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I've been trying to decide what I wanted to say about the new Star Trek movie for almost a week now. This is for two main reasons - one, I have resolved that I should make both more frequent and more meaningful (aka more discussion, less boring) posts , and two, BECAUSE IT IS TOTALLY FRIGGING AWESOME AND IT BLEW MY MIND OMG!!!

IT IS SO, SO AWESOME. This may not be a particularly deep comment, but it's true. Not only was the casting excellent - I love Zachary Quinto! Now he's been a superpowered serial killer and a vulcan, both of which rank about a 10 on my awesomeness scale - but the whole thing was both respectful of the source material and yet wholly its own thing, which is a very difficult balance to pull off. In short, I spent the whole time internally squeeing and trying not to disturb the rest of the audience in the cinema with crazy sealion clapping every five seconds as something even more awesome happened.

There were just so many perfect moments between the characters, real pay-off moments that made me nearly explode with glee. Spock and Kirk's antagonistic relationship turning into effortless partnership was, of course, the highlight, but Spock nerve-pinching Kirk has to come a close second (that made my movie. Also, the giant ice-planet monsters. And explosions. I like movies where everything blows up.)

I think most fannish people by now have probably seen just how much Star Trek XI is exploding into fandom (unsurprisingly if you've seen it, as it is SUCH a fannish film.) One of the things I think is pretty awesome is how Star Trek was one of the very first fandoms in the way that we know fandom today, and was, in fact, the origins of slash. So seeing Kirk/Spock coming up again in a big way is really fun in a meta-sense, because it means slash has come around full circle. We're back at the beginning again, only this time, we're even bigger and better and more organised! We don't have to post slash to each other in the mail any more (I am so glad, sometimes, to be a child of the digital age, you have no idea. I am just not that patient!)

(BTW, if you're interested in the fanfic, there's quite a bit already tagged on my delicious, as ever.)

We know they're writing a sequel, and, frankly, there's no way a juggernaut like this isn't going to have that sequel made and banked. All I want to know is, how long am I going to have to wait? I want it noooooooooooooooow!

Seriously, just AWESOME. I'm going to go see it again as soon as I have the chance. Anyone want to come?

Date: 2009-05-28 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pobbit.livejournal.com
I totally agree with you on all counts. I LOVED the film and I even now love Kirk (I had always hated him in the series) and now really want to watch the original series and take a deeper look. I really enjoyed Kirk and Spock's animosity and their character growth. I really need to see it again and I need the Kirk/ Spock slash. OMG! Wow! You made me go all squeeish again. Also, was your audience really vocal? I had a fantastic audience so I could giggle and laugh and squeek (not too much) without being hissed at.

Date: 2009-05-28 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tahariel.livejournal.com
I wasn't hissed at, but it was pretty quiet, which is actually the way I like it - that way I can focus 100% on the film and my own reactions rather than getting annoyed at everyone else :)

Kirk is so kickass and awesome and I want to mess with his hair because he is so naughty but clever! Also, Spock? Zachary Quinto is hot in this really indescribable way.

Wanna go see it again with me next week when I get home?
Edited Date: 2009-05-28 09:32 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-06-03 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaksbin.livejournal.com
I am most definitely up for going to see it, if it's still out when we're both in the same area next! :) You've reminded me how much I enjoyed it, and it reminded me just how much fun being a sci-fi fan is!

Date: 2009-06-03 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tahariel.livejournal.com
Well, I'm around for the next... well, forever, since my new job is in Milton Keynes, but I'm free for the next three weeks before I'm even due to start.


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