This weekend, I took a mini-break from the deadline and went to a movie with my hubby. We both wanted to see Star Trek. I remember the original series, in reruns of course, when I was a kid. It came on late at night, and I just loved it. Then came TNG. That was also a great series, and I'll just bet the producers thought that Will Ryker was going to be their Kirk equivalent (handsome, tall, alpha) instead of Picard. And yet it was Picard that often got the sexy storyline and the girl.
Fast forward (or backward, LOL, if you're serious about your canon) to the new Star Trek movie. Without giving away spoilers, I just have to say that while Kirk is indeed the womanizing sexy guy he always was, the show-stopping majorly sexy guy upon whom I now have a major crush: Spock. OMG, Spock. Who the heck knew?
It's not because the actor, Zachary Quinto, is all that. (He is good looking, yes, but it's not that.) It's the emotion he puts into Spock. And the fight with that emotion. Spock is not the unfeeling intellect we've known and loved. He's still the supreme logical guy — and yet he's fighting with himself, warring with his emotions, and it's the most incredibly sexy thing imaginable.
There is so much more, and I just don't want to say because if you haven't seen it then I don't want to ruin it. But oh my. Kirk is over the top alpha, as always, but it's Spock's tormented alpha that strikes a chord for me and reminds me so much of why I love Harlequin Presents.
Presents heroes are always Captain Kirk in many ways. They are large and in charge. They take a backseat to no one. But they are also at war with themselves once they've met the heroine (if not before). They are brave, strong men trying really damn hard not to show or feel emotion. They battle like hell to keep a lid on it. But when they lose? When they cave in to the heroine and admit they're in love? I am so weak at the knees by then.
I'm writing a hero now who is battling emotion. He's battling some dark stuff, and yet he won't be able to keep it in ultimately. The heroine will know that while he's strong and capable of battling the world, he can't battle her. She is the one who gets inside, who is able to help him accept that emotion is fine and good and not at all contrary to strength and power. Ooooh, shiver, I love this kind of stuff.
And I totally love Spock. Can't wait for the sequel!
Have you seen Star Trek? What did you think? Are you crazy for Spock? Or does Kirk's swaggering alpha do it for you? (Don't get me wrong, I love a swaggering alpha too! And Kirk is also tortured, but his torment isn't as bad as Spock's.)
I'm so sure that Spock is a tortured Harlequin Presents type hero that I'm giving away a copy of my book today to one lucky commenter. See if Alejandro de Ramirez isn't holding something in and fighting it with all his might! (Be aware you will have to wait about a month or so before I get copies, but soon as I do, I'll send it over!)
Loved Spock! Big Spock crush now.
Kirk was a little too swaggering and brash for my crush-ness, but Spock was HAWT. (But then we all know I go for the logical, laid-back type… ~waves to the Darling Geek~
Yes, HAWT. 😉
I’m going to say something blasphemous….I have never seen Star Trek and have no desire to do so. 😈
LOL! Well, okay, if you insist. 😉
I always tease my husband that Kirk acts like the male lead in a romance novel and has yet to meet the “right woman” to reform him.
He says when the write the first Harlequin Star Trek Romance, he will read it.
ROFL, Patricia! Man, if I could get away with an HP ST novel, I’d do it! Your hubby has a great idea there. 🙂
I love Star Trek too! Now you’ve peaked my curiosity about the ‘new’ Spock. Hope to see the movie soon.
I love the idea of a Star Trek Harlequin! What delicious stories we could think up!
Can’t wait to read your book. Your hero sounds intriguing!
Hi, Sue! Thanks for coming by! And thanks for wanting to read my book. 🙂
You simply must see the new ST! It’s fab — and maybe Spock won’t push the right buttons for everyone, but I’ve been surprised how many of my friends who’ve seen the movie have jumped up and said, “Oooh, Spock.”
I haven’t seen this new Star Trek… not allowed in the movie theater… waiting for the DVD.
