Zoe Saldana was originally a ballet dancer before her interest in theater drew her into films. She has been part of, perhaps, three of the best action/adventure films of this millennium in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Trek, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Between reinventing Uhura in Star Trek, portraying Gamora in the MCU, and Avatar (and its upcoming four sequels), Saldana has taken the torch from Sigourney Weaver in becoming science fiction’s action queen. Her dance background makes her extremely gifted with fight choreography and in motion capture, and her acting skills don’t require make-up. She’s held her own with Tom Hanks in The Terminal, Mark Ruffalo in Infinitely Polar Bear, and Christian Bale in Out of the Furnace. I hope the grind of the Ava-sequel shoot doesn’t prevent her wholly from doing other films, because she’s always an outstanding addition to any ensemble she joins.
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Week four of our seven week countdown to Star Trek: Into Darkness brings us to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. I think VI gets overlooked in the film pantheon. It’s a fantastic end to the original crew (well all the original crew) in the films. Christopher Plummer is a fantastic villain, playing the Klingon general trying to sabotage the peace process at the center of the film. I almost picked his Shakespeare-spewing space battle scene, but really this film is about getting old, one last adventure and the punctuation is the film’s final scene. Everyone gets a final nod and then one of the best closing lines to any film I’ve scene, “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”
Week three of our seven week countdown to Star Trek: Into Darkness brings us to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. This was the first Star Trek film I ever saw as a kid, so it holds a special place in my heart. As I’ve devoured the rest and most of the TV shows, I realize how unique and ballsy a movie it is. After two very serious films, they made a flat-out comedy. The plot is that a probe has approached earth and it will only communicate with humpback whales of which there are none in the future (well done, Earth). So Kirk and company slingshot around the sun and somehow end up in 1986. It sounds utterly ridiculous and it is, but it allows the series to explore the characters and their interactions in a way the other films don’t. I love Kirk teaching Spock how to swear. I love Scotty’s elaborate retrofit of the cargo bay into an aquarium and all that entailed. But the highlight is, when Chekov is injured in one of their side missions, McCoy and Kirk go to save him from 20th century medicine. Bones, who is my favorite character, rips through the hospital like Jesus on speed, tossing cancer curing pills and growling about the barbarity of the century. It’s hysterical and you love it because by this point, you adore these characters.
Week two of our seven week countdown to Star Trek: Into Darkness brings us to Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Of all the films in the series I’d give a positive review to, this is probably my least favorite (that may be the most qualified sentence I ever wrote…plus I added this disclaimer). I wavered between picking my favorite sequence from this, in which Kirk and company jack the Enterprise from Starfleet or including the only good scene-which is a great scene-from Star Trek V (campfire). Ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to steal a starship.
PS – I don’t know what detail the Starfleet personnel at the beginning of the clip are assigned to, but whatever they did to earn those uniforms must have been heinous.