like the one in TOS, It was far too bright and ultra-modern with touch screens, etc.

But I loved Scotty (and his pet alien!). As the Enterprise tried to get away from the pull of the black hole at the end of the movie, I was just willing him to say "Capt'n, the engines canna take it!" Ah well, we can't have it all!