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Old September 22 2013, 02:17 PM   #1
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My Grievances of Nutrek. What makes me a hater...

People call me a hater. Probably being a life long Trek fan from the time i was able to talk has made me a person who expects certain things from my beloved Star Trek. So I thought, what is it that I don't like about JJ Abrams new star trek movies. What is it that bothers me but doesn't bother other people. So I thought I'd go out on the limb and make a list of things I do not like. In doing this I thought "Well people are gonna see some of these as ridiculous because it doesn't bother them as much as it does me". It very well might come down to my OCD. So you NuTrek lovers, please don't get mad at me. This is a list of things that just bothers ME. And I will trashtalk the movie makers a bit, I do that to people who aggravate my OCD lol. Now as Khan put it....Shall We Begin....

1.Lensflares- This is my most pressing issue. I think a few minor flares is good cinematography...but not shining your flashlight into the camera. LEDs should NOT flare out the camera. And every scene does not need flares.

2. TRANWARP TRANSPORTER- Mother Warper!!! Shakaree damn!!! What the Hell? This is Ubertech at its worst. You pretty much made starships obsolete. I can't explain in a post just why this is a really really bad idea.

3. Cadet to Captain? - This would never happen. I don't care if you saved the United States from an Alien invasion, they are not gonna give you a Captain Rank with their most advanced Destroyer or Submarine.

4. Windows - F YOU MICROSOFT!!! no really Windows. If something is transparent , UV radiation definatly penetrates it. Anyone notice how the Kelvins crew was getting full lethal doses of UV radiation before Captain Robau came on the bridge to activate the "Sunglasses" shield. And its bothering me that at any given moment, the crew could be blinded by an explosion, or supernova... Not to mention all the lights on the bridge reflects off of it making it hard to see out of.

5. Spock and Uhura.... Yes Uhura was flirtacious with spock in TOS, but WTF? Actually I said that out loud in the theatre before I caught my self. I have problems with a lot of characters acting out of character.

6. Chekov - Yeah that is not Chekov...well he's Chekov, but he's not Pavel. He's Pavel's older brother...

7.Supernova- A supernova cannot threaten a whole galaxy. And even if it could, it would take over 100,000 years to destroy it after it exploded. If Alpha Centari went supernova...we wouldnt know it for 4 years. Thats plenty of time for Romulus to evacuate. Only way is that the name of the star of Romulas is Hobus.

8.DRILL- Nero, buddy, you didnt need it. A blackhole will destroy a planet from orbit as easily from its core.

9.SUPER DUPER DUPER SPEED. DO Starships not have a warp limit anymore? I thought they got to Vulcan fast, but from Qo'nos to Earth was just INSANELY fast.

10. The Enterprise - whatever happened to Robert April? And wasnt the Enterprise supposed to been launched in 2245? And I think its not really convenient to build a star ship on the surface. My opinion. Also, The plaque of the Enterprise has always said San Francisco Yards (which happens to orbit the earth above san francisco). NOT RIVERSIDE IOWA. And you dont make a ship from 300 meters to 700 meters because some ship was destroyed. Ships get blown up all the time in star trek.

11. Fencing - You do not use a Samurai sword or Katana or whatever the heck that was in fencing. YOU USE A FOIL.

All the other stuff, I probably could look over. Im not THAT bad. But yeah these are my issues thats been keeping me from enjoying these films....actually, honestly, I enjoyed Star trek into Darkness when i first saw it. When I thought back and started analyzing it, I started to see those holes. But where it seems to me the producers were so careless, and turned star trek into something that almost makes it something differnt than Star Trek, It makes me hate it. I try hard to explain my point of view, and I cant find the words I need.

I didnt start this to start an argument. I posted this so you guys who like the new star trek , might understand what it is that the "Haters" hate. And actually, those of you who like the movies should reply with things you liked about them, and why you liked those things you liked about them.

Me myself, I actually like a few things about the new movies. KARL URBAN IS THE MAN!!! And For some reason I really love the design of the Uss Kelvin. And I think John Cho makes an excellent Sulu. And I think the Camera angles in the starship p0rn are original and unique. Angles we never really seen before. I like the musical score. Not the best, but not the worst either. I'm glad we didnt get another Star Trek IV composer. I keep humming the main theme to star trek 09 at random intervals. Anyways, hope I havent offended too many people. Let me know what you all think.
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Old September 22 2013, 02:20 PM   #2
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Re: My Greivences of Nutrek. What makes me a hater...

