Mudd's Prison

Story: Choose Your Pain
Written By: Kemp Powers
Series: Star Trek: Discovery
Year: 2017

Though the Discovery's use of Ripper in the Spore Drive has helped turn the tides of the war effort in the Federation's favor, Burnham is becoming increasingly aware that the use of the drive is torturing the Tardigrade, and that begins to wear on her morality a bit. When Lorca is kidnapped by the Klingons, Saru must take command of the ship, and doesn't want to hear Burnham's argument against the use of the Tardigrade, end only wishes to move forward in using the drive to find his lost Captain.  Saru is clearly worried about actually taking command, and hopes he has the abilities to succeed in his duties, so he does his best to remain in control and not take any guff from Burnham.  
Meanwhile, Lorca is trapped in a Klingon prison with a young officer named Ash Tyler, and a con man named Harry Mudd. Ugh. I have always hated Harry Mudd, and while this version of him isn't nearly as awful as the Original Series counterpart, the taint of that classic character kind of hurts it a bit. They are different enough that you have to wonder why they decided to use the same character?  Especially as Mudd is no fan favorite.  At any rate, Rainn Wilson's version is decent enough as an antagonist. Eventually Lorca and Tyler escape, but they leave Mudd behind since he was aiding the Klingons by feeding them info. 

Back on Discovery, Burnham is able to convince Dr. Culber, Stamets, and Tilly that the use of the Tardigrade is not only torture, but that everytime they use it, it is degrading the they need to find another way of using the drive before it kills the creature and they are left with no alternative.  They come up with a risky plan, which involves injecting the Tardigrade's DNA into a human.  In the end Stamets injects himself with the DNA to help the ship escape after recovering Lorca and Tyler, which opens up new possibilities for where that character will go. 

It's an episode that I liked, particularly the Tardigrade moral quandary.  The Lorca in prison stuff was only okay (if not somewht standard and generic), tainted slightly by the presence of Mudd, though again it might as well have been a new character...but just the name bugs me.  But the story of Ripper, of Stamets deciding to take the leap and inject himself with the DNA to run the spore drive, and the unsure command of Saru...all worked rather well for me.

NEXT TIME: Is Lorca Still Fit For Command?


Story: The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry
Written By: Jesse Alexander & Aron Eli Coleite
Series: Star Trek: Discovery
Year: 2017

Burnham is tasked by Lorca to investigate the Tardigrade to see how to use it as a weapon, since it is able to easily take down some Klingons, he figure it is something to use on his side. But she quickly realizes it isn't a threatening monster, just a different kind of being then they've encountered before.  But this takes convincing, especially after the overzealous security officer is killed when she decides to attack the beast to try and test it's attack abilities. 
But Burnham realizes that the Tardigrade, which has been nicknamed Ripper, has some kind of relationship, maybe even control, over the she as she experiments, she comes to believe that Ripper could possibly be the very variable the Spore Drive needs to work.  When they test the theory, it turns out to be true. And with control of the Spore Drive, the Discovery is able to make some big moves in the War, which clearly begin to help in the turning of the tides against the Klingons.

But even this early in the process, it is becoming clear to Burnham that being connected to the drive is painful for Ripper...can Starfleet really put any kind of being into this kind of slave labor?  It's moral questions like that being raised that help define this as Trek for me.  We don't yet have the answers the show falls on, but in a new format of Trek they can stretch out their moral issues...but the fact that they are present is what makes it feel at least a little like a new modern Trek to me.  There are issues that feel maybe slightly off, particularly the era the decided to set it in (a lot of the story beats would work just as well in a century or two post TNG...why the need to set it Pre-Kirk?).   But so far?  I think it feels like Trek, and I'm curious to see how it moves through these story beats.

The B-plot of the episode revolves around Voq and L'Rell, still on T'Kuvma's stranded ship...attempting to lead the war effort.  But Kol comes in and earns the loyalty of Voq's men, who are hungry and desperate, and they decide to strand Voq on the Shenzhou, at L'Rell's suggestion. But L'Rell is secretly on Voq's side all along, and she comes aboard the Shenzhou, and she tells him that in order to win the loyalty of the Klingons, and to take down the Federation he'd have to do something drastic, and sacrifice absolutely everything. It's an intriguing set-up for what is surely to come.  What will Voq have to do or become to defeat the Federation and regain what respect he had. 

