Thing that makes me happy #3: Star Trek
I am a huge Trekkie. Always have been, always will be. I’ve watched TV specials, I’ve been to conventions and I’ve even dressed up as one of the characters (Captain Janeway for Halloween when I was 12 years old). I even have an autographed Lt. Tom Paris doll.
Yeah, that’s right.
Although I totally missed out of the original Star Trek series by virtue of the fact I wasn’t born yet, I managed to catch up pretty quickly with Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stark Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (though not as much, because the show competed for my Voyager attention, so I mostly just watched Voyager). I never really got into Enterprise, and it seems like others felt the same way considering it was canceled. I just didn’t find the plot or the actors all that engaging.
The original cast.
I’ve seen most – but not all – the Star Trek movies. My favorites are Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact (which I’ve seen at least 20 times and can run lines with the movie while I’m watching it). While I was disappointed with the last couple Star Trek movies, I was excited by the prospect of seeing how the whole series came together with a quasi-prequel in the J.J. Abrams creation, Star Trek.
The new cast.
Now, because I’m a die-hard fan, I am probably on the more critical end of the spectrum of moviegoers. And you know what? I really liked it! There were some plot-holes, but the movie is about time-travel, which in and of itself doesn’t make a lick of sense. There was also some fancy-schmancy technology that left me, my boyfriend, his sister and her husband going, “Now how does that work?”
It’s science fiction – that’s how it works.
Although the movie has clear connections to the future series in the form of some choice phrases from the characters, (“Fascinating!” and “I’m a doctor, not a physicist”), but because this was pre-Star Trek: The Original Series, there was very little continuity that you had to be aware of. It was like starting over from scratch. There wasn’t any backstory or relationships you have to be aware of, because none of them have happened. Of course, if you are aware of the future relationships, it makes the movie all the better, but unlike previous movies, like Star Trek: First Contact, there aren’t any references that may leave you confused.
If you’re into ignoring authority, witty quips, hot guys, cute [green] girls, bad-ass action scenes, big scary monsters, funny accents, and some ill-placed romance (OK, seriously, those who have seen the movie, are you with me?), you’ll love it.