Minor points that did not stop the majority of people loving the film and arguments that have been dealt with over and over again for more than 4 years, it gets irritating to have people nit pick such silly things with such emotional vehemance non stop for an obsessive amount of time.
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Old September 22 2013, 02:42 PM   #3
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Re: My Greivences of Nutrek. What makes me a hater...

I don't think disliking ST09 or STID makes you a 'hater'. Its just your own personal taste.

I think its going on and on how bad Abrams et. al. is, saying how stupid people are for liking the new movies, claiming that the other Star Trek movies don't have any faults or plotholes (maybe thats just irritating). And to me its annoying when people lie about the 'real' reason they don't like the new movies.
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Old September 22 2013, 02:50 PM   #4
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4. Windows - F YOU MICROSOFT!!! no really Windows. If something is transparent , UV radiation definatly penetrates it. Anyone notice how the Kelvins crew was getting full lethal doses of UV radiation before Captain Robau came on the bridge to activate the "Sunglasses" shield. And its bothering me that at any given moment, the crew could be blinded by an explosion, or supernova... Not to mention all the lights on the bridge reflects off of it making it hard to see out of.
Don't all starships have windows?
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Old September 22 2013, 03:01 PM   #5
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Here's my view on some of your grievances. I'm not arguing, just giving an opposing viewpoint from a fellow lifelong Trekkie.

2. But they had them in TNG (the subspace transporter mod in "Bloodlines"), the Dominion had them in DS9 (yet for some reason only used them for the odd dramatic escape or kidnapping, rather than say beaming live torpedoes into the Federation President's office), and in TOS we saw many species with similar technologies. Yet starships were never obsolete. Why is transwarp beaming a deal-breaker in the new films but acceptable in older Treks?

3. I can't dispute that one.

8. The movie unfortunately never made it clear, but according to the novelization, Red Matter requires extremely high temperatures to detonate into a black hole - like the core of a world (or a ship colliding and exploding)

9. Speed-of-plot has been the rule in Trek (and 99% of other TV shows, for that matter) more than the exception. Outside of Voyager, ships zipped around the galaxy in the space of a scene break - in DS9 they frequently travelled from the station to Kronos, Romulus, Ferenginar, Earth and Cardassia often by runabout, without the weeks or months of travel time that warp speed charts and official space maps would have us believe those journies should take.

10. You've kinda got it backwards, in a reverse-continuity kind of way. The USS Kelvin was 467m long and had a crew of 800, prior to the timeline split. Something happened in the Prime universe to shrink frontline ships, which didn't in the AU. Probably different people running Starfleet in the wake of the Kelvin's destruction - Admiral Marus was a crazed warmonger, wheras Admiral Nogura was comparitively a peacenik who probably wanted Starfleet represented by 23rd century versions of Voyager instead of gigantic Enterprise-D equivalents.

I'd also dispute ships being destroyed "all the time" - that may have been true in The Original Series, but none of that's happened here. Barring a few losses to the Xindi and more during the Earth/Romulan war a century earlier, things have presumably been quiet - and the Kelvin survivors would have had a hell of a story to tell.


I'll be back with what I liked and why, in a bit...
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Old September 22 2013, 05:03 PM   #6
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Something I dislike about nuTrek: it tends to undermine the potential for the characters to realize their development when the materials for showing it is built into the plot. It stands out more in STID, which is really a more complex story with more moving parts. In particular, the dialogue fumbles with Kirk's maturation and with the Enterprise's mission.

In the first case, Kirk faces four moments in which decides to act in impulsive ways: saving the planet, trusting Marcus, trusting Khan, and finally, sacrificing himself. In spite of the disciplinary measures, the first time works out. The next two times are complete disasters. Because of his cumulative decision making, Kirk is placed in a position in which the only person he can really turn to is he himself. I found the scene moving: Kirk's life reduced to kicking a piece a machinery. It was pathetic, worthy of Sisyphus. However, there was no follow through. There's no reflection on what he went through. there was nothing on par with "I feel young" to acknowledge his own transformation.

The second case concerns the nature of Starfleet. I feel that Scotty gets unfairly taken to task for voicing his objections to the torpedoes and to the mission in general. Nonetheless, Scotty's and Spock's objections ended up sounding silly because they were forced in arguing a false dichotomy: is/isn't SF a military organization. How did both become so simple minded? Why didn't they present a more measured response to the mission? Hadn't they just acted in a humanitarian and anthropological capacity in saving the Nibirians? Indeed, Kirk fumbles himself when describing the ethical side of SF. I'm not sure that old Kirk would not have taken the opportunity to describe what would have been lost had the Nibirians been destroyed (Picard certainly would do so). Kirk probably would have dismissed Spock and Scotty if they tried to bring up the Nibirians in context, but that would give some indication of Kirk's state of mind (perhaps explain his decisions with regards to Marcus and Khan). It seems strange that these people could not be more sophisticated when dealing with their purpose.

