A REVIEW OF J.J. ABRAMS STAR TREK
When I first heard that the man behind Lost and Fringe was planning rebooting Star Trek I was extremely apprehensive. I have been a fan of Gene Roddenberry?s Star Trek for as long as I can remember. I was introduced to the show when I was very young, as both of my parents had watched the original series. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation mainly but I also grew to love the original series. As I grew younger my love the various Star Trek shows increased as I watched Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Enterprise and the last two movies tough made me afraid that I had seen the apex of Trek popularity and that Paramount had lost its way and desire to keep the franchise alive, I suspected that if they had resorted to hiring J.J. Abrams to try and pull popular culture into the franchise that I probably wanted nothing to do with the new movie.
Later on though I wavered in my opinion after seeing some of the first trailers that were released. The one that sticks in my mind is the trailer showing shadowy steel workers wielding together the frame of what appeared to be a Constitution class vessel and shot of a young man that I assumed to be a newer James T. Kirk watching a ship yard on Earth building a starship that maybe Mr. Abrams indeed did know what he was doing. I started to do some reach on him and realized rather quickly that he was at least a much of a Trekkie as myself and my hopes were raised a bit higher! I managed to attend a showing of the movie on the opening week and all my hopes were confirmed!
The movie takes place in an alternate time frame from the 23rd-century Star Trek of the 1960?s and all of the members of the U.S.S. Enterprise are still cadets at Starfleet Academy or very early in their Starfleet careers. An emergency occurs on the planet Vulcan and Starfleet has to rush all available cadets into service as the majority of the fleet is occupied in another part of space. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and company are assigned to the Enterprise under the command of another Original Series staple, Captain Pike!
Oh, and before I forget the Venerable Lenard Nimoy makes an appearance as a much older Spock, Live Long and Prosper Sir! I think I will stop here for those of you who have not had the opportunity to watch this excellent movie and give you my impressions of the film.
I must admit that I got chills watching it and I felt that the movie?s production team did an excellent job of creating a world that is modern and futuristic and yet still has the look of the 1960?s of the show that I grew up watching. The effects, of course, are fantastic as Abrams tapped George Lucas? Industrial Light and Magic to make finish making the world believable and after watching the DVD special features and listening to the commentary It appears that ILM is full of fellow Trekkies who wanted to make this move the epic return of Star Trek to the big screen.
I personally think that Paramount has begun to redeem itself to die-hard fans such as myself after the failures of Nemesis and the far too short-lived Enterprise. I hope that Abrams makes a sequel as I think he has managed to channel the essence of Roddenberry?s dream of the future and has given the franchise a much-needed ?kick on the pants? that hopefully will make Trek available to a whole new generation of Trekkies to be!