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Movie Review: Star Trek (2009)

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Let's get the big question out of the way first, and just come right out and say that Lost mastermind J.J. Abrams' new reimagining of the Star Trek saga is a fine addition to the Enterprise franchise.

The new movie looks great, and plays equally well thanks to a smart script that answers all of the questions created by the seeming holes that come early on in the story in due course, and in a way that should satisfy even the nerdiest of the trekkies out there.

The casting here is also top-notch. Led by Chris Pine (as Captain Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (as Mr. Spock), Abrams has assembled a fine group of young actors who all do an admirable job of making you believe these really are younger versions of the characters we've all come to know through the decades as etched in our memories by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and the rest.

In these performances, you get just enough of the character traits of the originals to recognize them as the same people, but you also get a little something extra. Kirk's eye for the space ladies for example — something the old series always hinted at, but never came right out with — is given just enough of that extra edge by Pine.

The line he uses, for example, trying to pick up space linguist Uhura in a bar ("You must be good with your tongue") is a perfect case in point. Pine's Captain Kirk also ratchets up the impulsive, rebellious side of the character several notches — this is a guy who isn't at all afraid to break rules, and who at times plays as much like James Dean as he does James T. Kirk.

Zachary Quinto — up until now best known for his devilish portrayal of the sociopathic Sylar on TV's Heroes — also does a great job as a slightly more prone to emotion Mr. Spock. Ol' Pointy Ears is even given a surprising romantic interest in Uhura (who is played very sexily by an ultra-hot looking Zoë Saldana).

The rest of the crew also shine, particularly Karl Urban as a much younger, but every bit as bitter and crotchety Dr. Bones McCoy, and Harold and Kumar vet John Cho, who adds a nice ass-kicking dimension to the role of Sulu.

All of these actors fit their roles like a glove, to make up a cast that should be able to stretch this well-worn series for several more years of the sequels which are no doubt sure to follow.

Now as for those holes…

We learn early on that the planet Vulcan has been destroyed and that the survivors do not include Spock's mother (briefly played by Wynona Ryder) — who anyone that followed the series knows was around long after the maiden voyage of the Enterprise. We also learn that the real target of the film's villain — a particularly nasty Romulan named Nero — is intended to be Spock who presumably hasn't even been born yet.

Later on, we learn that Spock is the Enterprise's Captain, and that he and Kirk (who is also fatherless thanks to more of Nero's dastardly hijinx) are not friends, but rather foils. There are lots of similar odd turns no doubt devised by Abrams to screw with the heads of Trekkies everywhere — the fate of original Enterprise Captain Pike not the least among them.

But just when you'd expect the heads of said trekkies to be exploding, all is made clear when Leonard Nimoy turns up as "old Spock" just in time to neatly explain away the discrepancies as being the result of an alternate reality created by time travel (which anyone who follows Lost will recognize as a favorite Abrams plot device).

With the explanations for these and any other untidy questions still to come neatly out of the way, the rest of the movie is pretty much a non-stop, action packed roller coaster of explosions, explosions, and well, explosions. The Enterprise races against the clock to stop the Romulan badasses from destroying Earth the same way they did the planet Vulcan, blowing up virtually everything in its path along the way.

The rest of the crew, including such normally non-aggro types as Uhura and Sulu all get their licks in too, as all hands on deck provide ample support for Kirk and Spock's interstellar ass-whoopin' of the bad guys here. The special effects here are of your typical blow em' up, computer-generated variety. But by this time, the movie has become so much fun that the CGI sameiness is easy to overlook.

Make no mistake, Star Trek is a summertime popcorn action flick, pure and simple. What separates it from most is a fine cast, and a script that gives a new dimension to characters you already thought you knew inside and out.

As impossible as it may seem, and just when you thought that Star Trek had all but run its course, J.J. Abrams has surprisingly breathed new life into what many might have thought a long since dead horse. I expect we'll be seeing a lot more sequels too.

