By Myrriah Gossett
With a fan base that dates back to our parents’ generation, the most recent installment in the “Star Trek” saga actually takes us back a few steps in the story line.
Going back to the origins of Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), the movie begins with an action packed emotional rollercoaster, which within the first 10 minutes has even the most Vulcan (stoic for the non-Trekkies out there) of fans shedding a few tears.
The birth of the famous Captain Kirk certainly was the entrance a character such as Kirk would need.
In this portion of the Star Trek saga, after learning the tragic history of James Kirk, we are reintroduced to Kirk as a young man who tries to live life on the edge knowing he has the capabilities to do more.
After an encounter with a few Federation students, he is convinced by Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) to join the Starfleet Academy.
At the Academy we meet other key players that will make up the USS Enterprise crew, including Spock, played by Zachary Quinto who can be recognized from the NBC show “Heroes.”
There are many young familiar faces with quite the break out cast that includes John Cho, from the “Harold and Kumar” movies, playing Kikaru Sulu, along with Zoe Saldana, from “Vantage Point” and “After Sex” as Uhura.
The plot line is easy to follow for the non “Star Trek” fans out there, but it also has moments where loyal fans get to laugh about the inside jokes.
The movie still has plenty for those who might be having their first “Star Trek” experience.
As someone who grew up watching the television series from Captain Kirk all the way to Captain Janeway, I loved every minute of it. There was action, comedy and a little bit of romance, just like the old series.
Visually, the film was beautiful, with special effects the creators wish they had at the beginning of the “Star Trek” saga. J.J. Abrams has directed a truly stunning movie, which any Trekkie will be happy to see.
From those who have been loyal to the series since William Shatner played Captain Kirk, to even the casual Trekkie the movie pays homage to the one of the greatest science fiction series ever created.
The new movie brings hope that maybe a new installment to the series may come as the last scene of the film plays out with the famous motto from the original television series: “Space… the final frontier, these are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”