A former student of Spartanburg Technical College and overall geek, I enjoy listening to music, reading books, playing video games, and watching movies. Sometimes I write about them.View all articles by Adrian Tallent
However, Star-Trek was not gone for long. No sooner had they announced that they where no longer producing Trek as a television series, than they announced that there was to be a new film based on the original Star-Trek. Originally idealized by creator Gene Roddenberry as a western in space, Star Trek spent six years in development before finally appearing on network television in the 1960’s. Through the lens of science fiction, it was able to perform allegories to many of the issues of the day, raising questions about modern society while portraying character driven action-thrillers. The series didn’t gain much more than a cult following during its original run, and was canceled in 1969.
The 2009 film simply titled “Star Trek” is the 11th total made for the series, and is a return to the roots of the Original Series. Young and impetuous James Tiberius Kirk is a thrill seeker and a troublemaker. Born a survivor of the USS Kelvin as his pregnant mother fled the destruction of the ship captained by his father, he seemed to be destined to join the Starfleet in his father’s footsteps, but his wandering nature led him astray until an altercation with several young cadets at a bar puts him in contact with a captain of the fleet, who convinces him to give the academy a try. At the same time, a young Spock, born of a human mother and Vulcan father, is having some difficulties fitting into the standards of Vulcan society, which value logic over emotion. These difficulties ultimately cause his elders to send him to the Federation academy on Earth. These two disparate personalities quickly become rivals in the academy, although a grave threat to the entire Federation forces them to join together when they must combat an advanced Romulan ship from the future.