Jun. 10th, 2009

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I went to see Star Trek today with a friend. Full review below the cut, but the tl;dr, spoiler-free version: This is not Star Trek. It's a mediocre space action film with better special effects pretending to be Star Trek. Those of you who like the movie may not like me by the time I'm done with this.

The full review; spoilers within. )

I suppose my biggest problem with the rebooted movie is this: The original world had a story to tell, a message to send, and an optimistic vision of the future to show us. In the midst of all that, it speculated about what we might find out there. We explored inside ourselves and out. The new world, the world that Paramount will undoubtedly be promoting from now on, has a much simpler message: "Humans rock! Let's go shoot things!" The intellect, the philosophy, the speculation and wonder and exploration...all of that is gone, traded in for CG explosions and scantily clad Orion women. The reboot has turned a cornerstone of American sci-fi into a cookie-cutter space shoot-'em-up, and if this is what will be the shape of things to come, I must say something that I have avoided saying for years: Star Trek is dead.

With all of that finally said, I'm gonna watch some of the original series.


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