In 2008, when it was announced that Star Trek was being rebooted with a new cast playing the classic characters, many Trekkies cried foul. How dare Hollywood ruin a classic sci-fi series? Luckily J.J. Abrams proved all the naysayers wrong and not only made a version that kept fans happy, but also brought in millions of new fans as well. He crafted a brilliant sci-fi in a known universe, and by introducing time travel into the mix, allowed himself to create new stories without spitting on the classic stories. Now, for the second round, he no longer needs to establish the character backgrounds, and is now able to concentrate solely on great storytelling.

It’s been a few years, and while he has been given his own ship, James Kirk (Chris Pine) still lives by his own rules. After directly disobeying Starfleet rules, his leadership is called into question, and everything he worked hard to obtain is taken away from him. It isn’t long though before an act of terrorism reunites him and his crew on a mission across the galaxy to apprehend the person responsible. They get way more than they bargained for once they catch him though, and the crew must do everything they can in order to survive.

kirkThis may sound generic, but I assure you it’s not. To go any more into the plot will do you a great disservice and spoil everything. Trust me when I say that this movie is on equal footing with the original, and needs to be seen. Longtime Star Trek fans should be pleased with the references to the old show and movies. While these are new stories, they’re still the same beloved characters and no one wants them changed too much.

Abrams has done such a wonderful job twice now that it’s no wonder he has been given the keys to the pinnacle of all sci-fi entertainment – the new Star Wars movie. He has proven himself more than capable of injecting life into a series thought dead, and if he can’t revitalize the Star Wars franchise, no one can.

4.5/5 Stars

Editor side note:  I can’t believe he didn’t mention Alice Eve.