I commented with these thoughts over at SF Signal regarding the latest Star Trek movie. They’re the sum total of what I’ve been telling people about it since Thursday, when I saw it with my nearest and dearest:
I really felt that the film was a great intertextual essay about Star Trek. While the other films/series in the franchise tried (and sometimes failed) to make a comment about exploration or the Other, this one confined itself to a comment about the text itself and the relationships between the characters. The plot was specious at best, but that didn’t matter — its sole purpose was to establish an alternate universe wherein we could re-examine Kirk and Spock’s roots. As such, it may be the most expensive piece of fanfiction ever produced.
On another note, this was the first time I actually identified with Uhura. As a child growing up with various iterations of Trek, I always felt that the female characters were just “the girls” who were supposed to appeal to me. But they were almost never women who I wanted to be, or who I could see myself in. (They were all a bit one-note: tough, angry, sexy, empathic, smart, but rarely all of those things at once.) But this Uhura actually had definite personal and professional goals, unique abilities, and likeable traits. She was sexy and smart and driven and compassionate and rebellious in her own way. My compliments to everyone involved.
Also, anything that uses the Beastie Boys so effectively can’t possibly be all bad.