The Cinematic Splendor of Star Trek I – XI: A Primer

by | December 14, 2009 at 8:13 PM | TV News

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December 7, 2009 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of the first ever Trek flick, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Now, three decades, numerous TV series, and ten additional movie installments later, the franchise has never been healthier…thanks in no small part to J.J. Abrams injecting the recent 2009 reboot with a hell of a lot of sex appeal.

This week, On Demand from Comcast presents all eleven Star Trek movies in HD for its customers. (And of course, the original series is always on tap right here at Fancast.) This galactic treasure trove is all available in one place, anytime, through January 13th. For newcomers or more casual fans, Star Trek can be an intimidating franchise to approach. There’s so much ground to cover, and let’s face it: Trekkies’ encyclopedic knowledge of all things Trek can make the rest of us feel like we’re a few settings short of a fully-operational phaser.

Fancast hopes to help ease your transition (or re-entry) into this final frontier of filmdom with a beginner’s guide to all eleven flicks. We’ve even consulted a crack team of Trekkies to weigh in on each chapter. Generously contributing their time and thoughts:

Robert Meyer Burnett, director, writer and editor of “Free Enterprise,” a movie about Trekkies who live and love according to Trek;
Anthony Pascale, editor-in-chief of TrekMovie.com;
Jeff Bond, editor-in-chief of Geek Monthly.

Writer/director/producer/author Nicholas Meyer (who wrote and/or directed three films within the Star Trek canon) was also kind enough to spend a few minutes talking to Fancast at the recent Star Trek Festival at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica earlier this month. When asked how Star Trek shaped him as a filmmaker, Meyer responded: “What it did, in a funny way, was affect me not so much as a filmmaker, but as a person. I grew to increasingly respect that Star Trek world that I had originally dismissed as claptrap. Originally I didn’t get it, and at the end, I thought, “There’s more to this than I thought. It is a language for expressing hope.”

Fancast now presents to you a fly-by tour of the eleven films that comprise this most revered of sci fi franchises:

1. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount)

Quickie Synopsis: It’s the TV series, only modernized, as an alien force called V’Ger menaces Earth.

Behind the Scenes: Directed by Robert Wise (The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), West Side Story, The Sound of Music)

Stand-Out Scenes: Spock crying on the bridge, saying, “I weep for V’Ger.”; Spock trying to mind-meld with V’Ger; and endless glamour shots of the Enterprise.

What’s In It For Non-Trekkies: Groovier visuals than the TV series had previously offered up.

You Can Say That Again (And Most Fans Do):

“Spock. This “child” is about to wipe out every living thing on Earth. Now, what do you suggest we do….spank it?” – McCoy

“It only knows that it needs, Commander. But, like so many of us, it does not know what.” – Spock

Decker: V’ger… expects an answer.
Kirk: An answer? I don’t know the question.

The Trekkies’ Take:

Pascale: “It’s the most epic of the classic films. It established a look for the whole movie series, most notably the Enterprise. The movie’s got what a lot of fans like to call “starship porn,” which is these long, lingering shots of the Enterprise. Most people would probably say too long.”

Burnett: “Star Trek: The Motion Picture is my favorite Star Trek movie. Nobody agrees with me on this. What I liked about it was the thought that people had put into the universe itself. A lot of people don’t like the pace of the movie – they think everything is dour. The biggest sin that it makes is it’s not overtly fun.”

Bond: “The first film was one of the most disappointing movie experiences I’ve ever had, because I was so out of my mind – I had to drive to another state to see it, I’d waited ten years, I was so excited. My mind was blown for like the first ten minutes, because it was on such an epic scale…and then the rest of the movie was so boring and disappointing.”

2. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (1982)

Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan

Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (Paramount)

Quickie Synopsis: Uber-villain Khan wants to whup some Kirk ass, ‘cause Kirk previously stranded Khan on a lousy planet with what are essentially killer earwigs. To be fair to Kirk, Khan did try to steal Enterprise before that. Anyway, payback’s a bitch.

