Star Trek In India: New adventures and new explorations

Much ado about a movie Star Trek Beyond that has enthralled many generations

star-trek-beyond-poster-internationalI remember seeing the series, Star Trek: The Original Series on Sunday when the only TV channel around was DD. And the exciting adventures of Captain James T. Kirk in his starship Entreprise zipping through the mysterious universe were the mainstay of the week. There used to be that stoic faced and high eye-browed Mr Spock. Those were the days it was broadcast in black and white and globalization was an unknown term. And to see so much sci-fi was just the thrill one small child needed. It was an unknown world and Sunday TV seemed to be such a treat with these little pleasures.

And then India changed and so did technology. We began to see the animated Star Treks and the toys and books and more. Captain James grew old and died and the famous Mr Spock died too, leaving many of us fans with a void. Until Star Trek Beyond made it to the silver screen. It has been the most awaited film of the year. The tales of Captain James live in my mind along with the iconic Mr Spock, this is a treat I am not going to miss. And guess what, it’s a weekend too. This movie promises better effects, songs by Rihanna and the effects stupendous.

Starring Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, it has been directed by Justin Lin. And here is a story that is simple yet electrifying with the cinematography. The Federation is now in prosperous era and there is peace between planets. There is a new giant Starbase called the Yorktown. Lots of changes are seen on the personal front of the people but now they are going to fight an alien who is hell bent on destroying the Federation.

I am surely going to see the spaceship move in the dark, starry universe and the way relationships move in this movie. I hope it lives like the original series I saw in the 1980s, though even those were made in the late 1960s. While Kirk and Spock made for a respectful team, it was the doctor Bones who cut through the heavy moments with quirky dialogues. The engineer Scotty was another humourous one. Not to forget that there is a retro hit by Beastie Boys’ Sabotage in this movie.

Even though its fantasy, this travel is something that has always been on my wish list!

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