First impressions: Star Trek 2009

After a two year wait, I finally got the chance to see the new Star Trek movie. Captained by Sci-Fi demigod J.J. Abrams, this new journey into final frontier is heralded as the great reboot of an aging franchise. Old fans and future fans alike are supposed to enjoy this movie. It is supposed to excite the senses and get you to fall in love with the characters all over again or for the first time. This new Trek is supposed to cast off the nerdy stigma that has plagued the franchise for so many years.

When I first heard about this new attempt at Star Trek, I was slightly worried. Along with many other fans, I didn’t know what to think about taking a long cherished story and rewriting it for the masses. Like the Star Wars prequels before it, die-hard fans wondered how this new installment would fit in with the long established time line and universe. Any tiny misstep, any creative liberty taken had the potential to destroy 40 years of Trek canon and send the universe into chaos. A mistake of that magnitude would not be tolerated and could only be punishable by death, or at the very least an hour in the agony booth.

I’m happy to report that it has succeeded with flying colors. In one word, “wow.” In two words, “simply amazing.”As a lifelong Trekkie, I’m very satisfied with this new Star Trek. The actors chosen filled their roles masterfully (though a bit culturally confused… Sulu is played by a Korean, Uhura is Latino, and Scotty is British) and canon was dealt with masterfully (all I can say is, it doesn’t actually matter anymore).

I was originally intending on writing more on the film, but I don’t think I’d be able to give it proper respect. I would highly recommend that everyone go and experience this movie first hand. Even if you’re not a fan of the original Star Trek, just remember one of the commercials: “This is not your father’s Star Trek.”