Saturday, May 09, 2009

Star Trek (Minor Spoilers)

by Scott

[I see Star Trek Sunday morning and will probably write up something about it then. -- Geoff]

Star Trek was everything that X-men Origins: Wolverine was not; more than that, it has everything that an ‘origin’ movie should have that XMO: Wolverine did not: fun, emotionally engaging, beautifully paced. The characters have depth and beloved icons are brought to life in a way that is both faithful to the original interpretations and entertaining for new viewers.

I’m not a huge Star Trek geek, but I’m just familiar enough with the mythology to get most of the references. That being said, you don’t HAVE to get the references to enjoy the movie; they are done in such a way that they are just seen as another part of the story. Case in point, the film depicts a famous instance from Star Trek mythos, Kirk beating the supposedly unbeatable Kobyashi Maru simulation at Starfleet Academy. Fans of the series will immediately recognize the scenario and will love getting to see it played out on the big screen but, for those who aren’t fans of the series, it is an entertaining scene that further establishes and develops the character of James T. Kirk (none of the ‘and that’s the origin of that’ feeling of Wolverine).

In another case of Wolverine versus Star Trek, let’s take a look at how the two movies brought a fan-favorite character, known for having a particular accent, to life. Wolverine has Gambit. The actor playing Gambit cannot do a Cajun accent but he still tries. Also, he can’t act and he’s just sort of there so you can go “Oh, look! Gambit!” Star Trek has Simon Pegg as Scotty… ‘nuff said. (The guy playing Dr. McCoy was also great for that matter).

Most importantly, the use of time travel in the film is not merely a device for Leonard Nimoy to make an appearance; it actually serves an important purpose, not just in terms of plot, but for reinvigorating the franchise as a whole. In addition to explaining any continuity gaffs for the hardcore Trek geeks, it also allows the franchise to be rebooted while still acknowledging the original all within the same film. A pretty daring feat if you ask me. Also, it allows us to have a ‘new’ James T. Kirk; one who is, essentially, the same character we know and love but, due to events depicted in the film, experiences a different formative history which allows him to be a little darker, a little edgier, a little more modern.

All this and Scotty even gets to have a cute little alien buddy!

You might have heard that it's 'this summers Iron Man'... it's not... it's better!


finsof72 said...

I agree with everything you said. Just back back from it a few hours ago and posted my review on my blog. Gave it a 9. Kinda makes me want to look into the older Star Trek frachine,which my mom (shocker) is a fan of.

finsof72 said...

Also, I wrote on mine that the time travel element felt like an attempt to get Nemoy (Nimoy?) in, but you make a good point above and I'm tempted to rescind it. Also, mind if I post your review on mine for comparison purposes (you know, for like the 5 people who look at it)?

scott91777 said...


You know I don't mind... but I'm not sure if the contract Geoff made me sign in my own blood allows such things... I'm also pretty sure I owe him my first born... however, as long as you plug the blog, I'm sure something can be arranged.

Jason said...

I've already seen it twice and may see it again before the weekend is over.

So so so so good.


scott91777 said...

I will probably see it about 3 times myself... Bonus! I get to see it again for free! My brother went to a Thursday night show that got cut short due to a thunderstorm outing the power, and since he won't be in town anymore, he gave me his rain check. Woo Hoo!

Patrick Sanders said...

My only complaint...not enough Orion slave girl love!

Jason said...

My friend was the body double for Rachel Nicholls (the hot Orion girl) in the movie. She got to get all painted green and got to meet JJ Abrams. (She said they talked about Back to the Future, which makes sense to me as a topic now that I've seen the film.)

I told her that since seeing the movie I can't stop thinking about painting her green. (And indeed I can't.)

Anyway ... just saw it for the third time. It holds up great -- in fact, gets better each time I see it.

scott91777 said...


"I told her that since seeing the movie I can't stop thinking about painting her green. (And indeed I can't.)"

You and every other man who saw the movie :)

Put in a good word for me :)

Jason said...

Will do!

Geoff Klock said...

My Trek review goes up tomorrow morning. The short of it is I fucking love this movie.