Beam Me Up Scotty, There Is Intelligent Life Here After All.

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  • carl

    Well personally I just watched this movie and I think it SUCKS! J.J. has gone too far now there’s two Spock’s, and his mom dies, and his dad feels grief over it. Jim Kirk is an only child, born in space not in Iowa. Uhura is Spock’s lover. Christopher Pike Never goes to the planet of illusions. Vulcan is destroyed, and everyone seems to know what a Romulan looks like. Did he ever pick up a book or even watch a show about STAR TREK before he did this movie. I mean yes its got a lot of action the fight seen are greet but he doesn’t know the first thing about what STAR TREK is. Star Trek is about people and there struggle to be better. He’s made it into” WOW I hope I can kill them first” Not to mention that he changed things about the ships to just stupid designs. First the turbo lifts are behind the bridge for a reason. If people get hurt or some thing gets damaged say oh I don’t know in a space battle, medical personal and engineering crews can get to were they can help out WITHOUT CROSSING IN FRONT OF ANYONE WHO HAPPENS TO BE FIGHTING THE ENEMY SHIP It would get kind of crazy if every time some came on the bridge the captain has to say OH COULD YOU PLEASE STOP FIRING YOUR RAY GUNS AT US THIS MAN IS BLOCKING SOMEONES VEIW
    Second not everyone sits at the same level as everyone else on the bridge because unlike oh say on a submarine everyone has to be able to see the view screen OH IM SORRY BUT COULD YOU MOVE YOUR HEAD could cost lives in the wrong situation.

  • Eman

    I’m an avid Star Trek fan and felt like JJ done it justice. I don’t mind subtle product placement – if it means they can pay for better special effects 🙂 Thanks Nokia. The movie feels more hip without trading in the core sci-fi look and feel. Timely special effects, a great script and stellar casting gives it something extra – and the odd comedic line is welcome too. I think it’ll be a hit amongst long time fans and newbies alike.

  • I LOVED it. A few of the jokes went overboard, such as Kirk’s hands swelling, but other than that, it was non-stop action, great dialogue, and fantastic wit. I hope there’s an entire series using the cast and overall “tone” of this movie! I’ll be there to watch. 🙂

  • Jay

    Overall I was damn impressed by Abrams take on Star trek – by far the most tightly shot and succinct film to date 9/10. I personally don’t really mind the alternate timeline (two Spocks, destruction of Vulcan etc.) – this is standard Star Trek fare really – goes with the territory you might say. As for character development, there was just enough of the original crews’ idiosyncrasies, but not too much, which made them all the more believable since you could imagine how they would further develop into the characters we know and love. This was especially evident in the face-to-face conversations between the two Spocks.

    My criticisms are mild and relate to some of the ones posted here. First, the engine room is a wee bit too much like that of a modern day warship – too many pipes, conduits, boilers etc. It seems far too retro when you compare it to the rest of the ship (bridge, corridors etc) They have to improve that for the (I assume) next time. Second, they could tone down a bit the comic relief – such as when 1) Scotty beams himself into the water system and gets sucked into Engineering or wherever and b) Kirk’s swollen hand. I don’t really see what those two little episodes added to the story.

  • Nathan

    “Gonna leap for joy ’cause this new Trek film got a clean bill of health from Dr. McCoy. Yeah, brother”. J.J. Abrams did a terrific job in direction, and the entire cast-Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy (of course) and Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy-are excellent. Is this Star Trek “canon”? Of course not. But maybe a whole lot better for these times.

    Lots and lots of nonstop action and fabulous effects. But where is Wm Shatner? Maybe at a later Stardate. Would like to see J.J.Abrams and cast do another sci-fi film, a bit different than the Trek franchise, called Sunstroke based on a best-selling book by David Kagan. Trekkers would love it. In the meantime, Star Trek 2009 really resonates, and recommend it to everyone.

