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I finally managed to see Star Trek tonight, on the third attempt. Huzzah!

I loved it, of course. But it was very, very silly.

I've got a weird relationship with Star Trek - I never watched it as a kid, so I don't have that emotional attachment to it that most geeks have. I've probably seen a couple of dozen episodes of *any* of the Trek shows, and the vast majority of them were Voyager eps which we watched completely out of order when they happened to be on TV. But on the other hand, as a geek, I know quite a lot *about* Trek. So I get a lot of the references and quotes without having ever seen the originals, which is sort of odd. ("Dilithium crystals! Hee! I've...never heard that before!")

I don't know if that's why I loved the references, but kind of felt like I should have a bingo card to note them all down on. And there were some bits that jarred, like when the Enterprise first turns up and the music goes *nuts* - if you don't recognise the Enterprise (I'm terrible with spaceships), you're just like "...and this is an exciting ship, clearly." Which was helpfully confirmed later on by Scotty, of course.

Much love for Scotty, of course. And Spock. And Kirk. Possibly all of them together in some sort of hot tub. Sorry, sidetracked, there. Loved Bones too, though Karl Urban was very John Barrowman, somehow. (With better acting, obviously.) And Simon Pegg was channelling David Tennant's Doctor a bit - or the specific character the Doctor goes into when he's trying to talk himself out of danger in a superficially cheery way.

So yeah, it was very shiny and funny and exciting and full of the pretty, and I loved it, but I can't help think that when they're able to focus on the story rather than "how many famous Trek references can we make, and can we get Nimoy in?" and "we need backstory and introductions and exposition", the next one is going to be truly brilliant.

Also watched the last four eps of The Big Bang Theory today (still best sitcom ever) and Fiddler on the Roof (uh, best Russian musical ever? I do like it!)

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anonymous_greg
Jun. 19th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
As one who watched the Original series when it *coff* originally aired, I would just like to add that Karl Urban as SPOT ON as McCoy. And it was perfect that he was.

In fact, McCoy and Spock were the two characters who needed to be portrayed the same as the originals. Doing so with the others would have been distracting (eg, Shatner & Doohan portrayals were already dangerously close to being caricatures in the Original, so emulating those performances would have resulted in caricatures of caricatures, and that would not have been good).

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