Monday, May 18, 2009

Star Trek [2009]


Star Trek [2009 film]

When we thought that Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002 was the final installment and franchise to the original motion picture back in 1979. That's like 30 years ago. Wow! But the story is not done yet - instead it continues way further than Star Wars franchise.

The new Star Trek film has a stepping stone taking place right after Nemesis and its comic prequel: Star Trek: Countdown (a four-issue miniseries) by IDW Publishing.

Star Trek: Countdown

A refreshing tale-to-tell yet compelling. The eleveneth film? You bet.

“This movie is an interesting paradox in that it’s both a prequel that introduces new audiences to Kirk, Spock and the gang,” says screenwriter Alex Kurtzman, who along with partner Roberto Orci helped to develop the scenario for the comic that was fleshed out by writer Mike Johnson.

Added Orci, “So the prequel comics are a way to connect what was the series that got us into the show and allowed us to go through the next phase of the show, which was Star Trek: The Next Generation. The last time you saw Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek continuity was in Star Trek: The Next Generation [the two-part 'Unification'] so the idea of connecting that material to our movie, just as a fan, was something we wanted to do. The entire continuity of Star Trek prior to our movie is necessary for our movie to exist; it is literally caused by continuity and the comics are a way to make that patently clear.” (EdGross, 2009)

It was the year 2387 where the galaxy is threatened by an unusual phenomenon caused by a volatile supernova. In that future, Ambassador Spock (Leonard Nimoy) pilots the Jellyfish (refer: Star Trek: Countdown) ship which carries the red matter, of which he intended to create an artificial black hole to consume the supernova.

Captain Nero (Eric Bana) monitoring on the Narada

Before Spock could eventually succeed, the supernova no doubt has destroyed the planet Romulus where the entire population of the Romulans were eradicated. While Captain Nero (Eric Bana) aboard the Romulan mining ship Narada were emotionally hurt to see his planet being remotely destroyed in an instant black death. He vowed to avenge his people, his wife and child on Spock Prime and the Federation.

The birth of future Captain James Tiberius Kirk

Somewhere in between of the scenarios, both ships are caught in the black hole's event horizon and travel to different points in the past. The Narada arrives first, 154 years earlier, and attacks the Federation starship USS Kelvin. As the Kelvin is evacuated, acting-Captain George Kirk stays behind to provide cover for the fleeing shuttlecraft. George pilots the Kelvin into the Narada in a last ditch ramming attack, moments after George's son, James Tiberius Kirk, is born aboard a fleeing shuttle. Spock arrives 25 years later only to be captured by Nero and marooned on the planet Delta Vega so that he can witness the destruction of Vulcan.

Young Kirk (Chris Pine) on bike

Kirk(Chris Pine) grows to be an intelligent but reckless and cynical young man. After Kirk is beaten badly in a barfight while attempting to pick up Uhura (Zoe Saldaña).

Captain Christopher Pike tells him of his father's heroic efforts and convinces him to join Starfleet. Kirk befriends fellow cadet Leonard McCoy (Karl Urban).

Spock (Zachary Quinto) chokes Kirk after being provoked for having no feelings for the death of his human mother. (Yes! Spock will emerged into Sylar!!)

In his third year at the Academy, Kirk is accused of cheating on the Kobayashi Maru test by its programmer, Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto). At the resultant hearing, Starfleet receives a distress signal from Vulcan that indicates the appearance of a lightning storm in space, and the cadets are mobilized to help crew the ships in orbit. McCoy brings the grounded Kirk onboard the USS Enterprise as a patient under McCoy's care... (Anyways, You have gotta watch it!)

(L-R): Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin), James T.Kirk (Chris Pine), Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (Simon Pegg), Leonard McCoy (Karl Urban), Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldaña)

It was not bad at all. A fresh reboot for Star Trek film. The upbringing lifestyle of Jim Kirk being the young and reckless even upon joining the Starfleet. Pine delivers with lots of humor in it to make the movie less serious and much more interesting. Quinto as Spock is mesmerizing yet he carries his role very careful. Yelchin who portrayed Chekov is a very lively character with his utterance of the word "V" to "W". Since this is remake of the Star Wars and how Kirk became captain of the uss-enterprise- it seems that they had yet to use a lightsaber version of the sword since Sulu (Cho) is using a blade which resembles a giant paper knife. Cho seems to be very serious in this film compare to Harold & Kumar franchise which he acted opposite Kal Penn and other films like America Pie were the raunchy and wild sex-comedy, so he's getting serious business like Sean William Scott. While Pegg has always been the central of comedian but his role in the film enters very late - so we don't get to see much of his chunks but we still get to laugh over.

Related sources:

EdGross 2009, Star Trek Countdown: An Interview with Kurtzman & Orci, viewed on 18 May 2009, <>

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