Saw the new Star Trek
last night, and walked in with no expectations
— I prepped by using Vulcan trance meditation to completely rid
my mind of The Old Series
bias. Yes, I am a hardcore Trekster from Day One, as I explained in the previous post. So I steeled myself and
marched right in there to watch JJ Abrams reinvent
the wheel, Armageddon
style. Or maybe Cloverfield
Yes, there were elements of those films in the new Star Trek
...Breakneck pace, very stylized cinematography, machine-gun editing, the works. A
of digital lens flare and glare, when it wasn't really needed...
...and I loved it.
I threw out my preconceived notions and ate it up
. Freakin' fantastic!
The caricatures of the classic crew were
, those people really did their freakin' homework. The tributes to the old series were abundant, I was rolling when Chris Pine
lapsed into a straight-up and shameless Shatner impression
, cocky as hell, in the Kobayashi Maru sequence.
I mean, it got me
, just as they planned. I loved the hell out of it.
Abrams got it right
in the most important way — he did not labor the techno-babble
. There were no
5 minute sequences of
meaningless mumbo-jumbo about generating a tachyon damping shell
or some damned stupid thing.
Techno-babble was largely absent from The Old Series
, which is what made it work
. It's like nobody remembers that space fantasy has
gotta be about the people
, not the friggin machines. The later franchises (TNG, DS9,Voyager, Enterprise
) were burdened
techno-babble, and they never
achieved the same spirit
of The Original Series
. Specifically, the first two seasons and
maybe one or two episodes of the third season
High-Five to the new Star Trek. Keep it simple, stupid, and this legend will live forever.
— Doc Velocity
[edit on 5/13/2009 by Doc Velocity]