That’s right. This science fiction geek totally went to see Star Trek this weekend. I’ll admit that I sorta knew what was coming because I follow Tor.com and they had some reviews up there (they said not to read the bottom comments due to spoilers, but I read them anyway because … yeah … I just couldn’t help myself.)
Anyway, I enjoyed the movie. No, scratch that, I loved the movie. My mother and I had several debates about it because she is … Well, let’s just say I’m a Trekkie because she was a Trekkie first. I was sort of born into it.
She was not so happy about certain plot elements that mirrored the old movies. Me, I liked the fact that they did this. As a storyteller myself I can see why they did it and where they were going. My mother, on the other hand, was hoping for something new.
And, let’s face it, the whole point of Star Trek is to see something new. They “boldly go where no man has gone before” and encounter “new life and new civilizations.” So I do see where she is coming from.
(Mild spoiler: the very end of the movie seemed to suggest that any future movies within the Star Trek genre were going to head out into unexplored territory. At least I hope that’s what that whole sequence meant.)
That said, I’m going to have to agree with some of the other reviews I’ve read on this subject and that is on the matter of James T. Kirk himself. The last movie left his character rather smug. I mean … of course, they were going to make him Captain. He basically saved Earth.
This movie ripped that smugness away from him. It helped him grow up. The Captain Kirk that is now at the helm of our beloved Enterprise is one we can rally behind more fully.
I loved the movie. I loved the character growth within the movie. I even loved all the tongue-in-cheek brushes we had with the older films.