Star Trek by the Minute 077: When the Unthinkable Happened
In a nice, special effects zoom typical of the excellent external space shots in the film, we pass through bands of rock debris and dust to approach the soon to explode star. Spock’s narration of the mind meld continues “The star went supernova destroying everything in its path.”
As we see a shot of Spock apparently talking to Romulans he says “I promised the Romulans I would save their planet.”
“We outfitted our fastest ship,” with some nice CGI of the Jellyfish construction, “Using red matter I would create a black hole which would absorb the exploding star.”
“I was on route when the unthinkable happened: the supernova destroyed Romulus.” Which is yet more nonsensical dialog. The most plausible justification for this line, which has drawn fans’ attention, is that Spock made an error of timing – however even this tortuous addition to information not in the film can hardly be described as “unthinkable” unless making a mistake forecasting is impossible, and would have to change the normal meaning of words like “unthinkable” to make sense of the line.
Spock claims: “I had little time. I had to extract the red matter and shoot it into the supernova. “ Actually, he was shooting it into the shock wave remnant of the supernova which occurred many years ago. Hideously bad writing in my opinion, yet Orson Scott Card wonders on his blog “…if this might not be the best space-adventure movie ever made.” I’m dying to see some justification for that in light of the multitude of profound defects in the film.
No women appear or speak in this segment.
Spock claims another impossibility in our next episode, Star Trek by the Minute 078: I Went Through the Black Hole