Star Trek in the Park (Aro)

January 17, 2017 at 8:13 am | Posted in Show Review | Leave a comment
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It is the beginning of a new year, so it is time for Summer Star Trek.

This year they put on Journey to Babel¬†– notable for introducing Spock’s father (Sarek)¬† and mother (Amanda Grayson).

This is the best production yet. The adaptation for the open format was very good, and the acting did not take itself too seriously, so it was fun! Spock and Kirk were borderline  parodies of themselves Рjust brilliant. The introduction of the actors shaking created a real sensation of movement.

As usual the pre-show was talented and enjoyable. The singing of ‘Star Trekking’ was done particularly well on the night I went.

If you are a Star Trek fan, this it is definitely worth a go.

Star Trek: Into Darkness

May 12, 2013 at 9:46 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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Or as I prefer to think of it Star Trek XI.

Director J.J. Abrams has done a great job.

Warning: Plot elements discussed.

The old gang (Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Sulu, Chekov, Bones and Scotty) take on John Harrison – a Federation operative gone rogue. Harrison has killed tens of people and some of the Federation’s top captains – including Christopher Pike. Joining the crew is Dr. Carol Marcus as science officer – much to Spock’s chagrin.

The re-boot of the Star Trek universe is still underway. The death of Captain Pike by phaser fire removes all of the old story threads that originate with the Captain-Pike-in-a-wheel-chair. The addition of a new character – Marcus – creates fresh opportunities.

The film is very much a character study – of Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto), and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) gets a significant look-in. Quinto’s Spock is softer than previous portrays. In some ways John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) acts like a mirror for Kirk. How is Kirk’s disregard for the rules different from Harrison’s ruthlessness. Cumberbatch plays a superb villan.

There are some nice combat – small unit and ship-to-ship – sequences. The original TV-series was strong on script because the cost of special effects. Today’s Star Trek TV-series and films are less shackled. Abrams gets the mix right. Having the Enterprise re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere is spectacular.

The opening third of the movie does a great job of dangling a number of possible plot directions; so it is a total surprise when Harrison’s real identity is revealed. This film re-boots one of the original TV episodes – “Space Seed”.

There were moments of light-heartedness: the throttle control on the Enterprise looks like a copy of the on on Galaxy Quest.

Well done to the Trailer director – who put together a completely different impression of the film.

Definitely worth seeing on the wide screen.

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