If you’ve been reading this site or listening to the podcast over the past year, you know that I give Trekies a pretty hard time. I don’t know why I chose to do this. It was a choice of comedy and that’s about it. Nowadays all segments of geekdom have the involvement of those who have completely consumed the Kool Aid of there geek segment of choice. I guess it all comes from being a Star Wars guy at heart, and for years the two “star” franchises always seemed at odds to me.
The truth is I totally get the appeal of Star Trek. I enjoy Star Trek. I do have a hard time sitting through the original series (blasphemy I know), but I will still sit through Episodes of The Next Generation. I didn’t care for Deep Space Nine very much, but I truly enjoy Voyager. I didn’t get to watch Enterprise very much. I forget why, but I do know I was a little disappointed by the ending. This is due mainly to the fact that I didn’t watch it enough to appreciate what was being wrapped up I think.
Then there are the movies. I watched STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE for the first time when I was in college. It was the first movie I remember seeing and thinking, “Wow, I’m glad I got to see the Enterprise, but did they really have to do a slow pan along every section every time they showed it from the outside?” It was a little lackluster and honestly pretty boring to me.
The first Star Trek movie I ever watched, I watched when I was in sixth grade. I was spending the night at a friend’s house and his mom was a huge Trekie. (At this point I should ask, is it spelled with two “k’s?”) She wouldn’t let me watch the first one because, in her words, “It’s just not as good as the others.” So, she put STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KAHN in her VCR and my friend and I sat down to a viewing. He had seen it before, of course, but I was shocked when Spock died. I thrilled to the Enterprise taking on the ship that Kahn had stolen. I loved the fact that Kirk didn’t believe in the “no-win scenario.”
Not too long after that, STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK aired on ABC I think. We recorded it and I watched it. I don’t know why people hate on it. I like it. “Jim. You’re Jim. I have…and always will be…your friend.”
I rented STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME and LOVED it. It is still my favorite Star Trek movie to date. I still laugh at Kirk’s and Spock’s inability to use vulgarity in the eighties. I still thrill at the race to save Chekov. I don’t necessarily buy the whole whale thing, but it works I guess. The point is the movie as whole is great fun.
Then came STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER. I didn’t really like it. That’s really all I have to say about it.
However, the original cast was completely vindicated with STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY. The beginnings of the truce with the Klingon Empire. A Kirk, Spock, and Bones adventure, a mystery, and an enemy that almost rivals Kahn.
The seventh film in the series gets a lot of flack, but I really liked STAR TREK: GENERATIONS. Was I glad to see Kirk die? Not really. I would have liked to see his further adventures alongside Picard, and especially Riker. Imagine that power struggle. However, I loved the exchange between Picard and Kirk. “After all, who am I to argue with the Captain of the Enterprise?” GENERATIONS was the first Star Trek film I saw in theatres. Up to that point I had only rented them as they were released on video or watched them on TV.
STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT was the first GREAT Star Trek movie I saw in theatres. To me it is still the most rewatchable along with WRATH OF KAHN. Data’s journey in that movie is the best of any of the Data-centric Next Generation episodes or other movie moments. Plus, I love the Borg. Terrific baddies!
I have to be honest and say that INSURRECTION and NEMESIS don’t really resonate with me. In fact, I remember very little about either, and those are the most recent I’ve seen. That is probably the worst thing I could say about any movie…forgettable.
Now, to the purpose of this whole post. I was watching IRON MAN on DVD tonight, and before the menu screen, we are treated to the awesome new Star Trek teaser.
I have to say that I am greatly looking forward to J.J. Abrams take on the whole Star Trek mythos. It’s also really brave to step up and update, if not redefine, a franchise that is so beloved by so many people.
The teaser itself is a great teaser. To hear the clips from Kennedy, and NASA control in it’s earliest missions as men are working with very normal, non-futuristic, tools to build something. Then, we get to hear the voice of Leonard Nimoy utter that iconic phrase, “Space. The Final Frontier.” As the camera pans up to reveal the uncompleted Enterprise as that (excuse the double-use of the word) iconic music rises above the noise. Chills my friends. Chills.
Of course, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen this teaser. I just haven’t really mentioned it on the blog here, and I felt like things had gotten a little comic heavy in recent months. So, there it is, while I will always give Trekies a hard time, (it’s in my nature) I do enjoy the Star Trek franchise, and I’m greatly looking forward to this movie in Summer ’09. In fact, right now, it’s probably the film I’m looking forward to the most. Hopefully, a GI Joe teaser will change all that.
While I’m sure you’ve seen it, watch it again. Just for fun: