What’s that?  You already know that the latest film in the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek, was released in May of 2009?  And you already know that it was released in November of 2009 on home video and has been available for video on demand?  Well, that’s ok since we’re talking about time travel here.  We’ll go back in time as if it’s all brand new.  And that’s what happened for trekkiesStar Trek becomes…uh, has become..er became a whole new Trek with the same old characters represented by new faces.  Confused yet?  You should be, we’re talking jumping the dimensions of space and time to create alternate time lines.

Using the often written about time travel plot, we find ourselves catapulted back to a tear in the fabric of space via a black hole.  The anomaly brings through a horrific machine of destruction, and right into the path of the very starship that James T. Kirk’s parents are aboard.  This is where things change…

As the story continues, we find ourselves facing well known characters from the original Star Trek television series which ran from 1966 to 1969.  We are quickly introduced to James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) who is asked to join Starfleet by Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood.)  This reunion of sorts goes on throughout the movie as Kirk is reunited…er, first meets Spock (Zachary Quinto, who was obviously a logical choice,) and McCoy (Karl Urban who brings a very good characterization of ‘Bones.’)  Throughout the film we are still greeted by Chekov (Anton Yelchin,) Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldana,) Hikaru Sulu (John Cho,) and of course the rougish Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg.)  Yet, the computer still sounds the same as Majel Barrett reprized her role as the voice of the Enterprise. Did I mention Spock? (Leonard Nimoy.)   I told you it’s confusing…for a bit.

Again, as the timeline has shifted, trekkies will find it interesting how the characters’ backgrounds have changed, including how they first meet…er, met…uh, will meet each other.

The movie has awesome and inspiring special effects and fantastic visuals.  Most impressive.  And each actor contributes their own twist in the portrayal of the characters that I think honors their predecessors and the Star Trek franchise. A well written story to bring us all back to the beginning of Star Trek.

-Pael Spelle

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