I see no reason to go into great detail on this, because 1 : ITS FUCKING OBVIOUS, look into your quantum theory, and 2: I can’t be arsed to go into huge detail because it shouldn’t be bloody necessary.
Okay, quick and to the point:
After reading various comments around the Internet, gotta add my own to this pointless ‘debate.’ Anyone who thinks that the new film (which is great) somehow effects the canonical escapades of the VOY, TNG, TOS and DS9 crews is a FUCKING MORON. They’re not going to piss all over forty years of canon and stories for the sake of one film. I wouldn’t give a crap if DS9 was erased because its fucking rubbish, but neither it nor the other shows are changed by the movie. They set it in a different reality. Job done. Problem fucking solved. The destruction of Vulcan, which appears in later movies of TOS era, clearly indicates that it is a different universe. Sheesh. This is clearly indicated in several places in the film.
Everybody clear? Good.
First of all, I loved it. I thought it took everything that was great about The Original Series, stripped away all the crap and the cheesiness and the awful acting, and made something fresh, original, and different.
Its the Enterprise crew Jim, but not as we know them.
*****OMG SPOILERZ. DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU.*****
What I liked:
First of all, I was impressed beyond belief with the storyline. This is alternate reality Trek, a different version of the Trek galaxy. Parallel universes existing alonside each other because of changing events and different decisions, both ongoing and real (as real as fiction can ever get anyway, you know what I mean), but never touching or influencing each other. Like turning right at a junction or turning left, and the different path taken because of that one decision. It’ll shut up the purists who moan, (Insert whiny voice here) ‘But the ship’s nacelles are a different shape, the Bridge looks different, the uniforms and guns are different, Kirk’s father lived to a ripe old age, whah whah whah.’ (End whiny voice). WHO CARES?! The writers needed a way to establish this alternate reality Trek from the well-established storyline, timeline and canon of already established Trek. Destroying Vulcan and having Spock and Uhura in a relationship was an inspired way of doing this, and I am mightily impressed with the foresight and the vision of this idea. It is canon, but it is new canon, set apart from the already existing storylines and timelines. Its explains any discontinuities and allows the writers to go in a totally new idea with any future films without disrupting the future timeline of The Next Genereation era of crews. Genius. I am one impressed and surprised watcher.
Kirk: I liked the guy. I’m a fan of Shatner, but no fan of Kirk’s. I like him in the films, but I think he’s a dickhead in the TV show. Chris Pine did a great job. He has all the swagger and cockiness of the old Kirk whilst bringing his own personality to the role. Now, I admire a healthy amount of arrogance and cocky grins from my captains. Janeway is my favourite captain, and she has an air of arrogance around her on occasion, shoots more than a couple cocksure grins at her crew or her enemies throughout Voyager’s seasons, she has confidence in her own abilities, and those of her crew and ship. As this confidence is founded on real, genuine capability and a true skill at what she does, I admire this quality in her. Its better than having capable but intrinsically dull person such as Picard in the chair or a straight-up fool in the form of Sisko. Its when confidence is unjustified it pisses me off. Pine’s Kirk exhibits this confidence through most of the movie. The two characters KNOW that they are VERY GOOD at their jobs. And it shows.
Spock: Wow. I was impressed with this guy above everyone else. Its like watching the old spock with a different face. He even looks a lot like a younger Leonord Nimoy. The ears, make-up and eyebrows help, but he did a stellar job mimicking the old Spock’s body movements and voice intonations, whilst at the same time distinguishing himself from the original character.
Scotty: I love Simon Pegg, and he was very good here. He’s a funny guy in real life, and something of a comical presence in the movie. Not comical in the sense of ‘to be mocked’, but instead ‘to create humour and have some great laugh-out-loud lines.’ Nice one Pegg, keep making movies lad. And he’s British. Winner! My only complaint is this: He wasn’t in the movie for long enough! He was introduced way too late for my liking. Still, I guess a director can’t introduce all the characters of an ensemble cast at once with only two hours to work with, and hopefully there’s more movies coming!
McCoy: Karl Urban, I am a convert. I didn’t think he would pull this off at all, but by god, Urban was excellent as Bones. The accent was spot on, as was the galaxy-weariness and the cynical but still caring nature of McCoy. Sir, I tip my hat to you. Bravo, Mr. Urban. He’s a big fella, and you may have noticed that the good and sadly late DeForest Kelly was not the most-well built fellow, but Urban slipped into Bones’ blue uniform like he belonged in there.
Uhura: This lady was a cool customer, and brought something extra to the role. She fleshed it out more, which I liked. The bond between her and Spock felt real and caring, the scene between them in the turbolift was wonderful and well done, and she was introduced in the bar scene as a woman who could handle herself. Hope to see more of her in future movies , though. There’s a lot of potenital there.
Nero was a great bad guy, not insane or a megalomaniac, just enraged and cold. He had an air of real menance about him, and he, his crew and his very imprssive and unique looking ship brought a very real danger to the film.
The ships and weapons had a real sense of raw power behind them. There was a kinetic feel, no doubt helped by the volume and vibrations in the cinema. When the ships jumped to warp, it was like a gun going off, a real sense of speed and motion was created. This is present and correct in the TV shows, but it is different.
