Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Again with the Klingons?

Leave it to The Onion to come up with the funniest headline about the new Star Trek movie:

Trekkies Bash Star Trek Film As, 'Fun, Watchable'

I must admit, I have never quite understood what's so damned great about Star Trek. Star Wars I more or less understood. It was a gigantic space opera with intergalactic cowboys like Han Solo, duking it out with imperial baddies like Darth Vader. Back when I was a kid, I thought it was the bee's knees.

Star Trek, on the other hand, seemed a little dull. And confusing.

The more interesting thing about the Star Trek franchise was that it really did spawn a cult of Trekkies. These seriously weird people (a degree removed from the schlub) really do relate to eachother on some sort of primal nerdy level that is sort of fascinating to watch... for about five minutes. (Any longer in their presence starts to feel seriously creepy.)

But faithful these people are.

They churned out some seriously crappy Star Trek movies to appease these fans before they got to this (semi-decent) one. Like, for instance, did you ever see Star Trek XII: So Very Tired?