An increase in pointy ears and William Shatner impressions will likely be seen in movie theater lines in Aiken and across the country this week with the opening of “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the second film in the reboot of the popular sci-fi series.
Characters like Dr. Spock, with his protruding ears, and James Kirk, played for years on the small screen by Shatner, return to theaters for the first time since 2009, exciting local fans and intriguing those new to the series.
Director J.J. Abrams' first “Star Trek” movie was a box office hit three years ago, giving younger fans an updated take on the nearly five-decades-old series.
Aiken resident Mike Parayno, 24, was introduced to the movie through a friend and hopes his first “Star Trek” experience turns him into a fan.
“I've seen the trailers, and it looks pretty good. The special effects that I've seen make me want to go see it,” he said.
Chelsey Calixte, a student at USC Aiken, said she wants to see a fresh take on the classic show.
“I've seen some clips from the old show on YouTube,” she said, referring to the original series from the 1960s. “The casting in this one is good. Looks like they did a good job with the continuity of the characters, too.”
Elise Davis, also a USCA student, might make the trip to the theater to see actress Zoe Saldana, who plays Uhura in the new film.
“It looks like there's a love scene there, after watching the trailer,” she said with a laugh. “That foreshadowing of a little love connection might make me want to step out from the usual chick flicks I like to see.”
While younger fans are getting a look for the first time, older fans are diving back into the series.
Philip Hare, 57, of Aiken used to watch the 1960s series every day after school and hopes to see the new movie soon.
“I haven't been tracking the launch of it, but I'd love to see it with my family,” he said.
Both Regal Cinemas, located at the Aiken Mall, and the Big Mo, a drive-in theater in Monetta, are currently showing the film.