Monday, May 4, 2009

I Dare You to Call Me a Trekkie. And Chris Pines: Yum

Not-yet-released movie-viewing status: Yep. I saw it. Early Preview.

You know what I'm talking about, right?

At least, you Trekkies know what I'm talking about. And let me tell you, when you hear those opening words:

"A long time ago, in a galaxy..." wait, that's not right.

"In Space, no one can hear you scream..." Oh crap.

Anyone here speak geek? Hold on. Let me Google it.

Okay, got it.

"Space... the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. To see the zippers in the cheesy alien costumes. To say goodbye to the un-named trooper of the week. To fall to one's knees, and give a gut-wrenching shout of "Kaaaahhhhhhhhnnnnnnnn!"

Okay, I may have embellished the opening words.

As most of you know, I am not a Trekkie. (BTW, did you know that the purest Trekkies consider "Trekkie" a derogatory term? I mean gee whiz, Trekkies can sure be a touchy bunch of Trekkies.)

Anyway, back to Trekkies. I am no Trekkie. I'm not even a closet Trekkie, denying my Trekksual orientation. I do not debate the merits of previous Trek disasters, a la the guys from Big Bang Theory (by the way, this same debate took place at Sunday dinner last night):

So my expectations were pretty low.

And when I saw some reviews that said, "The best Star Trek movie since The Wrath of Kahn," and then I saw the poster for said Wrath movie:
I thought to myself, "This is what it's trying to live up to? A movie about a battle with Michael Bolten?"

So I lowered my already drowning expectations into a deep dark abyss.

But I have to admit... from the first space battle scene, the first heroic death (whoops, spoiler alert) the first meeting of Spock and Kirk, I was hooked.

Yes, some of the aliens looked like they had been injected with a buttload of botox. And I'm sure some of the references to past shows went way over my head. (Tribbles, anyone? Yeah, me neither.)

But I can't wait to see it again.

Things I liked about it:

1. Simon Pegg plays "Scottie". Simon Pegg is the English actor behind such movies as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Two of my favorites. (I do not recommend movies because I always get in trouble, so please don't go out and rent them or anything.)

2. James Tiberius Kirk spends most of the movie drunk, drugged or in a bar fight. He always sports a swollen lip and the traces of blood from his latest scuffle. He's an absolute mess. And I love guys who are absolute messes.

He's a scruffy nerfherder.

3. Halfway through the movie, my mom leans over and asks me (in reference to Capt. Kirk), "Isn't that Hugh Jackman?"
Hugh Jackman

Chris Pines: Capt. KirkI know. They're like twins.

4. There exists a certain contagious energy when hundreds of geeks converge in one place. You could almost taste the pathetic despair in the air. And it tasted good.

5. There were no Klingons or Klingon dialects. (At least, as far as I could tell)

6. The security guards in the theater were so dang serious. It was really very cute.

Security guard:
"If I even see a cell phone, I will have to escort you from the theater. The higher ups have given me no leeway on this, so please make it easier on yourself." Then he flashed his ID. "Don't make me use this."

Then he hitched up his belt, tipped his hat to the ladies, clicked his spurs and sauntered out of the room, to where Daisy was hitched to a post outside.

Things I could do without:
1. Trudging scenes.
I understand the need for pacing in movies, as well as books. But I really get bored with the trudging scenes, where the Main Character gets stuck/stranded/lost and must trudge through the snow/desert/sludge along the way encountering monsters/bad guys/starving children.

I know it's all about giving the audience/reader a chance to take a breath before the big final showdown. But it feels exactly how it sounds.

Like trudging.

2. Now people are going to call me a Trekkie. But I'm not. Because this movie is not Star Trek. It's not. It's a really cool sci-fi pic.

Sis-in-law E still says I'm a Trekkie now, no matter how much I deny it. So we'll have a quick lesson.

This is Trekkie:
This is Trekkie:

This is NOT Trekkie. Sci-fi geek, yes. Trekkie, no. I am a sci-fi geek.

You still callin' me a Trekkie? Whatev's.

It's time again for some contests and book give-aways. I'll give you the details Wednesday, but let me just say the contests are easy-peezy. I might as well be giving the books away for free! Which, I guess I am.


