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Games Review: Star Trek D-A-C

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Star Trek, J J Abrams, 126 mins, (PG)

Who would have thought the 'Enterprise' crew had such interesting back stories? This is illogical but irresistible fun

Culture: It's as if Shatner never existed...

The summer blockbuster season officially kicked off on Friday with the worldwide release of Star Trek. Uncharitable souls are calling it Star Trek XI, underlining just how dependent the Hollywood studios are on sequels to herd people into the multiplexes. Strictly speaking, though, it isn't a sequel – it's an attempt to "reboot" the franchise by pretending the previous 10 Star Trek films haven't been made.

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Plenty of fresh enterprise

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JJ Abrams: Trek star

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Party Of The Week: Beam us up to Skylon

After the London premiere of J J Abrams' must-see movie 'Star Trek' on Monday was the glitzy party at Skylon. Guests including Jonathan Ross and Jeremy Clarkson sipped Enterprise and Star Fleet cocktails. Many of the Enterprise crew turned up – Zachary Quinto (Spock) and screen siren Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Eric Bana (Nero), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu) and Karl Urban (Dr Leonard 'Bones' McCoy). Located within the Royal Festival Hall, Skylon overlooks the River Thames, with floor-to- ceiling windows.

The Vulcan way: How to live long and prosper

Cool, judicious and sensible, Mr Spock and his fellow Vulcans are more than a match for the dark forces of the Star Trek universe. Can passionate, impulsive earthlings learn from their culture? John Walsh salutes a superior species

The Couch Surfer: 'Any tour of post-war pop culture takes in the basics of Star Trek mythology'

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Chris Pine: The next action hero

With Bottle Shock, Chris Pine has arrived in Hollywood. But it's his take on Captain Kirk that will make him a star, says Kaleem Aftab
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