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Star Trek Movies XI+ Discuss J.J. Abrams' rebooted Star Trek here.

View Poll Results: Grade the movie...
Excellent 706 62.70%
Above Average 213 18.92%
Average 84 7.46%
Below Average 46 4.09%
Poor 77 6.84%
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Old May 9 2009, 07:10 AM   #901
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I must be the only guy who loved the engine room.


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My first thought when I saw it was "wow, this is so much more realistic."
It's a brewery! Does the Abramsprise run on watery beer?
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Old May 9 2009, 07:16 AM   #902
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I must be the only guy who loved the engine room.


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My first thought when I saw it was "wow, this is so much more realistic."
It's a brewery! Does the Abramsprise run on watery beer?
Maybe.
Did it delete 40 years of Trek history?
No? Then why should you give a fuck?

EDIT!
There should be a winking smiley on the end of that last sentence. I'm not being serious or challenging there.

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Old May 9 2009, 07:29 AM   #903
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Just got back and I voted excellent. Saw it on IMAX and man it beautiful!!!!

A few nitpicks but not big enough to change my vote:
Rapid rise through the ranks (understandable from a story/pacing standpoint)

The status of the Romulans was a bit murky. Did Pike know they were Vulcan off shoots?

Delta Vegas location ( though what someone said up thread about Vulcans destruction being representational in Spocks meld makes sense.)

Overall it was great, the audience clapped at the end. My non trekkie wife gave it an A.

On the writing side: Nice to see they took chances rather than retreading well covered ground. Great characterization and a nice blend of old and new catch phrases.
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Old May 9 2009, 07:34 AM   #904
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Is it just me or is it looking kinda one sided?
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Old May 9 2009, 07:36 AM   #905
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If anything, one must see this on IMAX at least once. Phenomenal! Star Trek has prospered and will continue to live long with the success of the film!
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Old May 9 2009, 07:38 AM   #906
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Before we get started I would appreciate it if we keep this civil and intelligent, ie no tantrums over opinions just because you disagree with them.
Hear, hear!

...And the promotions system...is starfleet on crack?! Kirk, a cadet, randomly gets assigned as first officer, then becomes captain. Wtf!!!!

...The pacing of the film feels like someone yelling at you really fast for 2 hours. Hmmm. Its all crash bang wallop. There's no time for reflection and the end message, that acting on feelings rather than rational decisions is so dumb because at the end of the day I will trust anyone who makes a rationally thought out choice rather than someone who does what they feel is right... you can justify any action based on feeling.
I couldn't agree more. The thing is, these problems in the film aren't exactly cleverly hidden, and you're not the first nor the last to point them out (although you do so with great pith). So what mystifies me is how so many people posting seem not to notice them, or at least not to be bothered by them.


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Frankly, there's too much fanwank, too much time was spent catering to the existing fanbase at the expense of the film. Elder Spock's expository monologue is the product of the burdens placed upon the film by the studio's desire to placate the fanbase. Ditch the time travel bullshit.
I don't think that aspect was a studio mandate, but either way, I don't really follow you here. Far from being burdensome or excessive, Spock's meld with Kirk was just about the most cursory exposition you could ask for. It was incredibly pared down. Take even that away, and you'd have a big insane genocidal villain flying around with no explanation at all. (Unless you're proposing that that villain should have been ditched as well. Which isn't necessarily a bad idea, but it would mean rewriting the whole story from square one.)

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For me, the near-complete absence of Trek's core values (social commentary and a generally hopeful view of the future) is what disappointed me. It was essentially a Terminator-clone sci-fi action movie, but with characters and ships with which we are familiar.
Absolutely. (I'd say more Star Wars than Terminator, but that's by no means an improvement.)

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Well I enjoyed that absence [of social commentary]. I think for Trek fans the values speak for themselves. The core connection of friendship spanning 139 years or whatever between Kirk and Spock. The brave sacrifice of George Kirk at what should have been a moment of joy and personal fulfillment...
Emotionally speaking, the Kelvin scenes may well have been the high point of the film. But seriously, celebrating love or friendship is not exactly an insightful social commentary. And if you don't like social commentary, what on earth drew you to Trek in the first place? It's at the heart and soul of the concept.

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...I know if you examine the plot, the frequent coincidences, and the random guy villain, you could probably come up with a whole list of reasons as to why this movie isn't perfect. But at this point who cares. The movie was entertaining and kept a smile on both of our faces throughout.
Hmm. I come at this from the opposite angle. It doesn't seem worth the effort to come up with a whole list of excuses for the film's flaws, just to convince myself it's enjoyable.

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...If you're someone who doesn't like this movie then you are so out of touch with reality it wont matter what anyone says..

But for you normal fans, the ones who are not wrapped in continuity, or some silly reasons others comment on, this movie is for YOU, and more importantly, the young crowd, which I saw this movie with, totally found it enjoyable...

