I love Star Trek. I used to be a proper, full blown, badge wearing, pointy eared Trekkie. Now I am one of those people who can, if the situation demands, cite episode number and obscure species name, without being obsessive. My first introduction to Star Trek was ‘The Corbomite Maneuver‘ – the first episode of the ‘original series’ (well it was the first to be aired, the first episode was called ‘The Cage’ and Christopher Pike was the captain of USS Enterprise). We found that a wibbly wobbly alien was really a puppet being operated by the really ugly boy in Gentle Ben. That was first aired in 1966 on US television but I first watched in at the age of 12, in 1990, on UK television. I was hooked from that moment. I wanted to be an engineer like Mr Scott or a scientist like Mr Spock.
In my opinion the new film, directed by JJ Abrams (of Lost and Cloverfield fame) was a triumph. It had all the slightly camp touches that the original series had. The production even managed to make the retromodern technology look believable. However this blog is not a critique of the film. There was a cheeky bit of Cavalier physics, and you know how grumpy I can be about that. Continue reading