As it has since September 8, 1966 with the debut of "The Man Trap" on NBC that marked the beginning of the greatest and one of the longest-lasting Science Fiction franchises in the history of filmed entertainment, "Star Trek" once again boldly goes, this time to where it has never gone before in the span of 43 years, six television series, and 10 feature films. Several years later in Iowa, a young James Tiberius Kirk (Jimmy Bennett) is depicted as a renegade, a boy living on the edge, willing to disobey orders and rules should it suit his fancy.In 2009, a new film with a new cast portraying old favorites returned to the series' roots to explore strange new worlds populated not by new civilizations but more complex and understandably functional sets and wondrous special effects that improve not on the spirit but certainly the look and feel of the old classics while delivering a film that at once both satisfies the demands of longtime fans and welcomes newcomers eager to accept this version of "Star Trek" that doesn't break the mold but instead reshapes it to fabulous effect. Meanwhile, on the planet Vulcan, a young Spock (Jacob Kogan) is ridiculed by his peers for his half-Vulcan, half-human heritage, demonstrating his susceptibility to emotional outbursts.For instance, Sulu's (John Cho) prowess with the blade is utilized in one of the film's pivotal action sequences.
With Director Nicholas Meyer's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, "Trek" took a turn towards the militaristic, with stricter adherence to military custom, dress, rank, and terminology, not to mention delivering more in the way of dangerous and exciting action pieces.
If fans can enjoy both Roddenberry's more utopian vision and Meyer's more traditionally militaristic visions equally, why not Abrams', too, considering his masterful job of exploring both sides equally in Star Trek, mentioning Starfleet's purpose of being a "humanitarian and peacekeeping armada" while at the same time including plenty of action and cementing it all in a decidedly militaristic structure.
Most importantly, Star Trek features a cast that might not absolutely resemble the actors that played in Gene Roddenberry's original "Star Trek," but they each understand not only their character's mannerisms but also the importance to the fan base to portray them with a dignity and compassion for the source material and the unique performances that made the characters so memorable.
In fact, the filmmakers have integrated additional character traits into the story for both dramatic and humorous effect, and the script's understanding of the complexities of the characters further allows the actors to effectively portray them as fans demand.
It's almost organic, a design reflected in the technology implemented in the view screens and the data they display.
No longer is the bridge made up of a jumble of clunky buttons as seen in the Original Series or the flat and seemingly unintuitive LCARS design of "The Next Generation." Here's it's something more readily identifiable to 2009 audiences (something "Enterprise" did very well) despite its complex structure.
In that regard, both the characters and the ship require a strong resemblance to those which first appeared in 1966, and while there is no mistaking that for Abrams' Star Trek, the similarities are perfectly maintained while providing a new identity for the 2009 rebirth.
The Enterprise retains her basic shape, with an elevated saucer section, warp nacelles protruding from the hull in "V" formation and located behind the saucer, and a deflector array at the front of the hull and a shuttle bay in the rear.
The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion.
As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. For more about Star Trek and the Star Trek Blu-ray release, see Star Trek Blu-ray Review published by You are fully capable of deciding your own destiny. Kelvin is destroyed by a large and technologically advanced vessel, the event promising to forever alter the course of the unwritten yet destiny-driven history ahead.
The computers require skill and speed to operate; no longer can the crew lock on to a signal for transport or engage the warp drive with the simple press of a button.