Thursday, August 6th, 2009

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] 9 days of Star Trek movies continues!

PEOPLE: Leonard Nimoy (Spock) directs this movie. They sure had to appeal to his ego to keep him on board. :) Also, famous voice actor Frank Welker was in there doing some of Spock‘s screams. Spock can’t do his own screams? But he was the voice of the elevator (credited as “Frank Force”) for some reason. Weird.

QUIRKS: Those were Tribbles in the space-bar. I wish I’d noticed.

Remember the South Park movie? When Satan throws Saddam Hussein into a pit of fire — he’s parodying a scene from this movie. Team America:World Police also references Klingon lines from this movie.

VISUALS: 1984 special effects are definitely way better than 1982 special effects! Or they got a better budget… And of course, you get to watch [highlight for spoilers] the U.S.S. Enterprise blow up, one of the most important moments in all of Star Trek history, if you ask me.

LESSONS LEARNED: Vulcans have re-incarnation; Humans don’t.

BAD STUFF: Overall, this movie is a bit boring compared to The Wrath Of Khan. In my mind, this was the worst Star Trek movie besides Star Trek 1. After re-watching it, I didn’t mind it as much as I used to. But Christopher Lloyd doesn’t exactly make the scariest Klingon, and I really don’t care that he has a “mean alien dog”. And I’m a bit tired of the Genesis device. This movie is basically “Star Trek 2: 2”. It’s more of a sequel to the last movie, than an independent, new Star Trek film.

CONCLUSION: Generic pass, but great to see a Star Trek movie.

RECOMMENDATION: Even if one didn’t plan to watch every Star Trek movie, I would strongly recommend NOT to stop watching after Star Trek 2. This movie is basically a sequel to Star Trek 2. You shouldn’t watch Star Trek 2 without watching Star Trek 3.

MOVIE QUOTE: “The needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many.” They totally turned it around on us! Did you see that!? Zing!

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Everybody rated this exactly 3 stars: Clint, Ian, Dad, Christian, Glen, and Benj. (more…)