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The Kids are Alright.

Just got back from Star Trek. I am very pleased. And still dizzy.

1. The franchise is in good hands.

2. The Kids are Alright.

3. I finally like Kirk.

4. Spock’s important childhood moment from “Yesteryear” is performed with living actors. My favorite moment of the film.

5. Rat Girl’s appearance is brief.

6. As Khans go, this one was fairly wrathful.

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7 thoughts on “The Kids are Alright.

  1. Meh. Didn’t love it.

    Spock Prime is late to save the day, so the antagonists decide to destroy his homeworld rather than, y’know, saving the planet that got destroyed? Which was the whole point of the thing? Rage made them patient?

    Nothing truly broken (except possibly for Spock’s Lolita moment) so here’s hoping they do the “even movie=good thing.

    • moeskido says:

      A friend asked me today what Nero spent twenty years doing while waiting for Spock to show up. I answered: not saving his people.
      I’m not defending the skip-logic that connects most of the big chunks of this movie. For some reason, they didn’t offend me as much as some of the inane dialog and situations I’ve seen during Dollhouse or the pilot for Fringe.
      This movie is candy. And there’s a good amount of other Trek out there if I want it.

  2. chronicharlot says:

    This movie is candy.

    Perfect description. I have a weakness for lemonheads. But I cant eat more than a .25$ box of ’em though. Gives me a belly ache. Ergo…

  3. forsythe1 says:

    I “bought in”, nits and all. My largest criticism is that Trek would best be served in a series format. Barring that, this does it well, and sets up an interesting premise. Even with all the fan winking, the die-hards still got their knickers in a twist, even with the way those fanwinks were delivered.
    An old friend asked me to accompany her and her 12 year son to the movie. She came out loving it (and was surprised at how much she knew about Trek through passive media exposure). He currently has my series DVDs (Original fx,) and is lapping them up like Bukowski on a bender.
    As candy goes, it went down pretty damned well.

    • moeskido says:

      That’s the audience Abrams was going for. It’s pretty much the same audience that Lucas won over in 1977, and which Meyer reached to a lesser degree in 1982.

      The die-hards you’re describing are just being pouty. Other die-hards who were expecting something different from Abrams were simply not paying very much attention to his career. Or indeed, his clearly-stated intentions for the film.

      I like that this movie was interesting (and expository) enough for a 12-year-old to check out a 43-year-old bit of tv nostalgia. I wonder how many times that scenario is being repeated this month.

  4. forsythe1 says:

    Another slightly older teen who had no interest in Trek in any form has seen the movie. She is currently assaulting me via e-mail to discuss episodes and specifically her obsession with Spock and Leonard Nimoy in general.
    I am now the “go to” guy amongst my non-Trek peers and more specifically, their children. Thanks J.J . Abrams!

    • moeskido says:

      Very interesting. I’m wondering if this sort of thing is becoming widespread. I imagine the girl you’re describing will find enough continuity in Nimoy’s Spock from things she saw and liked about Quinto’s. I like what this suggests.

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