I'm not a Trekker myself, but I suspect that the vast, excitable legion of those who are will be tickled by J.J. Abrams' genial reboot of their cherished franchise, and that their enthusiasm, expressed in repeat viewings, will enable the film to live long and prosper at the box office. Several of the deathless "Star Trek" phrases are still in position here ("Beam me up!" "Set phasers to stun!"), along with winking nods to the original series' endearingly cheesy effects (the whirly "transporter beam" looks as silly as ever). And the writers, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (who previously collaborated with Abrams on "Mission: Impossible III"), have come up with a head-achingly clever plot device that effectively vaporizes nearly 40 years of earlier "Trek" lore (six TV series and 10 previous movies), and takes the never-ending story back to square one, where it can begin spawning a fresh generation of sequels.
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