But in the old Star Trek I loved Spock. Don’t know why.. maybe the logic? LOL
Hi, Cyn! Yes, Spock back in the day was good looking. And so darn cool and logical, whereas Kirk was the hothead.
You will love the movie when you get to see it. That line between the two isn’t as clear as before. And it works.
I’m another one who’s never seen Star Trek and I couldn’t really tell you why… Lack of opportunity? Lack of motivation? Lack of proximity? I do recognise the characters’ names though that has to count for something right? 😕
Eeek, Lacey, you too? I think the movie still works for those who don’t know their ST — yet I think it might be missing a little something too. Not sure, because I remember ST from when I used to watch it in reruns. Heck, if I’m flipping channels and come across it, I still stop even now.
And there were inside jokes in the movie. The green woman, LOL, and some of the lines. It would still work for non-Trekkies, but might not be as rich.
I LOVED Star Trek! Lynn, you hit it right on about Spock….do remember the words “Out of the chair”? That still makes me shiver! 🙂 –there are others, but that would be too much of a spoiler.
But you know the other characters had me riveted too: Bones (takes a whole new meaning to inoculation….), Chekov, Sulu, Scotty…ok, even Kirk! 🙂
I have to admit, this movie had me enraptured much like a book…and usually I’d take a book hands down.
I’m actually looking forward to the next movie—hopefully with the same characters.
Mary, you and I are on the same track! Oh yes, “Out of the chair” was fab. And the lift. OMG, the lift. I’m still thinking about that.
I can’t wait for a sequel! They better use the same characters. Not sure Spock would be so intense again, but OTOH, the future is wide open now.
Yep, the future is wide open! 😉
I am hoping that Spock stays that intense, he is very, very inspirational…
Sorry, my mind drifted!!!
Hope your writing is going well and keeps on flowing! 😉
Hey Lynn, ST was freaking AWESOME!! And, to put your minds at rest, the actors all signed on for two more movies. 🙄
Spock is delicious, to be sure. I watch Zachary Quinto on Heroes. Chris Pine does a great Kirk, but did you catch his dad? The guy who plays George Kirk is HOT! And he gave up his life to save hundreds. Youza!!
But… I digress. What I want to point out is the hotness of Bones. Karl Urban.. I’ve been lovin’ him since he played in Lord of the Rings and especially Pathfinder. He takes the doctor’s roll to new heights. Simon Pegg is delightful as Scotty! Uhura gets a fantastic turn. Chekov is so young and his accent adorable. Sulu is fabo. The jokes are hilarious. As one who watched the shows over and over again, but not so much TNG, I’m hooked.
My mom is coming to visit and she wants to go see it. Think I’ll take her. 😆
Yay, Kathy! Two more movies! Yep, take your mom. Another excuse to go again is good!
I remember the original Star Trek from its original run. ::sigh::
Haven’t seen the new movie but I want to. I always liked the character of Spock and now that y’all are crushing on him, it makes me want to see the movie even more.
Live long and prosper.
Marilyn, it’s fab! Not Hugh-fab, but fab nonetheless. 🙂
I just found out that the entire cast (the core people) have signed on for 2 more Star Trek Movies! 😀
So there will be more Spock! 🙂
Keep on writing!
Yay! Two more movies! More Spock! More hot drama!
Now I really want to see the new ST.
There are few things I love in life like a tortured Alpha male, thus my addiction to romantic fiction. 🙂
I am glad to hear this movie wasn’t a disappointment.
I’m with you on the tortured Alpha male! Yesssss! I doubt you’ll be disappointed in ST, unless you’re a diehard traditionalist. 🙂
Just saw the new Star Trek with my DH tonight. He’s usually more into ST than I am, but this movie may well have converted me. And not just because of all the hot guys. There is so much character development, action and emotion. Wowzers! And, I’m with you, Lynn. This was Spock’s movie. But they all did a fabulous job.
Yay, Keli!!! I think they hit all the right buttons with this movie to bring women into the theater — women who might not otherwise care about ST.