Setting Phasers to Stun

So Star Trek is coming out this weekend. Honestly, I’m not excited. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be seeing it this weekend and I intend to enjoy myself but I’m not feeling the hype for it. Which makes me wonder if I’m loosing geek cred by even considering posting this.

Star Wars was simple, contained experiences in the theater. Much easier to invest blood, sweat and tears (if you’ve seen Episodes 1-3) into a couple hours at a time instead of a television show, movies, more television, and more movies. It’s a lot to consider. And if I didn’t get invested early, there was no way I was going to become a fan of Shatner later in life. Now this does not mean I swear by The Force either, but if someone was holding my insulin hostage, I’d side (sadly) with George Lucas.

Now my Dad on the other hand, is more geeked out than I am for this movie. It’s kinda funny. I imagine this is how I behaved during the Spider-Man trilogy, X-Men trilogy, Transformers (1 and 2) and countless other movies in which the hype has overcome rationality. We just received the first season of the original show on Blu-ray (his purchase) and I promised I’d watch a few episodes with him just to get an idea of what I am getting myself into. I think this is the first time in a long time that a summer blockbuster-ish movie will be release in which my Dad will be just as hyped, if not more so for a movie that both of us will be seeing. It’s an odd feeling, one I hope to not replicate in the future.

I think all my energy is being devoted to Transformers 2. Just thinking about the latest trailer that was released has me grinning from ear to ear. I’ve already mentally committed myself to going to the nearest IMAX theater opening night (Wendesday) to see it. I’m hoping the Air and Space Museum will be showing it. After all, some scenes in the movie were shot there.

But I digress. Hopefully Star Trek wont be a disaster. Hopefully it wont be an exercise in how sweet digital effects are. Hopefully JJ Abrams is smarter than George Lucas. Of course with out the personal frame of reference, I really wont be able to tell if he ruined the source material, but I’m sure Trey Parker and Matt Stone will. And you know what happened the last time their memories were tarnished…

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