I finally watched the new (ish) Star Trek movie. Now, before I’m judged I must point out that I am not, nor have I ever been a ‘Trekkie’. I could not stand the tv series, for totally unfounded reasons, since I would see it on and flick to the next channel, never actually giving one episode more than 10 seconds of my precious toe-nail-painting time! However if like me, you were put off watching the movie by the tv series I urge you to give the movie a chance!
It was really quite good. I like sci-fi generally as long as there’s some substance to it but this also had just enough action in it for me (no not that kind of action!) and just enough delving into the characters personal relationships to keep me interested. So interested in fact that I barely noticed the lovely cast of fit fellas such as Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Eric Bana….not forgetting the beautiful Zoe Saldana (who I first saw in ‘Guess Who?’, a remake of the groundbreaking for its time, ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967)‘ – starring the excellent Sidney Poitier). Anyway, point is, WATCH the Star Trek movie (2009). It’s good.
The film starts (don’t worry I’m not going to give anything away!) way back before the tv series. Before James T. Kirk is even born in fact. A significant event occurs which will shape James’ future and then we are briefly guided through a somewhat troubled childhood until he joins the Academy to become a cadet at Starfleet Academy. We see his ups and downs and learn the history behind his training, initiation and of course his and Spocks relationship. Also revealed is a young Spock suffering discrimination, as he grows up, from Vulcans for being half-human. The two of them have a tempestuous relationship as they struggle to understand each others ways as much as they are simultaneously trying to be understood by the rest of their crew members.
Aside from the personal conflicts there is also the ongoing battle Romulans which takes place at various points in time and space….
…..aaaaand s t o p.
Which is why I thought I should shut up…right about……now!