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Star Trek....

Way back when Alien premiered, a group of us went to see it. Between cosplay and roleplaying gaming, I'd portrayed several space explorers by then, and described my experience as trying to watch a dumb horror movie with three starship captains in my head making wry comments. This time, they were laughing themselves silly...

Yes, I finally got around to seeing Star Trek. The plot performs contortions that would strain a bellydancing python, and logic is honored almost entirely in the breech, but for all that I rather enjoyed it. As Vicky pointed out, the idea is to observe our old favorite characters being young and silly.

Bits I particularly enjoyed include..

James Kirk vs the Kobayashi Maru.. apple and all.

Montgomery Scott materializing INSIDE the water circulation system and washing through a lot of it while Kirk tries desperately to figure out how to get him OUT again...now there's a transporter accident I hadn't considered before.

Spock meets Spock.

Nearly forgot - Sulu swordfighting badguys. Go, Hikaru!!

As the old saying goes, belief must be not so much suspended as hanged, drawn and quartered... but it's still amusing if you don't take it seriously.


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May. 17th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
Bob and I went to see it last Friday. I'd have enjoyed it more if it were, say, half an hour shorter (action scenes, unless they involve horses or pod racing, generally just bore me). But yeah, I was pleased, in a snarky sort of way, to see that Kirk was a jerk even in his youth. Never could stand that guy. I foresee many, many, many sequels.
May. 17th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I'm more likely to go back and watch old Trek than any sequels to this movie. Novelty aside, there's not much there. It works much the same way a good parody works; familiarity with the original and amusement generated by contrast.

Edited at 2009-05-18 01:47 am (UTC)
May. 18th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
I think part of the issue with this movie was them trying to get to a stable state in only one movie so that they could go from that point for the future movies and as a result the plot suffered greatly. I think any future movies will be a lot better. Mainly because this one was like the dinky pilot episode.

I'm looking forward to if they do another one. I think it'll either be honestly good or absolutely god awful. If it's bad then I'll know to avoid future ones. But I really hope it'll be good. Because I don't think it'll be anything in between.
May. 17th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
I actually liked it (OMG, the sky is falling).

Seeing everyone's life knocked to one side, and how it could have gone was very interesting, and finding out Jim Kirk was a trouble-maker from the word go was a little refreshing.

The "kit-bashed" Enterprise was a nice piece of eye-candy. Oh, yeah, so was Uhura. :D

And seeing just how badly Spock could react when provoked - wow. We all suspected it (saw it once in the show), but DAMN.

They did a good job all the way through.
May. 18th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
I normally side firmly with the Canon side of the fans. If you cannot write a story within the universe already created, go make your own story and your own universe. I also am very fed up with time travel plots in Star Trek, and I once suggest Berman and Braga recreate the "Time Tunnel" rather than wreck the Trek universe. (and to my horror, that series is being reborn)

But this was a good movie, plain and simple. It has a logical explanation for the change, as it's a parallel universe to the one we know. And while there are huge holes in it (since the new spock isn't the same as the old spock, who will go back in time?) it was an enjoyable movie. And I haven't enjoyed a movie so well in quite a long time, canon or not.

So while I usually side with the canon-reciters, this time I side with Abrams.
May. 19th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Mostly you get to ignore much of the science, not to mention anything you know about the modern military. Hey, even regular Trek is an alternate universe where the very laws of physics are not quite the same as they are here, so actually that's not so hard.
May. 21st, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Hi, Kay. I enjoyed your mini-review. I mostly agree with you. I look forward to a sequel, though, and I hope it will be much better.

Glad to hear there will be a Time Tunnel reboot!! Woo hoo!

May. 21st, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Thanks! (That you, Suzanne? One problem with LJ is it doesn't ask your name if you don't have a journal...)

Meanwhile, given that the remake of Battlestar Galactica actually turned out to be decent, who knows? That premise could prove a lot of fun.
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