Thursday, May 14, 2009

Live Long and Prosper: Building Characters

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!


Catherine J Gardner said...

I'm not a Trekkie, so I'm going to wait until one of my nephews buys the DVD and then I'll borrow it. Love the new wide look blog - wide is so in. :)

Natalie L. Sin said...

Spock will always be my favorite : )

Aaron Polson said...

Cate - I stole the stretched look from your blog...I feel dumb for being stuck in "tiny column" mode for so long.

Natalie - of course!

Jameson T. Caine said...

I'm the biggest Trekkie in about five counties in these parts. The new movie was quite good IMO.

Jamie Eyberg said...

I agree, Spock is the most formed character made in that world. I do like the new format, very nice.

Rebecca Nazar said...

Seeing Nimoy again, oh, I loved it. Wasn't Chekov's acksint adworable?

Aaron Polson said...

Jameson - It was a good film...much better than expected.

Jamie - Template: Minima stretch. You know you want to.

Rebecca - I loved when scampered down the hall to the transporter room. "I can't do that!"

Anonymous said...

I must admit, I've never watched an episode of Star Trek (any of them) in my life. But I loved the movie! Spock was really good. The actor who played him was amazing. (I talk of course of the younger version.)

James T. Kirk made me laugh too. The whole movie I was waiting for classic William Shatner to slip in. As well as "Beam me up Scottie!"

K.C. Shaw said...

I loved the movie too even though I'm not much of a Star Trek fan. I never had a favorite character on the original show, but in this reboot Spock's absolutely my favorite.