Start the summer off right

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By Kirsten Laskey

I have to come out and say it. I am not knowledgeable of the show, “Star Trek.” I don’t think I’ve ever seen a whole episode of the TV show. When I was little, I thought the character who wore the cool glittering band around his eyes was dreamy but that’s the extent of my “Star Trek” experience.

So when I went to watch the movie, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I have heard some chatter from people with far more know-how about the TV show that the movie wasn’t quite loyal to all the details of the original story.

After watching the movie, I say details, shmetails. Even if the movie doesn’t follow all the facts, I believe it still captures the TV show’s imaginative spirit and yearn for adventure in far away worlds.

It also starts on a fresh slate. You get to see Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) as children, watch them get acquainted with one another and climb aboard the Starship Enterprise, which looks pretty sleek and snazzy, for the first time.

In the movie, things are not well in space. At the beginning of the film, one of Earth’s spaceships along with its captain, Kirk’s father, Capt. George Kirk, is destroyed by an ominous looking vessel.

This vessel and its evil captain, Nero (Eric Bana) will turn up years later, seeking to destroy the universe’s occupants to avenge a wrong he accuses Spock of doing.

The viewers will get to travel from Iowa, to the planet Vulcan and a barren icy planet filled with terrifying creatures.

It’s incredible how the filmmakers were capable of producing entirely new worlds so flawlessly and vividly.

In addition, it is pretty impressive how flawlessly a cast of young actors were able to portray these decades-old characters. Quinto as Spock certainly had big shoes to fill. But the actor proved he could slip into the shoes just fine – he showed Spock’s calm demeanor and immense intelligence while also revealing the character’s vulnerability and emotional sides.

However, the original Spock (Leonard Nimoy), who also makes an appearance in the film, is still the mack-daddy.

Pine as the young Captain Kirk also portrays the famous space captain’s wild, maverick qualities. He also shows Kirk’s qualities as a leader – loyalty, intuition and courage.

But even more than the acting, “Star Trek” tells a great, fun story. It has all the ingredients: danger, suspense, heart break, romance and comic relief.  So I encourage everyone to start out the summer on a good note; take a trip into the great, unknown and exciting reaches of space on the Starship Enterprise. Oh, and “Live  long and prosper.”