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So last night I went to see the new Star Trek movie "reboot."


First the movie is arguably the best possible iteration of the franchise. Roger Ebert disagrees with me, but after reading his review, then seeing the movie, I realize that he might have been making notes when he should have been paying attention to some critical exposition. Exciting setup, some great throwbacks to Trek arcana, etc. But herein lies a BIG problem.

The projectionist swapped the third and forth reels of the film. Kirk is at Starfleet, about to retake the Kobayashi Maru, and suddenly, without warning, there are three guys in space suits falling through the atmosphere of an alien planet.

It is at this point I realized how much of a Trekkie I am. And reading this, you might realize how big a Trekkie you are.

Did you just tell yourself "What? They SKIPPED THE KOBAYASHI MARU?"

Did you then tell yourself "It's okay, we already know what happens."

Yeah, that was me, last night. Sure, the projectionist did go back and pick it up between reels 4 and 5, so I didn't technically MISS anything, and I rearranged all the puzzle pieces in my head to put the narrative back into coherent order, but now I realize that I am at least a second-order Trekkie. I'm not dressing up in costumes to go see the movie--heck, I haven't even seen every Star Trek movie, but I have a secret shame.

But because my nerddom is more complex than simply being a Trekkie, I also know that the villain could have accomplished his tasks without resorting to a complex intergalactic drilling rig if he'd merely beamed a Nibblonian onto a planet's surface and waited a couple of years, based on what happened to Vergon 6.

Date: 2009-05-08 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] magicninja.livejournal.com
I also saw it last night, but didnt have the film malfunction you did. It wasnt bad, it wasnt amazing either. *shrug* I will say that I went and saw this, I will *not* be seeing bayformers 2 or what looks like a gi joe movie.

Date: 2009-05-09 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] k-sui.livejournal.com
You know, when I read the stuff last year about who was being cast and what it was supposed to be about, i.e. the Starfleet Academy years, I was (marginally) excited. But it's over in like fifteen minutes!?!? The Kobayashi Maru could have been the climax to the entire movie in a different world.

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