So. Star Trek.
It’s pretty good. I have some gripes, though.
Spoiler alert, obviously.
1) We already have perfectly good Ceti Eels for mind control purposes. Why come up with a different bug-in-the-head plot device that’s obviously the same thing? Also, I’d like to point out for those who failed Basic Anatomy, that while the ear canal does lead more or less directly into the cranial cavity, the mouth does not. At least not in humans, maybe Romulan physiology differs.
2) The whole point of Sulu being a fencer was that it was not an Eastern martial art. So giving him a magic extendo-katana was stupid. Ok, so Kendo is technically also fencing, but fuck that. The character of Sulu was specifically intended to break Asian stereotypes. Sulu studied fucking Capo Ferro and Agrippa, goddammit. Rapier, not katana. As a fan of Western Martial Arts, this pissed me off more than some of the more egregious flaws I’ll be getting to below.
3) Too Many Aliens. I was waiting for the Cantina theme to start playing at any moment. The obligatory green chick looked like a bad special effect in a student production. The nurse that delivers Jim Kirk is clearly scaring Mrs. Kirk into labor with those terrifyingly huge eyes. And what the hell is up with Scotty’s little pet Morel mushroom? Is that gonna be a standard feature on the Engineering deck now? Why?
4) A heat drill of that magnitude would boil off the atmosphere of a planet long before reaching its core. Punching that big a hole through the crust of a planet would probably be enough to end life on that world even without planting a singularity into it. And finally, creating a singularity anywhere NEAR a planet would finish it off.
5) No strong female characters. Uhura was some kind of linguistics genius, but we never see her in action, except as Spock’s arm-candy. Giving her a noncombat specialty is fine, but at least show her kicking ass at it, will ya?
6) Red Matter = Plotdevicium. To expand, there was no actual science in this fiction. Even the science wasn’t sciency. Maybe next time, eh?
7) Spock’s ship was the stupidest looking spacegoing vessel ever, in any science fiction anything.
Other than those things, it was pretty entertaining, and I enjoyed it. When they do another one, I’ll probably see it.