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Old May 23 2013, 11:30 PM   #24
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Re: remade scene? (spoilers)

I first saw Star Trek II: Into the Wrath of Spock 'sDarkness and facepalmed when Spock screamed. I was at least glad that at the point of Kirk's death he didn't utter, "Oh, my!" so at the very least I had that. My facebook post was "Except for one iconic line of dialog, this was a great Trek!" In fact, I really like the way it was similar but not the same as WoK (fixed points in time - though happening in different times as such...) and I liked how each had learned from the other and did what the other would do in their situation which served as a great counterpoint to the earlier scene with McCoy telling Kirk Spock would have let him die.

After subsequent viewings I have softened my opinion of the Scream because I realized that Spock was carrying around a lot of pent up rage with the death of his mother and his planet and what has amounted to the only friend he's ever known taken from him. I understand the why of the Scream and the only critique I still muster is Quinto's performance. The actor just didn't seem to have it quite right. Granted, Shatner's performance was a ruse to throw off his opponent (a fact I had figured out after the "days seemed like hours" had passed) but noone can scream like the Shat! This scene was great for these two characters in the story

I'm glad they did what they did as I see these NuTrek films as a way of bridging Trek over generations. Kent may have been a great actor, but the play was the thing and subsequent performances of Shakespeare have kept the Bard in the public eye for many generations. Yes, JJ threw the old folks a bone but it was a lovely bone and it honored what meat we feasted upon once ago.
This is a vision of a future for 2013 as opposed to a vision of a future for '64-67 and I'm fine with that. Just as I hope to find a vision of the future for 2053 to be as fine.
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