Up until about 2 months ago, my kids had never seen “Star Trek.” No “Next Generation,” no “Deep Space Nine,” no “Voyager,” no “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and none of the movies. Heck, I haven’t even seen the last few Star Trek movies, myself. But recently, the original Star Trek returned to our T.V. stations, and it has made for some pretty fun family time.
We’re talking Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty. The classic. The original. My favorite.
The show my own family watched over supper when I was a kid. The show from which Leona’s mom never could quote lines correctly. Like the time she was trying to quote Kirk’s famous line, “Beam me up, Scotty!” and instead she used the unfortunate expression, “Spark me up, Bob!” Hilarious.
But before they even knew what “Star Trek” was, my kids saw Weird Al’s “White and Nerdy” video, with the line, “The only question I ever thought was hard was ‘Do I like Kirk or do I like Picard?'” And before they knew who Spock was, they saw the horrifying video of Leonard Nimoy singing the “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.” Strangely, that may have actually piqued their interest in seeing the show.
So it’s been fun seeing my kids discover the fun of that original series- with the great relationships of the characters, the quirkiness of the sets and costumes and the fun, quotable lines.
Not too long ago, we even watched the T.V. episode that set up who “Khan Noonien Singh” was and then watched the movies, “The Wrath of Khan,” “The Search For Spock” and “The Journey Home” in order. Hmm….”White and Nerdy” is kind of stuck in my head, now.
But I’m really not a Trekker.
And I wouldn’t even think about attending a Star Trek Convention. (If you click on the link, be warned that there are a couple of mild curse words in the video.)
But I am really looking forward to the new Star Trek movie that is in the works with a scheduled release for December 25, 2008 May 8, 2009.
And I’m very glad to hear that it is being produced and directed by J.J. Abrams, creator of the T.V. shows, “Alias” and “Lost.” Simply titled, “Star Trek,” the story will involve the original characters’ first adventure together.
The movie, “Lost in Space” was pretty bad. But the creator of “Lost,” in “space,” directing a new Kirk and crew could be a good thing if it means a great story with great action and great characters.
According to Abrams (via Entertainment Weekly):
“It’s a story that even non-Trekkers can enjoy. ”On the one hand, for people who love Star Trek, the fix that they will get will be really satisfying,” he says. ”For people who’ve never seen it or know it vaguely, I think they will enjoy it equally, because the movie does not require you to know anything about Star Trek. I would actually prefer [that] people don’t know the series, because I feel like they will come to it with an open mind.”
Now for a twist:
Don’t stretch this too much. But if you change the words “story” and “movie” to “service,” the word, “non-Trekkers” to “lost people” and the words “Star Trek” to “the Gospel” in this quote, suddenly it describes a pretty cool church service…
Beam Spark me up, Scotty Bob.