I enjoyed this movie, but I didn’t love it. The plot was a jumble, the supporting characters were thin, the science was laughable, and the necessity to make most of the movie an exciting CGI fight scene left, as so much CGi does, the look of the world bathed in pristine sterility. Plus, everyone except the comics relief—McCoy and Scotty—was so humorless. Couldn’t Lobot or the bald navigator woman who didn’t do anything have had an expression just once?
Beyond this, these are the questions I was left with (please do not read this unless you have seen the movie.)
1) So no one dies now? Khan’s blood has “restorative” powers—that would seem to change life as we know it pretty substantially.
2) How did Admiral Marcus transport Carol Marcus to his ship when the shields were up? A few minutes later they said they couldn’t transport anyone with the shields up! I guess the shields must have been DOWN when Carol was transported, but shields up shields down…make up your mind.
3) Why, in a movie that was dedicated to the heroes of 9/11 (timely!) did they show most of a major city taken out by the crash of a dreadnought class starship. That was pretty fucked up, even in a “no one dies in collateral damage in movies” kind of way. Also, Harrison/Khan was a “terrorist”? He seemed to be involved in a caper to get his people back, but an actual crusade.
4) Most importantly, WHY, when he managed to survive said dreadnaught crash did Khan jump to the ground and take the time to steal a handsome leather trenchcoat that was just in his size that happened to be sitting on a back of a chair? Was it because it looked really cool while he was running and he wanted to look cool? Was it so the fight atop the flying…garbage truck or whatever it was, would resemble the fight in Matrix Reloaded atop a truck with the albino twins and Morpheus in a trenchcoat? We may never know the truth on this one.
As for Star Trek past vs reboot…it is interesting to see how this generation’s Star Trek has evolved from an often cheesy franchise that hit you over the head with its corny but heartfelt “messages” to a slick action film that tells us that terrorism is bad and being impetuous can get you killed. To be fair, the former is more suited to a weekly TV format, while successful films demand lots of action and spectacle.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.