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Gems of the 2009: Star Trek Movie

The 2009 Star Trek film had gems, which we shall call Dilithium Crystals, for fans of the Original Series, as well as a few minor lumps of coal. Spoiler alert!

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.

Dilithium Crystal 1

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.

Dilithium Crystal  2

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”.

Dilithium Crystal  3

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. 

Dilithium Crystal  4

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.

Dilithium Crystal  5

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.

Dilithium Crystal  6

The possible affair between Uhura and Spock gave a whole new meaning to everything that occurred in the original series.

Dilithium Crystal  7

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).

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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.

Lump of Coal 1

The biggest lump, was the show did not capture James Kirks charming… and classic……. halting….. way of……. speaking.

Lump of Coal 2

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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  1. Posted May 25, 2009 at 4:02 am

    I am also a long time Star Trek fan, and I think the film was a great sci-fi feature, but not a very good Star Trek film. I thought the cast were great (Zachary Quinto in particular) apart from Simon Pegg’s version of Scotty which was cringe-worthy. The effects were sharp, though I’m not an admirer of the ‘new’ old Enterprise. The engineering set was a joke! It was clearly some basement on the Paramount lot in my opinion!!

    I too felt cheated by the new alternate time-line that has now been created. This effectively wipes out ALL the spin-off TV series apart from ST:Enterprise which is set before this movie! Vulcan destroyed? Spock in the past and talking to himself? Paradox city!! JJ Abrams could have come up with a better plot to appease the die-hard fans and reign in a new audience. It does pave the way for a whole new direction, but where that will go, only time will tell. On a plus note, it’s been a long time since I saw the cinema so busy! I probably need to watch the film again, but after all the hype I did come away a little deflated.

  2. Posted May 25, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Heehee that’s a novel way of doing a review, Mark. I really liked the movie, myself. I’m a Trek fan but it’s been a long time since I saw the original series, so my quibbles with the film were more to do with music, the fact that the female characters seem to be defined by relationships with men, and that bloody stupid bit with the ice monsters. It probably tells you a lot about me that the biggest “gem” for me was Spock quoting Sherlock Holmes! *literarature geek + sci-fi geek = uber geek*

  3. Deep Blue
    Posted May 25, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Space, the final frontier. Welcome me to the trek and thanks for sharing.

  4. Posted May 25, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    My husband used to watch this.

  5. Posted May 26, 2009 at 12:06 am

    ehhhhhhhh.. I may be the only person in the world that despises Star Trek. Sorry:)

  6. Posted May 26, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Interesting review. Not being much of a ‘trekkie’ I wasn’t that tempted to see the film, but you know I think I just might have to take a peek.

  7. bookishboy
    Posted May 29, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Another gem was when the ship computer’s voice recognition software couldn’t understand Chekov’s ridiculous accent.

  8. Posted June 17, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Loved the movie. And your review — I like Star Trek a lot and have great memories from watching it with my dad as a kid, but I’m out of the loop as far as most of the insider details. So your list of gems was great!

  9. Posted June 25, 2009 at 8:13 am

    i enjoyed this review kept me amused. i thought a dilithium crystal might be the original sound effects. clever way of laying out good and bad. Which is what you want in a write up.

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