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Finally , after 4 years since the last one, the newest movie in the Star Trek franchise is now out. It officially opened on Friday (yesterday). My wife and I saw it the night before at the 9:50 pm showing. That was the “almost midnight pre-showing”. We’re dedicated Trekkies! This is the 12th Star Trek movie to date. For those who don’t know what Star Trek is, I would politely ask you what planet do you live on? Those who do know what it is, I commend you. And to those of you that know me, well, you know I love it. It is one of my most favorite things in this world. Star Trek: The Next Generation is my favorite by far. That show got me through Junior High and High School. It was my escape from this world. It would take me to a place of adventure! I had some good missions with the crew of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D. Lieutenant Commander Data was my favorite character. He was an android (kinda like a robot, but better). I, myself, was an officer on-board the starship Enterprise, but I was specially assignment to Earth. But when the time arose, I would “beam” onto the Enterprise and assist them as needed. I formed friendships with the crew. Yes, I role played in my room, by myself, following along with the story line of that week’s episode. I had a uniform (with the LCDR rank insignia), a toy phaser, tricorder, and a Data mask. I even created a personal log of my travels (basically a diary). I wish I still had those logs. It has shaped who I am today to some degree and it has always meant a great deal to me. I know all this sounds weird and maybe a little creepy. I can’t explain it. Kids made fun of me back then, but I didn’t care. I still get teased from time to time now, but I’ve embraced it. So, suffusive to say, Star Trek is a big part of my life.

When I learned they were coming out with a new, re-make of the original cast (Kirk, Spock, Scotty, ect) in 2009, I was a little skeptical. But, I have to say I loved that movie a lot. So I was really excited for this new one (yesterdays) to come out as well. It was really good. There are more bad words in this one than the last movie, which is disappointing. But the action and special effects are awesome. The cast has a great dynamic with some added humor. The story was good with a mix of the original Tv series, movie story-lines and inside jokes, but with some new content and plot twists. For me, I am inspired by a group of people so dedicated to each other, their crew, their family, their mission, that they would risk their lives for each other at any cost. The movie teaches us about loyalty to others but also about the dark side of humanity and how it can be our down fall and so destructive. It gives us a warning to control our emotions so that they do not control us and to not let anger, rage, and revenge consume us.

I’m going to see this newest Star Trek movie again because there is so much you miss the first time around! It’s nice to escape reality once in a while and step into another world. But be careful not to let fantasy become your only reality. And while Star Trek was a big part of my life, I’m glad I didn’t get so wrapped up and obsess over it because it would have distracted me from my real life here on earth. I would have missed out on some pretty cool adventures of my own. But who knows: maybe some day we’ll be able to venture off into the unknown of space on some sort of star trek! Beam me up Scotty… Warp Speed ahead… ENGAGE!

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  • Holly

    I’m glad you enjoyed the movie! I’m so sorry you went through that Mark. There is a lot of bullying going on in this world. They pick on everyone! So its not you, its them! I’m so proud of you and the wonderful man you’ve become!

  • Candace Watkins

    Good post brother!!! It’s good to be passionate about things, no matter wht it is 🙂 everytime I see anything Star Trek it reminds me of you and grandma’s house!! Makes me miss you even more! You are an amazing person Mark, and I’m so thankful to have a brother like you that I can look up to!! Reading your posts is showing me a lot about you that I never really knew….thanks for putting your whole heart into these. They are so encouraging, funny, relatable, and inspirational. Keep up the good work…and good job on rising above!!! 🙂 love you!

  • Dan Hust

    Mark, God always provides a way, even before we realize it. Sports & music were my escape. Your passion for Star Trek was the early indicator for me on your intelligence. School grades aren’t always a true guide on a kid’s intellectual capacity. God bless!

    • Thanks Dad. That’s very cool to know!!!

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