I walked in expecting to hate it. “Star Trek” was not an action series, but a philosophical science fiction narrative. As spurious as some of the “science” may have been, it always aimed to invoke intellectual thought as well as entertain. Not in the hands of JJ and Lindelhoff, I imagined. I was only kinda right.
Yes, there were too many action scenes (shot in closeup, to my hungover dismay.) A forced romantic plotline. Too many characters. (A solely capitalistic choice of genre movies. More characters = more merch.) I understand that they’ve done this to remove the stigma of Star Trek as being just for nerds. They wanted a modern approach to the directing. And hey, I’m all about luring in mass audiences to an action movie then slamming them with a moral pontification on what it means to be sentient. But y’know why it makes me angry? Because Star Trek is just for nerds. THIS WAS OUR SHOW. It was for those of us that lie on the margins. And they took it from us. How would Lindelhoff or Abrams like it if I kidnapped one of their wives, dressed her up in hooker clothes and a cheap wig and made her walk down the street for everyone to smile at? That’s what you did to our show. We loved her for what was on the inside, and you made that unnoticeable beneath the fake tits and trashy makeup you forced her to wear.
But by the end, I wasn’t angry. Because I believe that underneath all the garish glitz, the heart of Roddenberry still beats. Even if it’s only for about 30% of the movie. There was a message on morality, a couple of interesting lines about humanity, and at the end, instead of leaving us with a cheap plot cliffhanger, they gave us the notion that future stories about the Enterprise would focus on exploration and discovery. That perhaps we’ll see story lines that are less militaristic and more about what we learn from every interaction we make. I actually got choked up when the ship went forth, and that gives me some hope. I might be too optimistic in my thinking, but the ending made me believe they will ditch the “Transformers” writers for the next round, and bring us back to where we started.
On a side note, I’ve decided that Karl Urban who plays Bones needs to be in every movie ever from now on. Good GOD!