Sunday, May 10, 2009

Star Trek

I saw and enjoyed the new Star Trek movie this afternoon.
Some highlights:

James T. Kirk, as an Iowa 10-year old, bails out of a sportscar shortly before it goes into what looks like The Grand Canyon. In Iowa. Yes. Iowa.

I liked The Iowa Shipyards (it's a long, long story) and I liked Kirk's adventures on The Ice Planet Hoth an ice planet where he is intentionally marooned by Spock. He shoulda taken his light saber.

I suspect that we'll see some unfortunate fashion victims sporting Romulan-style tattoos in the next few months.

There is a major, gaping plothole involving existence of the planet Romulus. The movie also loses one grade point for having a self-congratulatory ending. (Self-congratulatory ending - a tiresome movie device where the heroes of a movie gather in front of a large group, and are applauded by the rest of the cast, many of whom nod approvingly. In this case, it happens in a courtroom/tribunal room. It makes weak-minded audience members want to applaud the heroes also. Old Vulcan mind trick, I think.)

I don't know why, but the other classic 1960's sci-fi series, "Lost In Space", made use of a similar time travel plot when it went to the big screen. With similar plotholes.

The movie has a great cast, some great fight and battle scenes, and several bucketloads of cheesy, over-the-top dialogue for the fans of the TV series.

Overall, I'd give it a high 7 or a low 8.

While I was looking around for other info on the movie, I found this gem of a parody. It started off as the Ashton Kutcher/Demi Moore pledge to serve our current president. Yeah, politicians are no longer the hired help. We're their servants.


Browncoat Libertarian said...

I give it a 9.25...thought it was freakin awesome!

vampE said...

Star Trek rocked! Many "easter eggs" for us Trekkies (along with dialogue) including a Tribble on Scotty's desk, plus several scenes shot the same as the original. And OMG that Kirk swagger at the end. And that sonic boom you heard was Zach Quinty's science fiction creds going into warp drive.

fembuttx said...

Light sabers = Star Wars

The Whited Sepulchre said...

irony is lost on Fembuttx