With this past Sunday’s viewing of Star Trek: The Voyage Home we’re officially out of the 70s and 80s in our rewatch and into the 90s. I gotta say, I’ll miss some of the cheesier graphics, though I have a feeling they’re not going to get that much better until the newest movies.
My introduction to Star Trek has been Discovery, so I didn’t know how I was going to feel about old Trek. Let me tell you: I LOVE IT.
Up until The Voyage Home I think what I was in love with were the characters. The movies themselves didn’t really grab me – not that I didn’t enjoy them, but they didn’t give me a lot of fannish feelings (other than my complete Kirk/Spock spiral, which I’ll get into later) – but I got attached to the people (and aliens) that populate the universe. I imagine if I’d watched any of the old series I’d have even more feelings about them. But then we started watching The Voyage Home and one of the Collective ladies tweeted about space whales, and then the 80s music started, and I was IN LOVE.
That movie tickled me pink. It was so delightful.
I started my Trek voyage with Star Trek: Discovery and I was really taken aback when all my pals who are Trekkies were dissing it. I love it, and I couldn’t understand why they didn’t. Then I started reading their analysis, about missing the camp and the humor, and now that I’ve seen The Voyage Home I think I get it. I still love Discovery, but I get the love for the sillier side of Trek as well.
Mel? Your thoughts on the older movies?
I have seen the delightful Space Whales movie about 80 times. (really) I LOVE THIS MOVIE. It’s hands down my fave movie (I STILL LOVE YOU CFINE AND QUINTO! And Pegg. and Cho) and I think it’s the reason I’m such an activist when it come to our planet. This movie taught young Mel that we need to take care of the beautiful creatures we’re lucky enough to share the planet with. It was also when my love of Spock and Uhotty (Uhura/Scotty) was born. (Spock swims with a whale I mean come on! Lil Mel was in love.)
This movie is about rebirth and second chances. I love it and it soothes my soul.
Now as far as Discovery goes I haven’t watched yet. Not because I don’t want to but because my tiny humans require A LOT of time and yeah. I can comment though on missing the camp. I felt this way about INTO DARKNESS. That fucking movie. (Not commenting on details yet bc I don’t think Liz has seen it). But yeah, camp but more importantly heart is what makes Trek, Trek. It’s about hope and striving for something better together. These movies do this for me.
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