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Apparently, there's a group out there encouraging people to red shirts on Fridays to "support our troops".

Here's a link to their site, which plays really, really cheesy music. You've been warned.)

Yes, let's wear red shirts on Friday to underscore how nameless and expendable our troops are.

I know that not everyone is a Star Trek fan, but even a cursory Google search would have suggested the Unfortunate Implications.

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It occurs to me that Your Obedient Serpent has been remiss in his duties; despite having seen Mr. Abrams' Star Trek twice, I have yet to give my loyal readers any semblance of a review.

The short review:

Hooray! I'm 10 years old again!

I'm ten years old, and Star Trek is once again new and fresh and exciting. It's full of action and adventure. It's optimistic and bright without being smug and self-satisfied. It's dangerous and exciting without being a dark, dismal, Crapsack World.

When Mr. Abrams said, over the last year or two, that he "wasn't really a Star Trek fan", he was, evidently, lying through his teeth. And I applaud him for it.

The movie is wonderous. It hits every note perfectly. The funny parts don't slow down or cheapen the genuine urgency; the shout-outs and continuity nods are quick and casual. [livejournal.com profile] quelonzia missed some that I caught, and I missed some the first time that I caught the second time around.

I got choked up at the very beginning; Quel got choked up at the end.

The cast is splendid, simultaneously hearkening to the original portrayals of the characters, yet making the roles entirely their own. Zachary Quinto manages to do this with Leonard Nimoy standing right there.

For those poor, benighted souls who have not yet seen this spectacle on the big screen, I shall politely put the remainder of this behind a spoiler cut. )

If you haven't seen it yet, go now. Boldly.


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...#3 from Your Obedient Serpent's list of The Top Ten Defining Star Trek Moments:

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Over the weekend, [livejournal.com profile] dutchmouse offered his picks for The Top Ten Defining Star Trek Moments, and asked his readers to offer theirs.

DEFINING moments? Dutch's starting point was the big-screen movies... and for me, Star Trek had already been well-defined by the time V'ger came looking for its creator.

Needless to say, I soon came up with moments enough to fill my own Top Ten:

  1. Kirk and Spock in a fight to the death, with Spock in the throes of Pon Farr. (Dun dun DUNN DUNN DUNN DUNN dun dundun DUN dun!)
  2. Spock, mind-melded with the Medusan navigator, grinning broadly and greeting his old friends as if seeing them for the first time... which it is.
  3. "HaaaaarCOURT! Harcourt Fenton MUDD, what have you been up to?"
  4. Apollo, drifting into nothingness, calling to Zeus and Hera to take him with them into oblivion. "Would it have hurt us so much to light a fire, and gather just a few laurel leaves?"
  5. "NO KILL I"
  6. "I could have saved her! Do you know what you just did?" "He knows, Doctor. He knows."
  7. Kirk kitbashing a crude firearm out of natural mineral deposits and scrap -- and then refusing to finish off his downed opponent. Oh, and Vasquez Rocks!
  8. Evil Twin Goatees.
  9. Kirk, teaching an exotically beautiful alien gladiator how to kiss.
  10. And, of course:

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