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A Star Trek, Boldly

Much of science fiction, at its heart, is about adolescence, whether it’s focusing on the transformation of a person, a culture, or aliens. It’s about testing limits and finding one’s place in the world, even if one’s world is as large as the universe. The best science fiction, however, isn’t just about adventure; it’s about capturing a sense of wonder. It’s about the fantastic, the awe in discovering something new. It’s about transcendence. How fitting, then, that director J.J. Abrams returns the sagging Star Trek franchise to its boisterous youth.