Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Star Trek by the Minute 096: Earth, the Only Home I Have Left

"Also, my mother was human, which makes Earth the only home I have left," continues Spock.
 
Kirk steps up and says for no apparent reason, "I'm coming with you," expressing his intent to abandon HIS responsibilities as Captain, just as has almost every skipper we've seen in this film has done previously, like Robau, Pike, and Spock.

Spock says, "I would cite regulations, but I know that you would simply ignore it." This is a somewhat silly line and phrased awkwardly, ("ignore them" would be better) but compared to the rest of the script, it actually seems 'nice' in that it represents at least a likable interaction.

"See? We are getting to know each other."
  
In a cut to the Narada, (now with Google Earth access), Nero orders "Prepare the drill," which we see being lowered in yet another flawlessly beautiful exterior shot.
  
Meanwhile, the Enterprise is racing to the Sol system, and Sulu begins another countdown as this segment ends: "All stop in 3, 2, 1..."

This seems a good time to contrast Cho's recent comments summarizing his goals for working on Star Trek, following very much in line with the rest of the Abrams' team as discussed earlier a bit with regard to nUhura vs. Nichelle Nichols.  John Cho said he was really enthusiastic about getting back on the set for the next Star Trek film.  Like Roddenberry's teams on old Trek, did he want to help foster greater appreciation of science, teach virtues of discipline, an appreciation of peace, or foster greater tolerance for others?  Nope: he is not into "ideals" or making 'statements' about stuff.  He merely likes "just getting together with my friends" rather than engaging in any deep thought because this way, he has "a blast" and gets to "hang out" and enjoy "a very special feeling."  While this is sort of an improvement over Saldana's lusting to personally portray even more violence in the films, Cho doesn't seem aware of any of the franchise history, what makes work of real value, nor that the underlying attitudes and ignorance which support  them  are likely to result in unpleasant, real world consequences for which a normal person ought to feel some responsibility if they contribute to, and profit from that franchise.  Cho seems to have some dim perception that he is working on "a special project and a special franchise", but seems not to have a clue what made Trek a unique, inspiring, and an enduring body of work.  This seems merely sad, whereas Saldana's ignorance that violence is evil and her unrestrained enthusiasm for direct physical involvement in her character harming another feels truly chilling.

No doubt, she shares the attitude of nearly every aggressor that their abuse of power for violence is only in the service of  survival or defense, and no doubt, in the propagandist Abramsverse, her wish will be granted by the production team, giving nUhura the excuse for which Saldana has asked so she can attack her victim with the "strength" that only comes from a kind of moral purity one might call "vicious".  Heartfelt cheers and applause from audiences for her noble actions are certain, while others with gentler wisdom will be less appreciative of the scene.

No women speak in this segment.

A shipboard chain of command magically reappears after a convenient absence in our next segment of Star Trek by the Minute 097: Arrival at Titan.

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