Sunday, May 10, 2009

Star Trek on SNL: Leonard Nimoy, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto

On Saturday Night Live last night, Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock of the first Star Trek television series (1966) joined new Star Trek movie stars Chris Pine, who plays Captain Jim Kirk in the new movie, and Zachary Quinto, the new Spock, to help defend the new movie to angry "trekkies," respectfully known as trekkers. Nimoy, who also appears as Spock in the new movie, assured Pine that his version of Kirk will surpass the first Kirk, William Shatner, but told Quinto that his new Spock will be a tad less than his Spock.

The angry trekkers in the audience, played by SNL cast members, were pretty funny as were Pine's and Quinto's descriptions of trekker intimidation tactics.

I saw the new movie Friday. It picks an element from the second movie, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, by taking us back to Starfleet Academy when Kirk beats the simulation test, the Kobyashi Maru. In The Wrath of Khan, Vulcan Lt. Saavik (Kirstie Alley), wants to know how Kirk beat the test when he was a cadet. In the new movie we find out exactly what he did. That element of the story serves two purposes, character and plot development.

When the original show premiered in 1966, I was an instant fan and continued to watch the show in reruns. I also watched Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and even a little Enterprise, noticing that I watched less once the franchise moved past Next Generation. I also saw all the movies with original cast members. In a recent post at, I shared some Star Trek trivia about mothers as well as Star Trek and New Orleans.

J.J. Abrams's Star Trek vision has enough new spin balanced by old Star Trek traditions to hook a new generation and pacify us older fans. In fact, I'm tempted to go back and see it again. The young actors have good chemistry.

1 comment:

le0pard13 said...

That's a great clip, VP. I agree with your take on this (posted something today a couple of minutes ago). And my son really had a great time with the movie (though some references flew right by the 13 year-old). But, I'll school him by taking in some of the older stuff on DVD ;-).