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Star Trek -- the Movie

Remaking a classic is tough enough, but when the classic is (1) fiercely loved, and (2) flawed...

Yep, I said it: the original Star Wars had a few warts. I adore it -- always have, always will -- but I was never blind to its faults. I don't mean its production values -- those were a product of its time, and frankly, I think they did a great job.

The flaws to which I'm referring are the chauvinism and the corny jokes. (Of course I actually loved the corny jokes, but some of those Harry Mudd episodes, well, don't get me started)

But back to the remake. The challenge there was to update the production values, can the chauvinism, all the while, keeping the heart. And the heart was James Tiberius Kirk. Love Spock, love McCoy, but you gotta love Jim -- you just gotta.

And JJ Abrams must love him a little -- and the guys who wrote the script must love him a lot -- because they gave us a great Kirk. In fact, all of the characters were great -- bold adventurers with huge personalities, big hearts, big egos, and perfect timing. And as a bonus, they kept the hound in Kirk while jettisoning the chauvinism (well, most of it anyway). And they gave us the first "original Star Wars" heroine -- or at least, the first one with a personality, ego and heart to match the guys.

I don't want to give any of it away, but trust me, Abrams and co found a way to respect the past while still surprising the hell out of us. Did I love every tweak to the old world? Not exactly. But I plan on going to see it again, so who knows?

Meanwhile, I think you should take a chance on it. Unless of course you're so married to The Next Generation that you rather despise the original. (I respect you, but I don't understand you. Talk about a show with no heart at all! I mean, when the android is the most human member of the cast... oh well, don't get me started in that direction. Especially because most of my family and tons of my friends love TNG -- but even among those die-hards, the ones who have seen the new movie loved it too!)

Oh, and my final fear -- that I couldn't buy Sylar as Spock? Not to worry, he will live long and prosper in this franchise.

That's it -- go to the movies!!




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Jun. 1st, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
I might go see that again today. :) The first time I saw it, the moment Spock (who was always my favorite) really *had* me as Being Spock was in the phaser fight on the Romulan ship. The second time it was when he beamed down to Vulcan. I figure he'll have me at hello by the third or fourth viewing. :)

Wasn't Karl Urban amazing as McCoy?
Jun. 1st, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
happy birthday!
Hey mizkit, happy birthday! And yes, he was an amazing McCoy. They were all so great in their roles.

Have a fun day! I hope you found some ribs.

Jun. 2nd, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Hey Kate and MizKit,
Kate, your Bite is up. Come visit us at eHqn. Lori May has re-appeared there, having got married and moved to the States.

Jun. 3rd, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: Hey Kate and MizKit,
Hi Penn,

Nice to see you!

Where are you at eHQN these days? I know you're hostie at some of the ebook/audio-book threads, but I'm not sure which(es). I'll try posting at the alternative format/bites forum, but it doesn't look very active, so if there's someplace better, let me know!
Jun. 3rd, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
Re: Hey Kate and MizKit,
You can come by the eBook thread in the Alternative Formats section (my area) or you can go to the "full" Nocturne section under "Simply Series" (either Rae or Wayne's section -- I think Wayne's) and/or you can write a blog entry. Lori A. May wrote a blog entry when she re-appeared last week, told us all where she's been, and then when I found her, she bopped by the eBook thread.

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