Captain's Log: New Trek Buzz
It looks as though the new Star Trek feature is attracting a lot of ticket buyers this weekend. The reviews seem pretty positive, though I've avoided reading them in detail until after I've seen the movie on Sunday. Today I walked past the theatre where I'll see it in our college town, and noticed one of the students in a small line to see the first evening show. He looked both excited and embarrassed, and it reminded me what it's been like to be a Star Trek fan these past few years: weird. I admit I've been surprised by the articles and reviews that begin by acknowledging how important Star Trek and what it stands for have been. If this movie remains popular, we may have to get used to Star Trek being an acceptable enthusiasm again.
Among the many recent non-review articles was another one comparing President Obama to Spock, this one by Jeff Greenwald, author of the TNG nonfiction book, Future Perfect, and one of the panelists on my Soul of Star Trek panel at the 40th anniversary convention in Seattle. Those who doubted that Obama is a Trek fan, take note of these two stories: the report that President Obama wants to screen the new Trek film at the White House, and an interview with Leonard Nimoy who was an Obama supporter: he said that he was with a number of people waiting to meet candidate Obama, and when Obama spotted Nimoy, the future President immediately flashed the Vulcan salute. Not easy to do unless you've practiced it. I mean, that's logical, right?
By the way, I've taken note of the comments left here about the movie. I'm waiting until I see it to respond.