Behind the Scenes: Directed (and written, albeit uncredited) by Nicholas Meyer. “This new team, none of whom were huge sci fi guys, none of whom were Star Trek alumni – created, what’s still considered, even after the J.J. Abrams movie, the best Star Trek movie,” says Pascale. Guest stars included Ricardo Montalban as Khan and Kirstie Alley as Lt. Saavik.

Stand-Out Scenes: Kirk leans he has a son; Kirk swearing vengeance after being stranded by Khan; the death of Spock; the battle of the Mutara Nebula.

What’s In It For Non-Trekkies: Mr. Roarke from Fantasy Island!

You Can Say That Again (And Most Fans Do):

“It has always been easier to destroy that to create” – Spock

“I haven’t faced death. I’ve cheated death. I’ve tricked my way out of death and patted myself on the back for my ingenuity. I know nothing.” – Kirk

“Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” – Spock

“I have been, and ever shall be, your friend. Live long, and prosper.” – Spock

“Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.” – Kirk

And (last but not least) there’s Kirk warbling, “Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!”

A Few Words From The Filmmaker:

Meyer: “I was not a Star Trek aficionado. They showed me the first movie. They showed me some of the episodes. And being a rather flat footed fellow, I thought, “Why are they wearing pyjamas?” and a dozen other questions of that ilk. So when I did the Wrath of Khan, I was inventing a Star Trek world as it made sense to me. As I was doing it, the themes began to pop out at me. Friendship, old age, death – this is what this movie is about.” And also: “I certainly didn’t go into the Wrath of Khan intending to save the franchise. The franchise meant nothing to me. I just wanted to make a really good movie.”

The Trekkies’ Take:

Burnett: “You have the fun of combating this uber-villain in Ricardo Montalban who is chewing the scenery, but really, the whole movie is a story about how Kirk is growing older. He’s having a midlife crisis. When Spock sacrifices himself to save the Enterprise, it’s incredible. And the movie’s just a lot of fun.”

Pascale: “It is my favorite. It hits on everything – it’s got the action, it’s got character development, it’s got a real Star Trek feel. Shatner gave his best performance – no one was able to direct Shatner as well as Nicholas Meyer. I think no one else got him like Nicholas Meyer did. No one else could wrangle him. Shatner’s like a prize stallion. Meyer jokes about how he’d wear Shatner down. He’d just do take after take, until he got the core essence. He stripped the haminess away.”

Bond: “Wrath of Khan still seems to work on a basic storytelling level where you have the crazy villain. Everyone sort of understands the crazy person seeking revenge.”

3. Star Trek III: Search for Spock (1984)

Star Trek III: Search for Spock (Paramount)

Star Trek III: Search for Spock (Paramount)

Quickie Synopsis: Spock lives! McCoy’s the holding tank for his Vulcan soul, but the gang’s gotta go retrieve his body (by stealing the decommissioned Enterprise, no less) from Genesis, a planet in trouble. Big trouble.

Behind the Scenes: Directed by Leonard Nimoy; guest stars included Christopher Lloyd as a bad-ass Klingon.

Stand-Out Scenes: Fight scene between Kirk and Kruge; the Enterprise is stolen, and eventually smoked; Spock remembers who he is. Also: Vulcan sex! (It’s just not hot Vulcan sex.)

What’s In It For Non-Trekkies: Doc from ‘Back To The Future’

You Can Say That Again (And Most Fans Do):

“I choose the danger! Hell of a time to ask.” – McCoy

“The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.” – Scotty

“It seems, Admiral, that I have all his marbles.” – Bones

“Jim….your name is Jim.” – Spock

The Trekkies’ Take:

Burnett: “I think Star Trek III shows where all of problems in the franchise arise. That is because the actors were given too much power. …………there’s a lot of good moments in Star Trek III, but the writing is significantly dumbed down.” Also: “Christopher Lloyd? Who could play a more over the top Klingon than Christopher Llloyd?! His performance is fun, but his performance single-handedly defined what Klingons would become for the rest of Star Trek, which were these over-the-top, ridiculous villains.”

Pascale: “It’s about the whole crew sacrificing in order to save Spock. I think you really have to love the characters to love the movie. That being said, it has some great action, especially with the Klingons – and you’ve got Christopher Lloyd. Not all Trek fans agree with this, but I loved his Klingon. He was just brutal and random and weird. He wasn’t a gray area villain. There’s a great fight scene with him and Kirk. That’s just always fun.”

