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June 9, 2009

So, I Finally Saw Star Trek the Other Night. Spoiler Alert, Folks!

I was never really that huge into the original Star Trek series as a kid, though I did watch it. I enjoyed the contrast between Capt James T. Kirk & Mr. Spock as well the ethnic eccentricities of Sulu, Uhura, Chekov & Scotty as well as the general flabbergastedness of Dr. Bones McCoy. Spock was a walking logic dispenser & Kirk, well, Kirk was as cool as the other side of the pillow, hooking up with females from almost every planet he explored. As a pre teen boy, I appreciated that. I found the show more funny than serious sci fi & was never really what you would call a Trekkie. But, it was always good fun. I never really watched it all that much until it was cancelled & went into syndication & do not own any Star Trek memorabilia. I watched some of the Next Generation series but never saw one episode of Deep Space Nine so I actually didn't live for it as some people did & still do. That being said, I've seen all the original cast Star Trek Movies as well as the Next Generation cast movies & found most of them to be pretty entertaining but naturally found all to be about pure escapism. & that's really what going to the movies, particularly in the summer should be all about.

I think everyone will find that's exactly what this remake & prequel is all about as well. It's meant to give you the back story on all of the characters & for the most part, does a pretty nice job developing them aside from Chekov & Sulu, who even though had a lot of speaking lines, never really convinced me they were in fact, Chekov & Sulu. Especially, John Cho, who I enjoyed much more as Roldy in Harold & Kumar go to White Castle immediately prior to escaping from Guantanamo Bay. Sulu was Japanese in the original series but for some reason was Korean in this version. Maybe it was a political thing, we fear reprisal from Japan far more than South Korea, so showing a Korean guy screw up the U.S.S. Enterprise's maiden warp jump might sit a little better with our Japanese Allies. Or maybe they just thought Cho couldn't pull off Japanese. If that's the case, why not just get Margaret Cho to do it, @ least she would've been funny, Alton Yelchin's Chekov was fairly innocuous & blah, despite the authentic Russian accent. Zoe Saldana as Uhura & Simon Pegg (Run, Fat Boy, Run & Shawn of the Dead) as Scotty were passable but the only prerequisites seemed to be either be a hot black chick or speak with some fluency in a Scottish dialect, but their characters didn't do a whole lot for me other than what I just described. We only got one I'm givin' her all she's got Captain type lines from Scotty, which was disappointing to say the least. Then there was the scene stealin', Dammit Jimmin', Karl Urban, who played Bones McCoy. He was actually the most convincing of the secondary characters & was spewing Bones'isms right from the jump, & he was hilarious doing it. So, kudos to that bastard, he kept the movie alive in some of it's slower moments. All we have left is Kirk, Spock & of course, Spock. What the? There were 2 Mr. Spocks? For fear of spoiling it, I'll simply say, yes. But, without giving too much away, I'll only tell you that one of the Spock's was from the future & had as much to do with saving the Earth & the Enterprise as either Kirk or Spock.

Confused yet? Well, you shouldn't be, because there was absolutely nothing complicated about the plot of this movie, which @ times, seemed to have no plot. Which, again, isn't a bad thing, seeing as this was pure popcorn escapism @ it's finest. No, they weren't trying to escape from popcorn. Captain Kirk, played modestly by Chris Pine of Just My Luck fame. (Well, not really fame, but, he got to make out with Lindsay Lohan while she was still healthy & cute prior to becoming a worthless crack ho.) But, that's neither here nor there. As Kirk, Pine did an admirable job of playing the cool, rebellious guy who could think on his feet ALA Shatner's Kirk & so they could've done a lot worse casting job. You could even see him beginning to take on Shatner's mannerisms & syntax as the movie bore to a close, ensuring..a..more..kirk..like.delivery in..the.inevitablesequel. Zachary Quinto had perhaps the most difficult assignment as Mr. Spock, the half human, half Vulcan who was constantly @ odds between his emotions & his seemingly unquenchable thirst for logic & those who attempted to draw the emotions out of him by invoking his mother (i.e. someone @ school when he was a kid & later Kirk himself) were treated to a vicious, Spock-a-licious beatdown. The mere mention of his human mother, played by Winona Ryder, caused both little & big Spock to get raw. It was the ultimate marriage of logic & violence. She may be a klepto but she ain't no whore, you got that? Other than Urban, Quinto most closely captured the essence of his character & could ultimately pass him up in the sequels because it seems Urban may have blown his wad in the 1st installment, hopefully he can keep up the pace... We'll see. & Leonard Nimoy had probably the biggest cameo in the history of movies playing Spock from the future, & was instrumental in tying the whole movie together & saving humanity from Nero (played with psychotic effectiveness by Eric Bana) & the Romulans. All in all, a pretty nice movie for those who don't want to get bogged down in a lot of relatable drama & just want to be entertained. Fun for the whole family. Unless, you happen to hate Star Trek or Sci Fi movies, in which case, it's a steamin' pile o' poo.

 

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