Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2008-12-05

Friday Fun: To Boldly Go...

While much of my childhood has been served up to my adulthood in great big steaming piles of garbage, occasionally there's something that comes up that's worthwhile (or at least as fun as the original).

Now, one of my most cherished bits of my childhood, classic "Star Trek" is due up for a remake. You see, classic "Star Trek" is one of the few things my older brother let me do with him when we were kids. We even had "Star Trek" books and watched the movies in the theater (at least the first three movies). To be completely random, the first time I ever had Doritoes was while watching classic "Star Trek" so whenever I eat Dorito's, I often think of Kirk and Spock.

I know the show is campy with low production values. But a lot of the stories were great (the problem being that they are now so entrenched in our mindset that it's hard to remember that sine if tge okit devices weren't used until the show). If I run across a show while flipping through the channels, I'll stop and watch it. I should probably get them on DVD, but I haven't. It's one of the few science fiction things that I really geek out about. And I don't think I've ever said that out loud before.

So, I was understandably concerned when a "remake" was announced. Of course, it's not a true remake, but the new movie will be using "Star Trek" canon figures played by actors other than those who made them famous. Would these new stars do justice to Shatner, Nimoy, Takei, Doohan, Kelley, Nichols, and Koenig?

Vic Holtreman of Screen Rant shares many of the same concerns that I do. Here Holtreman created a nice image putting the classic actors next to those of the new film. I honestly think they've done a great job of casting, although I agree that Karl Urban as "Bones" and Simon Pegg as "Scotty" seem not quite right, but I think both actors are talented enough to do a good job. Chris Pine as Kirk might be just about perfect.

You can get to the official website for the new movie here. And the trailers for the new movie are here. In trailer 2, there's a bit of exchange between Kirk and Spock that makes me more excited than I should be about the new movie:
Kirk: Are you afraid or aren't you?
Spock: I will not allow you to lecture me
Kirk: Then why don't you stop me?
This quick back and forth shows me they have the characters right. Hopefully the rest of the movie is this good.

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