Watched the rebooted Star Trek last night with my beloved M.
She was expecting it to be boring (she’s not a fan). Her comment: Wasn’t as bad as I expected.
My comment: (see the title to the post)
In an earlier post, I mentioned that J.J. Abrams, the film’s director, hasn’t disappointed me so far. The same goes for Mssrs. Orci and Kurtzman, writers and executive producers of the film. Almost everybody knew or were informed that this would be a reboot fo the series. It was to be expected that changes were going to be made to the franchise–changes that in all probability would not sit well with exteme fanboys (a group in which yours truly is not included).
Be that as it may, I was blown away with the way they handled the reboot.
Spoilers ahead. If you haven’t watched the film yet, don’t read further.
Things that stayed the same:
- Kirk is still a womanizer, and reckless. I don’t admire his being a womanizer, but his being reckless was central to the character. He was kind of a “shoot now, answer my own questions later” person.
- Sulu is still Asian, Chekov is still Russian (probably a bit more pronounced in the accent department), and Scotty is still… um, Scottish.
- Spock is still his loveable old self. It’s amazing how actor Zachary Quinto captured the essence of this pivotal character. I especially liked how he said “fascinating” near the end of the film. It was almost as if they had Nimoy dub over Quinto’s dialogue.
- Same goes for Kurt Urban and his portayal of McCoy. If I didn’t know any better, I’d have assumed Urban was possessed by the spirit of DeForest Kelley. Shivers.
Things that didn’t stay the same:
- The Enterprise. Some like the new design. Some hate it. I kinda like it. Is there really a window on the bridge? Does it double as a viewscreen with all the computer readout information overlays? Hmm.
- Vulcan is gone. For good. Oh well.
- Spock’s mom dies early on in his life. In the original timeline, Amanda Wyatt lives to a good old age and dies way, way, way past the events set in this film.
- Spock’s dad, Sarek. Different actor, different take.
- Uhura. She didn’t have the 60’s hair, which wasn’t that nice anyway.
- The uniforms were an homage to the original series, but were still different. I like the way it looks now.
There were other things that were changed, but mostly they were for the better, in my opinion.
The only thing I didn’t fully appreciate in this sequel/reboot/prequel? Eric Bana’s character, Nero. Bana does a nice job, but his character seems a bit forced somehow. He just didn’t seem to fit.