So I saw the new Star Trek movie last night. I can't remember the last time I saw a movie within a week of its release. Welcome to life with kids, I guess.
Despite all the special effects, glitz, and weird pseudo-scientific fantasy, the characters made that movie enjoyable. Especially Spock.
Spock has what every fictional character needs: a whopper of an internal conflict. He's a walking conflict, a "half-breed", constantly at war with his emotions and expectations others have for him and his behavior. In the new film, he reaches the breaking point on a few occasions: now that's drama.
I'm not really a Trekkie, but the original series/characters will always have a special place in my overly sentimental heart. Gene Roddenberry knew his writing Xs and Os when he laid out the blueprint for everyone's favorite half-Vulcan.
Live long and prosper, memorable characters!