I have always enjoyed Star Trek. TOS and Next Gen were great, Voyager may have been my favorite, and I only marginally watched DS9 and Enterprise. Unlike many, I loved the Motion Picture. I never believed the every other movie theory for Star Trek. I thought V, Insurrection, and Nemesis were weak, but the rest were great.
That brief summary gives you a baseline for my take on this week's Star Trek release.
- Kirk, Spock, and McCoy have great chemistry
- They captured the characters without looking like they were imitating the original actors
- Pike was an engaging character
- There was a good balance of action, drama, and comedy
- The Enterprise was beautiful... inside and out
- Rebooting the timeline to reboot the series works
- Kirk WAS Kirk
- I left wanting to see it again!
- Nero the vengful mine worker. This did not work on SO many levels. I wish they would have dug through about 20 years worth of 24th century villans to find a "Khan".
- Chekov.... if he had about a fifth of the accent, he might have been passable.
- Kirk gets dumped on the nearest inhabitable moon... and Spock Prime just happens to be within walking distance... I laughed it was so absurd.
- Cadets were running the Enterprise awfully quick. Where was its crew? Why make them all newbies? Couldn't a few of the primary characters already have been crew (Scotty for instance).