Posts Tagged ‘star trek’

Trek Effect?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

I haven’t been following news on the new Star Trek film hitting theaters this weekend primarily to keep myself in the dark so I can see the movie without having formed an opinion of it ahead of time. I’m not a trekkie. I don’t watch the television shows. I have enjoyed most of the movies, however, and was definitely planning on giving this new spin on the franchise a shot. Today, I saw something that’s almost guaranteed I’m sitting in an uncomfortable chair for a couple hours this weekend.

Does this screenshot, or does it not, seem like it could have come right out of the Xbox 360 game Mass Effect? Mass Effect was the game that got me to love games again. It got me wanting to try more RPG titles, which was a genre of game I’d abandoned quite some time ago. Even if this is the only scene that looks like this in the entire movie, I’ll enjoy myself. Also, it brings to mind there needs to be a Mass Effect movie. Period.

Quite The Trek

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I’ve never been a Star Trek fan. Just haven’t. I’m familiar with the various series titles and have a fair understanding the gist of each, but I’ve never sat down to watch a Star Trek episode on television, vhs, or dvd ever. It doesn’t help that I’d spent most of my youth in a Star Trek vs. Star Wars state of fandom. I made my choice, and my team had red lightsabers.

This dichotomy between two important and significant sci-fi franchises went a few notches towards dissolving this weekend when I watched the new Star Trek movie. If this is a sign of what’s in store for Star Trek, I could possibly become a Trekkie. Really.

I won’t break down my thoughts and give a full review of the film because I’m not terribly good at that sort of thing, but I’ll say that the focus on character development, and the rivalry/friendship between Kirk and Spock won me over. Some old school Trek fans lamented the lack of faux science techno babble that’s a staple of the franchise, but I’m glad for its omission. At least in this first film I am. There’s plenty of time for trans-warp sub configulabotomy crystal/gem fabritilations in subsequent films. this first one HAD to be about character.

See this movie. If you’ve ever heard of Star Trek I’d urge you to see this film. It’s enough canon to appease the die-hards and it’s fresh enough to convert people who were never Trek fans. I know it’s done that for me, and I know I’m not alone.