This is a great, short critique of the Abrams’ Trek movies that put into words impressions I had when watching the first film but couldn’t articulate.

I understand what they were doing, and the movie made a lot of money, but to me, it did not create a believable universe – the way Star Wars created a believable universe, the way Alien created a believable universe – that new Star Trek movie was generic pablum that appealed to the masses. But, to be fair, that was exactly what it was designed to do. The greatest thing about it – I will say this – it made a lot of money, it brought the franchise back from the dead, and now new Star Trek is viable and lucrative; people are going back and rediscovering the original show, which is really the most important thing. I just wish it were a lot more intelligent.

h/t +Jenn Martin

7 thoughts on “This is a great, short critique of the Abrams’ Trek movies that put into words impressions I had when watching the…

  1. Trek nerds care!

    But seriously, the comments about shorthand resonated with me. The post points out some of Abrams’ weak spots in an otherwise enjoyable film. Trek itself generally cares about the things that Abrams himself doesn’t, I think, even if that combo can still result in an entertaining movie. (I enjoyed the first film. The second one not so much.)

    The Enterprise being built on earth also bugged me, I’ll admit.

  2. I didn’t watch the second because the first turned me off – not so much the deck plans, but the sheer volume of scientifically implausible twaddle.

    – From memory, Spock’s ship gets hit by the shockwave of a supernova while he’s travelling between two completely different systems in an attempt to do something about that planet not exploding..? Even if it exploded at light-speed, it would have taken years for the shockwave to get anywhere near another system.
    – WTH was the “red stuff” meant to be? And how come they had to drill into a planet’s core before the red stuff would collapse it? Surely a drop on the surface would have much the same effect?
    – I know Vucans are a peaceful species, but seriously, did neither Vulcan nor Earth have any air defence or even ground-based defence systems to take out a massive orbital drill-bit?
    – The Enterprise leaves Vulcan at warp speed, and Kirk and Spock fight for a few minutes before Kirk is thrown out on a moon – from where he has a perfect vantage point to see Vulcan being destroyed. The moon must have been orbiting Vulcan, but warp travel of several minutes should have put them well outside visual range of Vulcan.

    So yeah, those are my main suspension-of-belief-sundering nit-picks! 🙂