I don't think that these problems are major: like I said, the raw materials to deal with them are in place. And I think that character development could have been dealt with through a few lines of dialogue, not changing the plot radically or making the film seem stolid. Nonetheless, more self-reflection and sophistication would make the film more emotionally and intellectually satisfying.
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Old September 22 2013, 05:04 PM   #7
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To the OP:

The good news - You're obviously not OCD about using apostrophes.

Your other grievances are just superficial nitpicks and style preferences.

It's no big deal that you don't enjoy the movies. People like and dislike all kinds of Trek's incarnations for a myriad of different reasons. More good news - Trek lives on! I hope someday someone makes a Trek you enjoy again.

Cheers!
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Old September 22 2013, 05:08 PM   #8
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Old September 22 2013, 05:13 PM   #9
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I'm OK with #7, in TUC we had the moon Praxis explode and the shockwave impacted Excelsior which was light years away, so there's a precedent in the ST-universe for certain types of cosmic events to propogate faster than light.
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Old September 22 2013, 05:22 PM   #10
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I don't make itemized lists about things I hate (except in my angry letters to political office holders), I just try to stop thinking about them and move on with my life.
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Old September 22 2013, 05:27 PM   #11
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I don't care if you saved the United States from an Alien invasion, they are not gonna give you a Captain Rank with their most advanced Destroyer or Submarine.
I get the point, but I'm not sure that the US should be held up as the gold standard for good decision-making, especially these days, and I say that as a US citizen.

I have problems with a lot of characters acting out of character.
I really don't think that qualifies as "out of character", especially given its prefiguration ( for lack of a better word ) in TOS.

And I think its not really convenient to build a star ship on the surface.
They do have a way of getting into space. Also, we know from TOS and other examples that they can operate in atmosphere.

And you dont make a ship from 300 meters to 700 meters because some ship was destroyed.
Apparently someone in Starfleet had a "go big or go home" mentality. I feel the urge to shrug.

SUPER DUPER DUPER SPEED. DO Starships not have a warp limit anymore? I thought they got to Vulcan fast, but from Qo'nos to Earth was just INSANELY fast.
I have to agree with this one. It used to be the Khan angle that took me out of the movie, now it's this. The movie acts as if the Neutral Zone is on Kronos' doorstep and also on Earth's doorstep. I suppose it's reasonable to assume for necessity's sake that warp speeds are simply a lot faster in this timeline, but damn. There could be a technobabble explanation for the return trip.

A supernova cannot threaten a whole galaxy.
This is a new, fictional type of supernova that behaves exactly as the plot requires it to. In terms of "bad science" it's really no worse than many other things that are traditional in ST.

Only way is that the name of the star of Romulas is Hobus.
That doesn't work because then it makes no sense whatsoever for Spock to attempt to save Romulus. He's not trying to evacuate the Romulans, he's trying to save their planet, which one way or the other is a non-starter once the supernova is in effect. He's not going to be able to cram too many Romulans into his little ship, even if they're packed in like proverbial sardines. Not to mention the fact that Star Trek Online ( and the novelization, IIRC ) stated that Hobus was on the edge of Romulan space.
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Re: My Greivences of Nutrek. What makes me a hater...

Please show me a Star Trek film that isn't full of holes and inconsistencies.

My enjoyment of Trek even includes the really bad ones. I could have dedicated the rest of my life hating "The Alternative Factor", "Plato's Stepchildren", "ST V: The Final Frontier", "Generations", DS9's "Move Alone Home", VOY's "Threshold", Data's death in "Nemesis" - and most of Season Two of ENT.

But I still got my money's worth enjoying making fun of them.
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Old September 22 2013, 06:24 PM   #13
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Please show me a Star Trek film that isn't full of holes and inconsistencies.

My enjoyment of Trek even includes the really bad ones. I could have dedicated the rest of my life hating "The Alternative Factor", "Plato's Stepchildren", "ST V: The Final Frontier", "Generations", DS9's "Move Alone Home", VOY's "Threshold", Data's death in "Nemesis" - and most of Season Two of ENT.

