Friday, May 17, 2013

Weekend Movie Discussion: Star Trek Into Darkness

I'd like to think that in an alternate reality J.J. Abrams is a child. One that is in a world where they haven't got a vaccine for polio yet. There he fights day and night, managing to overcome the disease. His struggle is an inspiration to all who witness it. While mostly unscathed, he does spend the rest of his life with one stiff leg that gives him a bit of a limp. But he doesn't let that stand in his way of becoming the world's greatest doctor. The courses are hard, naturally, but that same fighting spirit that licked polio all those years ago drives him to the top of all his classes. Years later, when he's an old man, he'll stand over the body of a sick child, with a vaccine, he himself created, in his hands, ready to cure the child of a disease far worse than polio. Truly an inspired life. Tears all around. Lens flare.

I'm just saying, it'd be cool for that alternative world...

Speaking of alternative worlds and J.J. Abrams: STD is out this week. I know everyone wants to abbreviate Star Trek Into Darkness as STID, but I prefer the connotation of the other one. With the first series of movies way back yonder, it's always been widely held that there was a curse on them. Every odd Start Trek movie was bad, and every even movie, good. When Abrams released his reboot, despite the plot holes and spotty writing, he brought forth a fantastically entertaining film. It seemed the curse of odd numbers had been broken.

Or had it?

In the first film an alternative timeline is created. One that sheers off from the original line. It was a great device which allows for the freedom to take the same characters and create your own canon, free of the bind of previous continuity. However, like the alternate world that develops in the film, could we be looking at an alternate curse? I won't present any spoilers here or ruin anything, but there are a lot of negative opinions on the new film. Don't get me wrong, there's good too, but a lot of bad word of mouth. Could it be that for an alternative timeline of Trek movies, we might be looking at a curse that ruins even number films?

Only time will tell.

And by time I mean there'll pretty much be a general consensus by the weekends end.

What are your plans this weekend? Seeing Star Trek? Already seen it? What's your favorite film in the franchise? (Mine is 4)


  1. Just came from seeing the new Star Trek. No curse - it rocked!

  2. TS, it's nice to know it broke the curse and in Abrams world, Polio or not, everything has lens flares. I'm definitely seeing it, but probably not till next weekend since my boy is sick.

  3. I am looking forward to seeing it next week. The first reboot was awesome and this one looks sure to please.

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  5. I was so stoked over 2009's Star Trek reboot, I have to see this new one. I hear it's not amazing like his first one but still, I've got to check this one out.

  6. I can't wait to see this one! It sounds great...

  7. Grr. Just typed something and it was lost. If this comment is subpar, my previous one was brilliant.

    Anywho ... I have gotten back into reading comics lately and it makes me think - I don't mind reboots. If an amazing story comes along and it features the same characters, have at it. If there's a little redundancy for the good of the movie, if you cast different people, whatever ... as long as it's a story worthy of the characters.

    Some characters are so good that they should be allowed multiple movies. Of course, that's done just for the money in Hollywood ... but it's nice when people who really love the characters do it. I don't know if JJ is that guy, but a few of my star trek geek friends like him ok (I'm more of a star wars geek myself).

    Thus ends my rant.


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