NEXT TIME: Ash Tyler

The Glenn

Story: Context is for Kings
Written By: Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts & Craig Sweeny
Series: Star Trek: Discovery
Year: 2017

Michael Burnham, Starfleet's only Mutineer, is currently on a Prison ship six months after the event of the first two episodes (which ultimately served as a prologue to the rest of the series).  But when the shuttle is attacked by space bugs, they are soon saved from the emergency from a Science Vessel, The Discovery...and thus we finally meet the ship of our new show's title. 
On board the Discovery Burnham is clearly an outsider, as people know of her past and are a bit freaked out to see the very mutineer that put them all at war aboard their ship, particularly the Discovery's first officer, Saru.  

Burnham is soon put to work by the somewhat shady Captain Lorca, who clearly gets whatever he wants and seems determined to take any risk to win the war...and one thing he wants is Burnham.  So he assigns her as long as she is on the ship, and she is told to report to Lt. Staments, working on some top secret project.  Burnham is suspicious of the project, believing it is probably a weapon.  She does a bit of investigation to try and get to the bottom of it, and finds a bunch of fungi, which doesn't really give her all the answers.  

When the Discovery's sister ship, the Glenn, has apparently lost it's entire crew during it's experiments with similar technology...and a small landing party is sent on the ship to see what it can find.  Lorca sends Burnham along with his security officer, Staments, Cadet Tilly (Burnham's temporary roommate), and some red shirts...and on board they find the crew twisted up and inside out, and several dead Klingons...and then they find a crazy beast in the ship which tries to eat them all. They manage to escape, and it is revealed in the end that Lorca has a little lab where he has Gorn bones and dissected tribbles...and he has had the big beast transported and caged aboard the Discovery.  

Lorca also sends the prison shuttle back on it's way, but with one less passenger, having decided to keep Burnham aboard and use her scientific abilities in the Discovery's experimental technology.  Burnham refuses, not wanting any part in creating whatever weapon seemingly killed most of the crew of the Glenn...but when Lorca reveals they aren't creating any biological weapon, but a new form of space travel, the Spore drive, which can theoretically transport the ship anywhere in an instant, she decides to accept his offer. Thus setting the stage for the rest of the season.  

In the end, this is essentially a second pilot to the show. The first two episodes (which were basically one extended episode really) are really a prologue to the series proper, and this is the true pilot of the series, introducing many of the main characters that will feature for the rest of the show, as well as seeing where the two main characters from the first two episodes have ended up in the six months that have passed since that story's events.  It's a solid reintroduction to this new show, and sets up the concepts nicely in my view.  

NEXT TIME:  The Tardigrade

The Mutineer

Story: Battle at the Binary Stars
Written By: Akiva Goldsman & Bryan Fuller
Series: Star Trek: Discovery
Year: 2017

 The second half of the pilot, which premiered the same night, but exclusively on CBS All Access (the first half basically used as a tease on primetime TV to tease fans into finishing the pilot online), is as solid as the first...with Burnham locked up for her actions at the previous episode's conclusion, and the Shenzhou must now try and figure out the best course of action in the face of 24 Klingon ships (representing each of the major houses) suddenly at their door.  
The episode focuses a lot on the Klingon T'Kuvma, and what his intentions are, which is to unite the Houses and become the new leader of the Empire, and he believes he can do this through taking on the Federation in all out War. He is able to convince the other leaders to do this when all the Starfleet back up shows up, and the declare, as he predicts, that the come in peace.  From there War is declared and they attack the Federation.

Meanwhile in the Brig, Burnham is able to communicate with Sarek via his Katra (which apparently he shared with her during her childhood during some traumatic event), and he is able to give her the encouragement she needs to escape the Brig (in which she will most certainly die, becuase of damage to the ship in the battle), and once she does escape, she teams back up with Georgiou who, despite her disappointment in Burnham's actions, still has a level of trust for her, and decides to take her advice and attempt to beam aboard the Klingon ship and capture T'Kuvma. This course of action would humiliate the attempted leader of the Klingon Empire, thus keeping the Houses from uniting...whereas killing him would only make him a martyr.

But unfortunately, the plan falls apart when in their attempt to capture him, T'Kuvma kills Georgiou, and in a moment of weakness Burnham shoots and kills T'Kuvma...thus making him the martyr they hoped to avoid, and only perpetuating the war they hoped to end before the battle was over.  The war continues, and the episode ends with a Tribunal, in which Burnham is convicted of Mutiny, and sentenced to life in Prison.  It's a fascinating way to end a Star Trek pilot...your main character is not only not the Captain of a ship, but we have yet to even see the titular ship of the show, it's Captain, and our main character is now a convict on her way to prison! 

