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Star Trek has officially jumped the shark as a franchise.
The new, alternate-universe film saga's characters are pale reflections of their bona fide counterparts in the various Star Trek series and some of the previous films from the good old days. They are those characters in name only, aside from that they're just nods to the originals with none of the depth.
Star Trek has had a more sophisticated audience, in general, than your average sci-fi action schlock. As fans, we've come to expect more from Trek in the form of rich character development, important social issues, myriad complex and plots and subplots.
This movie shatters those expectations.
We catch James T. Kirk et al in the middle of their erstwhile 5-year mission as they encounter an alien armada which rapidly decimates the Enterprise. So many unremarkable tropes variously reused, rehashed, reintroduced. So many unremarkable characters presented, showcased, finalized.
The motion-sickness-inducing action inspires nothing but nausea. The shallow interplay between all characters, protagonists and antagonists alike, is bland and uninspired. This is action schlock.
The action is decent. Following the captain and crew's moronic, illogical thought process, the destruction of the Enterprise is unsurprising and fantastically action-packed. The various combat and grunt-laden melee is visceral and satisfying. Beyond (hah) that, there's nothing.
This new Scotty still has his oddly petite alien bromance. Uhura and Spock show they still care for one another. Kirk shows a desire to keep galloping around the galaxy in a starship rather than becoming a stodgy Vice Admiral stationed on Earth. Anton Yelchin gives his final performance before Daimler-Chrysler's poor engineering and quality control seal the actor's doom.
This is NOT Star Trek. This is as much Star Trek as a human reincarnated in the holodeck is truly human. I honestly hope the upcoming series will redeem it, but that hope fades like the Enterprise in this lame duck effort.
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