We got a chance to see the new Star Trek movie this past weekend. I wasn't sure what to expect. I grew up on the original Star Trek reading the James Blish novels and watching the T.V. episodes. Star Trek is also how I met my husband. I wrote a paper about Star Trek for a college class he helped lecture. He loved the idea of a girl who liked Star Trek (strange ideas he grew up with!) and started talking to me. For me, the adventure of the stories, the relationships between the characters, and the science involved made the show fascinating. Although I never became a die hard Trekkie (I've only been to one convention, honest!), I always thought of it as my favorite show.
Seeing the previews, I thought the new movie seemed like it could have been either a complete disaster or a new beginning for the Trek franchise. To get the chemistry of the characters just right is nearly impossible, let alone tell a good story that pays homage to the old, yet brings in the new. Plus the task of facing the hordes of Trekkies ready to criticize the slightest wrong move and pleasing the general population is pressure indeed!
In my humble opinion, this movie did the impossible. I could not keep the grin off my face most of the movie. I was awed, amazed and thoroughly entertained. It was a thrill ride the entire two hours. It not only gave fans like me hope for the franchise, but I think it brought Star Trek to the point that it can be enjoyed by everyone, not just Trekkies. The characters, the story line and the special effects were above par. How J.J. Abrams did it, I still can't explain. You just have to go see it for yourself!
"I'm delighted. Any chance to go aboard the Enterprise."
"... a dream that became a reality and spread throughout the stars"
- Kirk (Whom Gods Destroy)