I have to admit I'm not a real "Star Trek" fan. I've seen a couple of the original episodes. The "Star Trek" movies put me to sleep. I've never seen any of the spin-off shows.
I can't remember when I met Freddy Heller. Freddy is the biggest "Star Trek" fan I know. He's the commander of the local Starfleet. Or is it captain of the Starfleet? Maybe it's admiral.
Anyway, he's just the nicest guy. He's very normal. Except his obession with the show. He collects everything related to the show and the movies. That means he has the collectible figures, the Barbie collection (yes, Barbie made some "Star Trek" dolls), movies in VHS and DVD, books and comic books. When I spoke to him the other day, he reminded me to go to Burger King to get some of the "Star Trek" trinkets.
So when he said he was going to have a table set up to recruit new members tonight, my editor thought it would be a good idea for me to go see the movie and talk to some of the fans.
OK. My friend Tom Ford, who does visual effects for movies in Hollywood, saw the movie Monday night and was raving about it. He told me to go see it, even though he knows I'm not a big fan.
Well, it's really good.
I liked all the young actors. Apparently there are some "insider" things but it didn't hurt my enjoyment of the movie.
I think it's going to be a big, big hit. This summer's going to be big for movie studies since we've got the second "Transformers," another "Terminator" movie and "G.I. Joe" all opening later this month.
About "Star Trek." You don't have to have watched any of the shows, the spin-offs or movies to have fun watching this movie. But it will help if you go with someone who can explain things to you.
Freddy found some Starfleet guys that I could sit with. I was really glad of that. Thanks, Freddy!