Say what you will about the new show, but it is certainly attempting to boldly go in a new directions for Trek!

NEXT TIME: Black Alert


Story: The Vulcan Hello
Written By: Akiva Goldsman & Bryan Fuller
Series: Star Trek: Discovery
Year: 2017

Televised (sort of) Star Trek is back! 12 years after Enterprise was cancelled before it was able to go it's intended Seven Seasons, and three big budget films later, Trek finally returns to the small screen, where it has aways truly shined best. This new series is launching in an all new venue, exclusively on CBS All Access, and CBS is hoping that Trek can help their streaming service compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go. Based on these opening two episodes? They have a definite chance. They've already cited Trek's premiere with their largest uptick in sign-ups so far, and since the show has already proved to be smart, entertaining, and in most ways well produced? I expect that number to stay steady.
The new show launches with two episodes that are a bold start for a new Trek series. We are introduced to our main character, Cmdr. Michael Burnham, the First Officer of the USS Shenzhou, as well as her Captain Georgiou and fellow senior officer, Lt. Cmdr Saru, and we quickly learn their rapport. We are also introduced to a group of Klingons who hope to unite the Empire, which has apparently been in in disarray for 100 years, which means not long after the time of Enterprise, as this show takes place 10 years or so prior to TOS.

The basic plot involves the Shenzhou coming into contact with this Klingon ship, and the engagement leads to conflict between the first officer and her Captain, as Georgiou is following the Starfleet way, wait for orders, hope for peace...but Burnham believes (based on a conversation with her mentor Sarek) that the only way to get respect and keep the Klingons at bay is to attack first. This all comes to a head when Burnham decides to take matters into her own hands, and she incapacitates the Captain, and then begins to give orders to attack first...but she is stopped quickly when Georgiou comes to and returns to the bridge to put her first officer in the Brig...and then 24 Klingon ships arrive to greet the Shenzhou.

As the first half of a Star Trek pilot, this is solid. It has some clunky bits (the dialogue in the opening scene between Georgiou and Burnham is especially clunky, but the point of the scene is to establish the relationship between the two, so I give it a bit of a pass), but overall there is a lot I do like. Certainly no Trek TV series has had such stunning visual effects before, but luckily beyond that there seems to be something especially Trek about it.

NEXT TIME: We Come in Peace

The Frontier Pushes Back

Story: Star Trek Beyond
Written By: Simon Pegg & Doug Jung
Series: Alternate Reality Films
Year: 2016

So after the mess that was "Into Darkness," a film that was a financial success but becomes increasingly dumber the more you think about it (and after my first rewatch I knew it was utter crap about 10 minutes in and wondered what I initially enjoyed!) the behind the scenes of Paramount's next installment of the franchise became a bit of a mess too.  The director of the first two films, JJ Abrams, got a call from Disney to helm the next Star Wars film...and since he pretty much always wanted to and even kinda turned Star Trek into Star Wars in that 2009 film, he took the job.  This left this film with no director.  So Paramount initially promoted the hack writer of those first two films, Roberto Orci, to the director's chair.  He was gonna co-write as well, but not with his long time partner but two newcomers (JD Payne and Patrick McCay).  But he must've really screwed the pooch quickly...because early on in pre-production he ended up getting kicked off (I'm sorry, he decided to leave the director's chair, and just be a Producer). And the first script was completely discarded.  Then they hired Simon Pegg (who has played Scotty since 2009) to pen the script with Doug Jung.  And "Fast & Furious" director Justin Lin was brought on to direct. 
So things were messy early on, and they did seem like they were starting to get their crap together quickly...but there was this thought that persisted with many a Trek fan while this was in production...would all that behind the scenes drama and main production team players being replaced...would this film somehow come together? Was it even possible?  

