May 04, 2009

Star trek jinx?

For a long time the principle has been that even-numbered Star Trek movies would be good and odd-numbered ones would be crap. Has the new Star Trek movie escaped from that jinx? It's #11, but as I write this it has 22 positive reviews and no negative ones,  resulting in 100% on the Tomato Meter.

I won't see it. You can't go home. I'm no longer the high school kid who secretly watched the third season in his bedroom in the basement with the volume turned way down. (Come to think of it, for all the accusations of such things, I haven't lived in a basement since then.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 08:21 PM | Comments (11) | Add Comment
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1 I can think of a lot of things I'd rather do than go see the new Star Trek movie.  Molt.  Pick nits out of my wings.  Disembowel myself with a melon baller.  That sort of thing.

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 04, 2009 09:46 PM (/nYBT)

2 From what I've seen of the snippets at their website, I'm going to hate it. That's not going to stop me from seeing it. I've never missed a Star Trek movie, not even The One That Shall Not Be Named. (Hint: Shatner directed.)

I still wonder if it's entirely a coincidence that I got horribly ill for two weeks after seeing it...

Posted by: ubu at May 04, 2009 09:59 PM (OYdzO)

3 I don't know if I'm going to see it or not. I keep thinking of it as Big Gay Star Trek*, ever since I've seen the first publicity stills (and the first trailer, even more so.) I wonder how many of the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are by people who are longtime fans of the series (too lazy to check.) *Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Posted by: RickC at May 05, 2009 06:02 AM (ndqAK)

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I saw it last week (sneak preview). I really enjoyed it, though I should note that I'm not a fan of the original series (but I loved TNG). I'd be curious to see what someone who loved the original series thought, as JJ Abrams did change some things. It's also more of an action movie than other Star Treks, but that worked fine for me.

With apologies for self promotion, there's a mostly spoiler free review at my blog.

Posted by: Mark at May 05, 2009 06:22 AM (aUPJJ)

5 Hm, it turns out that longtime fans hate it: Fans hate new movie(video)

Posted by: RickC at May 05, 2009 07:23 AM (ndqAK)

6 Rick, that's the Onion.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 05, 2009 09:12 AM (+rSRq)

7 It is the Onion, but the Onion's whole trade is being uncomfortably close to the truth. I recall their piece on NASA's safety inspector delaying launch. Their inspector was a copy of the actual inspector.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at May 05, 2009 09:36 AM (/ppBw)

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Yes, but the point of the Onion's segment was that fans were bashing on it because it was good.  Whether it is or not, I will know in a few days, but the point it made about TOS and TNG was spot on.  The fight with the Gorn had me grinning like a madman.

And from Mark's review, I gather they're actually going to address the retelling in such a way that any canonical differences going forward are actually addressed.  (Although they'll still find ways to violate canon, anyway.)  I've followed it closely enough that I have an idea why, though it's a spoiler.

Posted by: ubu at May 05, 2009 12:29 PM (i7ZAU)

9 I got started on TNG and quit watching Trek during the Voyager years.  Voyager highlighted everything wrong about the franchise.

Posted by: Zyrkon at May 05, 2009 01:21 PM (PBdV8)

10 Here's another review, very upbeat.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 05, 2009 02:17 PM (+rSRq)

11 Steven: yes, I know it's the Onion. Like ubu said, the premise was that fans hated it because it was good, and that Paramount said it would seem just as cheesy as the original in a few years. That's wildly funny. Especially to me, since I dislike the pompous blowhardiness that took over the series when Captain Surrender was in charge.

Posted by: RickC at May 06, 2009 07:13 AM (pKdjQ)

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