  • Nick

    It’s easy to say different is bad. But lets face fact the traditional star trek hadn’t been very successful with fans of late. The largest franshise in entertainment history was nearly dead. The changes made were done to bring in a new audience which this brand needs to survive. Yes Spocks mom dies, yes vulcan is destroyed, yes numerous other time things are different. But one little exchange did explain them all. Abrams has now built his own star trek universe to tell his own stories without have to worry about or possibly damaging what has been done before.

    Scotty in a water pipe maybe wasn’t needed but the swollen hands were funny. The chemistry of this cast while maybe not as good as the original did showed that it could be with time.

    Now maybe i missed something but did Cadet Kirk get promoted to captain and given command of the flagship after one day on the job? If that’s what happened than thats my only complaint. Everything else showed a lot of promise.

  • carl

    Has anyone stopped to think about all the things that could go wrong with the way this universes Star Trek is? Sarek will die in Journey to Babel because it was Spock’s mom that convinced Spock to go thru with the surgery to save his fathers life and if that happens when David (if he even exist) when builds the Genesis Device and its explodes Spock will die. But no one will go to Kirk to ask him to retrieve Spock’s body so the Kingons will kill David, Spock, and Savak. McCoy will most likely die in some mental hospital so sick from Spock,s Katra that no one knows how to treat him. When the Enterprise /A doesn’t work properly Kirk will go on vacation he will fall to his death because Spock will not be there to catch him. But I guess that that will all work out in the end because that mean that Spock cant make a promise to save Romulus and he and Nero cant go back in time and Screw every thing up.

  • Go “wrong,” Carl? Different isn’t necessarily wrong in this universe.

    Presumably Savak will not exist in a universe that has lost all but 20,000 Vulcans. Sarek may or may not travel to Babel as ambassador, since Vulcan will now be only a colony, and Sarek himself will be affected by his wife’s death, not to mention the near-destruction of his race.

    And so on. Just as the events in this film demonstrate how little things ripple out into major changes, so too are all “future” events as likely to happen completely differently or not at all.

    It’s genius.

  • carl, it’s an alternate reality. get over yourself.

    “Lost mastermind J.J. Abrams”

    What the? Sorry, but how is Abrams the show’s mastermind? “Lost” has completely changed since he worked on the pilot.

  • Carl takes his Star Trek a tad too seriously methinks. As for Abrams, it was always my understanding that Lost was his creation, and it is his name that’s most often associated with it (read the other ST reviews out there), even though I know that he hasn’t been as involved in the creative end of it since Season 1.

    Speaking of which, loved tonight’s Lost season finale…


  • trekfan

    The good – actors were great, scenes were also great.
    The bad –
    The alternate reality is a DUMB idea. It a cop out, so that Abrams would have free reign to do whatever he wants for future films. He could have written a story line that was a true prequel and kept the continuity of the story.

  • Steve

    While I enjoyed the acting and respect the plot (by which I mean I guess you can’t always expect the heroes to be able to restore the timeline) I was ultimately disappointed in the decision to destroy Vulcan.

    It is one thing to kill off some unknown planet like it was the unnamed member of an away team but to knock off one of the most import members of the federation as part of a prequel is sacrilegious.

