When the Fourth was with you (dang, the joke doesn’t work well in the past tense), we asked about your favorite lightsaber Yoda Wookie scruffy nerf-herder Star Wars movie. 53% of you were overtaken when the Empire Struck Back, reeling from the revelation that Vader was Luke’s father (OMG spoiler). 19% voted for the original, A New Hope for science fiction. Rounding out the original trilogy was Jedi with 12%. Clone Wars, the one that didn’t quite fit with the others anyway, got only 1% of the vote.
Over the weekend, I caught the newest entry in the battle between Star Wars and Star Trek, as the Federation Strikes Back with the new update, featuring a rebooted franchise and cast (with one exception). I was not alone in this, as many showings were sold out as everyone and their mother (literally) sought out the new adventures of Kirk and Spock.
I enjoyed the film, and felt that the new actors slipped into their roles very well. The two main stand-outs were Simon Pegg playing, well, Simon Pegg, but who doesn’t want more of that? (And thus it was a bit disappointing that he doesn’t appear until most of the way through the movie). Chris Pine as Kirk played up a rebellious nature that was more restrained in Shatner, and it worked in the context of the story. I felt that the movie did a good job as an origin story movie with a fast-paced action-adventure plot that was definitively Star Trek in its scope and technobabble. There were plenty of winks and nods to fans (there was really only one classic line that was missed out on), and it showed a lot of respect to everything that came before while saying “we’re going to tell some new stories, now.” With all the money it made this weekend, combined with all the positive reviews, you know there’s going to be a sequel (or five).
Thus, for all you new and old Trek fans alike, to balance the scales of last week, I present to you the following query…
I’ve chosen to make it 2 to balance out the newness factor of the just-released film and get a sense of what other Trek films are popular as well. Let us know what you like (and if you saw it, what you thought of the new one), and live long and prosper.
P.S. (slight spoiler): Romulans are my favorite race in Star Trek, and I love when they get to be a decent bad guy.