"Star Trek Into Darkness," the second installment in J.J. Abrams' reimagining of the Viacom (VIA) sci-fi franchise that dates back to 1966, opens in 336 domestic IMAX (IMAX) theaters Wednesday and then nationwide on Friday. Overseas, the film is already a hit, having earned $31.7 million in seven international markets last weekend.
Rumors abound for what fans can expect to see in "Darkness," chief among them that it's an updated spin on the 1982 classic "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," with British actor Benedict Cumberbatch cast as the villain.
I'm not entirely sure what to think, but as a longtime Trekkie you can count me among the many itching to see the film. More than 78,000 commenters at Rotten Tomatoes say they are too, while 88 percent of critics surveyed rate the sequel "fresh."
What Stock would Spock be?
The beauty of "Star Trek" is found in the richness of the universe developed and enhanced over nearly five decades, six TV series, and 12 films that have spawned fan-authored books and games. The closest thing we have on Earth to the vast "Trek" universe is the turbulent sea of thousands of equities traded on our stock exchanges.
With that as our backdrop, let's have a little fun. Here are seven stocks that resemble the popular races of "Star Trek":
7 Companies That Behave Like 'Star Trek' Aliens
Stock Trek: 7 Companies that Behave Like 'Star Trek' Aliens
Is there a tech titan with a bigger appetite than Cisco, which is well known for absorbing start-ups into its data networking empire? According to its investor relations website, this year alone, the company has already assimilated four companies.
Unruly, chaotic, but finding a way to grow despite varying and intermittent flaws in its products and business strategy. (Cough) Google Wave (cough). Not even an intoxicated Zefram Cochrane could keep these rebels from getting to warp.
Extremely powerful warmongers with a reputation for creating some of the universe's most powerful technology. To this day, Windows is like the cloaking device of the tech industry. Despite this, Microsoft's adversaries -- e.g., Apple -- have a habit of beating the odds and defeating it.