To Boldly Go Where Favorite Daughter the Geek Goes

9 05 2009

“Sci-fi geekology” was never even a gleam in my educational eye when we first put up our public school shields, beamed ourselves home to the mother ship and charted our unschooling course, but guess where we’ve boldly gone anyway?

STAR TREK! Oh man you guys, she is so excited!

Calvin and I are going to see it tomorrow, and I wanted to do something to mark the occasion. Poll time!

Frisky cock of the snook to the Huff Post blogger who calls it a “clever reboot” of Star Trek setting up “a coming-of-age saga for the Obama generation:”

One of the most compelling things in this dark time about Star Trek is that it presents a positive future. All these things we worry about now — and which are reflected in our super-mass scifi entertainment — new world disorder, religious and ethnic differences, economic contradictions, environmental challenge, technological overreach — are in fact managed and surmounted and we pursue the deepest and most positive of human instincts, curiosity, in a quest for exploration and understanding.

The American spirit of Indiana Jones continues forward, adapting to new circumstances.

From one of her visitors from another planet, someone who has already seen and blogged the new movie, I’ve just learned why George Lucas should be spinning in his grave:

If you know me, you know that I’m a Star Wars fanboy through and through . .
But as I watched this movie, I had a very sick feeling in my stomach. It was the feeling that as Star Wars continues to get worse, Star Trek is getting better.

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5 responses

10 05 2009
Meg

I actually had the pleasure of Boy deciding that maybe things that Mom likes really are cool – after seeing the movie with his college friends. Kind of makes the heart grow warm.

10 05 2009
JJ

Now that’s a good mother’s day! 😉

19 05 2009
Betty Malone

Loved the movie, the whole young man on a quest to save the world, despite the tortured death of his father and then the alternate universe where our dear Spock retains his logic, but grows a sexy heart where he decides that loving his mother is an okay humanity to embrace. (take a breath!) Just loved the story-the action-and the freshness of JJ Abrams direction. Good movie making and good story telling

Can’t wait to see the next two which are in the works already..Where will this new Enterprise Crew take us?

19 05 2009
JJ

It’s been fun for us to get Young Son into this alternate universe. He hasn’t seen the movie yet because he’d never seen anything about Star Trek, just Star Wars. So he was nonplussed to say the least, didn’t care about going to see this movie.

FavD suggested he watch an old TV series rerun or two just as a small sample, and then save himself the trouble of a whole afternoon and a $15 outing if he didn’t like it. Now he’s recording episodes of different series from different channels around the clock, watching them all night and he’s decided that “Next Generation” is his favorite, and he’s having so much fun that I haven’t been able to coax him out yet to SEE the new movie . . . but he has up a good head of steam for it now! And I can wait; these old shows are fun too. 🙂

p.s. Guessing the Quantum Leap dvd set will be in our near future, because he’s seen Scott Bakula as an Enterprise captain now . . .

19 05 2009
JJ

Quoting our real young man on a quest to save the word, Barack Obama, in Newsweek:

. . .So Star Trek, we saw this weekend, which I thought was good. Everybody was saying I was Spock, so I figured I should check it out and—[the president makes the Vulcan salute with his hand].

Very good.
Yes, absolutely.

Did you watch that when you were growing up?
I used to love Star Trek. You know, Star Trek was ahead of its time. There was a whole—the special effects weren’t real good, but the storylines were always evocative, you know, there was a little commentary and a little pop philosophy for a 10-year-old to absorb.

A lot of U.N. stuff.
Yes, exactly, right.

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