The Really Important Stuff of Life: Star Trek!


james-t-kirkI never saw this one coming.  The bad guy is Kahn!  I figured it was going to be Gary Mitchell, but it’s Kahn!  I am in shock!

It’s here.
Today is the day.
I’m going to try to get to the first showing. If I do 3D, I can get in at 1PM. If I do 2D, which I prefer, I can do it at 3:50. Let’s be honest here, we all know what time I’ll be there, even though I truly dislike 3D.  Even if it isn’t William Shatner, I’m such a James T. Kirk junkie!  It looks like I’ll be able to get to a late showing.  It’s parents’ day tomorrow.

Critics don’t appear to much like this one.  That’s okay.  I’m not in it for critical gushing.  It’s a science fiction for gosh sakes, not Shakespeare, even though, good science fiction should border on Shakespeare.  Since I’ve not seen it, I can only mention that Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy thought that great science fiction should be first conceptualized as a western.  If the story plays out as Wagon Train in the Stars, then it works.

There’s a reason for this.  Great science fiction should be always be plot and character driven and NOT special effects, blasters, space ships, and cool tech.  It is basically classic theater, told in outer space.  It’s like the line in Star Trek, the Voyage Home, where Kirk is told that he had to be from  outer space.  His reply: “No, I’m from Iowa. I only work in outer space.”

The other reason Star Trek succeeds is because of Gene Roddenberry’s vision.  He saw humanity as something hopeful. During the darker hours of the cold war he saw humanity as surviving our insanity, living long and prospering.   So far, we haven’t blown ourselves up.  Maybe he was right.

There are numerous discussions about which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Star Wars fan, but I am first and foremost a Trekkie.  I guess I should admit that I’m an original Trekkie.  So, which is best?

Star Trek, of course!  Which Star Trek is best?  There is no other logical answer but Classic Trek!  We need to pay attention to one salient and logical fact:

“...George Lucas has said that he was writing “Star Wars” during the heyday of “Star Trek’s” syndication. He watched the show and even attended “Trek” conventions. “ ‘Star Trek’ expanded your mind in terms of what was possible,” he said. “The story is what makes it work.”

Simply, without “Star Trek,” you wouldn’t have “Star Wars.” “Star Trek’s” foundation and philosophy has and continues to give us “infinite diversity in infinite combinations.” It inspired the science fiction and fantasy that has come after its pioneering days on television in the 1960s, boldly going where no one had ever thought possible and paving the way for future stories….”

Sure, there are mistakes, but so what?  So far, the reviews are not all that kind.  Please show me a good science fiction movie that was well reviewed.  My sister, who is not a Trekkie loved the movie.