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09-May-09 10:26 am EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

he title isn’t just an overture to sarcasm; it’s an intentional warning too.  Don’t read what follows if you don’t want to know what happens in the newly-released movie Star Trek – because details of the ending are included in this article.

When rumours of the new movie possibly compromising the Star Trek franchise first surface, I’d thought it might be due to the cast acting out-of-character, or maybe the film being some cheesy cliché.  Rumours about a changed ship had surfaced to; would the Enterprise look too different from the original to be believed?  But the franchise has been damaged in ways far more fundamental by this new film: the destruction of Vulcan effectively eliminates all that has gone before and become known as history in the Star Trek universe.  The intention here seems to be to renew the franchise by replacing it with something different.  And while it may well be that the franchise needed renewal, I can’t agree that such a fundamental alteration of the underlying plot is the best way to go about it.

Without Vulcan, Federation history will be altered considerably.  With Vulcan civilization reduced to a colony of 10,000 survivors, scientific contributions of the species are effectively eliminated.  Vulcan diplomacy won’t play a role in the Federation for at least several centuries – well beyond the time of any of the past Star Trek series.  And then there’s the issue of why the future Federation introduced in Star Trek: Enterprise didn’t intervene to protect the timeline.  Vulcan isn’t supposed to be gone!  Where was the temporal prime directive when Vulcan needed it?

The only hope for the franchise that remains is that in some future movie the disaster that was launched this past weekend is somehow corrected.  It is sci-fi, after all.  Spock’s been dead before – and if you can resurrect a dead character, why not a dead civilization too?

Oh there was one cheesy bit that did leave an impalatable after-taste:  “red matter”?  Please!  Did imagination die with Vulcan?  J. J. Abrahms  did achieve the goal he laid out in one interview: he left the audience for wanting more; if only to fix this tragic mistake.

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