Began watching “Star Trek” in about 1980. Got hooked. Loved it. Went to all the movies (#4 wasn’t as great as so many people think, by the way). Fell for “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which finally gave us (mostly) production values worthy of Trek. Never “got” DS9, although I tried. Watched some Voyager, gave up on “Enterprise” after a few episodes. Slowly became disillusioned with the franchise after the last couple of “Trek” movies.
But now…there’s a chance. Just a chance. Maybe the Star Trek legend will be reborn. Rebooted, if you will, just as the Batman legend was given new life with “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.”
I am fully prepared to be disappointed, but as long as there’s a chance that Abrams and crew get this right, I will believe. And I will be there on opening weekend.
And if you’re wondering what this has to do with Montana and Great Falls…it’s quite simple, actually, although if you’re not a Trek fan you can be forgiven for not understanding. You see, the creator of “warp drive” was (or will be) Zefram Cochran. In the year 2063. And he invented (will invent) warp drive using a converted nuclear missile, blasting off on mankind’s first warp-driven flight from a missile silo complex in north-central Montana. So without Montana – without Malmstrom – Star Trek might not even exist.