HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED – PART 4

OK, I’ll admit from the start of this one….. I’m a Trekker.
The only reason I have my own family right now is because of Star Trek.
I met my husband when I joined a Star Trek club.
We spent the first ten years of our relationship going to conventions.
We had fun.

So with that said, How Times Have Changed Part 4 is dedicated to Star Trek.
Classic and Re-boot.

So let’s start with the characters.

Captain Kirk played by William Shatner and now Chris Pine.
Everyone remembers Captain Kirk.
He’s handsome, arrogant, heroic, bull headed and adventurous.
With the re-boot, they’ve also added, boyish, falable and even more handsome.
Oh yes, Chris Pine also has ‘the eyes’.

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Mr Spock played by Leonard Nimoy and now Zachary Quinto.
Captain Kirk’s right hand man.
He’s alien, intelligent, serious and emotionless. Kirk’s reasoning.
With the re-boot, they’ve played with the emotionless side but he’s still serious and intelligent.
I was very unsure about the casting for this one until I actually saw Zachary Quinto in the role.
He’s brilliant! He worked alongside Nimoy himself to get it right and has kept in touch with him ever since.

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Dr McCoy played by Deforest Kelley and now Karl Urban.
The third player in the Kirk, Spock, McCoy triumvirate.
McCoy, is grumpy, argumentative and good at his job.
With the re-boot, McCoy is grumpy, argumentative and good at his job.
He is also played perfectly by Karl Urban who is a huge Star Trek fan.
He literally channels Deforest Kelley and it’s quite spooky to watch just how good he is at times.

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Sulu played by George Takei and now John Cho.
Sulu is the pilot of the Enterprise. He is also an excellent swordsman.
In the re-boot, he is still the pilot of the Enterprise. He’s a bit of a novice and is thrown in at the deep end but proves himself worthy of the challenge.
They also keep his swordfighting skills that actually come in very handy.

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Chekov played by Walter Koenig and Anton Yelchin.
Chekov is the youngster of the crew.
He’s intelligent and eager.
With the re-boot, he’s even younger and even more eager.

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Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols and Zoe Saldana.
Uhura is intelligent, good at her job and sexy with it.
Nichelle Nichols helped break down some barriers at the time of the original series and actually had the first interacial kiss broadcast on TV.
With the re-boot, Uhura is still intelligent, good at her job and sexy but she is also defiant and kick ass.

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Scotty played by James Doohan and Simon Pegg.
Scotty quite literally holds the enterprise together.
He is an exceptional engineer and knows the ship from end to end. He also enjoys a drink!
Again I was a little unsure about the casting of Simon Pegg in this role.
I needn’t have worried. In the re-boot he is still an exceptional engineer, gets to know the Enterprise from end to end, he also enjoys a drink.
Simon Pegg also uses his amazing acting skills to bring a bit of humor to the role.

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The Enterprise herself has always remained recognisable.
She was groundbreaking in the 60’s. There had never been anything like her on TV before.
She went through various upgrades and redesigns with the movies until we get to the beautiful Abrams re-boot design.
She needed to be similar to the TV Ship but she needed to be tweeked enough to make her work for the modern audiences.
I think they succeeded quite nicely.

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The original series was colourful. It tackled modern issues in a completely different way to what had been seen before.
It made people think of the possibilities of our future. Peaceful co-existence, exploration, human potential.

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The re-boot has kept all of that. It has just brought it up to modern standards for a modern audience who expect more from their special effects.

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As much as we had a lot to thank the original crew for, they did end up a little like geriatrics in space!

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The show desperately needed re-envisioning and I think JJ Abrams has done an outstanding job.
He’s kept everything still very much noticeable as Star Trek.

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But he’s given us new imagery.
Amazing special effects.
A twist on the whole Star Trek Mythos that means he can re-write everything we know about Star Trek.
A whole new future for a whole new (old) crew.

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Verdict.

I love Classic Star Trek.
I love everything it has given us on TV, from Classic Trek through Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise.
I love all the movies prior to the re-boot.
I love the conventions and all the colourful people that attend them.

But….

I love the re-boot Star Trek.
The two movies to date have been exciting.
Every cast member has recreated their respective characters amazingly well.
The whole feel of the movies is lavish. The Abrams lens flare works!
The twist in the story was a stroke of genius.
I can’t wait to see how far they will go.

So…….

I can’t actually decide which one I love the most.
I am going to put this one down to a draw.
I have too much respect for the original and what it gave us to just dismiss it.
I love the re-boot too much to ignore it.

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