Full disclosure… I used to be a bit of a Star Trek fan. I hesitate to use the word Trekkie because I never went to any conventions or, really, told anyone about my love for Star Trek: The Next Generation back in the early nineties. But I loved it dearly. (Data forever!!)
My first piece of fan fic was a horrifically bad story about the character Q who decided to allow an Earthling girl into the Q-Continuum and imbue her with omnipotent powers. And yes, that Earthling girl may have been me.
But my Star Trek love had long since left the building, replaced by Buffy-love, Lost-love, and other television shows. I wasn’t interested in the new movie, the reimagining of Star Trek by JJ Abrams, creator of Alias, Lost, and several other of my faves. That is, until I heard the reviews that said it, basically, rocked.
I was intrigued. So I went to see it.
This movie had everything in it that I feel WOLVERINE was lacking (a movie I found entertaining, but ultimately unsatisfying). Emotion, story layers, character depth + major WOW factor.
From the moment Star Trek starts, it commands attention. The last opening sequence that blew me away as much as the first 10 minutes of this movie did was The Matrix. I’m not sure how they did it in such a short amount of time, but I was emotionally committed to these characters (I shed a tear!!) and on the very edge of my seat — a position in which I remained for the following two hours.
When you’re a writer, you always hear about “raising the stakes.” Don’t make it easy on your characters. Chase them up that metaphorical tree and throw rocks at them. Well, JJ Abrams does just that (although he uses rocket launchers rather than rocks). He could give lessons on how to make it difficult for his characters.
Have a fight scene? Put it on a small platform that a wrong step would plunge you to your death. And not only that. Depending on where you step, a column of fire might shoot up and incinerate you in an instant.
Have a starship under attack and an evacuation in progress? Have a character pregnant and going into labour.
That is ramping up the tension, people. When it’s bad for your characters, make it a whole hell of a lot worse. The result? The most entertaining movie I’ve seen in recent memory.
Plus… Spock as (romantic) bad ass? Kirk as cocky bad boy? Bring that action on. Kirk could have used just a tad bit of Spock’s angst, though. Just a TAD.
Now I only wish this had been the pilot for a new TV show.
Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think of it??