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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. My latest books are THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (2019); AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021); and HOW WE BECAME POST-LIBERAL: THE RISE AND FALL OF TOLERATION (2024).

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I'm back from watching the Star Trek movie

No time right now, but I'll have a bit to say about this tomorrow after I've slept on it. I enjoyed it greatly - (even) more than I did Wolverine - but it did seem, on reflection, to have a lot of holes in the plot. Never mind, I'll think about it and say more later.


The Missed Call Of Cthulhu said...

The media's mocking fanboys who complain about the changes, ordinarily I'm right there with them... a movie will make changes, it's inevitable... but this time I feel the fanboys are justified. If you've spent a lot of hours with something having it undone is upsetting. Is this cannon now? Is all of classic Trek (not to mention TNG, DS9 & V) relegated to an alternative reality? I guess so.

Still, fun ride.

Athena Andreadis said...

Plot holes, as opposed to Wolverine's airtight logic? Admit it, Russ, you're cutting a lot of slack to the fellow Aussie!

Russell Blackford said...

Wolverine's airtight logic? No, I don't think I said that, Athena. :)

Anyway, more on Star Trek tomorrow.

David B. Ellis said...

My vote for biggest plot hole:

instead of destroying Vulcan, why doesn't Nero just usevthe "red matter" to get to the supernova before it went off and save his world (never mind whether the idea of generating a black hole to stop a supernova is scientifically plausible---I'd have been happy if that was the only concern).

And why do neither Vulcan nor Earth apparently have any orbital defense platforms?

Those were the two that I found most problematic (though far from the only ones I noticed).

Even so, it was a fun, entertaining movie to watch.

And I like the way the used the time travel premise to set future film-makers free of Star Trek continuity issues.

Magpie said...

I've not seen this movie yet, but: Plot holery is what tends to annoy me about SciFi - which I dearly love, so the annoyance is all the more painful. You get interesting ideas that are just not followed through. And so often you get this glimpse of something interesting they could be saying, but they retreat into standardised plot elements.

If you're going to have Magic Technology X, please consider what effect that would have on the world, and don't just use it to justify some special effects.