Re: The Official STAR TREK Grading & Discussion Thread [SPOILERS]
That being said, I loved this movie. After watching it, I was planning to rewatch TMP to experience again the reveal of 1701-A. I was planning on which of my favorite TOS novels I'd reread and in what order. The reason? The movie captured the two things that were best about ST once you got past the (sometimes screwed up) technology, effects, plotholes, etc: the crew and the sense of adventure shared by the crew and the audience.
Yes, that's exactly it! I see the flaws in the movie but I'm at fourth viewing because it does have the ST spirit. Hell, I could say that even the flaws are part of the ST spirit
Bones: "Do you know why you're not afraid to die, Spock? You're more afraid of living. Each day you stay alive is one more day you might slip and let your human half peek out."
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