In the 2009 release of the movie Star Trek, viewers are given a chance to see the early days of the man they know as Captain James T. Kirk. The movie was one that could be enjoyed by anyone but offered a few nuggets for true fans. Although I am not a Card carrying member of the Federation, do not own a set of Vulcan ears, and have never worn a skin tight federation uniform, I consider my fact a fan. The fact that I had fantasies about “green women” should qualify me as such.
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The first girl in bed with James Kirk is, in fact, a green woman from Orion. Every young male fan of the original series had deep desires to meet a green woman after this show.
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The man who, in this movie, encourages James to join to Star Fleet is Captain Pike, who has also appeared in the original Star Trek. Fans will remember Captain Pike from the pilot episode “The Cage” and later in a space-age wheel chair in “The Menagerie”.
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In the movie we meet the McCoy, the doctor, and learn how he got his nickname “Bones”, prior to this we just assumed it was because he was a doctor. In the movie he was just as afraid of space travel as he is in the original.
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A few camera angles in the movie were clearly reminiscent of the techniques used in the original Star Trek series. Most notably is a shot of Kirk in the captains chair aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.
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The Romulans are the featured enemy in this film, a good choice. Although Romulans were not major players in the original series, they have never been at ease with the Federation, and are best known for their intoxicating drink, Romulan Ale.
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The possible affair between Uhura and Spock gave a whole new meaning to everything that occurred in the original series.
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The appearance of Spock as played by Leonard Nimoy was a true treasure to any fan of the show. For me this was the most exciting Gem of the movie (other than perhaps the green woman).
If the Enterprise crew looks slightly askew, its because they are made of wax. Note the Duct Tape on the control panel box with the code red light.
On the flip side there were two items I would call “Lumps of Coal” although I loved the movie there were two down sides to it.
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The biggest lump, was the show did not capture James Kirks charming… and classic……. halting….. way of……. speaking.
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I found the alternate time line reality a bit too easy. Do not get me wrong, I adored the movie, but too many shows are currently using alternate time lines. Perhaps this is to open up the possibility of a new series, which would be great. Otherwise I found it a bit disappointing, and a bit of an easy way out of making the story different than the facts we know from the original, where Vulcan still exists for example.
To readers: You undoubtedly have your own crystals and lumps you found in the movie, feel free to add those as comments below. I have only seen the movie once, but I can assure you it will not be my only time.
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