  • MC Burton


    By MC Burton

    In an interview with MTV, Star Trek movie writer Roberto Orci revealed that he and co-screenwriter Alex Kurtzman wrote an alternate ending with William Shatner intended to be Kirk and Spock’s last scene together. He explained it was shelved because the filmmakers “were ultimately split internally. We didn’t want it to be gimmick; we wanted to really bring him back the right way…Because Kirk died in the movies – he died in canon – it was very hard to come up with a way to bring him back in the movie that didn’t feel contrived.”
    The new Star Trek writers’ explanation strains their fragile credibility, since just about every plot element in the film is contrived and hastily developed to achieve the filmmakers’ main goal – develop a brainless action adventure film to entertain younger viewers. Despite the movie’s many flaws, most critical reviews of the film contain little criticism at all. It’s touted as “pure bliss,” “magnificent,” “a tour de force,” and a film that has “revised and revitalized the franchise.”
    The film is neither magnificent nor a tour de force. What it is, though, is a big-budget blockbuster reboot that not only falls short of the best Star Trek films (“The Wrath of Khan,” “The Voyage Home” and “First Contact”) but dumbs down Star Trek so it can appeal to a less sophisticated audience. The best of Trek in the theatre and on television contained drama, social relevance, clever narratives, wit, adventure and believable science fiction; not shallow, one-dimensional characters, unbelievable narratives, and cheap entertainment tricks.
    What’s truly regrettable is that the director had a choice – make another Transformer-like kiddie film with totally new characters, or use Gene Roddenberry’s original characters to draw in the classic original fan base and remain true to the classic Trek. Instead of making that choice he tried to do both, by creating a story where he did not have to be faithful to the original characters or the Star Trek stories that have gone before. Much to the delight of Paramount Films, he created a blockbuster, but in so doing killed Gene Roddenberry’s vision of what Star Trek is supposed to be all about.
    Let’s begin with the plot, and see if it makes any sense: In the year 2387, a star goes supernova, threatening to destroy the Romulan home world and the entire galaxy (never mind that supernovas don’t destroy whole galaxies – for one to even destroy a planet the planet would have to be orbiting the star that explodes). Ambassador Spock pilots a Vulcan ship that looks like a huge jellyfish carrying unidentified “red matter” that will create a gravitational force to draw the supernova into a black hole. However, Spock is too late to save Romulus, and the supernova wipes out all of Romulus. Captain Nero, who commands a small Romulan mining ship, the Narada, has just watched his family and home world die, vows to exact revenge on Spock for trying to save his planet. (yes, you read that right). Can’t exact that revenge because both his ship and Spock’s are caught in the black hole’s event horizon, traveling to the past and apparently creating some alternative parallel timeline from the original Star Trek series (never mind that black holes, which do exist in the universe, do not create time vortexes, wormholes do. A true black hole would have crushed both ships). Nero arrives some 150 years before the supernova, accidentally and coincidentally landing to the Starfleet Academy days of James T. Kirk (played by Chris Pine) and Spock. Nero’s mining ship destroys a whole Starfleet armada as well as the Kelvin, the ship Kirk’s father is piloting, leaving Kirk without the guiding influence of a father. Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), dismayed that Kirk is wasting his intelligence on reckless behavior, shames Kirk into joining Starfleet Academy after Kirk gets beaten up in a bar barroom brawl where’s he’s seen lusting after Uhuru.
    Once in the Academy, he clashes with Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto) who tries to get Kirk court-martialed for cheating on his Kobayashi Maru test. He begins his friendship with Leonard McCoy (Karl Urban) who smuggles him onto the new Enterprise, which is steaming ahead to answer a distress call from the planet Vulcan. Kirk tells Pike he recognizes the similarities between the distress call from Vulcan and the encounter that destroyed the Kelvin (How did Kirk know this? Why, by reading a dissertation about the Kelvin incident that Pike evidently forgot he wrote in the Academy). Strangely, Lt. Uhura casually tells her roommate that she translated a mysterious message detailing the destruction of the fleet by a large