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May 22, 2013

ROOT: Live long and may the Force be with you

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — When the first Star Trek movie came out, I loved it. I saw it repeatedly. I went back to channel 29 to watch all of the old Star Trek episodes. I suddenly realized that I was an Episode IV Star Wars person, but I was all about everything to do with Star Trek. I would choose Captain Kirk over Han Solo any day of the week, and I still would.

I am one of those people who believes that Jedis and Vulcans can live together in peace and harmony. I was also one of the throngs of people who were anxious to see the new Star Trek movie when it came out in 2009. It was what movie people call a re-boot. It created an entirely new Star Trek universe, but it was a parallel universe with characters we could identify like Spock, Kirk and Bones.

J.J. Abrams created a completely new path with familiar characters. He could go in any direction he wanted. One of the things that we Trekkies have always loved about Star Trek is that it is an exploration show that was wide open to the imagination of creator Gene Roddenberry. When we saw the new villain Nero in the 2009 movie, we were excited because it was a great movie with something new.

I am not going to give away the new Star Trek movie. Let’s just say that it is a fine Star Trek movie, but it does not leave a whole lot of hope for the future movies. I love the new Star Trek movie, but it offers nothing new. In J.J. Abrams’ parallel universe, originality has been lost.

The fact that J.J. Abrams is directing the new Star Wars, Episode VII, scares me. George Lucas was terrible at writing dialogue, but he was a genius at developing a mythology to support his story. George Lucas did not write Episode VII and he will not be directing it. It is rumored that Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia will be in the new movie. In other words, J.J. Abrams will once again be using the Hollywood formula for re-tread sequels to try and make a buck off of a popular movie franchise.

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