Before I became a rabid SN fan, I was a rabid ST fan. Raised on TNG and obsessing over DS9, I spent much of my high school and college years soothing my lonliness with going where no one has gone before. But Voyager, Enterprise, Insurrection and Nemesis broke my heart and I left the fandom I used to love so much. So how was the new movie? Well…
(note: spoiler lie ahead)
The good? McCoy, Spock, Pike and Sulu were spot on. The special effects were top notch but intergrated well enough into it that we felt we were a part of the movie, not blinded by it. Also, kudos to the makers for really upping the ante and actually putting this old cynic a bit on the edge. Over all, there are worse ways to spend your hard earned cash.
I’m not going to harp on the time travel thing. Certainly if you’ve been a trekkie for any amount of time you’ve learned to accept and coast through the shenanagins. However, the event that kicks it all off doesn’t make sense even by the movie’s own logic.
Ok, a supernova threatens the galaxy. (let’s ignore how this would work for a moment) Why then are only Spock and the romulans involved? Shouldn’t the entire Federation, Klingon, Borg, Dominion, Cardassians, Ferengi, Cylons and Terminators be helping? It does threaten them too.
However, Spock goes off to denoate his Deus Ex Bomb but Romulus is destroyed by the supernova. The images on screen show Romulus being destroyed by a shockwave. How then did Spock get to where the star was in the first place? (imagine the shockwave as a bubble) Even assuming for near instant communication, how did Romulus get destoryed, Nero hear about it, and then beat Spock to the magic zone? Spock would have to be travelling not only slower than Nero, but also a little slower than the shockwave (so again, how was he not destroyed). Then, how was the Deus Ex bomb supposed to stop or prevent the supernova from destroying the rest of the galaxy? Was it supposed to actually reverse the shockwave? (if so, why wasn’t Spock given a much faster ship? like Nero’s)
Spock notes that Vulcans are an endangered species. Really? Romulans are a Vulcan off shoot that are still closely related enough to allow interbreeding. TNG even had an episode where they found some Vulcans that had settled on a planet many years ago but remained primative. Are they the only ones? Why can Spock and the rest go and gather these lost cousins to repopulate the species? (and doesn’t their existence as well as Romulans mean Vulcans AREN’T an endangered species?) Then there’s the ethical question, if Vulcan’s are endangered, should Spock be macking on a female outside his species?
Chekov was horrible. Pretty much the textbook definition of Never Live it Down. Scotty was even worse. First and foremost Scotty was always a consumate professional (he was famous for reading technical manuals for FUN) who really was the best. He is not the buffon that Peg portrayed him as. In the same line, I grew quite tired of the ENTIRE crew pretty much getting their ranks improperly. Save for Spock and Checkov, every other crew member got their spot by trickery or death of a superior. While once or twice isn’t bad, by the time it was happening to McCoy and Scotty I was sick of the trope. Especially with those two who were always shown to be the best that there is. McCoy and Scotty should NOT have needed a superior to die to get their ranks, they should have had them (on the Federation flagship no less) from the start. That the crew of the enterprise were the best was always acceptable in the show because it was the federation flagship, you’d expect for the best to be on board.
As for Kirk himself? First I refer you to this article. I don’t entirely agree with her on it as there’s still a chance and room for Kirk to grow into the man we remember. However, failure for the character to grow in any sequels would condemn Chris Pine in my opinion to always be inferior to Shatner.
Final word? Well I’d actually rank it about equal with the Wolverine movie (and Terminator: Salvation above both of them). The more you know about the source material, the more you’ll hate these films. (conversely, if you know nothing about Star Trek, go enjoy the movie) For each plus either movie has, there is an accompanying minus that drags the movie down to a little above average. (the only real difference is that ST really should be savored on the big screen while Wolverine can wait for DVD)