Star Trek (2009)

Though I haven't watched the show, I've seen several other Star Trek movies and I've learned more about the Star Trek universe since watching this movie a year and a half ago. Doing so has made this more enjoyable.

I'm ambivalent about the relationship between Uhura and Spock.

Kirk (Chris Pine)

I would rate this new crew as follows, from best to worst: Bones, Spock, Sulu, Chekov, Scotty, Kirk, and finally Uhura.

[20190102 Edit]

This is the first movie I've seen on Netflix that has the option for a different audio track (French). But I watched it in English with English subtitles. Well, I had it on in the background while blogging.

Watching the movie again today, I would rank the characters almost the same as before. The only difference is that I would switch Chekov and Sulu. To qualify the order, I enjoy the overall character of Bones, Spock shows the most depth, and Chekov has some good dialogue. On the other end of the spectrum, Uhura is mostly revolving around Spock and Kirk, lacking a strong role for herself, and Kirk's character is weak. The story did not succeed in convincing me that Kirk was worthy of being a captain.

Nero (Eric Bana)

In fact, I only found evidence of the following character-defining moments for Kirk, none of which were exceptional:
1) He cheated on the test because he doesn't believe in a "No-Win" Scenario.
2) Has the smarts to figure out they were running into danger.
3) Wanted to go against Spock's orders; that is, he had his own ideas, but that's technically irrelevant.
4) Goes with Spock onto the Romulan ship, the Narada.

While the characters could have been portrayed differently, the movie was still a joy to watch.

Instant Comments:
4: Huh. I didn't realize George Kirk was played by Chris Hemsworth. He looks different enough (from his role as Thor) that he only looked familiar, but I didn't recognize him.
3: Muahaha: "Live and long and prosper." (@19)
3: I don't think I ever realized how important the conversation in the bar was (between James and the Captain)
2: Was him hitting his head on the low clearance a reference?

Spock (Zachary Quinto)

3: Haha. "I told you people, I don't need a doctor, damn it, I am a doctor!"
3: "All I got left is my bones." (@27)
2: The actor who plays Leonard "Bones" McCoy really fits the character. (probably @27)
3: Oh Eric Bana is Captain Nero. I think I made the facial recognition for the first time at around 28 mins.
4: Huh. So he was making out with that one girl. But on his way out, he's outwardly flirting with Uhura.
4: Jim says "I might throw up on you." Referencing what Bones said to him three years earlier.
3: I never realized the U.S.S. Enterprise is so huge. (probably @39)
3: Sulu (@40) and Chekov (@42)
3: I never thought about how the ships must have some sort of gravity simulator. Wonder how such technology would work.
2: I love how the sound mutes at certain parts in the movie. (probably @47)
4: Kirk promoted to first officer. [According to the Memory Alpha wiki, the first officer is second in command after the captain.
4: Everybody's getting promoted (Bones is now Chief Medical Officer).

Spock Prime (Leonard Nimoy)

4: Ha. The "redshirt." Technically he's wearing red armor.
3: Hahaha, "fencing." (@53)
3: Poor redshirt.
2: One of my favorite parts in the movie: John Cho's fight scene.
4: I'm not sure training with fencing is adequate for fighting with a saber.
3: Haha I love Chekov. "I can do that. I can do that." @60)
4: "Yo-moyo!" - Chekov
3: Where would the other people be on the transporter if there were more than six people? (probably @63) [answered at 1h49, where two people are on one section of the device]
3: "Damn it man I'm a doctor not a physicist." (@69)
3: Oh, I forgot that Kirk was ejected from the ship. (@71)
2: The ice planet with the one creature in the last movie I watched... Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).
3: Lol, what a scary creature. But why would it attack that other creature and not like stop and eat it? (@74)

Left to Right: Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Kirk, Scotty (Simon Pegg), Bones (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), and Spock (foreground)

3: It seems that it would make more sense that instead of saying that Spock and the Romulans went back in time, to say they traveled to an alternate reality. [Apparently this was stated by Spock earlier (I thought he was just theorizing, but we can assume it is in fact the case):
Spock: "Nero's very presence has altered the flow of history, beginning with the attack on the U.S.S. Kelvin, culminating in the events of today, thereby creating an entire new chain of incidents that cannot be anticipated by either party."
Uhuru: "An alternate reality."
Spock: "Precisely."
2: Haha, "Are you out of your Vulcan mind?"
3: Montgomery Scott. (@83)
3: "Do they still have sandwiches there?" (@85)
3: I feel like that's why introducing changes isn't hazardous.
3: "I like this ship! You know, it's exciting." (@93)

3: Hehe, at 1h38. Nyota. 4: "Thank you, Nyota" (@98)
3, 4: "So her first name's 'Nyota'?" "I have no comment on the matter." Hahaha.
3, 4: Hahahaha. "I got your gun." 4: I didn't remember how that played out. So it was a surprise.
3: "I'm giving her all she's got captain."

Released 20090508.
Watched 20090630 Theatre. Island 7 [STAR TREK] 6:30PM $10.00
Watched 20101221 (Netflix, Instant)
Watched 20120122 (Netflix, Instant) (English subtitles)
Watched 20190102 (Amazon Prime)
Star Trek (2009) J.J. Abrams. 127 min.

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How It Should have Ended (HISHE):
Hahahaha. One of the better HISHE episodes.*

*[20190115: Watching it today, I didn't think it was so funny.]


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