Review (2009): Star Trek: Geekiness has its value

It’s the cast of the new Star Trek. See! They’re all wearing J.C. Penney’s pajama tops, too.

Star Wars (PG-13, 2 hours, 6 minutes): Hang out in the lobby after a Star Trek, Star Wars or a Harry Potter blockbuster has just played, and you hear the experts — you know, those guys who look like The SimpsonsComic Book Guy.

You’ll find them wondering aloud why Spock’s mind meld wasn’t utilized at a key moment.

Or there was a breach in Jedi protocol.

Or there was a flaw in one of Harry’s spells.

Just lately, if you hung out in the lobby after the Watchmen played, you probably overheard comic-book purists howling about whether the movie measured up.

Yes, it’s geeky. But this geekiness has some value.

Last night, I stuck around after seeing Star Trek and eavesdropped on the experts as they held court. Sure, they found flaws, mostly production value. (Myself, I didn’t see enough of those scenes on the ship’s bridge when the ship went into a wild tumble and the crew tumbled from one side to the other.)

But most were in agreement: They had seen a good movie. And they were right. Star Trek is good, just the kick start the franchise needed.

I really didn’t have high hopes going in. Oh, most reviews were glowing. But judging by the trailers, I was expecting the new Star Trek cast to be something from TV’s Saved by the Bell, with Screech possibly taking on the Spock role.

Boy, I was wrong.

The retooled cast with fresh faces was a great way to develop the back story. I had always wondered about the origins of Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov.

It’s a franchise that has found new life.

Now, I’m wondering how this new Star Trek will go from looking digital and devolve into the analog look of the 1960s TV show.

Look at me. I’m getting all geeky.

BEST TIME FOR A BATHROOM BREAK: When you see people punching Kirk in the face, it lasts a while. In fact, it happens a lot and for extended moments.

MOST UNEXPLAINED STAR TREK INNOVATION: I remember a comedian once wonder: “So NASA just spend billions developing a space suit for its astronauts. Why didn’t they take a cue from Star Trek and buy a bunch of J.C. Penney pajama tops?”

AVAILABILITY NOW? You can buy it off YouTube. Bet you couldn’t do that in the analog age.


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