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Lewis Van Atta
Fri, Oct 24, 2014, 11:55am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

@Genre-Buster:
I'm no lover of ST-09 either, but I think Abrams captured many the character elements really well. The HUGE problem is that the good characterizations were stuck in a fanboy-stinker of a plot that smelled like it came out of a 1950's late night B-or-C level sci fi movie.
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Lewis Van Atta
Thu, Oct 23, 2014, 2:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

@jdm:
I have to agree with you about Quinto's Spock and Saldana's Uhura. I would add to that list, that Bruce Greenwood's Capt. Christopher Pike was terrific, and a serious badass (like one would expect from an experienced starship commander). I was seriously disappointed when they killed him off in STID.
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Lewis Van Atta
Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 7:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

Jdm and SlackerInc:
I find myself largely agreeing with both of you. The one thing I didn't like about Star Trek-2009 was the angle of Kirk getting promoted directly from not-even-graduated academy cadet all the way to the stratospheric rank of Captain in charge of a major capital ship essentially in one weekend. That came across like a piece of bad fanboy fiction, when they could have easily had a 3-5 year transition and had Pike handing Kirk the Enterprise at that point....and having EARNED the rank of youngest Captain in Starfleet.
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Lewis Van Atta
Tue, May 24, 2011, 2:01am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

Interesting comparison with "City on the Edge of Forever"...by the same token, that experience should have had a HUGE effect on Capt. Kirk as well, which is implied by his reaction at the very end when they "successfully" return through the Guardian, having paid an awful price for that success.

I also tend to think "Inner Light" works so well because the episode's structure takes the viewer right along for the ride with Picard: the viewer has the same information he does, which makes the final WHAM! at the end even more poetic and poignant. Sort of like a bittersweet, yet still hopeful version of a Twilight Zone episode.
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