I was watching a Jimmy Stewart film (see below) on AMC the other day when I saw an ad for the television premiere of Star Trek: Nemesis. There was a faint hint of recognition, I just couldn’t remember anything about it. Surely, this was one of their forgettable film incarnations that fanboys everywhere loved. I figured that like all the other good sci-fi geeks of the world, I saw it when it came out and then promptly forgot about it. I set the video recorder to grab it.
What I discovered was a Star Trek film that I had NEVER seen. Yeah, how weird is that? I know I am losing all my sci-fi cred in admitting the oversight, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how I never saw it. I can see that it was at a time in my life (2002) when I was very busy with some personal and business issues. I can only imagine that I told myself I would watch it later and never did.
Long story short – it is what you can expect from a Star Trek film – campiness, fanboy one-liners, corny dialogue, weak plot, and appreciation that can only come from having seen the entire pantheon of TV and films.
As a trek film, it is not the worst and not the best – just more of the same. Love it or hate it – this one won’t change your mind.
RATING 6 out of 10
The film I originally set out to watch, The Rare Breed (1966), was an interesting one for Jimmy Stewart. It is one of the few I had never seen and it has a couple things that made it special for me. First and foremost, it was a classic cowboy film – a genre that I love when it comes to Stewart. Next, the character of Alexander Bowen played by Brian Keith was a hoot. He was a gruff Scottish immigrant raising longhorn cattle in Texas. Interestingly when he got all “duded up” in his military gear, instead of a kilt, he wore plaid pants. I can only assume this had something to do with “Americanizing” the outfit for some decency standard or something. Either way, it is funny as all get out.
The other thing I like was the historical backdrop. The Rare Breed tells the story of the introduction of the Hereford breed of cattle and their introduction into the United States – Texas in particular. The idea is that this new breed with more meat was to be crossbred with the Texas Longhorn. This combined the meat production with the sturdiness of the Longhorn.
RATING 7 out of 10