So it's finally here! The brand new big Star Trek spectacle movie that is supposed to represent the franchise in it's 50th Anniversary.  Is it actually any good? In is the best the franchise has been in years!  It is the best of the reboot films in my opinion, as it brought back the fun and modern fresh feeling of 2009 that had gone stale early in "Into Darkness," and it evoked the original series far better. It felt very much like a middle season episode of the classic show (with that modern twist), told with a more expensive flair and a few modern flourishes.  
The cast was great, everyone gets a moment to shine and they all felt more developed and like real people than they had in either of the previous movies. I really enjoyed the 2009 movie as a fun ride, but it was filled with convoluted plots and character arcs that always kept the movie from being exactly what I want from a Trek adventure.  I equate it more to "Galaxy Quest" than "Star Trek."  This had a better plot, it may still have a villainy villain...but he at least had some nice character twists in the end...and he didn't seem so much out for "Revenge" as he seemed to have a total mental breakdown and belief system that didn't quite gel with the Federation way of life.  We'll get into that in a bit.  

Visually, this is the best looking of the three reboot films for me.  Justin Lin took the Abrams style, and mixed in his own look and styles...and I think the way the ship looks at warp is pretty cool compared to the last two flicks.  While the lens flares didn't bother me as much as they did others in the first movie (I'll admit they really began to get obnoxious in the second), there were times in both films where I just wanted to see the movie and not lights being flashed in my eyes.  This film drops the flares, and it leads to a cleaner look...a look I think lends itself better to this film.  It's a great looking movie all around. 

Spoilers may be ahead, so proceed with warning!

The plot involves the Enterprise, a few years into the five year mission, with the crew feeling a bit fatigued by the routine they've settled into.  Kirk is beginning to question his decisions in life, as this Kirk joined starfleet on a dare, and is now wondering whether he really wants to be a Captain, or whether he is doing it just to live up to his father.  They stop off at a (fantastically designed) Starbase called the Yorktown, in which the crew gets a little bit of rest, but they are quickly sent back out to investigate a downed ship on a planet in an uncharted region of space.  Once there, they are attacked by swarm ships lead by a crazed alien named Krall, who is searching for some artifact the Enterprise happens to have which he can use for his nefarious purposes. The swarm ships totally destroy the Enterprise, and without a ship on an unknown world, Kirk and crew must take down Krall and his people and stop him from getting the artifact and destroying the Yorktown, and possibly other Federation planets.

It turns out though, that Krall isn't just some crazed alien...he is a former captain of a downed Federation ship, who discovered the alien tech on the planet...and used to prolong his life (which altered his appearance over the years), and attack others in search of this doomsday weapon.  I didn't see the reveal coming, which was great!  I also loved that Krall wasn't just out for generic revenge, he seemed to have this crazy ideology...he was a soldier who didn't belong in the Captain's chair...he lamented that position in life...and when he ended up stranded on a planet and prolonged his life...he slowly began to believe more and more that he was better off as a soldier fighting in wars...and then that that was a better way to live. Peace, he began to believe, was bad...and strife and pain was better suited for all.

As a 50th anniversary movie, it really works...because the ideas of the Federation and unity and peace were the tenants of Trek, and this movie really does question those ideals and then hold them up to scrutiny...and in the end it shows that those ideas really are the better path.  Only through seeing this whole crew work together do we get the successful result.  Everybody plays their part, and the day is one.  It is done very organically and not in a ham-fisted preachy way...and that makes all the differences.  Also for little 50th anniversary touches, the death of Nimoy is handled quite nicely with the death of Spock Prime, and it actually plays into the new Spock's motivations and character development through out the film.  Also the line in Kirk's Captain's Log in which he feels his adventures are becoming "episodic" was a fun touch!

This was one of the finer Trek movie efforts. Probably the first time this reboot series has felt like genuine Star Trek to me...moreso than the enjoyable 2009 effort!  If this film series continues on this path?  I will be far more interested in seeing one every few years.  I know the fourth movie is apparently already in the works.  Let's hope they can pull Justin Lin into the director's chair again...because I think he seemed to really get what this movie needed to be.  Kudos to Pegg and Jung for their script that really came together and worked out very well!  Nicely done everyone involved!
NEXT TIME: Finally...A New Series!

