Monday, June 15, 2009

space: the final frontier

"Space: The final frontier
These are the voyages of the Starship, Enterprise
Its 5 year mission
To explore strange new worlds
To seek out new life and new civilizations
To boldly go where no man has gone before"

so many of us have such nostalgic memories when you hear these lines... of the eagerly awaited star trek series on sunday morning on television (on the solitary doordarshan channel in those days)...

i have never watched a single star trek movie after the tv series... i couldn't even bring myself to watch the new series which did not have william shatner as capt. kirk and leonard nimoy as spock... (i remember all the girls in school in those days being completely smitten by capt. kirk... yeah yeah, i know i studied in an all-boys school and you are wondering how i know this about the girls... well, i am not telling!)

but i finally decided to watch the latest star trek movie which is a chronicle of the early days of capt. kirk and his fellow uss enterprise crew members...

all of us trudged off for the sunday morning show... the big boss and the kids... the kids actually enjoyed themselves... and i don't mean just the popcorn and the fizzy drink... they actually enjoyed the film... though the younger one (daughter) did get a little frightened during some of the scenes... it was their first sci-fi film on the big screen...

i simply loved the movie... even if you have never watched star trek you will really enjoy this film... and if you are even a fringe fan of start trek and don't consider yourself a trekkie you would still be comiting an unforgiveable sin if you do not watch this film!

the movie has leonard nimoy playing the old spock (i am not telling you anything more) and he still can make you smirk with his logical dialogs delivered with a punch...

but for me, just like for another die-hard fan i chatted with earlier today, the most 'goose-bumpy' and emotional moment in the film was during the end credits where leonard nimoy says 'space: the final frontier....'

ah! that was the bestest moment in the film for me... but you have to watch it understand what i am saying...

i will sign off by borrowing spock's customary farewell line (accompanied by the vulcan hand salute of course) - "live long and prosper!"


Achintya said...


"Since my customary farewell would appear oddly self serving, good luck!"


Oh, what a movie!

I'm sorry if I'm continuing our conversation on this blog entry, but, OH! WHAT A MOVIE!

Jigs said...

"Star trek next generation" with Jean luc Picard as captain is even better series than the original. It has got such an amazing subtler concepts. I recommend if you get a chance to watch it you should.

Ofcourse the movie was awesome. I hope that they come out with more.

Leonard nimoy is simple the best trekkie of all.. even now.

Manasi said...

Guru, saw the movie couple of weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it even though i had never seen any of the tv series or other movies that had been. It looks like almost all movies-studios are in the process of re-inventing and infusing fresh blood into their original heroes/super-heroes... Starting with James Bond in Casino Royale, then Batman in the Dark Knight and now to Captain Kirk's and Spock's characterization... Sign of times, isn't it!

Anonymous said...

Hi GP( Guruprasad, of course) This is my first comment on yr blog. Die hard Trekkie fan but not "Techie " at all.
D resaon i write , of course , is to agree with each and every comment u wrote re Star Trek. R sundays mornings were ditto - with a Rs5/- pkt of "Real Bakery" chips thrown in. Going 4 d movie was totally nostalgic and just to add to the feeling took my dad along. 11.15 p.m. show. Yes they have that in Only Mumbai. He was the only Sardar and only senior citizen ( they shud hav given him a free tkt, man!!! ). And my hubby of course. I was clapping whistling and even gave standing ovation to THE words in the end.

in short lovvvvvvvvvvvvvved it


Tys on Ice said...

now i have to see this....damn!

i used to love the star trek series...i still see reruns of it sometimes in some odd channels...nice....

Guruprasad said...

@ achintya : i know... my sentiments exactly! :)

@ jigs : now i'm willing to check out the newer series :)
you bet, nimoy is the coolest trekkie ever!

@ manasi : i am all for resurrecting the past heroes :)

@ simran : hey, i know what you mean about 'only mumbai'! i'm sure your dad had a good time too! :)
keep dropping in and commenting too!

@ tys on ice : you mean you haven't seen it yet??? now do 10 push-ups just to punish yourself... and then go watch the movie... the first show you can manage!

Preeti Shenoy said...

I used to watch Star trek.(Yeah But I wasn't a great fan of it even back then.(Didn't have a crush on Shatner either :P) I don't think i'll enjoy it too :P (Go ahead kill me! :) )
Glad u loved it though :)
You have been tagged in my latest post. If you do it I'd love to read.

Suma said...

i used to watch star trek but am not an avid fan...
haven't watched the hubby got the the preview passes on the day it released here and we didn't go...
(*going away before something is hurled at her)

Guruprasad said...

@ preeti : well, i guess it takes all kinds to make up this world right? :P

@ suma : aaaaaarrrgggghhhhhhh... than your stars you are not within arm's length reach or something! :P