When I first heard of this film, I thought I would become one of those nerdy fan-boys everyone seemed to hate in advance for the expected cries of They Changed It Now It Sucks
. Watching the film for the first time initially confirmed this. Re-watching the film recently, however, made me appreciate it more for what it is. But what it is to me, is still not Star Trek.
The changes to the continuity were not what I minded. They added an interesting element to the plot, and I enjoyed the unexpected twists. What I disliked was the feel
of the film. This movie is two things: First, a caricature (though an affectionate one) of Star Trek.
Second, an old-fashioned sci-fi action flick that would do fine if set in a completely different universe.
this film Star Trek
? Is it that everyone gets to say their catch phrase? That we get to see a Red Shirt
meet his fate? It feels like an Affectionate Parody
; the first work the movie brings to mind is Galaxy Quest
, not Star Trek
. Take every Trek clichÃ©, turn it Up To Eleven
, make it shiny and modern, and you've got all that connects this film to the franchise. But somehow, this isn't enough. The substance of Trek
should be thoughtful science fiction with social commentary, moral dilemmas, and a well-paced plot. And the universe dreamed up by Gene Roddenberry, with all his now-outmoded ideals.
But the substance of this film is, for the most part, a bunch of shiny good guys (not girls
— the old Trek dedication to egalitarianism was, presumably, too stuffy) flying around on a shiny rocket ship with their shiny ray-guns, zapping the bad dudes and saving the day.
This made me feel like the film's creators Completely Missed The Point
. They decided Trek was just the archetypal Space Opera
, and as long as they had a space-ship, ray guns, and threw in some catch-phrases and Continuity Nods
, they'd have created an updated Trek with universal appeal.
And they did create something
with universal appeal. It's a fun film. Taken for what it is, and judged exclusively by Rule Of Cool
and Rule Of Fun
, it's entirely enjoyable. But for someone who wanted a continuation of the Star Trek
franchise that stayed loyal to its spirit
, the film was a disappointment.