Romulan ship, but fails to inform Captain Pike until he’s about to fly into a trap. Alas, the Enterprise arrives too late, and the Vulcan fleet has been destroyed. As the Narada drills into Vulcan’s core (these mining ships must be pretty strong to drill into whole planets!) Nero orders Pike to surrender himself. Pike agrees, promoting Spock to captain and promoting Kirk – a cadet who’s been suspended from Starfleet Academy – to first officer. En route to the Narada, Kirk, Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) perform a daring orbital skydive onto the drilling platform (sort of like a high flying oil rig in the atmosphere that conveniently disrupts transporter beams) to try and destroy it. Sulu saves Kirk with his expert fencing and Kirk in turn saves Sulu from falling to his death. Both were too late to prevent Nero from launching this red matter into the planet’s core, imploding the planet into a black hole. Spock rescues most of the planet’s leaders, including his father, but his mother dies along with most of the population of Vulcan. Vulcan is no more, and now Earth is the next planet on Nero’s target list for destruction.
    It’s here that the coincidences and contrivances begin to multiply fast than warp speed. After a heated argument, Spock decides to punish Kirk’s rebelliousness not by throwing him in the brig, but by MAROONING him on a freezing, desolate planet full of carnivorous creatures ready to have him for dinner. He escapes these creatures by running into a cave inhabited by an older Spock (“Spock Prime,” played by Leonard Nimoy) who has also been coincidentally stranded there for 25 years (We are not told much about what the evil Nero was doing for 25 years, but we do know he had captured Spock and marooned him on this ice planet so he could witness the destruction of Vulcan). Spock Prime explains everything to the young Kirk through a mind meld and tells him he must gain command of the Enterprise. In another stroke of luck, the two run into the one individual who can help them –Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg), whose presence working alone at this solitary Federation outpost on the icy planet with his Yoda-like sidekick is another unexplained coincidence. Spock beams Kirk and Scottie aboard the Enterprise. Once on board, Kirk angers Spock, forcing him to pass his command to cadet Kirk due to being emotionally compromised.
    Kirk rescues Pike, Spock retakes the elder Spock’s ship, destroys the drill and lures the Narada away from Earth before piloting a collision course. The Enterprise arrives in the nick of time and beams Kirk, Pike, and Spock away before the collision, which releases the remaining red matter and creates a black hole that destroys the Narada. The Enterprise escapes by igniting the warp drive’s reactor core, with the explosion pushing them clear to safety. Cadet Kirk is promoted to captain of the Enterprise and Spock has a brief encounter with his older self who advises him to stay in Starfleet so he can become a good buddy with Kirk.
    The main problem with the believability of this movie lies not in its time travel hokinesss, but in its main premise: that the villain would blame the only person who tried to save the planet Romulus and kill billions in “retribution.” When Nero found himself a couple hundred years in the past, then why didn’t he warn others that a catastrophe would occur and try to prevent it? Instead of blaming someone who tried to save your home world, would you try to kill billions of people, including your own wife before she was born? The writers tell us that Ambassador Spock arrived 25 years after the destruction of the USS Kelvin, and Nero captured his ship and the “red matter” that would prevent the supernova from destroying the galaxy. So what was Nero doing for 25 years? Why didn’t he use the red matter or try to evacuate the planet?
    The contrived “coincidences” strained human logic, much less Vulcan logic. What are the odds that both Spock and Kirk could be marooned on the same planet and Kirk accidentally run into the same cave Spock is trapped in? The planet was a frozen wasteland with no plants or trees. How did Spock survive there for years, or, for that matter, get the wood for his fire? What was Scotty doing on the same planet and why did Spock prefer a cave to the outpost right over the next hill? Throughout the film, Star Wars-like creatures and environs seem just “thrown in” scenes for no particular reason.
