It's nerd week: 'Star Trek,' 'Big Bang'
The nerds get their day in the sun with new releases this week.
Star Trek Into Darkness, Grade A: The crew of the Enterprise faces a threat to Starfleet. Chris Pine stars.
Director J.J. Abrams proved with 2009's Star Trek that it is OK to boldly go where others had gone before, as long as the journey is exciting, original, entertaining, and respectful to fans. His film, which found the balance between reprising and reimagining, was a direct hit. In his second voyage on the Starship Enterprise, Abrams has perfected that approach.
The movie starts at warp speed and never slows until the haunting refrains of the original theme song herald the closing credits. The film moves so quickly, it's hard to pick up the many references to past Star Trek offerings.
It's the best Star Trek work since Gene Roddenberry brought the franchise to life in the 1960s.
The Big Bang Theory, The Complete Sixth Season, Grade A-minus: The CBS series continues to prove that a sitcom can be smart and funny. And it can be smart dealing with topics that are very ordinary. This season includes humor found in the cancellation of a beloved TV show, a weird game of Dungeons & Dragons, hero worship for a TV scientist, and an unforgettable trip to Bakersfield, Calif., for a comic-book convention.
The series has one of the best core casts in TV, but the addition of Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler is pure genius.
One extra is a featurette that offers a look behind the scenes with the cast and astronauts Mike Massimino and Buzz Aldrin as they discuss Howard Wolowitz's mission to the International Space Station.
Revolution, The Complete First Season, Grade B: The set includes all 20 episodes from the first season of the NBC series about a world where electricity no longer exists. The series is being released just before the launch of the second season Sept. 25.
The series starts with a good idea and ends strong. The DVD set lets you speed through the middle episodes that get bogged down because the writers lost focus. Included are 90 minutes of bonus content, including two featurettes, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and bonus webisodes.
Also new this week:
Blue Bloods, The Third Season: CBS series about a multigenerational family of cops in New York.
Sesame Street: C Is for Cooking: Songs and stories about eating healthy.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 8: Continuing antics of misfit bar owners.
The League, Season 4: FX series about the odd participants in a fantasy sports league.
Sisters & Brothers: The late Cory Monteith (Glee) plays a star facing the perils of Hollywood.
The Smurfs, The Legend of Smurfy Hollow: The Smurfs have some Halloween fun.