Sunday, January 3, 2010

Exploring the Unknown

For whatever the reason, I never had an interest in Star Trek growing up. Of course, no matter who you are, you can’t avoid the constant references the series receives in other films, TV shows, books, etc. As a result, I’ve always maintained a basic knowledge of the franchise. But, it just didn’t grab me. I guess by the time I discovered Star Wars it became my sci-fi franchise of choice and I stuck by it, blindly leaving no room for other series to enter my life. Consequently, I never bothered watching a single movie or TV episode involving the Trek series. In fact, it almost became a point of pride for me that I hadn’t seen anything Star Trek related. As I got older, I realized this position really made no sense. It seemed narrow-minded to not give it a try. Still, I was apprehensive about viewing any Trek material simply because there’s so much of it. Luckily for me, J. J. Abrams decided to reboot the franchise entirely with last summer’s Star Trek.

With the new film released and receiving favorable reviews, I knew this was my opportunity to finally see what all the fuss was about. Still, I missed the film in theaters as it wasn’t a high enough priority at the time. So I ended up waiting until the DVD release when I watched it with some family members. Now, I’m going to write something that I wouldn’t have thought possible, say, ten years ago: I enjoyed Star Trek. That’s right; I thought the film was solid entertainment all around. And, not only that, I look forward to seeing what Abrams and Co. will do with the sequel. The possibilities are essentially endless. While I won’t go into a “review” of the film here, I’ll simply say that it was exactly what a summer blockbuster film should be: a fun, exciting, spectacle that will appeal to many viewers.

Star Trek represented one of my few big biases in the movie world and I’m glad to be rid of it. I try to maintain an open mind for any film I decide to watch and I’m thankful I did once I finally saw this one. I’m still not sure if I’ll go back and watch the older films and TV shows, but I’m more open to the idea than I’ve ever been previously. Watching the new Star Trek was a great way to start off the new decade as it represented something new for me, a kind of fresh start. We can all use that every now and then.

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