May 8, 2009

The Trekkie Virgin

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I lost my Star Trek virginity on Thursday. I don't regret a thing. It was time. And. Actually. (Hold on to your hats.) I liked it. I liked it *a lot*.

Zachary Quinto was a solid, quiet, calm Spock. I had a little crush on him by the time the movie was over. So much better than him playing Sylar. I hope he takes more good guy roles in the future because he's not difficult to like, which makes it awkward when his character is lopping off people's heads (as in Heroes.)

Chris Pine. Well, what can I say. He is beautiful. And he reminded me a bit of Harrison Ford in the Star Wars movies (do I get beat up in sci-fi land for comparing Star Trek to Star Wars?). Witty dialogue, charming smile, always getting hit by someone. But Super Smart and saves the day all the time! And. Did you know his dad was the captain on CHiPs?

One of my main beefs with Star Trek the tv show, which I never watched, except in passing turning the channel, was that the love scenes I happened to briefly see were always between a human and some semi-human thing with growths on their heads, or blue skin and antennas coming out of their ears or something like that. There is one scene in the new Star Trek movie where Capt. Kirk is playing get to know you games with a green girl, but she's normal, other than having green skin, so that didn't bother me. For all I know, she could have been the Wicked Witch of the East. There were a lot of pointy ears in this one, but no antennas out of ears or anything.

The plot was easy to follow. I was a little worried that I'd be like, "What? Are you with Darth Vader or against him? And is it bad to blow up that planet, or is it good?" But thank heavens, no such questions entered my mind. It was exciting with car chases, monster chases, time travel and spaceships blowing up and some of it even took place on Earth - that's always a plus for sci-fi movies. I can totally relate to living on Earth.

I did have an uneasy moment when I imagined William Shatner as Capt. Kirk and started getting a little crush on the Priceline guy. But that was only in passing.

OMG. I almost forgot. Simon Pegg as Scotty. I would pretty much go see Simon Pegg stand in a corner and do nothing. He's so funny and I love his little face. Everything he says is hilarious (even when it's serious) and I laugh out loud every time he talks. My movie neighbors might not have appreciated that. As Scotty, he did not disappoint. BTW, if you haven't seen Shaun of the Dead, you simply must.

Great acting. Great plot. Special effects were awesome.

Verdict: Thumbs up.

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Jeff said...

Jamie and I saw Star Trek last night also. As a fan of Star Trek, I thought J.J. handled the new storyline really well. It was a good reboot of the story, hopefully we'll see some more in the near future.

Karla said...

hmmm....can't say I'm into sci-fi. Reminds me of a certain roommate I used to have ;) Hey- like your new heading artwork!!

Love + Marriage said...

We went to see Wolverine yesterday and since it wasn't so good, my husband felt ripped off. We tried to do a 'double feature' and sneak into Star Trek. They were checking tickets! So now we have a mission.

kab said...

I agree with you about Simon Pegg, and if you haven't seen Hot Fuzz you simply must. Another version of Scotty to love is Tony Shalhoub's engineer in Galaxy Quest. So funny!