The Great (Star) Trek

By Jennifer Moyes
Four out of five popcorn kernels

Despite displaying jumpsuit clad men, Star Trek is also a show that once focused on many controversial issues, such as feminism, racism and the Vietnam War. It even screened the first inter-racial kiss on television and was banned in some countries for this. But when I first heard about the movie, I wondered how it would bring these ideas to a whole new generation, without offending the hardcore Trekkies.

Expecting a lot of “pew pews” and split infinitives, I went to see the new Star Trek movie with a bit of scepticism – but I couldn’t have been more wrong. After the original series and ten movies, Lost creator, J.J Abrams, takes us back to the beginning, when Captain Kirk was rebellious and reckless and Dr Spock was still a young and serious pointy-eared lad.

The movie follows the characters from childhood to their training at the Starfleet academy and their subsequent exciting and nail-biting adventures through the universe. However geeky this may sound, the CGI effects and battle scenes are good enough to keep you tantalised. It is evident that there are a whole new range of CGI effects to play with, especially with Kirk’s green girl, with whom he has a roll in the proverbial hay. Then there are good old-fashioned hand-to-hand fighting scenes, not to mention a captivating storyline.

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto provide more than enough eye candy. Throw in a Scot for humour and you might not go boldly where no film has gone before, but you sure have a hell of a good time. The jumping of backwards and forwards between the future and the past gets a bit confusing, but you eventually catch on when the original Dr Spock, Leonard Nimoy, makes an appearance and does a supercool mind-flashback on Kirk to help you understand. You might also need to prepare a snack because the film is a bum-numbing two hours long.

The movie stays true to all the ideas of the original series, without giving too much away. It does, however spring in a rather surprising romance. Talking about what the previous movies lacked, Abrams says, “I feel we were able to bring to life, in a way we’ve never seen before; what it is to be a member of Starfleet. And that’s kind of cool.” I really couldn’t agree more.


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