Watching the original series (TOS) again and again has been something of a family tradition. My three brothers and I rarely agree, but all of us loved TOS. Years after we were all grown, a favorite triva game was to do a round-robin, naming all the episodes. As each of us failed to name one, we lost our turn and dropped out of the game.
I never watched any of the numerous television spinoffs of TOS. I did go to see Movies 1, 2, and 4, but then swore off the films, too. It was just too painful to watch my favorite characters growing old, bald and fat.
The fourth film debuted in 1986, so it's been twenty-three years since I've developed any new Star Trek memories. But I was happy to have the reruns. Just for fun, as I wrote this, I cruised the regular network channels and discovered The Devil in the Dark was playing on Channel 52 in Dallas. That episode from the first season was one of my favorites: with the mother Horta fighting to protect her eggs from miners.
Today we went to see the new Star Trek movie. To my complete surprise, I loved it! The film is bold and imaginative while still great fun and respectful of the original canon. The young cast is superb, especially Zachary Quinto as Spock and Simon Pegg as Scotty.
My favorite parts were those paying homage to the original series and to the early movies (one of the best parts was the telling of how cadet Kirk beat the Kobayashi Maru test devised for Starfleet recruits and first described in the second movie The Wrath of Khan.
Among the other fun moments:
- How McCoy got the nickname "Bones."
- A nod to Sulu's love of fencing (mentioned in the first season episode of TOS called Shore Leave)
- The trilling of a tribble in the background when we meet Scotty on a Starfleet base.
Run to your nearest theatre to see Star Trek. I promise you won't regret it.