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Monday, June 01, 2009

Star Trek (2009)

The movie opens with the U.S.S. Kelvin, which is run by Capt. George Kirk (Chris Helmsworth), being attacked by Captain Nero (Eric Bana), a Romulan which a serious chip on his shoulder. Most of the crew is able to abandon ship, including George's wife (Jennifer Morrison), who gives birth to their son James during the melee. George goes down with the ship.

Years later, we meet young James Kirk (Chris Pine) again, who's become a regular hellraiser. Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood) convinces the young man to join Starfleet. Kirk is a smart fellow, but he's accused of cheating on a test that was designed by Spock (Zachary Quinto). Kirk is denied a chance to get into active Starfleet duty. His new found buddy, Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban), uses deception to get him inside the U.S.S. Enterprise. Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Mr. Sulu (John Cho), Chekov (Anton Yalchin) and Spock are also crew members on the ship. They run into Captain Nero again, whose revenge plans involve Spock.

The plot incorporates a lot of the mythology from the original TV show, which ran on NBC from 1966 to 1969, including: Kirk's being accused of cheating while at Starfleet Academy, Captain Pike's tenure as the Enterprise's first captain, Spock being treated as less-than by other Vulcans because his mother was a human, etc. It was like watching a very good episode of the old TV show. Pine's take on James Kirk shows the captain as an arrogant son-of-a-gun. But when I thought back to the original series, and yeah, the older Kirk did come off like that. Karl Urban plays "Bones" McCoy as the irritable personality that was on the original show, and gives a reason as to why the doctor might have been that way.

Zachary Quinto is currently a cast member on another NBC sci-fi show, "Heroes" (2006-present). Bruce Greenwood was in Thirteen Days (2000). Simon Pegg, who appears as Scotty, was in Shawn of The Dead (2004). Zoe Saldana was in Drumline (2002).



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