Monday, April 20, 2009

Star Trek: 100% Fresh!

The early reviews are only just starting to come in, but just couldn't resist the current reading of the "Tomatometer" over at Rottentomatoes.com (the best place to check film reviews before spending the cash) for the new Star Trek film, coming out May 7 in a theatre near you.

You can read the early reviews here. In case you missed it, here's an official trailer:



And here's the international trailer:



And here's a great early-release scene of Kirk's first meeting of "Bones" McCoy:



And here's another clip, of a not-so-happy meeting of Kirk and Spock:



Yes, it's true. I've been a Trekker since I was six, or maybe seven. Actually, I was banned from watching Star Trek after my grandmother (who was the first Trekker in the family and actually, years later when she was eighty, went with me to a Star Trek Convention, but that's another story) let me stay up when I was either six (on November 10, 1967) or when I was seven (July 19, 1968) when I was visiting her "in the country" of Buckingham County, Virginia - I'm not sure which date (and will need to consult The Papasan) -- anyway, she let me stay up with her to watch the original episode of Star Trek Classic called Metamorphosis. I enjoyed it very much, or I thought I did. Unfortunately, it appears I had a terrible nightmare that same night that was based on that episode - which I still remember to this day (the nightmare and the episode) and so was banned by my mother from watching Star Trek again until it went into syndication, showing in reruns every afternoon starting in 1970 (and apparently continues in reruns to this day).

From 1970 on I became a Trekker. I had a brief disillusionment some time after Season One of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which included even walking out of a Star Trek Convention during a speech by Gene Roddenberry. But half-way through Season Three of The Next Generation my brother, The Methodist, talked me into giving it another chance (turns out Gene Roddenberry had been fired and Michael Piller brought in) and so I dove right back in. In fact, the first episode I watched that season was Yesterday's Enterprise. That was that, I was back in!

I tracked the other series that have come along as well (Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise) - though not quite as enthusiastically as Classic and The Next Generation. My uncle loaned me DVDs to watch the rest of the series Enterprise, which apparently picked up a bit before it got cancelled (my favorite thing about that series, quite frankly, were the opening credits). I felt that these other three series suffered from the miscasting of the COs - but that can happen in real life, too. I've collected all the films and some are even on my iPod, as are favorite episodes of Classic Trek (including Miri, Naked Time, and the best episode of them all - The City on the Edge of Forever).

But Star Trek has sort of faded away over the years (killing off Data in the last Next Generation film Nemesis was so not cool), only now to be rediscovered with the release of this new film simply called Star Trek. The "grownups" who will go see this film in May will be the children who first discovered Star Trek, and the children today will rediscover what is still a character-driven series, or as Roddenberry himself described, a "Wagon-Train to the stars."

UPDATE: You can watch a selection of Star Trek Classic episodes anytime online at the CBS Video Gallery - for free! This one, the Man Trap, was probably another episode banned in our household until afternoon syndication. Here's Balance of Terror, another favorite episode - and other ones, including Miri are included. Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah ...

3 comments:

Andy said...

Oh BB, you're so feeding my inner nerd this morning! I can remember back to Friday nights seeing ST come on (after Tarzan) and watching while having a mini Roman Pizza as a snack! Oh to be 6 again though ;-)

Anglican Ecumenical Bible Study in Second Life said...

I love these two sentences:
I had a brief disillusionment some time after Season One of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which included even walking out of a Star Trek Convention during a speech by Gene Roddenberry. But half-way through Season Three of The Next Generation my brother, The Methodist, talked me into giving it another chance ...Oh you rebel, bb!

I'm gonna check out StarTrek, seems like one of those things basically required in cultural education ... and will help I suppose for cocktail party talk with other nerds ...

Karin R said...

My first word was "Spock!", not "mommy", and that was my Mom the Trekker's fault. I was raised on Trek. every Saturday night at 6 pm when I was growing up, our local station ran TOS and we watched religiously (usually with Geno's Pizza Rolls for dinner).

When TNG launched, I think I spent more time making out with my boyfriend during the first season in front of the TV... but we broke up by the time the second season started, i.e. when the show started to find its way. I loved DS9, but Voyager generally left me cold and I stopped watching by the end of its second season. I never had the chance to really get into Enterprise because I was just too busy (and had a broken VCR, no DVR recorder yet.)

I miss those moments with my mom. We bonded over other shows (we were really into the revamp of Dark Shadows and Beauty and the Beast), but TOS was the standard Saturday night ritual for us. She was diagnosed with a form of Dementia in 1995 (and passed away in 2002). One of the saddest moments of my life was when she no longer could enjoy those TOS episodes with me, and in fact she didn't remember anything about Star Trek at all. Turning it on brought no recollection, just confusion.

When/If I have kids, the generational warping will continue. :-) I'll be perfectly happy if my son or daughter's first word is"Spock!" instead of "mommy."