So my wife and I went to watch the latest Star Trek movie.
It was a little disappointing.
I’m not a huge Trekker (or Trekkie, if you prefer), but I had some major problems with this film.
Just as a heads up, there’s load of spoilers coming (including part of the ending), so don’t read unless you have seen the movie or don’t care about knowing what happens.
While I like science fiction movies, I find anything to do with time travel has me rolling my eyes.
I wrote about this in dealing with Lost last year:
The other problem with time travel happens when you start thinking about it logically. Say you know someone who gets hit by a car while crossing the road and is killed. You’re upset about it, and spend the next 10 years building a time machine. You go back in time to a couple of seconds before the car hits your friend and save his life. So he never gets in that accident. If he’s not in the accident, you don’t spend the next 10 years of your life building a time machine. So if you don’t build the time machine, who goes back to save your friend?
That’s kind of what happened here in Star Trek. They have changed the timeline. I understand not everything can be perfectly done so all the characters are the exact same as the originals, but to completely change the characters is silly.
The other problem with time travel has to do with the fact that anything can change. Star Trek has already proven this, by killing Spock’s mother, thereby negating all the other times she’s appeared in the series. But who’s to say that they won’t go back in time in future episodes to stop any of this from happening?
That’s the major problem I have with the movie, and the major plot hole. If they can change the timeline, then they can use it to change anything they want whenever they want.
But by changing the time line, they’ve pretty much wiped out everything that has happened that we’ve watched for the last 40 years. It also means that anything can happen in the next few movies. Maybe Scotty dies in a future episode. But if that happens, how does he help save the Next Generation crew in one of their episodes?
See the conondrum?
A lot of movies have the same problem. In the original Superman movie, the good guy was able to wipe out destruction caused by an earthquake by spinning the earth backwards, thereby sending everything back in time. He then had the time to save Lois Lane.
But after that, what do you do for a sequel? Didn’t save the kid from being eaten by a tractor? Go back in time and try again. Didn’t stop Lex Luthor from sending nucleur weapons into space? Go back in time and try again.
Star Trek is now in the same situation.
Besides that, the movie was pretty good. With Spock and Kirk both showing their youthful rebllious sides, it was a good lead up to their meeting for the first time.
The action was good, the comedy was fine. Zachary Quinto was the best choice to play Spock, and was the closest to the original character than any other member of the crew.
But I just can’t get past that time travel problem.
I agree with Roger Ebert on this one: 2.5 out of 4 is a good grade.