Karl Urban leads me home to Trek (I think he’d be pleased)
I’ve been a Trekkie for as long as I can remember. I grew up on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and I managed to watch all the episodes of the original series decades before they came out on DVD by programming my VCR to tape the reruns they used to play on the Space channel at four in the morning. I confess that I didn’t get all the way through DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise, but I watched a few seasons of each. I’ve done the con circuit–I’ve seen every member of the TNG cast and scattered others.
Despite all of that, it’s been years since I was much involved in Star Trek. Enterprise lost me at the end of the first season, and I enjoyed the 2009 movie, but it also left me feeling a bit left out because I was all about McCoy (my first encounter with Karl) and my friends were all about the Kirk/Spock.
But a couple of months ago, it was announced that Karl Urban would be in the new Thor movie. I got super excited–I love Karl. So I started re-watching all things Karl, including the 2009 Stark Trek. Then I ran out of video, so I started reading fic for Karl’s characters. Naturally, of these, Kirk/McCoy had the most.
The more time I spent reading Kirk/McCoy, the more I remembered how much I love Trek. I ended up seeing Star Trek Beyond last Thursday and it felt like Trek, and I had missed that.
Because I go all in or not at all in fandom, this has led to me deciding to re-watch it.
All of it.
I’m aiming for one episode or movie per day. I imagine I will miss a few days, given that there are a total of 703 (725 including the animated series) episodes of TV and 13 movies. If I watch it all with no skips, repeats, or missed days, one episode a day, it’ll take me two years and 8 days to get through it all.
And if I’m rewatching the episodes, I might as well post my thoughts, right? So I made @fin-watches-trek for Trek watching thoughts. Some of the ep posts will be written as I watch, some will be shorter post-ep reactions.
Here’s the inventory of Trek to watch:
Star Trek (TOS): 79 episodes (3 seasons) *Star Trek: The Animated Series: 22 episodes (2 seasons) Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG): 178 episodes (7 seasons) Star Trek: Deep Space 9 (DS9): 176 episodes (7 seasons) Star Trek: Voyager (Voy): 172 (7 seasons) Star Trek: Enterprise (ENT): 98 episodes (4 seasons)
*Not sure if I’ll include it
Star Trek: The Motion Picture Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Star Trek Generations Star Trek: First Contact Star Trek: Insurrection Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Trek Star Trek Into Darkness Star Trek Beyond
I’m always happen to chat Trek with anyone who finds themselves in the mood to drop in and rewatch the next ep on the schedule. *g* Or to discuss Trek generally, really.
I saw Star Trek Beyond a second time today and I’m having trouble remembering the last time a big blockbuster made me so HAPPY as I was watching it and leaving the theater. (Probably Guardians of the Galaxy? I loved Civil War and I left that movie happy, but it’s a heavier, more emotional film. The Force Awakens was awesome, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve preferred Star Trek over Star Wars. The Force Awakens is a nice return to form for the series, though.) I haven’t been a part of the Star Trek fandom as long as a lot of other fandoms I love, but it’s become one of my favorites. I’ve been taking my time with watching the original TV series, because I want to savor it. I’ve seen all of the original films except for The Undiscovered Country. I saw the TNG films quite awhile back, but I think I’ll rewatch them after I make my way through the show itself.
I really enjoy the first JJ Abrams film and I’ll always be grateful to it for getting me into the fandom. It’s one of the better Star Trek films, but not quite on par with the classics like Wrath of Kahn and Voyage Home. Into Darkness was fun, but its third act borrows way too much from my favorite Trek film for it to be a great movie. It’s good, but the script gets a bit too convoluted at times. Also, the first two films focus too much on Kirk and Spock and not enough on the rest of the crew. Sulu and Chekov are hardly given anything to do in Into Darkness.
Beyond is an ensemble film and it’s a damn good one. It represents what I love about Star Trek most: unity, equality, the exploration of new worlds, the characters. And yes, you have your modern action scenes, but they aren’t the main focus of the film. This film isn’t about spectacle, though the action set pieces are a blast. Simon Pegg and Doug Jung’s script is tighter and it flows so smoothly. The pairings of the characters after they are separated work great. Spock and Bones, in particular. And I know it wasn’t intended, but I am so happy that Chekov was given a lot of screentime and that he was paired up with Kirk. And Sofia Boutella was awesome as Jaylah. No sexualization of her character AT ALL. Remember how both of the Abrams films had scenes of Uhura and Carol Marcus in their underwear for no reason? Yeah, that was weird. Jaylah is all about being a badass who wants to get off the planet she’s been stuck on. She’s great. Also, Uhura kicks some ass in the movie, too. I thought it was such a bold move of her to separate Krall from the rest of the Enterprise while she was still in that section with him.
It was great seeing Sulu’s family in this movie and I love how they made no big deal about him being gay. It was shown as it should be, which is completely normal. And when they show a brief shot of them in the third act as Yorktown is being attacked, the stakes immediately feel higher.
I’m just so happy with this movie. It’s a great representation of the series, while being accessible to a modern audience. It’s also a nice film to come out the year of the 50th Anniversary. They have a lovely tribute towards the end of the film when Spock looks through Ambassador Spock’s belongings and the tributes midway through the credits were lovely to see. I’m sure Leonard Nimoy would have really liked this film and I’m sure that Anton Yelchin had a great time making it.
So in conclusion, Star Trek Beyond makes me proud to be a fan of the series and I really haven’t been so happy with a big blockbuster like this in awhile. Live long and prosper.
Commander Riker from Star Trek: The Next Generation has many obvious character traits, such as playing the trombone, being successful with the ladies, and having a beard. There’s one crucial part of his personality you may have missed, though: He sits down like a maniac. Instead of lowering himself into a chair, the way most human beings do, he swings his gargantuan legs over the top of the chair, mounting it like it’s a Shetland pony. He even gets up in the same fashion.
While the in-universe explanation may be a side effect of some kind of salt vampire STD or whatever, the real-life reason is reportedly that actor Jonathan Frakes suffered a back injury in his youth. This would also explain why Riker is constantly leaning on things and resting his leg, even when it means awkwardly positioning his junk inches away from Data’s face.