These Are the Voyages…

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Click here to take the “Which Star Trek character am I?” quiz

This is just a quick update as it’s been a while since my last post. To be honest I didn’t realise it had been so long; I’ve had a lot on my mind these last few months and haven’t felt up to blogging until now.

I haven’t been feeling well for several months; my health has been very poor and I haven’t been sleeping well again. While I am coping, this last year has been exhausting as it’s just been one thing after another… I’ve had to cut back on the amount of time I spend online to adjust.

We also recently learnt of the death of an old friend. Belinda was like an aunt to me when I was younger and was a dear friend of my mother; it’s brought back a lot of memories and we’re all feeling her loss.

But I’m trying not to dwell too much. I’m feeling a little better now and tomorrow I’m seeing the new Star Trek film with MQ, which is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I grew up with the more recent Star Trek series but it’s always been the relationships between the original characters that made me a fan and have defined Star Trek; to see Kirk, Spock and McCoy again after all these years should be a lot of fun.

Star Trek has needed refreshing for a while now and it looks like they’ve found the right dynamic with a young cast and a new approach. This Trek can have a wide appeal and it reminds me a little of Batman Begins; build word of mouth for a sequel and hopefully that will do even better once people realise that this isn’t the same kind of Trek.

The thing about Star Trek, which a lot of people don’t get if they think it’s geeky and boring, is that what it’s actually about isn’t science but humanity. Star Trek at its best gives us an optimistic view of humanity; it was born out of the 1960s as a counterpoint to issues like racism, sexism, communism, and war, showing us that whatever our differences, we can overcome them and unite in peace, a view that was well ahead of its time.

That’s the message which has always made me a fan; that the future can be better, if we want it to be. It looks different but as long as the new film keeps that message in some way, then I’ll be happy. And I think it will. That message of hope is just as relevant now, in a post-September 11 world, as it was in 1966.

This is one of the few films I’ll probably be able to see this year, but hopefully it will be the beginning of a new era for Trek. So I thought I’d post a fun quiz as well to celebrate the release of the film.

I wonder which character you are? Apparently I’m most like Spock. I guess that makes sense; I do tend to be quite logical. Not sure about the ears, though. I don’t think they’d suit me. 😉

Update: Just found a fun website that can change your photo into a Star Trek character. Mine is here. As I said, the Vulcan ears definitely don’t suit me!

Update #2: Just got back from seeing it a few hours ago. It was excellent. Even better than the hype, actually, which was a surprise. I’ll post a review on my other blog tomorrow but it’s very different and probably the best Star Trek film so far. Highly recommended.

5 thoughts on “These Are the Voyages…

  1. I got Deanna Troi.

    I’ve never really watched the show though.

    It does look appealing to me, and I love how people get really into it. I just never took the time for it. I guess? Maybe I should try it.

    The science fiction story I used to love was V. Do you remember that miniseries?

    I’m sorry about your health problems, and I’m very sorry about the loss of your friend.

    It’s nice to hear from you though.

  2. Dina- thanks for taking the quiz. Deanna Troi’s from one of the latter series but she’s always been a fun character; one of my favourites.

    The new film was great. I couldn’t fault the actors and it just felt like Star Trek again; it had the spirit and fun that’s always made Star Trek relevant. I think with so many dark films around, like The Dark Knight, it’s good to have a change and something more optimistic and hopeful.

    I’m not sure how normal audiences will react to it but it’s very different to any of the other films, so I hope they’ll embrace it as well. So far they seem to like it.

    I don’t think I ever saw V. MQ did; I’ll have to ask her. I think there’s going to be a remake of the series later this year… I’ll have to check it out.

    And thanks. I am feeling a little better now. Just trying to take it one day at a time. 😉

  3. Hi Widdle – I’m glad you liked the film. It’s been several weeks since we saw it now and I’m still buzzing, which is always the sign of a good film. Can’t wait for the DVD and a sequel. Hopefully they get JJ back to direct.

    And thanks for taking the quiz. Deanna Troi seems to be very popular! 😉

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