4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Paramount)

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Paramount)

Quickie Synopsis: It’s “the whale movie,” yes. Another giant alien probe threatens Earth. We come to learn that it just wants to talk to whales, but since mankind has hunted them to extinction, the plot thickens (or arises). Team Shatner time travel back to San Francisco to sort things out. Hilarity ensues. Lots of hilarity.

Behind the Scenes: Directed by Leonard Nimoy; written by Nicholas Meyer

Stand-Out Scenes: Spock trying to mind-meld with a whale; and any of the fish-out-of-water moments in which the crew try to navigate through a comparatively medieval “modern-day” San Francisco.

What’s In It For Non-Trekkies: Whales! Awwwwww. And great comedy, with a pro-environmental message at its core.

You Can Say That Again (And Most Fans Do):

“Well, a double dumb-ass on you!” – Kirk

“No, I’m from Iowa. I only work in outer space.” – Kirk

“Him? He’s harmless. Back in the ’60s he was part of the peace movement at Berkeley. I think he did a little too much LDS.” – Kirk

“Damn medievalism!” – McCoy

“Excuse me, sir, can you direct me to the naval base at Alameda? It’s where they keep the nuclear wessels? [pause] Nuclear wessels?” – Chekov

“You really have gone where no man’s gone before. Can’t you tell me what it felt like?” – McCoy to Spock

“Admiral, there be whales here!” – Scotty

A Few Words From The Writer:

Meyer: “Star Trek IV I came on to as a screenwriter doing the emergency surgery. At this time, the template was in place. The uniforms, the way of speaking, the sets. The theme of the [Trek IV] movie clearly was an ecological, environmental tale of the insipient extinction of a species. I was once asked who is the greatest villain in all of Star Trek, and I said, “The villain is never mentioned, and the villain is in Star Trek IV, and the villain is man.””

The Trekkies’ Take:

Burnett: “Your characters have to go back in time to modern day San Francisco. That is an irresistible conceit. Again, it suffers from a sophomore director – Leonard Nimoy was never going to be mistaken for David Lean, or Ridley Scott. But he does a good job of creating those humorous moments. Even my grandmother loved Star Trek IV.”

Pascale: “Star Trek IV is considered by most mainstream people as their favorite. It was designed to be more appealing to a general audience. In a way, Star Trek IV is a classic 80s comedy. They’re fish out of water. There’s really no fighting in it. No one gets killed. The score, if you listen to it, is extremely light-hearted – it was actually nominated for an Oscar. It could be from Porky’s.”

5. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Paramount)

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Paramount)

Quickie Synopsis: Spock’s brother Sydok is going through a whole black sheep/search for God thing. His acting out includes hijacking the Enterprise-A. Meanwhile, the Klingons gun for Kirk.

Behind the Scenes: Directed by William Shatner

Stand-Out Scenes: Uhura’s naked feather dance; Kirk turning down Sydok’s offer to have all of his pain taken away.

What’s In It For Non-Trekkies: Did we mention Uhura’s naked fan dance?

You Can Say That Again (And Most Fans Do):

“Jim, you don’t go around asking the Almighty for his I.D.!” – McCoy

“Please Captain, not in front of the Klingons.” — Spock, to Kirk, refusing a hug

“Perhaps “because it is there” is not sufficient reason for climbing a mountain.” – Spock

“I don’t want my pain taken away! I need my pain!” – Kirk

The Trekkies’ Take:

Burnett: “There’s some really great stuff in Star Trek V. When Sybok shows Spock’s birth, and how his father’s disappointed he’s so human, and McCoy has to take his father off life support – those are great character moments, and some of the best in the film series, because we’re seeing things we haven’t seen before. That’s great stuff, but the problem with this film is the wildly divergent tone. Shatner as a director also proved that he had a pretty good eye.”

Pascale: “Nimoy got to direct two [movies], so it was Shatner’s turn. But they didn’t give him a big budget. I think Bill had a really good idea – the premise of the film was interesting. But due to budget constraints, the execution didn’t work out. The Klingons were haphazard, they were kind of thrown in there, like, “Oh, we need some Klingons!” They didn’t hire actors to play the Klingons – they hired stunt men.”

6. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Paramount)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Paramount)

Quickie Synopsis: The Klingons want peace, and everyone thinks that’s a fine idea! Well, not everyone. Certainly not whomever’s responsible for framing Kirk and McCoy for the murder of a Klingon dignitary. Also, Kirk’s still pretty bend out of shape about the Klingons murdering his son.

Behind the Scenes: Directed again by Nicholas Meyer; written by Leonard Nimoy; guest stars included Christopher Plummer and Kim Cattrall. Cameo by Christian Slater.

Stand-Out Scenes: the Klingon dinner scene; Spock mind-melding with Kim Cattrall; the Klingon tribunal; Kirk and Spock arguing over whether Klingons deserve to live; Sulu gets his own ship; and the final goodbye from the original crew, with Kirk’s last Captain’s log.

What’s In It For Non-Trekkies: Political intrigue and allegory. Plus Captain Von Trapp from The Sound of Music.

You Can Say That Again (And Most Fans Do):

“You can’t appreciate Shakespeare until you’ve read him in the original Klingon.” -General Chang

“Note to Galley: Romulan Ale no longer to be served at diplomatic functions.” – Kirk

“An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the solution.” – Spock

A Few Words From The Filmmaker:

Meyer: “The Klingons have always been our stand-ins for Russians. Who am I, if I have no enemy to define me? The movie is rather dated in interesting ways, because at the time we made the movie, which was as the Soviet Union had come to an end, we all envisioned a brave new world. No one could have imagined terrorism and that sooner or later, people would show up in L.A. with atom bombs in suitcases. You couldn’t have imagined that things would get worse. We were sure that things were getting better.” And, while Meyer says he didn’t think of the franchise when approaching the first two films he worked on, when it came to the sixth chapter, “actually there was some thought of the franchise, because we knew it was the last movie with the original cast. And to that extent, we wanted them to go out with a bang. We wanted it to be satisfying and meaningful on that level.”

The Trekkies’ Take:

Burnett: “[They] brought back Klingons to more of what they were like in the original series. They were thoughtful Klingons, that were not so Viking-eseque. Their portrayal was much more adult. They were shown as very credible adversaries. You had a really sound political allegory. Unfortunately, Nicholas Meyer, in his desire to inject a mystery plot…they find gravity boots on the Enterprise. Who was wearing them? The solving of the mystery was goofy, again hampered by the budget, but it’s a great little movie for its own sake.”

Pascale: “As a political junkie, I just love this movie. It’s got great character moments for each one of the cast members. You have another great villain with Chang, played by Christopher Plummer. The guy whose eyepatch is bolted to his head – that tells you everything you need to know about him, and Klingons. And at the end of it, each cast member signed off, and it was a beautiful ending to the original series era.”

7. Star Trek: Generations (1994)

Star Trek: Generations (Paramount)

Star Trek: Generations (Paramount)

Quickie Synopsis: It’s the new crew as led by Captain Picard. They battle a fantasy-imparting ribbon/time-travel thingie called the Nexus, which forces you to think happy thoughts! But guess what? That’s a bad thing.

Behind the Scenes: Guest-starring Malcolm McDowell.

Stand-Out Scenes: Kirk and Picard meet and then pal around; Kirk dies.

What’s In It For Non-Trekkies: Two captains for the price of one.

You Can Say That Again (And Most Fans Do):

“Oh, shit!” – Data

Kirk: You said history considers me dead. Who am I to argue with history?
Picard: You’re a Starfleet officer. You have a duty!
Kirk: I don’t need to be lectured by you. I was out saving the galaxy when your grandfather was still in diapers. Personally, I think the galaxy owes me one.

The Trekkies’ Take:

Burnett: “Kirk barely get into a fist fight and falls off a bridge to his death. That’s how Captain Kirk is going to go out? That is the single most unsatisfying end to a fictional character in the history of mankind. No character had a stupider death than James T. Kirk!”

