So, I’m assuming you’ve seen it by now, right? Otherwise, what kind of geek would you be? (The kind of geek that gets their credentials revoked.) J.J. Abrams’ reboot is well on its way to making a cargo hold full of cash in its opening weekend, and it has been leaving critics giddy with praise — including our own Owen Gleiberman, who gave Star Trek an A-. I’m gonna give some SPOILER-LADEN thoughts of my own after the jump.
Me, I thought it was good. Very good, even. But not great. For me, it was missing a real sense of jeopardy — the feeling that, just maybe, not everyone would’ve made it out alive. But you sort of knew that the Enterprise’s bridge crew would survive their maiden voyage intact, so you never thought that Kirk or Spock or even Sulu was in any real danger. (Though we did get a handy red-shirt to take one for the team.) In that regard, I’m really surprised that Capt. Pike survived: He seemed ready-made for the mentor-who-dies-so-the-hero-can-move-on role (see: Obi-Wan Kenobi). But if the filmmakers had any huevos, they’d have killed off Old Spock. Why have two Spocks roaming around the cosmos, when the elder’s death would’ve added such a sense of loss, of permanence? After all, Spock died in the best Trek movie ever…you don’t mess with what works.
But it was not Starfleet Babies. And for that, I’m eternally grateful. What did you think? Over the moon, pleased as punch, or aghast at the heretical liberties taken?