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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Live longer and prosper

I approached the new Star Trek movie with some trepidation.

I grew up with Kirk, Spock and Bones. I had initial skepticism about Picard and Riker and Data but was eventually won over by their respect for that which had come before them. Same for the other series which followed, even the late and somewhat unlamented Star Trek: Enterprise.

But in the back of my mind I remembered what happened when James Bond was given a makeover. Gone was the charming, cunning secret agent saving the world from SPECTRE and SMERSH. Instead I saw a self-destructive, sullen homicidal character who was more sociopath than savior.

So would JJ Abrams do to Kirk and company what Martin Craig did to Bond. James Bond?

Heck no!

Chris Pine had the legendary Kirk swagger. Karl Urban was most assuredly a young Leonard McCoy. Zachary Quinto may not have had the same eyebrow control as Leonard Nimoy but that's a quibble.

Frankly, this was the best Star Trek movie of them all. May we continue to boldly go where no one has gone before.

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