My Trekkie Cred
I’m going to be completely honest with you. Before this movie, I had never watched Star Trek. None. None of the previous movies. No shows, regardless of the generations. I was more into Star Wars and prided myself on this fact. That being said, I did not live under a rock. I knew that “live long and prosper” (insert appropriate hand sign) was from Star Trek. I knew that William Shatner played Captain Kirk. I knew that “beam me up, Scotty” was a Star Trek thing. I know that Dr. Spock is part human and part Vulcan. (Both a curse and a gift.) So, just because I did not sit down and watch a ST anything does not mean I was insanely out of the loop.
So, why would I subject myself to something that I have been able to avoid for 23+ years of my life? Well, for one, I’ve been told multiple times that it’s something that I just had to get into. Many people couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen anything (taking into account my nerdy love for Star Wars and Firefly). At work, in the office (yes, I work in an office by day and crusade the streets at night), my boss frequently makes metaphors and similes regarding Star Trek. I am one of two people who had no idea what he was talking about. I could guess it was something obscure and just nodded in agreement. Also, I had been asked to go see it and I wasn’t doing anything else more important that night.
We left for the theater more than an hour ahead of time because nerds like to get there early and make it so groups cannot sit together. (Please keep in mind, I am not using “nerd” in a derogatory term. I consider myself to be nerdy about such things and take pride in it, as mentioned above.) So, we want to get there early so there’s time to get snackage and so we can find a spot where we can all sit together. Turns out, we were like the second group in line. And much to my dismay, no one was dressed up. Yes, this is something I expected. Then again, we did not go to a midnight showing.
Like I said before, I am not the most versed in ST knowledge. I don’t speak Klingon and I don’t wear costumes to Comcon. (Just a reminder.) The story line was super easy to follow. It was not one of those movies that you should have watched every single episode or every movie. They weren’t continuations (that I could tell). I was not lost and in fact, found this to be a good introduction to this enterprise. Were there twists? Yes. Were there plot holes? Not that I noticed after only watching once. I was pleased. Delightfully pleased.
Of course there are SFX. It’s a movie with aliens and takes place in space. This kind of movie strives on SFX. The delivery was subtle. The SFX were not super loud and put in only to get males into the theater. (This was no Michael Bay or Fast and Furious movie.) That’s really all I have to say on the matter.
Should I See It?
Short answer: yes. Whether you’re a Trekkie or never heard of Star Trek, this movie is pretty great. It’s a little long, so definitely go to the bathroom first. You don’t want to miss out on any part. I could keep praising this movie, or you can just go out and watch it. It’s for sure a movie you should see in the theaters. So, with that: Live long and prosper.