Finally, after being teased for 4 years about the Star Trek Prequel … it’s finally here, and if the trailers are any indication, it looks Awesome.
I don’t go to a lot of movies. Very few, in fact. Not only are they really expensive, but unless it’s a dreary, rainy, ugly day, I’m usually more interested in being outside doing something than inside watching someone else do something … usually something that no one can really do. People in movies are generally too-perfect-looking with too-perfect lives and too-predictable problems. I’d rather be out on the ocean watching the dolphin, but that’s just me.
Star Trek is different. From its inception in 1967, I’ve been boldly going where no man (or no one) has gone before with the crews of the various Enterprises, Voyagers, and Deep Space Stations … through movies good and bad … whales, Ricardo Montalban, and saucer sections plowing into the earth. I’ve seen them all, and Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future is just inspiring.
Classic Trek was so groundbreaking in 1967. There were *gasp* minority cast members in principal roles. A Russian and Asian at the height of the Cold War … an African American Woman on the bridge. With lines. I understand young Kirk puts the moves on young Uhura in the movie we’ll see tonight. The special effects were so cheesy, Shatners dialog so stilted, McCoy’s “Dammit, Jim”s so predictable … but when you’re 9 years old, and the space race is in full gallop, and a boy, there was nothing better than Trek.
And the miniskirts on the female crew members didn’t hurt.
The show in those short 3 seasons ranged from tackling serious issues, like race and Roddenberry’s vision of morality, to the very tongue-in-cheek episodes like “A Piece of the Action”, in which the Enterprise Crew found themselves dealing with a race of people who had patterned themselves after Chicago gangsters in the 1930’s. It’s one of the funniest thing’s ever. It appeared later in the original series, when the actors knew the show was winding down, so why not have some fun with it.
Little did they know that more than 40 years later, the release of a new Star Trek movie would have people flocking to theaters, buying tickets in advance, and standing in line for a decent seat.
Some of it will be the “wow” factor. The cheesiness of the original series extended to the special effects, on which DesiLu Studios never spent a lot of money. The Transporter effect was done with aluminum foil shavings dropped into a beam of light. The warp speed effect in the opening titles was done with a small model hung in a concave mirror. Everything was plywood and colored lights … and the television signal at the time made it all believable, if you were willing to suspend your disbelief. Each subsequent series and movie has been done with quantum leaps in special effects, and as the franchise held its popularity, the more studios seemed to be willing to spend. In today’s CGI world … I’m expecting something spectacular.
I hope all the hype has been worth it. I hope we haven’t been waiting for this movie for all this time only to have it be 2 hours and 6 minutes we’ll never get back. I don’t think it will be, but you never know until the closing credits roll. But we’ll be there … tickets already purchased, waiting in line, and waiting to once again go boldly (I heard an English teacher complain once about the split infinitive) where we have all wanted to go before.