It’s finally here. Wowing audiences and far surpassing most critical expectations—earning a 96% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing—J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Trek reboot is finally in theaters. In all of my years of being a devout Star Wars nerd, I can safely say that I’m beyond excited to see this film. Blasphemy, I know.
I’d always appreciated Star Trek to some degree. I grew up catching episodes of the original series and The Next Generation here and there, and I’d seen a handful of the feature films. However, I never felt like it was something I was a part of. While Star Wars felt like home—I’d practically memorized The Empire Strikes Back before I was four years old—Star Trek remained foreign to me. As the years went on, I seemed to explore just about every aspect of geek culture, but I never truly latched on to Trek. It was, in many ways, my “final frontier.”
However, in preparation for the new film’s May 7 release, I decided months ago to educate myself on all things Trek. I’ve now seen all of the films featuring the original crew—already placing The Wrath of Khan among my favorite science fiction films of all time—and have finally seen every episode of the original series. I thankfully stopped short of purchasing an English-Klingon dictionary, but I now have a far greater appreciation for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic view of the future. We could all use a bit of that hope for tomorrow at this point in history.
I’ll be reviewing Star Trek on Broken Frontier this week, but I’d love to hear what Wortmaniacs think of it. Feel free to post your thoughts on the franchise relaunch in the comments section below.