    Then there are the time paradoxes that never get explained because they are used solely to advance the ridiculous plot. If Vulcan was destroyed, then the jellyfish ship would never have been built, the red matter would never have been created, and Prime Spock wouldn’t have the means to create the black hole that caused the time traveling problem. In the classic Star Trek series, the challenge for the Enterprise crew was to try to undo the damage to the original timeline and try to set things right again, so obviously history would not change. In the Next Generation episode, “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” the Enterprise crew only affected their own reality and changed their own timeline. Even in Star Trek: First Contact the crew members took great pains not to interfere with major events and ensure incidents occurred as they were supposed to occur.
    The best of Trek dealt with thorny issues of time travel sensitively, adroitly, and shrewdly, making sure things made some logical sense. This movie made no such attempt to restore history, and in fact implied that a new alternate reality could exist not only parallel to our reality, but right with it in the same time continuum. How can Spock Prime address his younger self without time and space just imploding? (For that matter, why did Spock Prime make Kirk promise not to tell the young Spock of his existence when he went ahead and revealed his existence in the end?) Or why didn’t other Vulcans time travel somewhere like Spock and Nero did? It’s all unexplained. Unlike any other Star Trek show or film, director Abrams uses time travel as a gimmick to advance the preposterous plot and throw away any exigency to be faithful to the original series or the original characters.
    In fact, Star Trek is not a prequel at all, but a new universe with new characters that happen to have the same names. Of all the characters, Kirk is perhaps the character most unlike the original Kirk. Pine plays Kirk as a reckless, spoiled brat who gets everything handed to him on a silver platter by virtue of his lineage (although he does spend a great deal of time getting beaten to a pulp while avoiding serious injury, even from a perilous fall aboard the Romulan ship). While Pine does give Kirk some of the same qualities Shatner gave him (male chauvinism, ego), he failed to give Kirk any sense of dignity, sense of purpose, and more importantly, leadership. Pine’s Kirk is a childlike buffoon – more concerned about his own self-gratification than others who serve with him. In fact, the film’s writers use him as a vehicle to deliver their clownish gags that fall short of getting laughs. – whether it’s showing Kirk as a hopeless drunkard stuffed with Kleenex in his bloodied nose or presenting Kirk on the ship waking up with a numbed tongue and hands the size of semi-inflated balloons.
    Zachary Qunito does a creditable job playing the young Spock, but fails to understand the true dichotomy of the Spock character, ending up becoming an angry version of the young Vulcan who apparently has no qualms about having an affair with a fellow officer (problematic for any Star Fleet officer, much less a Vulcan). Karl Urban plays Leonard McCoy close to the vest with a respect for the original character, but Anton Yelchin as Chekov tries so hard to emulate Walter Keonig’s voice and mannerisms he ends up becoming a pathetic and annoying parody. Zoe Saldana as Uhura in go-go boots is strictly there as eye candy. The only stellar acting in the film is ironically performed by someone not playing an original series character – Bruce Greenwood as Captain Christopher Pike, who is sincere, honorable, decisive, and authoritative in the role – more Kirk-like than the actor who played Kirk.
    What’s missing in this 2009 Star Trek is more than the characters and their chemistry, however. What’s missing is that indefinable aura and philosophy of the original Star Trek that Gene Roddenberry developed as a hopeful optimism for the future of mankind. Star Trek at its core was social allegory that used clever and believable science fiction to reveal truths about ourselves, in the context of a space adventure filled with characters you cared about.
    The new Twitter-era moviemakers are quick to play lip service to the Star Trek “canon” and the Star Trek universe, but are more concerned with action and spectacle than telling a dramatic story. “It’s actually nice when you’re given a box,” Abrams was quoted as saying. “When you’re given parameters that you have to honor because it gives you limits and then you know that within these boundaries, you can creatively risky.” In reality, Abrams went outside the box and decided to create his own parameters, effectively jettisoning the Star Trek universe in place of a Star Wars-like action picture with a complete disregard of what Star Trek is at its core. It may be good “popcorn candy’ blockbuster fare, but don’t call it Star Trek.

