Star Trek (Devil’s Advocate Review)
I’ll start with the “pros” and then move into the KAAAAAAHHHHHHNS!
J.J. Abrams, in his “modernization” of a classic franchise, leaves us wanting more as Leonard Nimoy’s voice closes out the film. Having grown up in the “Next Generation” era, I was very eager to see how this new installment supported the Star Trek vision. For all the expectations of a fresh look to a classic, J.J. Abrams falls victim to a tired, already used major plot line of time travel.
Already having being used in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek: First Contact, time travel, it seems, has become the franchises way of introducing new “possibilities” that do not require major innovation on the part of the characters. In Star Trek, instead of getting a glimpse into the origins of the characters we have come to know, we basically get the characters, only younger and a statement that basically states that what we know is no longer known.
I find it puzzling that from a mind like J.J. Abrams, who has himself stated he is more of a Star Wars fan, he did not take lessons from George Lucas. Regardless of one’s view on the Prequel’s, we did get the progression of Anakin to Darth Vader. In Star Trek we get teased into seeing how Kirk became Kirk, the inner struggle of Spock and nothing on the other characters.
When we do get to interact with the other characters, we get exactly what we would expect.
First there is Pavel Chekov’s inability to speak English without a Russian accent that leads to the computer not understanding his commands. Scotty gives us those moments of comic relief in tense situations, as we have come to know from the original films. Dr. Leonard McCoy, well is simply Bones. The film in the end leaves us with no real insight into the origins of the franchise but rather leaves us with Spock telling Spock, since his common greeting would be self serving he will say simply, good luck.
In reality I give it 4 out of 5 Pitchforks
As Devil’s Advocate I give it 3 out of 5 Pitchforks.