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PS Wallace
Sun, Sep 4, 2016, 2:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

I finally saw this film today; I have to condemn it, and in part I condemn it because I believe it to be a deliberate attack on those of us who believe in military service. This has been a trend with the JJVerse, and I have had it. One can believe in duty, honor, country, and still not want to be a Prussian sticking babies on bayonets as one goes marching through another invaded hamlet. This seems to be an idea foreign to Hollywood, and to those currently involved in Star Trek.

Let's just get this straight, so we all understand the stupidity involved in this plot--since the Trek canon timeline holds until the Kelvin incident, we can presume the following to be true for the Kelvin Universe as well: Earth was attacked by a Xindi weapon (an unknown species), barely escaped being annihilated by a super weapon from same; then fights a very bloody conflict with this race which (as we learn in "Balance of Terror") was never actually seen, and which no one knows anything about, and which race is hunkered down behind a neutral zone, activities unknown, after a treaty was signed (negotiated by subspace). It doesn't take a paranoid to think they might be back again one day (since I presume no one in the Federation is quite sure why they went to war in the first place).

This is also a universe with a Klingon Empire, with "Empire" meaning conquering planets (which Marcus verifies in Into Darkness). In the series Enterprise, Sovol said the galaxy was more dangerous than when Vulcans first started out. Pre-Federation Vulcans had a military, Pre-Federation Andorians had one. Perhaps the Tellarites did too. Presumably these guys had reasons for that besides fighting each other. But at any rate, at some point, I'm just going to have to say this to Simon Pegg--sir, you are a fool to think that the first thing the Federation is going to do after being formed, like the day after the end of the biggest war that part of the galaxy had seen in "modern times", is do away with anything military related--not because the Federation is trying to avoid being militaristic, but because I am fairly sure that the people of the Federation, some of whose planets have been nearly wiped out (and one of which, in the JJVerse, was later, Vulcan) can probably figure out what Hollywood apparently can't, which is that people without swords can still die upon them. And that not wanting to die on them is not evil. Unless you are some Progressive trying to invent a future world, now, and in doing so, and not understanding humanity, you get a lot of us killed with your tomfoolery.

I was the watch officer for my squadron on 9/11. We watched the entire thing on TV. Then we got ready to answer the call, because you know what aircraft carrier was on patrol off the coast of New York City the next morning, and which airwing? Mine. Because we were "the closest starship." I am heartedly sick and tired of the JJVerse trying to make anything more than "Coast Guard in space" into some dark militaristic scandal of Star Fleet (Into Darkness did this too). Why does the Enterprise have the dang weapons in the first place then? For big fireworks on whatever day is "Founding Day"? No. You can't have it both ways, Paramount. The Enterprise is armed the way a warship is armed, not a survey vessel or a Coast Guard cutter. Stop demeaning the military by pretending there can be no such thing as a Starfleet that has a warfighting mission as one of its functions. A great deal of historical exploration has been done by navies (British, French, American)., especially in the polar regions and Pacific; it is the American navy that often responds to humanitarian crises; and in time of war the Coast Guard becomes part of the Navy. A service can be many things.

I don't know if Simon Pegg ever read the Illiad, but I would advise him to take a look at it again, because when he and his kind think "military", it is quite clear they see Achilles, whereas I see Hector. The warlike man so un-warlike that his own child does not recognize him in his helmet--and yet ready to fight to defend.

As far as the rest of the film--I thought, up until the point where they took off in the Franklin, that it was going to be one of the best Treks ever. After that, the movie fell apart-like the clock timer was on, and no matter what they had to finish the movie in the next twenty minutes. The entire thing with Krall as Edison was shoehorned in, in a fashion that was too pat and too murky, the question of how the Franklin gets there gets unresolved, the deep richness that could be mined about the Franklin crew gets unexplored (do they cannibalize some of their crewmates to live longer? Do some resist? What happens in that sort of "Lord of the Flies" situation?) The destruction of the swarm seemed pro-forma and too quick, and Edison's motivation still unexplained other than I guess Pegg had another target in mind, a bank shot for the future.

Final plot hole--so, Jayla's great hiding of the Franklin--don't you think the people who arrived on a ship would notice it is missing? "Everybody remember where we parked." Or not.

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