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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness: See It, See It, See It!

Went off with the family to see J.J. Abrams newest Star Trek creation, Into Darkness. The reviewer in our paper had given it 3 1/2 stars out of 4 and I think he shortchanged the movie half a star. I won't give away anything here ... certainly nothing that hasn't already come out. I will tell you this: if you are a long time Star Trek fan going all the way back to the original series, there are plenty of references sprinkled throughout the movie that will give you joy.

The effects are fantastic, the story is pure fun, some role reversals are great, and you'll come away from the experience completely satisfied ... unless you're simply not a fan of sci-fi or Star Trek and then why would you go anyway? There is a scene where Kirk and crew create a planet of nerds by their actions that's very entertaining early on.

A certain device also appears that us older fans always wondered about ... well, we wondered about its absence. It just didn't make sense. You'll see that late in the film

If you've never seen a Star Trek film before, but would like to, there's plenty here to make it accessible to you. Just find a Star Trek fan friend either to go with you or to explain some of the details to you later. You'll still have fun.

Oh yes, and before I forget, there's also a moral in the story, which should make ardent Gene Roddenberry fans happy. It made me happy for sure.

One more thing ... well, next to last thing, I've been having a stressful time lately. There's a lot going on that has me very distracted and out of sorts. And yet, for about two hours I was thinking of absolutely nothing else than the movie and the intrepid crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. It was wonderful. It was a relief. It was well worth it.

To avoid giving away anything, I need to stop now. All I'll add is that J.J. Abrams can keep making Star Trek films just as long as he likes and I'll be happy. Of course, with him at the Star Wars director's helm that may not happen ... but it should.

Live long and prosper new Star Trek cast! You did great.


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