It may not be in the forefront, but there has been a steady upsurge in the popularity of the ever loved series, Star Trek, given further momentum with J.J. Abrams' recent movie adaptations. In the world of video games however, Star Trek has been rather lack luster. There was the release of Star Trek for PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, but that was met with mixed reviews at best. There is also the more well known Star Trek Online, started in 2010. This has also given quite mixed reviews too however, with each of these games receiving only a 6/10 by most mainstream reviewers.
While it might not be exactly video game related, I recently had the fortune of attending Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island. To me, vital aspects of most media, including games, are the elements of sound, music, and visuals. This orchestrated performance brought new life into this franchise that so desperately needs a resurgence.
More than just a musical experience. The stage set up is reminiscent to the enterprise bridge of the Next Generation. The back curtain speckled with glowing stars, while a giant screen towered behind the orchestra, looking like a large viewing screen aboard a starship. The conductor took his place where the captain's chair would have been. During the performance, the stage lit up in an array of colors, helping bring the music to life. Lights changed to the reflect the mood of the instrumental pieces as they pulsed in rhythm, increasing during tension filled moments.
That isn't to say that there is only dramatic music to Star Trek orchestra. There are lighthearted moments from the series as well. Segments that made the audience burst out in laughter. From Data's goofy grin, to Spock's logical eccentricities, the show focused on the vast array of characters as well as their interactions with each other. It showed the exotic lands and aliens we come to expect, as well as, of course, tribbles.
A second problem I had was that some of the pieces didn't keep my attention strongly, especially towards the third quarter of the show. I cannot put too much stress on this though, since it may have some bias origins. That segment of the show was almost entirely comprised of compositions from Deep Space Nine and Voyager, of which I have little interest, so I would not hold that against the show itself or the performance.
Overall, I would give this show a 9/10. A must see for any Star Trek fan.
If you're interested in seeing the performance, be sure to visit Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage to find locations and tickets.
I would also like to thank those as Providence Performing Arts Center for giving us the opportunity to review the show.