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Star Trek Review (or, The Trouble With Time Travel)

Thursday, May 14, 2009 10:05 AM

Non-Spoiler Review

I went in with 0 expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The movie is a great base for future Star Trek movies and reboots the series in a way that purists and new fans can appreciate (I think anyway…I’m not Trekkie ;) ). Definitely worth a watch. 3.5 out of 5

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Spoiler Review

The movie was good, don’t get me wrong. But it was plagued with the same thing as Wolverine: a less-than climactic final battle scene that seemed to end all too quickly. It was like it was an after thought to the bigger goal of establishing the characters for the next Star Trek movie.

I also struggled with the dumb-ass Romulan bad guy. Now, maybe I just don’t get the whole time travel/space time continuum thing, but follow me on this:

Romulan guy is pissed because in the future his planet gets destroyed and Spock doesn’t get there in time to save the planet. He somehow has the ability to travel through time, so he ends up going after Spock instead of attempting to save his own homeworld? Wouldn’t he just have tried to just save his homeworld? Maybe I missed something…

But all that weirdness aside, it was a good movie. Not crazy stellar but the first of a series rarely is (Sorry, A New Hope was the worst of the three Star Wars…totally just laid plot).


# re: Star Trek Review (or, The Trouble With Time Travel)

The fact the the Ramulan's went forward in time was an accident, not planned. Also Einstein made it clear you can go "forward" in time, not backward. 5/14/2009 10:35 AM | Jay Glynn

# re: Star Trek Review (or, The Trouble With Time Travel)

Huh? I thought the destruction of Romulus happened way in the future, and then they travelled *back* in time to destroy Vulcan (which is why they're interacting with the young Spock)


D 5/14/2009 10:47 AM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

# re: Star Trek Review (or, The Trouble With Time Travel)

There's supposedly a comic book out there that describes the incidents leading up to the movie (the destruction of Romulus, etc)... Spock stopped the supernova of the Romulan star, but only after Romulus itself was destroyed. ( see the bad astronomer blog for details of the super nova http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/05/08/ba-review-star-trek/) I'm kinda fuzzy but I think Spock said the super nova threatened the entire galaxy or something which is why he deployed the red matter after Romulus was destroyed, to save other planets. The time travel thing was done by accident when the two ships traveled too closely to the newly formed black hole (where the Romulan Star used to be)

Time travel has been done in the series before (mainly by using a star to increase speed beyond what I'm assuming is supposed to be light speed even though they're in warp already)

There are other inconsistencies that bugged me though... Scotty mentions Admiral Archer's beagle, -so this follows Enterprise, but then Spock questions weather the Enterprise can make it to Warp Factor 4 (even though the Enterprise of Enterprise was the first ship to have a Warp 5 engine in it) - apparently these two points in the timeline occur durring differing definitions of Warp factors (this has happened before TOS/TNG)

My question is: why make a 6 foot sphere of Red Matter if you only need a few drops to collapse a star. Why send a ship with your 6 ft sphere of red matter when you can send just the drop sized amount. But I realize that the red matter was really a MacGuffin - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macguffin - so I don't ask too many questions ;)


5/14/2009 11:12 AM | Cam

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Time travel has been done so many times in the Start Trek universe it's pointless to apply any rules to it. It served it's purpose though, and that was to create (however thin) and excuse to break away from all Star Trek lore and start fresh. Also, there is an added element of danger, as now a crew member can die in a future episode because we aren't bound to the events of the other movies/shows.

My real hope is that going forward the product placement ads won't be so over the top and pointless to the story.

Also, Ewoks. 5/19/2009 7:53 PM | Michael C. Neel

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