I disagree with this review, for a lot of reasons:
1)Roddenberry was too inconsistent with Star Trek
most of the time, and this shows up in the difference in economies between Star Trek: TOS
and Star Trek: TNG
, it was established that inventions are covered by a patent royalty system, that you need money to buy things, that Captain Kirk and most of the officers are paid a salary, and so on.) In TNG
, this is all gone, replaced by replicators (although we never get if the energy that they use has to be paid for), nobody works for money, or seems to have to, yet people write books for a living, own restaurants, make dresses and suits, farm and raise crops, and are wine growers/vintners, etc. So if they do all of these things, why do they have replicators? Are they capitalists, or socialists? From what I’ve seen of the original Star Trek
, it was the former, except TNG
shows a society that has elements (the best ones) of both.
2) The author seems to be putting his own spin on Star Trek
vis-a-vis the use of naval ranks; this was a part of the original show from the very beginning. Obviously, he has an ax to grind, as well as…
3) A big anti-American viewpoint, and a need to bash the film for Nero using torture , and also to bash the film with baseless accusations about the character of Nero being shown as a typical terrorist (‘The enemy is the non-state fanatic seeking revenge’)-amazing how the Marxist states he’s so fond of were just as worse as America in many ways, with the same kind of people against it, and the Soviet sci-fi films (some of them) did the same kind of propagandization he’s accusing this movie of (and no, Nero is insane, and wearing tattoos as humans would wear all-black or all-white clothes-to mourn the other Romulans who died.) Also, what Kirk is in the movie was what Kirk was in the series, to a certain extent; I think that the author confused Kirk with Picard and Janeway, forgetting that both of them had to fight when necessary as well.
I wish that both the left and the right would stop using this film and the Iron Man
movies (as an example) as their personal bearer about what they love and hate about the USA; neither film is. Both are about what they are, and both sides need to let both be, especially Star Trek
, which used to attack the extremes of both the left and the right in a few episodes anyway.