The in-jokes. Spock’s eyebrow, Chekov’s speech impediment, Scotty’s ‘I’m givng her all she’s got!’, many many more I can’t quite recall. (I’ll update this upon watching the movie again!) And the Red Shirt! Very well done. The second I saw the guy in the red spacesuit during the space drop scene, I thought: ‘He’s a dead man.’ Now, I have moral objections with the whole Red Shirt thing from old Trek, but this guy was a victim of his own undoing, and, I admit, I found it a nice reference. The people sat behind me and my Dad in the cinema confimred that it was just the right amont of knowing references, I overheard what they were saying as we watched the credits roll, as the woman, a non fan, said to the man, a fan:
Woman: Are you a long time Star Trek fan then?
MAn: Yes, for years now.
Woman: Where there alot of in-jokes?
Man: Yeah, all the way through the film.
Woman: I guessed I missed them because I’m not a fan.
Man: They’re there for the longtime fans like me, but there weren’t too many of them.
Woman: I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. I wouldn’t know unless you pointed them out to me.
So, just the right amount. Nice.
Also: The soundtrack was fantastic. I’ve bought it from Play.com, should be here soon. ANd they got a Mind Meld into the movie. That’s always a good thing!
What I didn’t like:
Kirk get his ass kicked a few too many times for my liking. I know its a dangerous job, but its not good to see the main character getting being beaten down on once every thirty minutes. Come on, he’s a tough guy, he knows how to fight.
Kirk gets promoted at the end. To Captain. Um, excuse me? The guys barely out of the Academy, and you guys are putting him in command of the flagship? Sure, he had proved himself, but that does not make him a fit leader at this point of his life. He’s earned the right to sit on the Bridge, certainly. NOT to sit in that chair. No way, sorry. Still, the film needs to show CAPTAIN Kirk I guess, for all the audiences out there, I understand that. But…come on. No military worth their salt would put a twenty-three year old, still fresh out of the Academy and only once tested so far in a command position of that magnitude. Would you put Wesley friggin’ Crusher in command? Thought not. Well, when he’s not busy saving the crew of the USS Idiot-Enterprise-D from another calamity already, anyway. Sweet Zombie Jesus, I’d take my chances with the aliens. 😉
I’ll finish later, got to go out for a bit.
I think it looks great. Trailers are good, cast seem to really capture the essences of the old crew really well. Nuff said, I will reserve further judgement until I have seen it.
My one problem with it is the use of modern day brands in the future. Now, maybe maybe, but this is after a nuclear war that fucked the world over. All the nightmare dreams we have about World War Three, but in the Star Trek universe and its lore, it really happened. The dates of it vary in the canon (ah, the dreaded continuity. Screw it, who cares? Only the saddos, that’s who), but it definitely occured. Now, if most governments didn’t survive the blasts and millions perished, I somehow doubt consumer brands will survive. For all intents and purposes, these things don’t mean anything anyway. A Nokia, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t worth the plastic crap its made from. I doubt that would be a priority for a rebuilding world. We were fortunate enough to make First Contact with the Vulcans afterwards. (See the movie. Its the Next Gen crew, but, hell, you can’t have everything in life, and Captain Baldy has a modicum of pizazz. He’s got my vote as third best captain, way behind you know who. Take a look at my blog name if you’re not sure who the best captain is. But you should be sure). Humans united under one flag, and a common purpose. That idea lifts you up. In no way does it drag you down. And the rest, as they say, is history. The phones and the beers and the whatever-elses can wait. But I digress. It doesn’t bother me that much, but its worth mentioning. That’s one of the things blogs are for.
Just for the record, I hate Lost. I mention it because the director of the new film is J.J Abrams (is that spelt right?), but I’m pretty sure any readers will already know that. Well, you do now, at any rate. That show is boring and nothing ever gets properly explained, and its missing the same kind of humour that is one of Star Trek’s blessings. But he is an excellent director, technically and in directing his cast, and the whole film looks, sounds and feels great.
The Original Series embarrases me with its cheesiness and bad acting, poor special effects which have not stood the test of time the same way the late eighties/early nineties Next Gen effects have. The storylines are often great, but I’m sorry to say I cannot get past the overall craparama-ness of it all. I’m a fan of Shatner’s, but no fan of Kirk’s, and the rest of the crew, whilst charismatic, are lacking something for me. But the new, reincarnated crew have nerve, character, and best of all, grit and determination. The special effects look, in a word, special, and the plotline is pure Star Trek action/drama/sci-fi nonsense but wonderful because of it/juicy characterisation. Like Voyager, (and Deep Space Nine, as much as I hate it I will acknowlegde it for that), this future is better, but not perfect, unlike the over the top utopia far too many Next Generation episodes generated. The galaxy is a wonderous place, and also a brutal place. For all the beauty, there is horror. For all the good, there is something equally bad to match it. I want the human race to be happy and prosperous, I want that utopia of gleaming cities, safe worlds, crime and poverty gone and long-solved. Sounds wonderful. But a bit of grit, trouble, and yes, blood, is not always a bad thing. There I said it.
Bring on the new film. Looks like a wild ride, and as a fan of Voyager, I love the wild rides most of all.
To the diehard purists who dismiss it offhand because it dares to be different, I say this: UP YOURS. Its Star Trek, and its new, and its here. Enjoy it.
To those true fans with an open mind who are wiling to embrace the new film, despite having clear favourites and strong opinions already, I say this. Nice one, people. Its Star Trek, its new and its here. Enjoy it.
Its been a long wait. I think its been worth it.