I just got back home after finally watching the new Star Trek movie. OK, I know it's not new anymore, it was released ages ago, but I've never been a big fan of science fiction. True, many astronomers watched the original Star Trek series as kids, as did I, and I enjoyed it in those days. Hey, I was eight or nine years old then! I've never really enjoyed the whole premise of science fiction though, especially Star Trek, because more often than not the stories show the crew ending up in some predicament which is solved by fictional techno-babble. Let alone the fact that they only got into trouble in the first place by some inconceivable violation of the laws of physics.
But it doesn't matter, it was just a TV show after all.
I have to admit, though, that Star Trek, the latest movie that is, is brilliant! You can put away all that trekkie stuff, the utopia Roddenberry envisioned, and just enjoy it as a wonderfully entertaining movie! OK, the story is a little mystifying, especially to an astrophysicist, but I watched it all the way to the end and is something I rarely do with any movie - science fiction or not!
My only complaint? Why so much lens flare? It detracts from the movie quite badly in my opinion. It's very distracting.
So, my answer is to show a little lens flare myself. It's tourists just outside UKIRT last Tuesday night who took up my usual photo spot. Sometimes I wish I had a photon torpedo or two but we keep those locked up for emergencies.