Earth Will Fall

Story: Star Trek Into Darkness
Written By: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, & Damon Lindelof
Series: Alternate Reality Films
Year: 2013

"Star Trek Into Darkness" is a strange film....when I initially saw it, I thought it was, for the most part, an improvement on the previous film.  But upon rewatch, I've discovered that this film not only doesn't hold up well...but it also is filled with nonsense and plot holes that you just miss as the film whizzes by.  For the record, I am not in the business of holding back spoilers here (I am really writing this with the assumption you have seen it), so if you care to not know anything of the plot, characters, or ending...then move on.
So let's get started:  This film has this weak script that holds itself together because the film is flashy, moves fast and has an initially likable cast. In seeing the film a second time things really started to bug me, and I realized how many things this film got wrong, not only in a Trekkie continuity problem kind of way, but also as it's own film.  The writers aren't terribly smart...they specialize in big dumb blockbuster summer movies...and as a result their script is essentially just a list of things they think would look cool...and everything in between those scenes is just connect the dots to get from one set piece to the next.

So let's talk Khan.  The original character of Khan was a genetically engineered human from Earth's past, who was took a group of followers and left Earth after his defeat seemed imminent. In the original episode he tries to use his superior intellect to take over the Enterprise, and almost succeeds, but his new girlfriend on the ship gets cold feet, saves Kirk, and Kirk is then able to hit Khan really hard with a pipe. That Khan was genetically enhanced with a vast intellect and seemed to be in peak physical condition for a human.  That means he isn't a super soldier like from the X-Files...he is just in perfect physical condition for a human being.  The idea that Khan was this super fast and a strong Superman was created entirely for this film.  This new Khan wouldn't have lost from being beaten pretty hard by a pipe.

Now this film had to really work hard to make the idea of Khan wanting some kind of vengeance make sense.  The original episode Khan just has a big ego and believes he should have the Enterprise.  But when he was brought back in "Wrath of Khan" (his more famous appearance, thus what the majority of the viewing public remembers Khan from) he had been fueled by revenge against Kirk for leaving him on a planet that didn't sustain life long after they were dropped off.  So because in his more famous appearance all Khan wants is revenge, they have to make Khan want revenge!  But it doesn't necessarily make sense for him to want revenge if they just wake him up, so this elaborate back story is invented in which he was awoken by Marcus and then he used Khan to create a super weapon and held Khan's people it makes sense for him to babble about revenge and we can get non-fans to think "yep it's Khan alright!".  
So for whatever reason, Khan is not only a Superman who can get punched a lot and can beat up several Klingons at once, but he also has magic blood that cures everything.  Now why Khan is suddenly filled with magic cure blood... I can only assume it is because the lazy writers wanted to rehash the famous ending of Wrath of Khan, but realizing how lazy it was decided to swap Kirk and Spock's doing so they wouldn't have the advantage of Vulcan mysticism to resurrect they needed the easiest, laziest plot device they could come up with...and so it was decided to give Khan magic blood.  Cause fuck it you know?

So instead of a genetically superior human being from the past, Khan is now a Superman with magic blood. He is also a pale Englishman as opposed to a tan Indian with a flamboyant Hispanic accent.  So since Khan is a completely different character to his original counterpart...why the hell do we need him to be Khan at all?  Because Khan has name recognition to non-fans that this production team are aiming at.  Some one with only a passing interest in Star Trek would watch this and go "oh yeah I've heard of Khan".  That is literally the only reason.

See when I first saw the film I was kind of into the John Harrision idea. He was this rogue Section 31 agent who for some reason is attacking Starfleet buildings and personnel. So you make the story be that he was this experimental super soldier created by Marcus and his cohorts for this Klingon War he fears.  Harrison goes rogue because he doesn't like what has been done to him and he disagrees with Marcus plan to create a super weapon or super ships. Then Kirk can capture Harrison, we can avoid the whole nonsense scene where Khan tells Kirk who he is like it is a big fucking deal but it isn't because Kirk has never seen Star Trek before, and the rest of the movie can be about these guys teaming up to take on Marcus.  You could even have Kirk give his life to save the ship, and be resurrected by Harrison's super blood, because whatever he can have some kind of magic blood...because he isn't Khan and there are no rules for what this character can be and do yet. 

But we don't get that, he reveals he is Khan and for some reason Bones takes a blood sample from Khan for reasons that never really add up beyond the fact they decide McCoy needs a sample of his blood.  Then Bones injects the blood into a tribble as an experiment, which in my initial viewing I brushed off, but upon my rewatch I suddenly realized what weird behavior this is.  "I think I'll take a sample of this strangers blood and then start injecting it into dead animals".  That is the behavior of a psychopath. Obviously the point was so McCoy could see the tribble alive and realize he could bring Kirk back to life, but when your major plot points require such leaps of logic, maybe it's time for a rewrite.

