We went to see the new Star Trek movie on Saturday. Being a true Trekkie, I had been anticipating this one for a long time. By now everyone knows the drill – director J. J. Abrams’ intention was to reboot the series with new actors, telling the story of how the famous Enterprise crew first got together.
Because of the flashy action and young cast, the moving has been referred to disparagingly as “Star Trek 90210.” While there is that flavor, it’s a fun movie, and is quite good, but it’s satisfying on multiple levels.
Star Trek fans can be a finicky lot. So much has been written about the Trek universe that it can be be difficult for writers to be creative without some Trekker saying, “Well, that can’t possibly happen because in episode 29 of the original series it was established that…” Trekkers can be worse that fundamentalists.
What Abrams has done is pure genius. Without giving anything away, the plot devices do allow for a complete reboot, and leeway to write anything he wants from here on out without making the Fundamentalist Trekkers mad. Im looking forward to more movies in this set.