Boldly Going...Nowhere New
Review by Marius Masalar
As the release date of the new Star Trek film loomed, I'll admit that I was uneasy. Despite having mastermind J.J. Abrams at the helm, "Trekkies" were faced with the prospect of a film that would not only tinker with the history, but precede the narratives of the other ten films as well. A prequel. A re-launch of the franchise. The last time something like this happened to an established sci-fi universe of similar magnitude, we ended up with Jar-Jar Binks.
Despite these worries, the film was very successful with critics — due in large part to the amazing chemistry and sharp performances of the cast. Interestingly enough, Abrams himself is not a bona fide "Trekkie"; rather, he is a more casual fan who worked with writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ("Trekkies" themselves) to create a more balanced film that could be appreciated by a fresh audience too. As was expected, Abrams brought on his right-hand man of music, Michael Giacchino, to provide the musical score for Star Trek's rebirth.