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Geeking out for ‘Star Trek’ (again)

If you’re looking for law, you’ve come to the wrong place. Today I use the bully pulpit to discuss the next “Star Trek” movie.

Sure, I could couch this post in terms of “work-life balance,” as if there was such a thing:

Remember, young lawyers, it is important to take some time to spend in pursuit of enjoyable activities, away from the harsh mistress of the law and even away from family and children. This will give you a chance to recharge your batteries so that you can get back to work with a light heart and the drive to tackle lawyerly activities.

I could tell you that, probably like most parents, my wife and I have had few date nights over the past three years. I could also tell you that my wife attended a friend’s birthday party last week and she graciously offered to repay me with my own night out. All of that is simply background, and inconsequential to the final point:

On Friday, I’m going to see “The Hobbit.”

No, not because I’m some Middle-Earth fanatic (I love Tolkien as much as the next nerd, and his scholarship on Beowulf was the source of much fascination in college). No, I’m going to see The Hobbit at an IMAX theater because they will preview the first nine minutes of the new “Star Trek” movie (trailer available now!).

The last time I was at the movies was for the last “Star Trek” movie in 2009. I’ve watched the new trailer (Star Trek:  Into Darkness) about thirty times (computer, phone, iPad, whatever). Dissecting it for all the facts I can glean, yet scrupulously avoiding non-Paramount-authorized spoilers.  Some questions which may or may not be answered:

— Is the villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (of “Sherlock” fame), a Vulcan? Or does he just have uncharacteristically pointy ears? What about all of those Khan rumors?

— Why does that medical officer/scientist’s scream look so fake? Is it that thing she’s doing with her eyes?

— What will the movie’s abbreviation be? They all have one, so this is likely “ST: ID.”

— Can I suspend disbelief at the Enterprise crashing into an ocean, then flying out of the ocean?

— Can I really avoid all spoilers until the trailer and, the film’s release in May?

I understand, these are not important questions for most people who aren’t me. So, take a peek at this post, shake your head at the nerd and move along.