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Monday, May 11, 2009

Are you A Trekkie?

I'm not! But my hubby always watched Star Trek. In fact, it's one of those original TV shows that he'll watch over and over again. It's hard to imagine that Star Trek with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy ran for only four years, yet it, like the I Love Lucy show has endured with reruns for years.

So when Star Trek debuted this weekend, we decided to see it and to be honest we weren't expecting much. We'd seen the other Star Trek movies and weren't impressed. Somehow, those movies had lost the flavor and fun of the original series.

It's always nice to be pleasantly surprised. When we walked out of the theatre with smiles on our faces, my husband said, "They got it right this time."

And being a writer, I recognized the truth in that. This movie stayed true to the original and showed us how Captain Kirk came to be, how his mother and father had lived and died, but more importantly, the movie stayed true to the characters. Each and everyone of them must have studied the original actors. Bones was the best, then Scottie, Ohoura and even young Chekov brought smiles on our faces.

The actors who played Spock and Kirk were perfect. " This actor's resemblence to Spock is uncanny. You might recognize him as Sylar from the NBC show Heroes.

Kirk and Spock's chemistry was right, the writing superb, the action intense and Star Trek's own brand of humor was dead on! I even liked the little romance between Spock and ... no I won't spoil it. It's too much fun and the whole effort was such a joy to watch.

From across the aisle in the theatre you could see smiles on moviegoers faces. You heard their laughter mingling with your own. You realized that though the TV series of Star Trek ran only those four years, it was a show that impacted so many people for decades... and not just Trekkies!

What's more-- they left the ending open for more Star Trek movies to come. If they do it half as well, it will be worth seeing.

Have you seen it yet? Do you plan to? Did you ever watch the original series?

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