Get your geek on with me in the following audio overview. Armed with a phaser, my Mego Captain Kirk action figure, and Captain Kirk’s Guide to Women, I had the opportunity to discuss the joys of creative constraints, Gene Roddenberry‘s similarity with an overbearing preacher, J.J. Abrams hyperactive lens-flare, and the back-to-basics revolution that revitalized a franchise. Although the marketing machine for the film billed it as “not your father’s Star Trek”… it actually recaptured the heart of the mythos that had been literally lost in space.
The first 20 minutes spotlights the phenomenon of Star Trek, followed by 10 minutes on the artistic/cinematic elements of the film, and a final 30 unravels the character archetypes and narrative themes.
Thanks to Mars Hill for hosting a full house packed Film and Theology event in December 2009.