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May
12
2009

Red shirts: "We survived Star Trek"

Stardate -313650.56941273477.

The ThinkGeek monkeys traveled to the far reaches of the galaxy to watch the newest Star Trek to grace the viewscreen. Despite our red shirts, we found the theater inhabitants friendly and most of our team returned to the ship unscathed.

Our field report follows. Please be aware you may find slight spoilers, both real and imagined.

TGattheater.jpgStaff reports:

"A genuine Trek, despite having too much Star Wars influence (Delta Vega monsters, Scotty's sidekick, etc), unnecessary exposition, action sequences chained to ridiculous lengths, and not enough time spent on character (re-)development. I'd love to see this Star Trek slowed down for the small screen." --Jacob

"Not enough red shirts slaughtered.  But I liked how everybody died in the end." --Willie

"I honestly enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. The opening scene was very moving. The only thing I didn't like was the music. It was just kind of movie lame, rather than being anything grand and special. But all in all, not the Star Wars prequels disaster I thought it could be." --Chris

"Loved it! The nods to the character quirks were brilliant, and it had the perfect balance of action, tech and humor. The new love story was a little weird, but I'll let that one go." --Jen

"Nothing more (or less) than what I expected: a wild, non-stop action ride through space. The poorly written script bounces from one not-so-subtle reference to the cliches of its predecessors while Captain Kirk hangs off the edge of one thing or another. Still, lots of things go boom, bam, and zoom with undeniable eye-catching fun.  So, if that's what you're looking for (and, really, who isn't?), you can't do better than Star Trek." --Ken

"I thought Kirk got all the chicks! I wanna see the Chris Pine/Winona Ryder scene on the cutting room floor!" --Fraize

"As a non Star Trek fan, I loved it. I was especially fond of the mocking of Kirk and Simon Pegg as Scotty. I <3 Simon Pegg. As expected from J.J. Abrams and his people, there were a lot of quick references, so keep your eyes peeled. Its definitely FTW. I'll go see it again." --Andrea

"I'm more of a TNG fan than TOS, but I loved it. Also, assigned seating on opening day FTW." --Regan

"Slickly produced with plenty of TOS-esque cheeseball. My favorite characters were Dr. Cameron, Sylar, Lydia, and Lens Flare." --Carrie


Reviews via the Twitterings:

@upsidedowndog: Hull integrity at 95%.

@LycoLoco: JJ Abrams did for the Star Trek series what Ronald D Moore did for BSG. It was a series reboot/reinvention at its finest.

@HugoMunsterberg: New Star Trek movie is like if Kirk and Picard had a baby. And that baby turned out to be a high-grossing summer blockbuster.

@Daffydil: Hallo, my name is James T Kirk. You killed my father, prepare to die!

@MattAlgren: The kid in front of me said it was "Awesome. Better than Star Wars III." I think that's good.

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Comments

meaningless icon! I'm a lifelong Trekkie and honestly haven't enjoyed Trek this much since the fifth/sixth season of DS9. It was really outstanding and so much more fun than any of the movies since Wrath of Khan. Glad you all enjoyed it!
Scott Savage said this 2048 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'd also like to add that Winona Ryder was the most bizarre choice for her character. She looked ridiculous as an old woman! The only bad move in the whole movie, IMHO.
Jen said this 2048 days ago.
meaningless icon! It seems that Abrams has done to the franchise what hadn't been tried since the excellent Dominion War story arch in DS9-make it more like Star Wars. And, lo and behold, it worked again!
tdubdutt said this 2048 days ago.
meaningless icon! Bah! Winona was great! If you hadn't known who it was, I bet you wouldn't have thought twice about her role in this movie. Scotty's sidekick, on the other hand, was a step away from Jar Jar. Thank goodness J.J. didn't take that step.
Jacob said this 2048 days ago.
meaningless icon! I want Bad Robot to have my babies. I don't even want babies. That's how much I <3'd this movie. They've been elevated to legendary status imho. As if LOST, FRINGE, and Cloverfield weren't enough.
GameDreamer said this 2048 days ago.
meaningless icon! J.J's over-use of the lens flare feature in an Adobe product (silly me, cannot recall the name) detracted from the rest of the film, in my opinion. Still, the story arc was quite a bit different than what I was expecting. Good to see Nimoy reprising his role as well
Nchalada said this 2047 days ago.
meaningless icon! Damn it, Abrams! Enough with the lens flare and shaky-cam! Do you NOT want us to be able to see anything? Flashy Hollywood gimmickery aside, this new Trek film still feels Trek. They gave the franchise the love and respect it deserves. Tons of references to past, stuff like mentioning Archer's dog, Kirk eating an apple, and best of all, Scotty's pet tribble.
1337W422102 said this 2047 days ago.
meaningless icon! I was with it right up until Uhura propositioned Spock in the turbolift. The hell? What part of the alternate reality turned her into a 'sex for sympathy' skank? And why didn't Kirk and Spock just stop pretending and make out? Everybody knows guys.....you're not fooling anyone.
etherknight said this 2047 days ago.
meaningless icon! Star Trek XI: Epic Win!
notethesarcasm said this 2046 days ago.
meaningless icon! @Etherknight: I read it as implying a furtive standing relationship between them. Remember how Spock told her that he wanted to avoid any appearance of favoritism by not assigning her to Enterprise? Still, the romance seems to have come out of nowhere; there was no trace of it in TOS--then again, I guess that means it *went* nowhere, at least in the original timeline. Uhura's character suffered, though, I think. After her Klingon discovery, she seemed to have nothing to do for the bulk of the film except be Spock's love interest.
Jacob said this 2044 days ago.
meaningless icon! ah trekkies.... ^_^
linux 4 life said this 2032 days ago.
meaningless icon! Being the awesome girlfriend that I am, I purchased tickets for myself and my Trekkie boyfriend to go and see it opening weekend. I walked into that movie having never seen any of the TV shows or the other movies. And I walked out a fan. I'm working my way through the first season of the original TV show, as well as the first season of Heroes. Spock was amazingly sexy, and I need more Zachary Quinto!
SirenQt3 said this 2026 days ago.
meaningless icon! A couple of kid in front of me were trying to figure out how to do the "Live long and prosper sign."
Wierdkid20 said this 1937 days ago.

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