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YMMV: Star Trek (2009)
  • Base Breaker: James T. Kirk. There's many of a debate whether Kirk in this universe actually deserves to be the Captain of the Enterprise.
  • Ear Worm: Some bits of the score are like this particularly the song that plays when Nero's ship is being shot into the black hole. It is composed by Michael Giacchino, after all.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Captain Robau, who had about five minutes of screentime, has gone down in Trek lore as one of the most badass captains ever.
    • Gaila is proving very popular. She stars in one scene, is a face in a crowd scene, and that's it. This may have something to do with her being an Orion who presumably has lots of sex, or just the fact that she's another female face.
    • She also looks kinda like Dizzy Flores from the Starship Troopers film.
    • Kind of a meta example: Simon Pegg reportedly loved Scotty's companion Keenser so much that he pushed for him to get a bigger role in the franchise than was originally planned. (In the first draft he was a one-shot character who wasn't seen again after Scotty leaves with Kirk, and wasn't even shown to rejoin Star Fleet, let alone become part of the Enterprise crew.)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • On the commentary, the "cliffs" in Iowa (actually part of a quarry) were caused by the "2011 earthquake". There actually was an earthquake in an unusual part of the United States (the East Coast) in 2011.
    • A "lightning storm in space" occurs on the day of Kirk's birth. As SF Debris notes, this makes sense considering, "His father is Thor."
      • Kirk's mother, played by Jennifer Morrison, names him after her father. Her father's name is James, but he's better known as Prince Charming.
      • So that's where Kirk gets his penchant for getting into trouble and kicking ass from...his parents are Emma Swan and Thor.
    • Spock quotes Sherlock Holmes during the film. Quite apt, considering who ended up bring cast as the Big Bad in the sequel.
    • Near the end of the film, Nero yells Spock's name as a reference to Wrath of Khan. In Into Darknesss, Spock gets to yells the iconic KHHHAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNN! himself near the end of that film.
    • Towards the end of the DVD commentary, J. J. Abrams mentions he talked to George Lucas during filming, asking what would make this film better, and Lucas answered more lightsabers. In 2013, Abrams got named director of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
  • Ho Yay: Kirk/Spock is the granddaddy of all slash pairings, and the subtext was definitely there in this adaptation. Kirk/Bones too, what with their Vitriolic Best Buds dynamic.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Parodied by The Onion in the video "Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'", which "showed" how the hardcore-Trekkies were upset when the movie was critically acclaimed, on the basis that it was "theirs". "They" were particularly annoyed about its inclusion of demographic-pandering things like a sensical plot, actors who care about what they're saying, and aliens who speak English.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many of the original fans only turned up to see Nimoy as Spock for one last time.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Kirk getting chased by a gigantic toothy monster. Kudos to them for giving the monster a face made of Nightmare Fuel, but there couldn't have been a single person in the audience who was the remotest bit worried for Kirk's health. And lo and behold, he doesn't get a scratch that isn't gone by the end of the movie. Quelle surprise.
    • And, of course, an impressive subversion with the destruction of Vulcan.
  • Memetic Badass: Captain Robau, now being adopted by some segments of the Trek fandom as their own personal Chuck Norris.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Fire everything!", "I like this ship! It's exciting!", "Wictor wictor...", "SPOOOOOOOOOOOOCK!"
    • Chekov can do zat. HE CAN DO ZAT HE CAN DO ZAT! MOVE MOVE!
  • Moral Event Horizon: For Nero: The destruction of the planet Vulcan and most of its 6 billion inhabitants at the hands of the Romulan crew of the Narada avenging the death of their own planet. The death of Spock's mother Amanda as he helplessly reaches out for her just heightens the tragedy. What makes it worse is that he's getting revenge for something that 1) hasn't actually happened in this timeline and 2) wasn't Spock's fault in the first place: future-Spock did nothing to harm Romulus and simply arrived too late to save it, and worse yet, past-Spock has done nothing pertaining to the incident at all. Nero's pretty clearly off the deep end.
  • Narm: The absurd overuse of Lens Flares, even when there's no apparent source for them.
    • "Hi, Christopher, I'm Nero." For how awkward it sounds, making it sound like Nero is a customer service representative.
  • Narm Charm: Normally Nero's delightful hamminess would count as Narm, but Eric Bana accomplishes the impressive task of making it work.
  • Older Than They Think: In one article in preparation for the film's release, Entertainment Weekly addressed hardcore fan outcry about the redesign of the Enterprise's bridge with a "Through the Years" photo comparison of previous bridge sets, pointing out that it's actually been redesigned significantly for previous movies too—it just got more attention in this one, considering the movie's already controversial Reboot status.
    • Likewise, the controversial Everyone Went to School Together premise of the 2009 film? Per a Starlog magazine from 1988, the idea was being kicked aroud by Nicholas Meyer and Gene Roddenberry as an alternate universe television series.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Apparently Captain Robau, who, in spite of appearing for a few minutes before dying, is a total badass. And Lieutenant George Kirk himself.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Chris Hemsworth in his single scene as George Kirk, considering he became an Avenger two years later.
  • Ships That Pass In The Night: Many pairings qualify, but Sulu/Chekov and Scotty/Gaila are notable for their HUGE popularity in proportion to the amount of canon interaction.
  • So Cool It's Awesome: The film has turned out to be both a critical and popular success.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Spock and Uhura.
  • Tainted by the Preview: The initial two trailers (the first featuring some shots of the Enterprise under construction, and the second being a somewhat random collection of clips from the film capped off by a shot of Spock Prime) were treated with indifference at best, and outright derision at worst by most filmgoers. Averted in the end however, as the third trailer was much improved and credited with creating much of the buzz that made the movie a success.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Everything from the Enterprise's design to Spock's sideburns has been used as proof.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: As SF Debris points out, the villain described in the novelization/comic versionnote  is more complex than what Nero was, even sympathetic, and could've actually outdone Khan. He goes on to state that without this, the version of the villain we get is "Some emo with a trident."
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Winona's birthing assistant sure does have some huge eyes.
    • The alien sitting between Kirk and Uhura at the bar. He looks like the setup to the classic joke: "Hey man, why the long face?"
  • Win Back the Crowd: Like it or not, this movie got everyone interested in Star Trek again after years of decline, also considering what would happen with the Star Trek Movie Curse.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Many people's first reaction when the cast was first announced.
    • Winona Ryder, in particular, became this in the editing room. They cast her as Spock's mother because there was originally supposed to be a brief prologue scene where we would have seen Spock's birth, with a much younger Amanda Grayson celebrating the birth of her son alongside her husband. When that scene was cut, many people in the audience were left wondering why a well-known actress who could easily pass for 30 had been put in unconvincing age-effect makeup in order to play such a small role.
    • As a Korean-American, John Cho as Sulu also attracted controversy with fans until George Takei, the original Sulu, explained that Sulu is a pan-Asian character, meant to represent all Asian nationalities. Also, the original Sulu was canonically born in San Francisco (which has a sizable and diverse Asian population), and thus there was no basis for assuming that he would be of a single nationality any more than this would be true of a European, Latino or African character. There is a bit Society Marches On in play here, as people only marrying members of their own national/ethnic group is in decline even in the present day real world, and there is no reason to imagine that 300 years from now such a push for ethnic purity would reassert itself, especially when you have Interspecies Romance going on!

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