1. Ben
    Ben June 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm . Reply

    I absolutely agree on the re-treads and how hollow they are. Its not just that these moments echo the previous film, its that they do so in a way that completely forgets what made them so pivotal the first time. Kirk and Khan face off on two opposing ships just like the old days, but because their relationship lacks the impact of history and reciprocated revenge, the evocation is meaningless. This whole aspect is only saved for me by Cumberbatch’s performance, which is the highlight of the film for me. And that they missed the chance to be ballsy and actually kill Kirk, which would have made the next film instantly anticipated, was really disappointing.

    I didn’t mind the big ship that much, if only because I felt establishing the idea that the crew was completely screwed was worth the logical leap, and Peter Weller’s bad guy was fun (loved the Section 31 reference). In a Star Trek universe that has personal planet to planet transwarp beaming technology that renders all spaceship travel redundant, I think we have bigger fish to fry than that. I can’t bring myself to hold this series to the normal Star Trek standard, because it goes so far out of its way to set itself apart as its own thing, which is a mercy most reboots don’t bother with. It’s popcorn, and on that level, its perfectly fine as entertainment as far as I’m concerned.

    And no, that ship that split into three parts from Voyager was not better than anything. Nothing from Voyager was better than anything, except maybe seasons two and three of Enterprise, Insurrection, and Nemesis.

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