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The Doctor
Tue, Sep 26, 2017, 11:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The Vulcan Hello / Battle at the Binary Stars

One thing I don't understand - if the intention behind the Klingon makeover was to make them look more "alien" and distance the show from the bumpy forehead aliens of past Trek series (which is an intention I can fully get behind), why not give the Vulcans a makeover as well?
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The Doctor
Sat, Jul 23, 2016, 8:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

I have to admit, I enjoyed "Star Trek: Beyond" a lot more than I expected to. It's definitely far, far better than the sad misfire that was "Into Darkness" (not a particularly high bar to clear, to be sure), and I'd argue that it's even head and shoulders above "Star Trek (2009)".

I think the biggest thing that elevates "Beyond" is that this time, the "NewTrek" universe is finally allowed to be its own thing, instead of trying to simultaneously recycle and rewrite ClassicTrek while *pretending* that it's something new. The callbacks to ClassicTrek are relatively few, and only one of which (the in-universe death of Ambassador Spock, due to the real-world death of Leonard Nimoy) was actually a significant plot element. (Or, more accurately, a character-arc element, since the plot itself would have worked without it; Quinto's Spock character is really the only one directly affected by it.)

Granted, the villain still felt a bit generic, and there are a few "fridge logic" plot holes that definitely don't hold up to close examination -- but on the whole, it works. One thing I definitely appreciated is that Kirk, Spock, etc. are actually allowed to be *competent* in this film -- which, IMO, was a major weakness of the prior installments, what with Pine's Kirk being immature, inexperienced, and overall just not qualified (and thus not believable) to be in command of a starship, and Pegg's Scotty being used as "bumbling, bewildered comic relief" as often as not. Kirk is actually credible as a starship captain in "Beyond", and while Scotty still gets a few comic moments, they're restrained enough to not undermine his character or make him look ridiculous.

(I also appreciated that Abrams' lens-flare fetish is nowhere to be found this time out. The Enterprise bridge finally looks like a place where people could actually work without blinding themselves.)
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