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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 15, 2013 at 10:27 AM

‘Star Trek’ villains, and ‘Into the Woods’ news

In case anyone’s concerned about this blog’s utter lack of “Star Trek” news, a reminder that I am a “Star Trek” ignoramus (watched none of the TV shows and only one of the movies — the whale one — before the first J.J. Abrams reboot; still a little fuzzy on just exactly what the Federation is, what the deal is with the red shirts, and why Spock doesn’t have a chair), and as such I don’t review “Star Trek” movies, because I suspect my take on them would not be appreciated by those who actually know something about the franchise. For the record, I have seen “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and while I have many, many questions about it (no, I won’t raise them here for fear of spoilers — particularly since, if you’re not a Trekkie, you don’t really know what’s a spoiler and what isn’t), I enjoyed it quite a bit — as did my colleague Soren Andersen, who knows “Star Trek” things, and who I’m going to have to hit up for a few explanations sometime soon.

All this is a preamble for an interesting piece on Slate this morning, in which the writer says he has seen every “Star Trek” movie and TV episode and ranks all of them: the movies from best to worst, the TV series from best to worst, the 10 best episodes of the series, the 10 best villains (Q, Gul Dukat, Khan Noonien Singh, The Borg, Weyoun, Captain Ransom, Kruge, Lore, Lursa and B’Etor, and Kai Winn; none of whom I could pick out of a lineup), and the 10 best crew members (Spock, Data, Worf, Kira Nerys,Leonard McCoy, William Riker, The Doctor, Hoshi Sato, Geordi LaForge, and Dax; only one of which I can identify, but I’m sure they’re all swell). Anyway, those of you who enjoy the “Trek” universe might get a kick out of this piece, and I’m sending you there because I’ve got nothing else for you. Live long and prosper, OK?

And now, worlds colliding: Chris Pine, who of course everyone knows as Kirk from the two recent “Star Trek” movies, is in talks for an unnamed role in the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods,” to be directed by Rob Marshall and also starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. Jake Gyllenhaal is also in talks to join the cast. Apparently Kirk can sing — who knew?

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