Posted May 07 2009 - 05:28 AM
I loved it!
This coming from someone who owns all the movies, all seasons of TOS, TNG and DS9 (plus TAS) on DVD, watched all of VOY on TV and 3/4 of ENT (still haven't watched S4).
Discussion thread so spoilers allowed, yes? Time travel as ever is a tricky thing, but the reboot is logical within those parameters. In effect Paramount et al have a new slate to play with, with one huge factor affecting 'the future' as compared to the present canon: no Vulcan (the planet).
Plenty of nods and semi in-jokes to keep long-time Trekkers happy -- heck, it opens with the classic TOS computer sounds -- yet not too obvious so as to alienate new viewers.
One thing which I thought was a bit of a stretch plot-wise: after Kirk saves the day, he in effect has gone from a mere senior cadet to captain of a starship in one jump, and the Federation's flagship to boot. Kinda like making a final-year law student chief justice after he wins a big case. Patently ridiculous: I can maybe see them giving him command straightaway, but it would be of a smaller vessel, or possibly promoting him to commander and first officer, but captain of the flagship? But if they didn't, then what are they going to do in the next movie? One problem I guess of a re-boot and origin story that starts with most of the TOS crew characters still at Starfleet Academy; they didn't have much choice, after all: the movie had to end with Kirk in the captain's chair.
I thought this movie had a surprising amount of emotional heft, in so far as the theme of family goes. For instance: right out of the gate, George Kirk's sacrifice to save his wife and newborn son, and as he's hurtling to his death, he spends his last moments talking with them; all the interplay between Sarek and Spock, especially when Spock was asking about his mother; that Spock primary concern on reaching Vulcan was saving his parents, and that Kirk using his mother's death to needle him was what made him snap emotionally; Kirk wondering about what life with dad was in the 'original history', and so on. Again, this would help appeal to the non-die-hard Trekkers, or indeed non-sci-fi fans.
I also loved Nimoy's appearances. Again, all very logical in the context of the time-travel story, and his final scene was priceless.
Brilliant movie. Well-acted, effects were great, pacing was just about right, story was pretty good, light enough in proper places to bring on a laugh yet serious enough when things got rough.
All my opinion, of course, feel free to disagree. I can imagine that many old-time Trekkers are going to be furious at the way this movie practically jettisons the entire established canon (excepting ENT I guess, and there was a nod to Admiral Archer's prize beagle!); moving forward, they can of course continue following what's gone before, in effect saying that the events of this movie didn't affect those subsequent events, but as noted earlier, no Vulcan is a huge change. Vulcan was after all one of the strongest and most powerful members of the Federation (if not the strongest), and its destruction would surely invite Klingon aggression? Ah, sets up the next movie quite nicely...