Let me start off by saying I am, if such a thing is possible, a casual Star Trek
fan. I'm not a Trekkie or a Trekker. I can't recite episode listings. I don't know all my starship classes by sight. That being said, I've seen most, if not all, of the TOS and TNG. I've seen all the movies at least once. I recognize Klingon when I hear it.
So I guess it's not great shock that my now teenaged sons like Trek
as well. One is even on the road to Trekkie. One of his summer projects was Klingon.
They are of the age that the JJ Abrams Star Trek
is their preferred iteration of the property. It used to bother me some, but after taking them to see Star Trek Beyond
over the weekend, I've made peace with that development.
These are full blown 20th Century digital boys. The effects on the older iterations of Trek
just aren't up to their standards. I can't blame them for that. How do you tell a kid raised on the MCU that they have to accept the cardboard and foam sets of TOS?
I've watched all three of the Abrams-verse Treks with them and I can see their appreciation for the property growing. Their Kirk doesn't over emote. He's a man of action. Their crew doesn't sit quietly on the bridge as events unfold around them. They take care of business.
All of these developments are fine. Sure, we've lost some of the deeper philosophical underpinnings of Trek
to lens flare, but it's a new age.
I was honest worried about Star Trek Beyond
when the first trailer hit.
The combination of director Justin Lin and the Beastie Boys sent Trekkies into orbit. It was all just too Fast and Furious.
I've seen the movie. Sabotage
is featured, but in a way that makes sense. There are some Fast and Furious
moments, but they don't detract from the movie as a whole.
Yes, the Enterprise gets destroyed...again. I have to think at this point Starfleet has a giant warehouse full of Enterprises (Enterprisi?) like something out of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Idris Elba has the voice of a classic Star Trek villain, even through the makeup. Of course, at some point I began to count how many cast members are part of the MCU, because that's what I'm a geek about.
The biggest problem with Star Trek Beyond
is that it plays more like an extended television episode than a full blown movie. It's a minor complaint in the grand scheme of things.
The important thing for me is the boys enjoy the franchise. These characters are all part of the Geek lexicon that I've taught them. If it takes Chris Pine's Kirk to get them to appreciate the source material, I'm fine with that. If, in the end, Chris Pine's Kirk is their captain, I'm fine with that too.
We could do a lot worse.