Star Trek: Boldly go there!

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Know who has the best legs in the universe? Look no further than the Star Trek franchise! Wunderkind J.J. Abrams is the latest director to take on the formidable task of re-invigorating the popular series and I am happy to report that he and his company do a stellar job!

Forget The Next Gen or, Deep Space 9 etc., etc., we get back to basics, the ship and crew who launched this successful series in this latest big screen homage that is "Star Trek".

From the birth of James Tiberius Kirk to his taking of the deck chair as Captain of the USS Enterprise, we are treated to the back story so to speak, of how this crew came together in their first deep space adventure.

Talk about FUN! This movie is firing on all phasers to provide a great movie going experience for Trekkies and novices alike. But in all honesty, the people who will get the biggest kick out of this movie are those who know and love the original. The mannerisms, catch phrases, character quirks-even Uhura's mini skirt and go-go boots are all here and an absolute blast to watch unfold!

Of course at the center of this whole universe are James Kirk and Mr. Spock. The daunting task of portraying two of the most well defined and known characters in modern pop culture is met head on by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto with giddy results! They do the groundwork by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy shining justice. I was impressed that Quinto was able to wipe out any preconceived feelings towards him due to his impressive work as arch villain Sylar in "Heroes". While hot, hot, hot Chris Pine does the seemingly impossible: doing Kirk without doing Shatner! Impressive indeed! The swagger, the machismo, the 'player' is all here, even mannerisms but not the halting, stereotypical speech pattern. And oh yeah, did I mention how hot he is?!

I for one was very vocal from the moment I first heard this movie was in the works because of the perceived snubbing of William Shatner but the inclusion of Leonard Nimoy. In my opinion, these two actors along with Gene Roddenberry are the sole reasons why the franchise is still as popular as it is today. Plus, how long will we even be able to see these two perform their trademark parts? Well I can see where Shatner could have been included in a brief cameo at the end but according to Abrams, Shatner made it clear he would not be satisfied with just a cameo. So an appearance by him had to go. It would have been a nice touch to have the baton passed from both characters to their new younger versions but alas that was not to be.

But make no mistake, this new young cast, including Karl Urban as a great Dr. 'Bones' McCoy, Zoe Saldana as the ever sexy Uhura, Simon Pegg as the constantly power challenged Scotty, John Cho as fencing champ Sulu and Anton Yelchin as enunciation challenged Chekov will have you anxious to see their next adventure.

Great special effects, seat rumbling sound, combined with explosive action and an interesting storyline, make this is a trip you will want to take over and over again. Somewhere deep in space, Gene is looking down and SMILING!

LADIES ROOM LOWDOWN: I haven't talked to a single person who hasn't loved this film! Make every effort to see this spectacle on the big screen. My personal recommendation is to see it on IMAX or one of Harkin's Cine Capris. Live long and prosper!

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