  1. Ha! I think it is possible to enjoy a Star Trek movie and not be a Trekkie, especially if it is the first Trekkie-like thing you've enjoyed. No worries...

    And although you won't recommend it - I'll take one for the team - Hot Fuzz rocks! Funny, mildly gory and just all around a fun movie! Although, Srgt Angel would be appalled at the condition of my peace lily in my office.

  2. Una- My point exactly!

    And it's so nice to find another Hot Fuzz fan. My fave is when the couple crashes their car, and gets decaffeinated. Classic.

  3. Brodi, we are soul sisters. My hubby and I love Simon Pegg and his movies (we even own several--but please don't tell my mom) haha!

    My whole family is Trekkies (I guess they're not hard-core since they dont mind the term) and would gather every Sunday night to watch--while I, as a high schooler would sit on the phone or up in my room so I wouldn't have to watch it. But I gotta say, my hubs is interested so I might just make it out to this movie.

  4. Deb- We are totally sistahs from anothah mothah!

    Simon Pegg is brilliant, but just crude enough that it's hard to recommend, right?

    I would definitely give the new Trek a chance. I really hated the original and subsequent shows, but I would see the movie again.

  5. i am SO going to see Star Trek, and i am SO NOT a "trekkie" either!
    it looks great! (i think it may have something to do w/my BSG addiction---converting me to the "dark side" AKA Sci-FI)
    thanks for the review brodi~

  6. I love it, I feel every Monday morning! Another part I love is that Lurch lives with his Mum and his sister.... Where's the eyes-popping-out-of-the-head smilie??

    I'm all for this Star Trek movie...the hottie men are so worth it...

  7. When you said this in your post: "He's an absolute mess. And I love guys who are absolute messes." I think everyone sees that about me as well...I am a complete mess, a very sexy mess, but a mess nonetheless. Now I understand your attraction to me.

  8. Dorien- That's "Dork Side"!

    Una- That's the other difference- this movie actually has hot guys.

    Sam- Capt. Kirk is Scruffy. You're fluffy. There's a big difference.

    Everyone- I just realized how dang long that post was. Sorry!

  9. Hate Star Trek.

    LOVE Big Bang Theory.

    Thanks for the good times.

  10. Brodi, Brodi, Brodi

    "The lady doth protest too much. . ."

    Come on just admit it and embrace all the Trekkie love!

  11. Emily- Love Big Bang Theory too.

    Eden- Who are you callin' a "lady"?

  12. All I can say is, who goes to see a sci-fi/trekkie movie premier with their mother?

  13. Just say the movie yesterday and being the biggest trekkie of any one I know I have to say that this movie was great even for a trekkie. There were a lot of fun fun trekkie references, but fundamentally it was just a dang good action flick set in the future. Whoever wrote this script managed to satisfy everyone I think - big home run for them.

  14. Dude. It's okay. You're a trekkie. Nothing bad about it. Just take your time coming to terms with it. If you've watched any Star Trek and enjoyed it, you're probably a trekkie. Also, to take this much time to find all this trek stuff proves that you are. And the new Star Trek IS Star Trek. It's not just another sci-fi movie. It follows the saga of Star Trek (sort of, though it is an alternate reality in the movie) so it IS Star Trek. Hell, it's even NAMED Star Trek.

  15. Anon- Thanks for your comment. I shall now wear my Trekkie-ness on my sleeve, so all will know! :)

  16. Kapitan WolfensteinApril 5, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    As a Trekkie myself, this post made my day.
    Especially on the "This is a Trekkie; This is a Trekkie;" thing, in which -- well, both of those photos are on my facebook wall photos.
    Continue on, good Sir.
    From TOS to 2009, Star Trek ceased to amaze me. (Even if DS9 wasn't on my list of favourites, it was still worth it.)

  17. Kapitan- Thanks for reading the blog!

  18. At the proud age of fifty "What's wrong with haven't been died?!" I am a fan of the 2260s. Call me a treknologist, tHling'n, or Q, I don't care. Just don't call me Luke or 'trooper' or I will be forced to take out my sonic screwdriver.