Ann Coulter – You Must Be New Here

I agree with you 100% Ms. Coulter. “Too many” minorities is very offensive to bigots.

It’s not like Star Trek’s original television series was a groundbreaking show because it was built on the foundation of minorities. It’s not like the series featured the first kiss between a black woman and a white man on national television. I’m not sure which Star Trek series she watched but the one I remember is the same as it was 50 years ago. (I didn’t grow up in the 60’s but I have seen several of the original episodes).

I imagine many long time Star Trek fans have been very critical of the reboots, both the 2009 film and Into Darkness. Rightfully so, because when you play with an alternate reality, you need to do it right. You need to keep to the nature of the original characters, even though with new events not previously seen in the other films you have a little room to play. I can say for sure that even though the timeline of this movie is very complicated in comparison to that of the Star Trek original series and films that followed, Kirk is Kirk and Spock is Spock. The only character who seems to have more to her than previously is Uhura, and I am sure many people appreciate that. I’ve always liked her regardless but I’ve heard enough complaints about her lack of personality to see why she has a lot of oomph in the newer movies.

This film is brilliant in 3D and will definitely appeal to everyone who loves the Spock, Kirk and Bones trio. You will love Mr. Scott, no doubt about it. Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance is also amazing, and frightening. I enjoyed it overall and believe everyone should see it.

Now, I need to move on to the timeline because there are several things which are a bit weird to me. There are some spoilers coming in regard to the plot, so please, if you haven’t seen the movie and you plan to, DO NOT CONTINUE READING.

We may remember an episode from Star Trek titled “Trouble with Tribbles”. This episode is very well-known. Tribbles are introduced for the first time during Into Darkness. That suggests we are in the time period of the television series, and not the Wrath of Khan.

Let’s talk about The Wrath of Khan. We may remember that Kirk and his crew had previously encountered Khan, and marooned him and his crew on a deserted planet rather than killing him. Then Khan seeks out his revenge on Kirk, while also seeking out the Genesis project. During this time, Kirk’s wife, Dr. Marcus, and his son (name escapes me) are working on the Genesis project. There are events in the second film which lead up to the Search for Spock, such as Spock’s sacrifice for the greater good of the Enterprise and her crew.

I was not expecting Khan to appear as Into Darkness’s villain because the timeline does not add up at all. Again, this is an alternate reality, so there is room to play a bit. But the events which lead to the Search for Spock happen in Into Darkness, only it isn’t Spock who sacrifices himself. Dr. Marcus is introduced as a character but she and Kirk aren’t even romantic toward each other. They haven’t had their son yet, if that is even planned to happen. So technically, with the tribbles, we are in the timeline of the show and the timeline of the The Wrath of Khan at the same time. How is that even possible?

Kirk is way too young and way too inexperienced as a captain to deal with an adversary like Khan. I get the impression this is their first meeting, and that they may meet again. But the events are so similar to the Wrath of Khan that the suggestion is they won’t meet again. That means that things like Kirk’s son, the Genesis Project, his relationship with Dr. Marcus, the death of Kirk’s son, Kirk’s hatred toward the Klingnons, may never happen at all. That leaves J.J. Abrams open to writing whatever he wants, however he wants, while using the excuse that it is an alternate reality. Will he dare cross the line of changing the nature of the characters? Based on the events of these two films, he can get away with that, because events in a person’s life can affect who they are.

I don’t blame J.J. Abrams for wanting to move away from the original films and television series. There is always room for creativity, and to not move away would make these films simply remakes. Who likes remakes? Not me! I give him serious credit and respect for being so bold and adventurous. You have to be a very confident script writer to have done that.

As a writer I would have certainly introduced Khan, but made changes in the alternate reality a bit more subtle. I wouldn’t have gone as far as to mirror events of The Wrath of Khan, because even in an alternate reality it isn’t possible. We haven’t even encountered “Vygr”. I’m very confused by what will happen next for the reboot films…

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2 Responses

  1. You know the ‘too many minorities’ thing as from a satirical paper, right? Otherwise, bang on!

    • Yeah, that’s what I heard shortly after I wrote this. Given her past track record, and the things she says, even though she didn’t say this, she probably thinks it daily. Lol, ty for calling me bang on!

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