  • MC Burton, I really enjoyed reading your review on the movie.

    Two very, small insignificant things though…I think the Kelvin was destroyed on its own…not sure Starfleet was present. I think the Starfleet armada (not the Vulcan fleet) is destroyed right before the Enterprise arrives at Vulcan.

    Anyway, besides that, I pretty much agreed on every single point you made, and pretty much wish I posted them first.

  • RedWolf

    “the villain would blame the only person who tried to save the planet Romulus and kill billions in “retribution.” When Nero found himself a couple hundred years in the past, then why didn’t he warn others that a catastrophe would occur and try to prevent it? Instead of blaming someone who tried to save your home world, would you try to kill billions of people, including your own wife before she was born? The writers tell us that Ambassador Spock arrived 25 years after the destruction of the USS Kelvin, and Nero captured his ship and the “red matter” that would prevent the supernova from destroying the galaxy. So what was Nero doing for 25 years? Why didn’t he use the red matter or try to evacuate the planet?”

    Nero blamed Spock for earning their trust and coming too late. The Jellyfish was deployed after the Hobus star ate Romulus.
    In Nero’s eyes Spock and the Vulcans betrayed the Romulans by dragging their heels. The Red Matter was on the Jellyfish so he couldn’t use it in the 25 years waiting for Spock. As for where Nero was these past 25 years he was at the Klingon prison Rura Penthe. Pretty much cut from the movie. The Klingon fleet which was destroyed according Uhura was taking on the Narada which was rescuing Nero. As to why Nero ended up in Klingon prison remember the Kelvin was patroling the Klingon border.

    As for rest of the background what happened during the 24th century it was covered by the prequel comic which featured the TNG characters eight years after Nemesis.

  • carl

    I’ve read many revues about STAR TREK but MC yours is the best so far I only hope in a few years someone comes along and makes a completely lousy movie and calls it LOST then the shoe will be on the other foot JJ

  • Anthony O’Leary

    This new film destroys so much that is loved by so many.

    Please let us work together to create a story to restore trek.
    It’s the logical thing to do!

  • Brian Rix

    it is good to see the theme behind star trek is loved by so many. I agree that it did not stay true to origins or parameters of the original,which is so important,it was quite far fetched.Iam torn by the fact I still enjoyed the movie alot and would still go to see the next one . I hope the next one might stay true to the origin and theme and be as enjoyable as the last one.Has anyone noticed in the fight scene in bar at the left end of the bar their are two individuals who look like fighter pilots,they are next to a picture of a US pilot,flag and plane.Does anyone know if they are actors,directors or is it possible they are real test pilots from the 60’s&70’s space race.If you are going to check it out in the movie you will have to pause the movie to see them.email at Brian.Rix@hotmail.com if you find out thanks

  • carl

    The Problem I mainly have is that J.J. could have had his BIG ACTION movie without screwing up STAR TREK they did it in Star Trek 3 and 4 . He simply DID’NT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT STAR TREK AND DID’NT WANT TO!

  • carl

    Well as I have been reading some of the letters and blogs, and as any of you that have seen my letters on so many web sights know I did not like this film. As I’ve been called I have to admit there is some proof to the fact that I’m an old die hard STICK IN THE MUD fan of Star Trek. The biggest problem I’ve got with the film is that it completely goes against Star Trek canon. As some people agree with me, some do not. So I think we both can come up with a solution that will appease both new fans of this film and us die hard STICK IN THE MUDS. We die hards cant do it alone so we need you new fans help and the best part about it is any of you that don’t know anything about Star Trek shouldn’t notice a thing anyway.
    I purpose introducing characters that are not considered canon but are still known to us old STICK IN THE MUDS. As well as some we didn’t get to know real well and for those of you that don’t know what I mean here some names to help you out.

    ROBERT APRIL he was suppose to be the Enterprises first Captain before Pike and was the only character ever played by Gene Rodenberry himself

    AREX he was a navigator in the animated Star Trek and had six limbs. With new C.G.I. he could be created vary easily

    WILL DECKER he was killed in the first movie but was suppose to be in the second T.V. show witch never happened.

    ILIA also killed in the first movie

    M’RESS also from the animated Star Trek she was of a cat like race easy to create now

    I feel a letter writing campaign would help with this and then maybe you new fan and us old STICK IN THE MUDS can both enjoy the ride the next film takes us on