Pascale: “It clearly carried the torch. It serves its purpose in terms of torch carrying. One of the difficult things about the movie is a lot of it is based on this sci fi concept called the Nexus. Even Star Trek fans were like, “What is it, how does it work, why? It’s time travel. It’s a ribbon. It’s fantasy land. What?” Non Star Trek fans were like, “Huh?!””

8. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount)

Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount)

Quickie Synopsis: New crew vs. cyborgs (formally known as “The Borg”) amidst some time-traveling tom-foolery. The Borg don’t want humans and aliens to meet – they want to avoid that titular “first contact,” because that results in the formation of the Federation, and the Federation is into all that peace-keeping crap. So The Borg go back in time to mess shit up.

Behind the Scenes: Directed by Jonathan Frakes; written by Ron Moore and Brannon Braga; guest stars include Alfre Woodard, Patrick Cromwell and Alice Krige as the Borg Queen.

Stand-Out Scenes: Borg attacking earth; Picard going Rambo; and Picard “drawing the line.”

What’s In It For Non-Trekkies: Cyborgs! Action! “Zero gravity combat!” adds Burnett. And: “It’s a zombie movie, it’s an action movie, it’s the right mix of comedy,” says Pascale.

You Can Say That Again (And Most Fans Do):

“Resistance is futile.” – Borg

“They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. The line must be drawn here, this far, no farther. And I will make them pay for what they’ve done!” – Picard

“Reports of my assimilation have been greatly exaggerated.” – Picard

The Trekkies’ Take:

Burnett: “Most fans will tell you this is the second greatest Star Trek movie behind Wrath of Khan. I fucking hate Star Trek First Contact. I think [the Borg’s] plan of maybe hitting a spaceship from orbit, which they might not hit, is the dumbest, most ridiculous plan that any adversary has ever had in the history of Star Trek. The thing that is so insidious is, you’re fundamentally changing a character [Picard] who is basically a warrior philosopher diplomat and you’re taking away those qualities and you’re turning him into an action hero. Picard goes Rambo.”

Pascale: “I always felt like this is the real first Generations movie. It’s got the Borg. The Borg are the Klingons for the next generation. [But] you didn’t have to know anything about Star Trek to like First Contact.”

Bond: “I really didn’t like this movie. It sort of undercut the whole idea of the Borg, because they have a queen now. Although I loved Alice Krige, she’s a great actress, and she worked as a villain – she was one of the better villains in the movie series, so it was successful to that point.”

9. Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

Star Trek: Insurrection (Paramount)

Star Trek: Insurrection (Paramount)

Quickie Synopsis: Picard’s superior officer is a douchebag. He wants to kick a population called the Ba’ku off their planet and help himself to its fountain of youth. Team Picard to the rescue!

Behind the Scenes: Directed by Jonathan Frakes; guest stars included F. Murray Abraham.

Stand-Out Scenes: Troi is pleased to learn that the rejuvenation effects of the Ba’ku homeworld do wonders for sagging boobs. And, F. Murray Abraham is pretty fun to watch as Ru’afo.

What’s In It For Non-Trekkies: Solieri from ‘Amadeus’! And Data sings showtunes!

You Can Say That Again (And Most Fans Do):

“Klingons never do anything small, do you?” – Riker

Riker: Our guests have arrived. They’re eating the floral arrangements.
Troi: Oh my God, are they vegetarian? That’s not in the book!
Picard: Have the chef whip up a light balsamic vinaigrette. Something that goes well with chrysanthemums.

The Trekkies’ Take:

Burnett: “I actually happen to like Star Trek Insurrection. It has an interesting plot. But again, because of the execution, where you have Data singing Gilbert and Sullivan, you have these ridiculous villains having plastic surgery, it’s so ridiculous, the various elements and the way they’re presented.”

Pascale: “It had Picard going up against the Federation – and after watching the show, you know Picard is the by the book guy, he follows orders, he believes in the Federation, so that was a really interesting angle. You really had to be a fan to like it – it didn’t play well with others. But it still has some good moments.”

10. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Star Trek: Nemesis (Paramount)

Star Trek: Nemesis (Paramount)

Quickie Synopsis: It’s Picard vs. Picard (due to an awkward evil clone situation). There are two Datas, too. Though most would argue that this film is a long ways away from being double the fun.