When I saw this in the theater, I was having a decent time.  Like the 2009 film, I was enjoying the ride despite the convoluted script. Where this film lost me completely was the end.  I stuck with it despite my disappointment that they felt the need to rehash Khan, because put a spin on things by having Khan and Kirk work together.  But then they stun Khan and he has to take over the role of main villain from Marcus to get his REVENGE! on Kirk and Earth (because nobody will watch a movie set in space if Earth isn't in lazy hack writers).

Once Khan was demanding revenge, I was starting to lose interest, but Spock had a neat plan of sending his dumb torpedoes to Khan and blowing him up. Then there was an exciting Enterprise crash sequence with Kirk fighting to kick the Warp Core back into alignment to save the ship. I liked this sequence right up until it became just a lazy rewrite of the "Wrath of Khan" ending.  The original scene was meaningful because the two characters were old friends and it was played perfectly by the actors who had genuinely known each other for years.  In this the only reason Kirk and Spock are even friends is because that is what Kirk and Spock are supposed to be.  There is nothing in the first film that shows that they are good is heavily hinted that they will become best friends, but they are most certainly not best friends at the end of that picture.  This film squandered the opportunity to actually show the audience what good friends they've become by making them seem at odds for the bulk of the movie, only to force us into thinking they've been friends all along during Kirk's death scene, which loses a lot of emotional impact by just rehashing the scene and lines liberally from "Star Trek II".  It feels like they hit copy and paste from the original film and just rearranged a few things, added in a couple of lines here and there to make it seem more relevant to the film they had actually made.  It is terrible lazy writing that is meant to evoke an emotional response based on nostalgia alone.

Then Kirk dies, Spock yells "Khaaan!" which has awful delivery and feels shoehorned in because it is a famous moment, and then Spock chases Khan, who apparently is still alive and well and ready to crash his ship that should've exploded into Earth...and Spock chases him in a boring fast paced chase scene that just made me want to go home the first time I saw this.  It literally just bogs the movie down with a long pointless chase and fight scene.  It would've been vastly more effective to have Khan dead when the torpedo thing happened and not drag the movie out further because why not.

Spock, for the record, isn't even really Spock in this movie.  It was successful with audiences that Quinto played Spock as this seeming emotional Vulcan with all these emotions and passions ready to bubble up to the surface.  I can only assume it was popular because teen angst is popular.  I was only lukewarm about the whole thing.  In this movie he is rarely the logical Spock I actually enjoy, but this asshole who lets his emotions control him when it is convenient, then acts like an emotionless and unfeeling jerk when it suits him to ignore others feelings.  Also was it really necessary for Nimoy to Skype in a scene in which he reminds audiences that Khan is a bad guy?  It is really difficult to let this new cast come into their own if we keep reminding everyone about the old cast that was superior in most ways!

Now let's talk about Uhura and sexism!  So Uhura isn't a professional who can stand her own with the boys in this movie, no she is instead been relegated to girlfriend of one of the leads, who will interrupt a dangerous mission to argue with her boyfriend about feelings and their relationship...oh women, won't they ever learn?  This is so offensive to me. Why must she even be dating Spock?  Clearly she only banged Spock in the first movie to get the job she wanted (equally sexist portrayal by the way), and now she can't even focus on her job as a professional without getting into a tiff with her boyfriend?  Then there is Carol Marcus who for no reason in the middle of a mission or something she just takes off her clothes for one shot of her in underwear. Abrams and Co. probably don't even realize how sexist their film is, but it is a real slap in the face to women, who at this point in history should be portrayed with a little more depth, let alone woman living in the 23rd Century. Boy I miss the days of Kira and Dax!

Ultimately this film is enjoyable if you shut your brain off and don't watch it again...unfortunately if you watch Star Trek for intelligent entertainment, you will be disappointed.  It certainly does not hold up to rewatches. It has been argued that they would never make a film in the vein of old Star Trek again, because it doesn't appeal to the masses to make a more serious science fiction story in an adventure that I say they should look at the box office draw both "Inception" and "Gravity" had in recent years.  Exciting sci-fi/fantasy films with enough action to draw in viewers, but plenty of moments that slow down and smell the roses.  If "Gravity" can be a huge success and have a similar level of scientific accuracy as classic Trek (as both had some accuracies and inaccuracies as well as a few leaps of logic)....I see no reason why Trek couldn't someday return to it's roots.