It’s time to get nostalgic with ‘Star Trek’ reboot movie

In 2009, J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures decided to reboot the “Star Trek” movie Franchise. Before the reboot of the franchise, there have been 10 previous “Star Trek” films: six involving the cast of the original series, and four involving the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” “Star Trek” was the first new installment of the franchise since the canceled “Star Trek: Enterprise” in 2005.

“Star Trek” follows the characters from the original and how they got on the U.S.S Enterprise. The movie is the prequel to everything in the series. It also creates a new timeline that is different from the events in the original series and so on. Personally, I liked the fact that they aren’t changing anything that has been already established. They are just creating their own world and their own system of characters without ruining what was already established.

The characters were entertaining. Their interactions with each other are one of the highlights of the film. They make you get invested in the characters. There isn’t one character that you really don’t like. They are all extremely likable characters. The plot is okay due to how long this movie is. It’s a little over two hours. You really don’t get into it until 45 minutes into the movie. I like how it sets up the back history for two of the main characters, James T. Kirk and Spock, but it wasn’t any two captivating.

Oh, apparently Kirk was sleeping around with TONS of women during his years at Starfleet Academy. If you are like me, you now have the image of William Shatner, the OG Kirk, sleeping around. YOU WILL NEVER GET THAT IMAGE OUT OF YOUR HEAD. I would rather just keep Chris Pine in that image than Shatner because…well, It’s Chris Pine.

This movie is visually stunning. It’s appealing to the eyes and shot just beautifully. My only complaint is the number of lens flares when they are on the Enterprise. I get that it’s in the future but if there is that many lens flares, they need to cut down the power to the lights because of it slightly not annoying. It was a good effect that helps with the setting feeling more realistic but still.

“Star Trek” reboot film is an extremely good and entertaining movie. You will get lost in the movie once they get to Starfleet Academy. The characters and how the movie is shot is everything. I recommend this movie if you are new to the franchise or don’t care that this isn’t in the original storyline. The Trekkie fandom isn’t fond of this movie because it “ruined the original timeline” when it really didn’t. It’s a new timeline. 

Ratings: 3.5 out of 5

 

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Season Review: ‘Star Trek Discovery’

Space, the final frontier

On Sunday, February 11, the CBS All-Access Show “Star Trek Discovery” finished up its first season. When show first premiered, click here for that review, I gave the show a 3 out of 5. That was probably being nice because frankly, it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t anything spectacular. That was kind of feel that I got out from the entire series. This is a mild warning that I cannot promise that there won’t be any spoilers. There will probably be some.

“Star Trek Discovery” first season follows the United Federation of Planets involvement in a war with the Klingon on race. The overall theme of the season was about the events that happened in the first two episodes involving the main character, Michael Burnham. The series itself started off a little weak. Like I mentioned before, the first two episodes could have easily been one. Some of the plot within the first act of the season didn’t really carry much weight. There was times that the plot was good and then there was time it was bad. It was just inconsistent. You got that they were in a wartime situation but at the same time, it really didn’t feel like that.

The season started to pick up during the second act of the season where they were stuck in an alternative universe, also known as mirror universe. That’s when I began to really enjoy what this show had to offer. It was like a fresh breath of air went into the show. It finally gave the show that sense of urgency that is needed throughout it. Frankly, I would have like more episodes in mirror universe. I would have ended the season on a cliffhanger or when the USS Discovery got back and the Klingon Empire taken over everything. The second season could have started off with that. The finale just came across as rushed and extremely anticlimactic. It just ended like ran out of time.

The lack of moral/doing the right thing in the name of science/survival was probably the stronger plot of the entire series. It was something that carried out throughout both acts of the season. It really what made “Discovery” good when it was good. You could really tell and feel the tense in the situations that occurred. It also got extremely good when morals got thrown out the window by Starfleet or someone above them, and the characters had to wonder if they were going to put their morals at risk or follow orders.

The acting on the show was extremely good. There really wasn’t any acting in the series itself. The drama was there and when it clicked with the plot, that what made it so fucking good. Everyone did an extremely good job with the characters they portrayed. The shots and the production is pretty much flawless. It made the show feel like the new movies version of the series.

Verdict

Overall, “Star Trek Discovery” is still an okay show. It picked up after the mid-season hiatus and that’s when it picked up it’s stride. It just failed to capture that in what I would call a lackluster season finale, which the highlight was the meeting of the OG USS Enterprise. I also think that it’s only like 15 episodes didn’t help with the overall story telling. There was somethings that I would have liked to be better explained. It’s not a bad show, just didn’t live up to their potential.

Click here to watch all of the first season.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Review: Boldly go with ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

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Make it So, Number One

Last night, the first episode of the first Star Trek television series in 12 years premiered on CBS and later the first two episodes being free to stream on the CBS All Access. CBS All Access is the streaming service through CBS that allows you to see original content, current and past show episodes (including all “Survivor” and “Big Brother” episodes and season), Star Trek is like Star Wars, but less of the dark side and more of the explorer with a side of battle stations. I’m going to try to have no spoilers but Anyways, here’s my review of the first two episodes of “Star Trek: Discovery.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” takes place in the TV/normal canon and has nothing to do with the movie franchise, which is a good thing. While I slightly enjoy the movies, I’m very glad they are keeping the two universes separate. The show takes place in between the prequel series, “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and the original series that aired in the 1960s. The first two episodes also set up the series and really doesn’t have anything to do with the rest of the series, besides one character. The one characters and the events that happened on the first two episodes that really keep tie everything together.

The series follows Michael Burnham as her life turns upside during the Cold War between the United Federation of Planets and the newly reunited Klingon Empire. Unlike the past five Star Trek series, the show’s main character but rather the first officer, who is the second in command on the ship. You pretty much spend the first couple of episodes waiting to see if she becomes captain but a twist at the end of episode two that really takes the show in an expected direction. I can already tell that this series is a brand new take on the entire Star Trek universe. It’s rather refreshing that this show isn’t like any other show in the series.

Thematically, it’s shot like it was out of the film franchise, just minus all the lens flares. Thank god, there is no lens flares. In fact, the first two episodes reminded me a lot of a prequel movie. It’s sets up the plot, and introduces the main character in a way that keeps you engaged. Honestly, it would make more sense to make the first two episodes into one. The second episode literally picks up where the first one ends like it was meant to be like that.

This really wasn’t a good start to the series. Yeah, it was interesting but it just didn’t live up to the usually fanfare that comes with the Star Trek franchise. If they would have combined the first two into one and then showed the third, it might have been a little big better. There’s also some story telling aspects that aren’t really fleshed out.    It’s mainly with the Klingon, who don’t really look like Klingon’s besides the iconic ridges. I don’t hate the show so far, but it just feels rushed a little bit. The effects, the acting, and the fighting is on par with the rest of the series in the franchise.

The opening credits for the show are also something that is just bad. The music is trying to be it’s own thing while borrowing portions of the original series theme. The opening video has been just of the ship flying around in space before going into warp out of  scene. For this show, it’s like drawing that are coming to left and the ship is flying around them. It’s just one of those things that make you scratch your head. They really could have done better with the opening. All the other ones are iconic.

I hope the “Star Trek: Discovery” picks up with the reminding episodes, but the first two just fell a little flat for me. It there were combined and with the third episode shown, it might have been a little bit better. I tired to think of it on it’s own marks but not like the other series in the franchise, but they were just better when it came to setting up the season. The show is definitely suffering from the growing pains. I’ll review the first part of the season once it concludes in November. Here’s to the show getting better!

”Star Trek: Discovery” will stream every Sunday at 8:30 PM on the CBS All Access.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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