The Mudd and Gorn View
I know you have been waiting for months.
Why haven’t we Viewed it?
The film has been out forever.
So why did we wait to give you our View?
Because we wanted everyone to have a chance to see it before we discuss it. If you haven’t figured it out by now these are not really reviews.They are more like discussions of the films. This is why we started calling them View’s rather than reviews.
There has been a lot of Trekker based controversy surrounding the film. If you are a regular reader then you know where we stand. If you are not, at the end of this article we have placed links to 47 Years and our View of the first Star Trek film from 2009.
But before we begin we need to do this…
WARNING- I hate when people tell me things or reveal things about a film before I have had a chance to see it. So be warned from this point forward you read at your own risk. See the Film First…
How should we start? let’s do this. We will give the film view, then the Extremus View, then we will discuss film controversy and then we will talk Easter eggs from both films.
This an action adventure film. It is brilliant. Which it should be. It’s what we want and expect. I remember when Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released in 1979. The article in the Sunday paper was huge. Every kid had seen what they did with Star Wars and our minds were racing. The Klingon battles in space would be spectacular. The aliens would be awesome.
This was after all Star Trek.
What we got was a really bad movie. I mean really bad. This was not a fan movie. This was not an action movie. In fact… I don’t know what it was.
Well actually I do.
The creators saw an opportunity to cash in on the Trekkies. Yes I said Trekkies… not Trekkers. This has nothing to do with elitist fan movements or conventions.Trekkies were the kids growing up watching these re-runs everyday for years. These same kids filled the theaters when Star Wars was released. So they took the aging crew of the original series and threw them into a film. The problems were many, including the fact that they did not know their audience. Or their subject for that matter. We wanted to see Star Trek with a real budget. Shatner and Nimoy were both in their late forties when the film series began. Shatner was sixty-six when “Generations” was released in 1997.
Whats my point?
Exploitation that’s my point.
Case-in-point Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. They realized that they had a cash-cow waiting to be milked. But they failed to connect with their audience. So they reached back into the old series and created a story line based on Episode 22 from season one entitled “Space Seed.” A fan favorite. Ricardo Montalbán who played Khan Noonien Singh in the original episode returned as Khan.
Again the creators did not have a clue.
Again they missed their mark.
An entire planet exploded. This went completely unrecorded? Then no one took notice that a charted planet was missing when they entered this sector of space?
Really? …who writes this stuff?
Another example is the fact that Khan knows Chekov. He remembers him. Chekov did not join the crew until Episode 1 in Season Two entitled “Amok Time.” So when did they meet? By then Khan was already marooned.
There are a few redeeming factors in the film. Ricardo Montalbán’s performance in Star trek II was brilliant. His characterization created one of the greatest screen villains of all time. This is the only film from the series that I like. Or will watch for that matter. Mainly because of Ricardo Montalbán’s performance.
This film also gave us the Kobayashi Maru test. This – like Ricardo’s performance- was the one of the few redeeming moments of the film. This was a substitute of an opening action sequence since the crew was now in their 50′s. In fact most of the plot points were generated to create drama and dialog not action.
Like the fact that we find out that Kirk was married and has a son he never sees.
Really? …and that was just all good with the fans?
A man of character… a man of honor… who is revered and loved… but who never sees his son?
Even when he was an earth-bound Admiral? ..hardly.
Really… who writes this stuff?
They were throwing anything at the screen to see what would stick…
…like a genesis device.
Star Trek into Darkness is not a remake of Wrath of Khan. It is a sequel to 2009′s Star Trek. The Romulan ship that forever changed time continues to having a resonating effect in the world of Kirk and his crew. Admiral Marcus searching space finds and identified Khans ship. He revives Khan believing Khan could give Starfleet an edge both against the rising Klingon threat as well as future threats like the one the Romulan ship offered. Marcus uses the lives of Khans crew against him. Khan believes them to be dead.
Khans response is in like kind.
The fact that Kirk would meet Khan is inevitable. Their futures are entwined. As we discussed in the 2009 Star Trek post they realize their destinies as a matter of divine providence.
The result of this meeting is that Pike dies and Kirk wants revenge. Here in lies the pressing question of our age… How do we handle an enemy who walks among us? How do we respond to a terrorist attack?
Khan and Kirk are both driven by the desire for revenge. Here we see a study in character from both perspectives.
The Star Trek that J.J. Abrams has presented is not the old Trek filled with intellectual and philosophical challenges. His Trek offers us spiritual questions… and struggles.
Kirk without regard for ship or crew pursues Khan to the edge of the neutral zone. The plan is to kill Khan who is hiding on Kronos with some new tech… photon torpedoes.
Jim..For the love of God, don’t use those torpedoes.-Scotty
Here we have the defining moment of Kirk’s character. To kill Khan or bring him to Justice.
These actors are doing a fantastic job of reviving these characters and redefining them for a new generation.That being said Benedict Cumberbatch is.. well…Better.
His performance out shines this brilliant cast.The Khan we see here is more like the Khan of Space Seed. A calculating planner. He is also a ruthless killer.
While he was given license to kill Kirk chooses justice over vengeance. He chose …as his crew was hoping he would …to bring Khan in alive.
In the James Bond film Skyfall released in 2012 an important question was answered. Is James Bond a code name for the double-O agent 7 or is James Bond a real person? Fans for years have speculated that, like Doctor Who, the men change but the code name remains. Skyfall answered that question once and for all.
A question I have always had is how did Kirk ever earn the level of respect and loyalty that his crew shows him. What was his defining moment?
Let’s look at Episode 20 from season one entitled “The court Martial“. Yes this is TOS. In this episode Kirk is on trial for the for causing the death of a crew member. The computers video image shows Kirk pushing the wrong button which resulted in a mans death. Kirk insists he did not do it. His crew believes him.
I wonder if there was a video showing that I did something wrong… would my friends and loved ones believe me over what they were seeing on video?
Kirks crew did.
Why such loyalty? It was never explained in the series. In Trek Nation Rod Jr. shows J.J. Abrams some footage of his father hoping that someone would one day tell the story of the origin of this crew and their Captain.
This film does that in a way that exceeds all expectations. Kirk has the undying loyalty of his crew because he would give everything to save them. He lost his position at the start of the film to save his friend Spock and he gave his life to save his crew and ship in the end.
At his death, with nothing more than a faint glimpse of hope his crew risks everything to save him. Romulan ship or not …this is the best possible explanation for why this crew is bound to this captain and why they are all bound to this ship.
At the re-christening of the Enterprise at the end of the film, Kirks speech carries us into the opening monologue from the series…Space the final frontier…For the first time it’s coming from Chris Pines Kirk.
He has earned the right to speak those words.
He is now the Captain he was meant to be.
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