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A Trekkie’s Opinion On The JJ Abrams Star Trek Movies

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Catrina Ritter

Catrina Ritter

Aaron Martinez

Aaron Martinez

Catrina Ritter

Catrina Ritter, Staff Writer

*May contain spoilers for those that have never seen the 2009 or 2013 Star Trek movies and plan on doing so*

In 2009, a Star Trek reboot was released into theaters. I, being a life long Trekkie, was excited that there was a new movie. Since then there has been one other film, Star Trek Into Darkness, and the newest, Star Trek Beyond, which will be released July 22.

The first movie was all right. I am not at all a fan of the second movie. One of the reasons why is because there is a huge difference between The Original Series and the reboot by the way they’re written. The Original Series episodes are written with less emphasis on explosions and gunfights and more on the story and moral message. That’s what makes Star Trek a truly great show.

The JJ Abrams Star Trek was written with more focus on the special effects than the story. The plot holes drove me nuts watching the movies, but your average movie watcher who had never watched Star Trek wouldn’t get it.

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This being said, I am still happy these movies were made and I will definitely see the third out of loyalty to Star Trek. As long as new movies and shows are being made, the fandom will live on. Because of the movies, more young people can be exposed to the franchise, and the original shows and realize how amazing it is. ”

What I didn’t really like about the first movie was how the crew was just thrown together quickly. In The Original Series not every main character was there throughout the whole show. Chekov wasn’t a crew member until season two.

Abrams also made the crew close in age when there were significant age differences in the show. Abrams also left out Nurse Chapel and Yeoman Rand, two awesome female characters I liked.

I was extremely disappointed with the second movie. I had an idea of what to expect having had watched the first, but the plot was basically a redo of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, except it didn’t make much sense. Kirk dies instead of Spock.

The viewer doesn’t get much information about Khan or the other augmented humans. The brief history behind Khan is that he and a few other augmented humans were on a starship that left Earth in the 1990’s and the U.S.S. Enterprise, in the year 2267, finds their ship and revives him.

After failing to take over Enterprise, Khan, a female Starfleet crew member whom he had feelings for and his fellow augmented humans, are left on a planet on which can support life. Shortly after being marooned, Khan’s girlfriend dies on the planet, and he blames Kirk for her death and wants revenge.

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In Into Darkness, Kirk never found Kahn or the ship and this was made obvious because no one knew who Khan was. Khan and his buddies should have been floating around in space frozen somewhere since Kirk wasn’t there to find him. Starfleet didn’t exist in the 1990’s so Khan wouldn’t know about or have any reason to want any kind of revenge on Starfleet.

This being said, I am still happy these movies were made and I will definitely see the third out of loyalty to Star Trek. As long as new movies and shows are being made, the fandom will live on. Because of the movies, more young people can be exposed to the franchise, and the original shows and realize how amazing it is.

These young people can, if they fall in love with them like I have, later show their kids Star Trek and turn them into little Trekkies just like my parents did. The Trekkie fandom is 50 years old and I want it to last as long as possible.

I would love for it to last at least another 50 years. I would highly recommend the series to anyone who likes science fiction. It would take ages to watch all of it because there are 5 shows, not counting The Animated Series and a fan made continuation of The Original Series, 12 movies, not including Star Trek Beyond which will be the thirteenth entry in the film franchise.

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