Hi Mick, I doubt you’ll remember me, but you and I got into a big email exchange years ago about Star Trek Voyager (STV). You had a distinctly male perspective on STV and I had a woman’s perspective.
I recall that you weren’t too keen on STV, but I think I may have changed your perspective on STV during the course of our e-correspondence.
I just came out of the IMAX version of Star Trek into Darkness (STID) this morning, and I also read your article/review about STID in today’s paper. I must say that your article/review changed my perspective on the movie. I think you made some good points about how STID correlates to today’s issues regarding “grey areas, terrorism, drone attacks, dismissing interplanetary law (an inference I assume refers to today’s controversial political policies), political hard-liners and morality.”
I still think the first one of these new Star Trek (ST) movies was better because it was more in keeping with the ST philosophy than this latest one was. However, if it wasn’t for your article, I’d still be quite disappointed with STID. To me, ST isn’t just about sci-fi and special effects. I believe it’s mostly about the human condition, good and bad; explored within the safe and distant context of a future all of us will not be around to experience. I didn’t feel I saw much of the core values that I believe ST stands for, nor did I see very much interaction of the ST crew. I’ve always loved the way the ST crew interacted with each other and others on and off duty. I admired the respect crew members had for the distinct diversity of human and alien species either serving in Starfleet, onboard starships and space stations, or those encountered because of the exploration of space.
I felt STID had more explosions, fights and running around than space or philosophical exploration. There wasn’t much focus on interpersonal relationships with a couple of exceptions, one of which you noted in your article: Spock/Kirk (and I liked: Uhura/ Spock). I’m aware that Abrams isn’t much of a ST fan and I think it showed in this movie. Apart from the block-buster movie genre which perhaps needs to be there for economic reasons, I felt that Abrams threw us ST fans a few bones (no pun intended) in deference so that we wouldn’t feel neglected, but that’s all. To me, this movie didn’t feel very Star Treky, it felt more like video game fodder with a few ST nuances thrown in for us starving ST fans who miss Star Trek terribly, and still watch re-runs wherever we can get ‘em.
Sincerely and regards,
belana (alias, I used my real name): devoted and forever a ST, TNG, DS9 and especially STV fan.
Btw, I don’t like Scott Bakula, or the after-market enhanced Vulcan woman so I never watched Enterprise. I wasn’t much of a TOS fan either. Oh well.