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

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Average 84 7.46%
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Old May 15 2009, 07:45 PM   #1801
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Had it not been for the loose association with Trek, this film would have been rightly condemned by critics as another style over substance sci-fi shoot-em-up.
I think this is laughable. Since when has anything Trek has done been judged better simply because it was Star Trek? Reading most of the reviews, it seems that more and more the reviewers were saying THIS is Star Trek?! It seems an indication of the way Abrams film has restarted and gave the franchise a kick in the ass, more so then we like it just because it is Star Trek.
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Old May 15 2009, 07:48 PM   #1802
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in fact, Trek is often a drawback in critical circles. in this case, I tend to think that it was JJ Abrams who may have made the difference, IF ANY.
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Old May 15 2009, 07:49 PM   #1803
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I'll be interested to see what Jonathan Ross says about it.
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Old May 15 2009, 07:56 PM   #1804
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I'll be interested to see what Jonathan Ross says about it.
Will he say anything about it? Film 2009 is off until the autumn isn't it?
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Old May 15 2009, 08:04 PM   #1805
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I'm sure I saw Simon Pegg do a recent interview where he mentioned Ross being at the premiere and enjoying it...but that's all I can remember.
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Old May 15 2009, 08:18 PM   #1806
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Had it not been for the loose association with Trek, this film would have been rightly condemned by critics as another style over substance sci-fi shoot-em-up.
I think this is laughable. Since when has anything Trek has done been judged better simply because it was Star Trek?
Never. Stewey doesn't know what he's talking about.
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Old May 15 2009, 08:28 PM   #1807
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I'm sure I saw Simon Pegg do a recent interview where he mentioned Ross being at the premiere and enjoying it...but that's all I can remember.
He was indeed, there were pics posted on his twitter - I only remember one with Quinto though...

I haven't seen/heard a review from him. But through the medium of 140 character microblogging, I know he loved it
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Old May 15 2009, 09:14 PM   #1808
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I think this is laughable. Since when has anything Trek has done been judged better simply because it was Star Trek? Reading most of the reviews, it seems that more and more the reviewers were saying THIS is Star Trek?! It seems an indication of the way Abrams film has restarted and gave the franchise a kick in the ass, more so then we like it just because it is Star Trek.

Agreed. This movie did not get a pass because it was Star Trek. If anything, Star Trek seems to inspire an odd dynamic among critics, whereby if the movie spends time on challenging ideas it is boring, but if the movie is a fun thrill ride it is decried as being too shallow.

That dynamic was to a certain extent present in the reviews despite the fact that they were overwhelmingly positive. Star Trek had reached a sort of odd place in the popular consciousness and even in the minds of some fans that set unreasonably high expectations for the intellectual content of an entertainment franchise and yet unreasonably low expectations for the entertainment content of an entertainment franchise

One way to look at the new film is to understand that it is attacking those expectations and doing a good job of it (as far as I can tell).

For example many reviews of this movie (some positive, some negative) were structured something like this: "This movie was loads of fun and an awesome spectacle, BUT was low on ideas." Among entertainment franchises only Star Trek is saddled with that "BUT." For example you will not see anyone complain that a Bond movie lacks compelling ideas. You will see something like: "This is a fun thrill ride, which is exactly what it is supposed to be."

Let's say the next Star Trek movie involves some more compelling ideas (which I hope it does). We will see reviews structured likes this: "This movie is loads of fun, an awesome spectacle AND it contained some thought-provoking ideas." That is exactly how it should be. As an entertainment franchise, expectations should be that Star Trek is fun and exciting, with compelling ideas as an added strength, not a kind of ball and chain that the franchise has to drag around wherever it goes.
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Old May 15 2009, 09:15 PM   #1809
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above average
definitely better than i thought it would be. i thought the performances by all the Enterprise crew were good, was surprised Pike made a major appearance, and was very impressed by the overall feel of the film. This definitely felt like Star Trek. Most of all, it was fun.

on the negative side, the villian sucked. easily the most forgettable Trek villian ever. Bones was a little too grim, but he still made me laugh. disappointed we didn't get to see a Klingon.

all in all, a good first flick to reboot Trek. no where near the hype, but very good. yeaaaaaaaaaaah boyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old May 15 2009, 09:28 PM   #1810
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Tom Servo wrote: View Post
I think this is laughable. Since when has anything Trek has done been judged better simply because it was Star Trek? Reading most of the reviews, it seems that more and more the reviewers were saying THIS is Star Trek?! It seems an indication of the way Abrams film has restarted and gave the franchise a kick in the ass, more so then we like it just because it is Star Trek.

Agreed. This movie did not get a pass because it was Star Trek. If anything, Star Trek seems to inspire an odd dynamic among critics, whereby if the movie spends time on challenging ideas it is boring, but if the movie is a fun thrill ride it is decried as being too shallow.

That dynamic was to a certain extent present in the reviews despite the fact that they were overwhelmingly positive. Star Trek had reached a sort of odd place in the popular consciousness and even in the minds of some fans that set unreasonably high expectations for the intellectual content of an entertainment franchise and yet unreasonably low expectations for the entertainment content of an entertainment franchise

One way to look at the new film is to understand that it is attacking those expectations and doing a good job of it (as far as I can tell).

For example many reviews of this movie (some positive, some negative) were structured something like this: "This movie was loads of fun and an awesome spectacle, BUT was low on ideas." Among entertainment franchises only Star Trek is saddled with that "BUT." For example you will not see anyone complain that a Bond movie lacks compelling ideas. You will see something like: "This is a fun thrill ride, which is exactly what it is supposed to be."

Let's say the next Star Trek movie involves some more compelling ideas (which I hope it does). We will see reviews structured likes this: "This movie is loads of fun, an awesome spectacle AND it contained some thought-provoking ideas." That is exactly how it should be. As an entertainment franchise, expectations should be that Star Trek is fun and exciting, with compelling ideas as an added strength, not a kind of ball and chain that the franchise has to drag around wherever it goes.
it's not just the critics who think this way. one look at this thread will tell you, there are some fans who do, as well.
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Old May 15 2009, 09:45 PM   #1811
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Another answer that I didn't get was why didn't Spock use the time travel to go backwards to before the nova happened and warn the Romulans that his actions had failed.
Because it was accidental time travel. Spock just ended up where it took him, and Nero was waiting to capture him in that spot.
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Old May 16 2009, 12:56 AM   #1812
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I just got back from watching the movie for the 5th time.

AWESOME. SIMPLY AWESOME.

I'm still waiting for the shine to fade.
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Old May 16 2009, 01:47 AM   #1813
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I'm going to see it for the second time tomorrow. It's been a week, so I'm going to eat it up like Scotty on a ham sandwich!


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Old May 16 2009, 01:57 AM   #1814
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I'm going to see it for the second time tomorrow. It's been a week, so I'm going to eat it up like Scotty on a ham sandwich!


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Did you mean Scotty with a ham sandwich, or did you mean me to picture Simon Pegg stretched out on a buttered slice of bread...
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Old May 16 2009, 03:00 AM   #1815
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I'm going to see it for the second time tomorrow. It's been a week, so I'm going to eat it up like Scotty on a ham sandwich!


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Did you mean Scotty with a ham sandwich, or did you mean me to picture Simon Pegg stretched out on a buttered slice of bread...
I'm saying Scotty with a ham sandwich, you pictured him with your dirty, dirty thoughts in some other way. I'm innocent. I'm not the one on trial, you are!



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