But I still got my money's worth enjoying making fun of them.
Yeppers. I keep saying it: I love Trek. Even when it's bad (terrible), like Doctor Who, it's still some of the best TV and movies around. But don't get me started on it cause if you make me stop and analyze, I'll rip its heart out and eat it.


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I don't care if you saved the United States from an Alien invasion, they are not gonna give you a Captain Rank with their most advanced Destroyer or Submarine.
I get the point, but I'm not sure that the US should be held up as the gold standard for good decision-making, especially these days, and I say that as a US citizen.

I have problems with a lot of characters acting out of character.
I really don't think that qualifies as "out of character", especially given its prefiguration ( for lack of a better word ) in TOS.



They do have a way of getting into space. Also, we know from TOS and other examples that they can operate in atmosphere.



Different timeline.



Apparently someone in Starfleet had a "go big or go home" mentality. I feel the urge to shrug.
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Marcus. We know he was he had a hand in designing new ships. Enterprise was the newest flagship in ST09. Pike was Marcu's hire (to use a term). If you want in-universe: Kelvin's destruction swings political favor in Marcus's direction, he starts building bigger ships in preparation for the war that (from his POV) is just about to happen. Enterprise is as big as he can design/build at the moment, he puts "his guy" in the center seat.
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I'd say the fact the Section 31's secret weapons development depot was hidden under the Kelvin Memorial Building gives that idea a big nod - Section 31 became militarized by the appearance of Nero's ship and the destruction of the Kelvin.
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Old September 22 2013, 07:41 PM   #15
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I also dislike the movies, but mostly because I just find them incredibly dull. But I'll address some of your points.

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1.Lensflares- This is my most pressing issue.
Meh. Doesn't really bother me.

2. TRANWARP TRANSPORTER- Mother Warper!!! Shakaree damn!!! What the Hell? This is Ubertech at its worst. You pretty much made starships obsolete. I can't explain in a post just why this is a really really bad idea.
I agree, totally stupid. I already was of the opinion that the transporter tech should be even more limited that what we saw in TOS. Like, you'd have to have a landing party of security officers shuttle down to the planet, secure the area, place transporter pads on the surface, and then have the rest of the group, the science officers, equipment and whatnot, beam from the Enterprise pad down to the the pad on the planet. Something as inherently magical as transporter tech should have serious limits. Maybe they can do this in the next reboot.

3. Cadet to Captain? - This would never happen. I don't care if you saved the United States from an Alien invasion, they are not gonna give you a Captain Rank with their most advanced Destroyer or Submarine.
Agreed.

4. Windows - F YOU MICROSOFT!!! no really Windows.
Doesn't bother me.

5. Spock and Uhura.... Yes Uhura was flirtacious with spock in TOS, but WTF? Actually I said that out loud in the theatre before I caught my self. I have problems with a lot of characters acting out of character.
I think they could do this right and make it interesting, but they haven't done so yet.

6. Chekov - Yeah that is not Chekov...well he's Chekov, but he's not Pavel. He's Pavel's older brother...
I'm not following.

7.Supernova- A supernova cannot threaten a whole galaxy. And even if it could, it would take over 100,000 years to destroy it after it exploded. If Alpha Centari went supernova...we wouldnt know it for 4 years. Thats plenty of time for Romulus to evacuate. Only way is that the name of the star of Romulas is Hobus.
I've only seen each movie once -- well, I saw 09 twice, but the second time was on DVD and I was distracted for most of the film -- so I don't even remember this bit.

9.SUPER DUPER DUPER SPEED. DO Starships not have a warp limit anymore? I thought they got to Vulcan fast, but from Qo'nos to Earth was just INSANELY fast.
That was the problem I started to have with the Berman universe, that the galaxy no longer felt big anymore.

10. The Enterprise - whatever happened to Robert April?
Nothing. He never existed in TOS, nor was ever mentioned in any other incarnation of televised Trek except for the cartoon.

And wasnt the Enterprise supposed to been launched in 2245?
According to who? Okuda? There is ample evidence in TOS that TOS didn't even take place in the 23rd Century. I'm fine with Abrams tossing out conjectural dates based on books whose sole purpose was to take all the disparate Trek movies and series created by different people with different visions and force them into a single narrative whether or not they really fit. As far as I'm concerned, TOS trumps all the derivative works created by other people, and all those "facts" and dates which came later can be chucked out the nearest airlock.

11. Fencing - You do not use a Samurai sword or Katana or whatever the heck that was in fencing. YOU USE A FOIL.
But you have to admit a katana looks cooler.
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