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Star Trek Reboot

Posted on Monday, May 11 @ 17:40:24 Eastern by Chris_Hudak
I won't belabor you with another 2000 words on the eye-dazzling CGI and awesome, jaw-dropping starship combat (although I could). Suffice it to say that Trek obviously takes some of its gritty cues from what is probably my second-favorite, sci-fi outing (and was certainly the best thing on TV there, for a while), the re-boot of Battlestar Galactica—and that is a very, very good thing. Like the much-hailed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan before it, Star Trek does a straight-faced, military take on the mechanics—and horrors—of ship-to-ship space combat. No goofy, nonsensical biplane-inspired maneuvers, 'trench-runs' or comic-relief 'droids, but believable displays, panicked cross-chatter, batteries of point-defense gatling phasers chewing up incoming fragmenting warheads. Don't forget scared personnel panicking from their posts, burning up, and getting blown out compromised bulkheads to die in silent, hard vacuum (of the many things Star Trek has taught me, I wouldn't ever want to work in the engine, warp-core or fire-control section of a starship, Federation of otherwise).


TREK, DRUGS AND ROCK 'N ROLL

Many of us are certainly thinking it, but front-man “Captain” Karl Miller of the Star Trek rock band Warp 11 (of course there's a Star Trek rock band; don't be an idiot) just comes out and says it: “It was a lot better than the last 10 Star Trek movies!”. Just days before the new Trek film hit theaters, Warp 11 released their 5th studio album, I Don't Want to Go to Heaven As Long As They Have Vulcans in Hell (Reboot Music). Warp 11 is Star Trek, sex, alcohol, rock and...well, and that's pretty much it. To quote one space-alien who has adapted to Earth life particularly well: It's a good thing.

Much like the band has been doing since 1999 (suck it, Moonbase Alpha!), the new Abrams film brings a decided, rocking energy to the Trek 'verse (bonus points to J.J. Abrams and creative crew for the scene of a snot-young James Kirk rocking out—at ninety-eight-per, in a boosted car—to the hundred-year-old Beastie Boys jam “Sabotage”). It's only fitting and proper that the four members of Warp 11 saw a screener of the movie before its theatrical release. Warp 11 have compiled their, um, Data and passed their judgments on the movie:


“Chief Science Officer” Kiki Stockhammer (keyboards, vocals):

“I walked out of the new Star Trek movie and said…”Boy, is it a good time to be in a Star Trek band!” The new movie has it all…comedy, sex, a great story, drinking, good acting, ACTION!, a groovy soundtrack, and characters that I cared about. Warp 11 matches those qualities….we too are primed to meet all the new fans of this new generation of lovers of Trek. I think Gene Roddenberry is happy as hell somewhere in the cosmos, laughing his ass off and enjoying all the creative endeavors that have spawned from his adventures of Captain James T. Kirk, Spock and the rest of the crew. As Chief Science Officer of Warp 11, I am proud to say that I am ready to “punch it” and go where no man has gone before!”

"Chief Engineer" Brian Moore (vocals, guitars):

"It's about time that a sci-fi movie presented the perils of space exploration as something that could make you crap your pants."
"I'm appalled at the lack of angled sideburns in the movie."
"We've got all these songs about Klingons—so of course, Romulans end up being the bad guys in the movie. Thanks, J.J."

John “Number One” Merlino (vocals, drums):

"I'm a Star Trek purist. I'm re-watching all of [the original series] right now. And I have to admit that I was concerned that J.J. Abrams would take something that I really enjoyed and turn it into yet another carbon-copy action movie with explosions but no substance. But thankfully, it was all wasted negative energy. I loved it! He probably could have lost the pointed ears, and I would still have had a great time."

KILL, KILL, KILL, KILL, KILL, KILL...UH, ROMULANS?

It's a good day to Trek in at least one other quadrant, too. Any day now, developer Naked Sky and Bad Robot Interactive are slated to release Star Trek: D A C for XBLA (and, hopefully not long thereafter, for PSN): It's an accessible, top-down multi-player starship brawl-fest based on the conflict between the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire (since the Romulans are—at least for the new movie—the bad-guy flavor-of-the-month). For more in-depth info, you can check out our hands-on preview. Given the hype (and evident critical, across-the-board success) of the new movie, it's a little disappointing that there aren't more proper, A-list, major-console Trek titles in the works already (maybe it's time we checked back in with Star Trek Online). In any case, here's hoping that the game-developing powers that be rev up their warp cores and make it so.

One thing for sure: After a fairly miserable series of years there, it's once again a good day to be a Trekker: Drink up, live long, and punch it.

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