I spent a recent Tuesday evening watching Star Trek, the new movie with the old name. The Batman refresh opened doors for this movie. Adding in J.J. Abrams as director, at the height of his powers (and clout), gave Star Trek a great platform to go where we’ve all gone before, gladly.
finally caught Star Trek. Fun, but needed some Klingons instead of deranged Romulan miner as foil for Kirk, Spock and crew. Red matter?!?
With a bit more reflection, and space, I appreciate the restart of once-compelling franchise. Handling the aging of Shatner, Nimoy, and crew was getting to be beyond awkward. Rewinding to the never-before-shown beginning of their “careers” gives the well-known characters additional years to tell new & different tales without apologizing or hiding their age.
In this movie, the scenes on planets (Earth and otherwise) are more compelling than the starship moments. Time travel plays too large a part, but I’ll forgive the trick as long as subsequent films take advantage of the wide open vistas of storytelling space generated by this gimmick.