Behind the Scenes: Directed by Stuart Baird; Brent Spiner contributed to the story; guest stars included Ron Perlman, Dina Meyer and Whoopi Goldberg; screenplay by John Logan (who wrote Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeny Todd).

Key scenes: Picard taunts himself on a number of occasions; Picard goes off-roading; Data dies – sort of.

What’s In It For Non-Trekkies: Intergalatic car chase scene.

You Can Say That Again (And Most Fans Do):

Worf: Romulan ale should be illegal.
La Forge: It is.

“In his quest to be more like us, he helped show us what it means to be human.” – Picard

The Trekkies’ Take:

Burnett: “I think Nemesis is a far better [TNG] film, but still inherently stupid. This movie has an off road scene in it, where apparently the Enterprise has a four wheel drive, off road vehicle, and they go off-roading. Why?!? The Enterprise has shuttlecrafts!” Also: “There’s a coup that’s destabilized the Romulan government and Picard goes in to take care of business. That’s a bad ass plot! That could have political ramifications, that could have allegorical ramifications to our world today. It could have been a really, really interesting story. But it was not. It was done poorly. [Director] Stuart Baird didn’t even like Star Trek.”

Pascale: “It was a good movie, I thought. They really decided, and it’s very clear – Wrath of Khan was really good, let’s do some big time Wrath of Khan riffing in this movie. Good effects. ‘Nemesis’ wasn’t a great swan song, but I like it. They expand a lot on Romulan culture. There are great space battles in it. Good performances by guest stars like Dina Meyer. She’s hot. Hot Romulan. The end was a little too close to Wrath of Khan. All in all, it’s a good movie, but again, it was another movie that didn’t play well with others. And Baird really didn’t get along with the cast, and he really didn’t get Star Trek.”

11. Star Trek (Abrams reboot) (2009)

Star Trek (Paramount)

Star Trek (Paramount)

Quickie Synopsis: It’s back to the beginning! While the Enterprise and Spock Prime are carried over from the golden olden days, a bevy of hot, young new cast members now carry the torch – and run with it.

Stand-Out Scenes: Young Spock refuses to join the Vulcan Science Academy; planet Vulcan blows up; young Kirk meets old Spock; young Spock meets old Spock.

What’s In It For Non-Trekkies: Everything. It’s a sci fi movie which does not alienate (no pun intended) those who aren’t diehard sci fi fans.

You Can Say That Again (And Most Fans Do): The classics never get old. “Live long and prosper!”, “Damn it, Jim – I’m a doctor, not a physicist!” and “I’m givin’ it all she’s got, Captain!” are but a few of the greatest hits replayed here.

The Trekkies’ Take:

Burnett: “I see J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek as the flipside to Star Trek: The Motion Picture. J.J. Abrams’ movie is a great cartful of desserts that are in search of a meal. For general audiences, for people who are unfamiliar with Star Trek, and people who also have a cursory knowledge of Star Trek, the collective pop culture memory of Star Trek is incredibly well served by JJ Abrams’ Star Trek. In that sense, I think the movie succeeds admirably. But the problem I have with that movie is that it’s not really about anything.”

Pascale: “[Abrams] did the impossible – it was a thankless task to try to satisfy everyone. Even though the last movie bombed, there’s still a large fan base. So you have to create something to satisfy a persnickety group of people who are now jaded, and yet go out there and grab the same people who are going to see Iron Man and Spiderman movies. They figured it out. They created a sequel, a prequel and a reboot. Now, the movie’s not perfect – it has all sorts of contrivances and conveniences. There’s a lot of coincidences in the movie. But at the end of the movie, there they all are. And Star Trek is back in the zeitgeist.”

Bond: “I think if you are completely unacquainted with [the Star Trek canon] – crazed fans would hate me for saying this, but – it’s obvious they completely achieved what they wanted to do in terms of introducing those characters to a broad audience. The only downside I think is that if somebody watched the new movie, and then tried to go and watch an original episode, it was throw them off, because they so radically reinterpreted the Kirk character. I probably like this movie the best – I got the biggest jolt.”