...based on what normal people want in a movie (meaning not trek fans) this is the better movie...
Hey, way to express an opinion by insulting vast numbers of strangers. With skills like that, you should be a talk radio host.

But seriously... there's a lot more to aspire to in this world than being "normal."

And BTW, why is the "young crowd" (wherever you may draw that line) more important, pray tell?...

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I never thought of myself as a "crazy" fan. But I am, today, done with the franchise. They should never permit a non-Trek fan to make a Trek movie. Abrams has destroyed, figuratively and literally, the Trek Universe...

Crazy you say. Yes I am. I've said my peace. I don't see how true fans can enjoy this remaking or reboot or crap or whatever else one may call this .... ...Let me put a cadet in charge of the starship, and remake the movie into a pointless action flick for the average consumer... f...ck the fans.
No, you're not crazy. It is "a pointless action flick fo rthe average consumer." (And some folks actually seem to take pride in being that "average consumer," given the post quoted just above.)

And I'm in the camp that thinks a reboot was totally unnecessary; I'd have preferred a genuine prequel. But if it was to be a reboot, at least it could have been a smart one. This? Wasn't.

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I'm actually suprised that more people don't feel the same way.
You're surprised that some people care more about the story than they do some geeky fictional timeline?...

Now if you have criticisms of the story, that's another thing. But you can't enjoy a movie because it does fit with the fictional timeline that exists nowhere except in your head? That's nonsense.
Well, in point of fact, he does have criticisms of the story, as do a lot of us, so it's odd that you started off by arguing with a straw man.

But FWIW, the fictional timeline and related backstory isn't just "in someone's head." It's the cumulative result of all the interesting, relevant details from past stories—it's what defines the shape of the mythos itself (or the "franchise," if you prefer corporate lingo). Geeky or not, it is what it is, and it's perfectly legitimate to say it's worth preserving.

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Did anyone else just LOVE seeing the old TOS communicator when Kirk's mom was using it? That was perfect, I'm glad it made it in the movie.
Hmm. Didn't actually notice that. Kind of a nice touch, if so... although for strict accuracy's sake she should have been carrying a "Cage"-era communicator, right?

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Holy crap, this movie was FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! I'm thrilled to see that the Star Trek franchise is alive and well and in good hands. Thank you, J. J. Abrams, for making star trek fun and intelligent again!
Please, explain where you saw the "intelligent" part come in.

I'm not trying to be snarky. But honestly, the absence of that element is one of my key problems with the film.
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Old May 9 2009, 07:40 AM   #907
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My first thought when I saw it was "wow, this is so much more realistic."
It's a brewery! Does the Abramsprise run on watery beer?
Maybe.
Did it delete 40 years of Trek history?
No? Then why should you give a fuck?

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It pretty much invalidates all prior Trek, save for the "alternate universe" cop-out.

As for why I "give a fuck" (if we must become so crass), I just found the production design to be lazy and uninspired. I was expecting something a bit more futuristic.

Plus, they filmed it at an Anheuser-Busch brewery, and all they make is watery beer.
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Old May 9 2009, 07:42 AM   #908
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Is it just me or is it looking kinda one sided?
its lookin like it is a success
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FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC!

This movie was ridiculously EPIC! So epic, that the word "epic" doesn't do it justice! The visual treatments were OUTSTANDING, especially for warp! And I love how the entire time-travel thing cleverly explains why their trek-verse was different...

however...

What about the time-correcting federation faction that we've seen in boy Voyager and Enterprise, hmm??? Not exactly temporal prime directive-friendly...

Other than that, I give this movie 2 thumbs, and all my other fingers and toes up! Can't wait to re-watch in imax!

and as for the skeptics, JUST WATCH...
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Old May 9 2009, 07:44 AM   #910
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the time period is an awful like closer to where no man then to the cage.
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I wish they kept the story line alive. I miss the old story line and when the stories dealt with questions of science, ideals or philosophy. Now its been replaced by stories reduced flashy action. There seemed to be no point.
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It's a brewery! Does the Abramsprise run on watery beer?
Maybe.
Did it delete 40 years of Trek history?
No? Then why should you give a fuck?

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It pretty much invalidates all prior Trek, save for the "alternate universe" cop-out.

As for why I "give a fuck" (if we must become so crass), I just found the production design to be lazy and uninspired. I was expecting something a bit more futuristic.

Plus, they filmed it at an Anheuser-Busch brewery, and all they make is watery beer.
You missed my edit, I think.
It was more of a winky-winky smiley thing.

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Old May 9 2009, 07:55 AM   #913
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lawman you basically sumed it up
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Old May 9 2009, 07:58 AM   #914
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Ok, I need to get some sleep so I can get up and go watch Star Trek again today
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Old May 9 2009, 08:18 AM   #915
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Above average.

Really surprised how much I enjoyed it.

Great first half, but the Nimoy scenes were sadly not as good, a real disappointment for a TOS lover like myself.

Well done to the creative team for injecting the fun back into Trek.

Go see it!
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