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More like Meh Trek

I just can’t get enthusiastic about the new Star Trek movie. I’m not troubled by the lack of continuity that I’ve heard about or the changes in characters or even that everyone seems to have been sent away from the WB for being just too damn pretty. I’m a little bothered by the fact that they want be to believe that Kirk, Spock, McCoy et al. spent their entire careers serving together on one ship, but that’s not even it.

My problem is the problem I have with the new Terminator movie, the new Wolverine movie, and all these attempts to extend the franchise a little further by stretching it back. I have a single problem with all these prequels, and it’s that I don’t need to see every second of every character’s life.

I don’t need to feel like I watched Anakin raised from a sprout up into the Black Knight that was always a sort of vague threat and never a fully formed character in my mind. He was always just the black knight with the evil army and sorcerer overlord. A black knight that get his arms and legs cut of and yet still continues to fight against the quasi Arthurian figure until the bitter end no less. Next time you watch Revenge of the Sith, try not to hear Anakin shouting “Come back here! I’ll bite your legs off!” after Kenobi leaves him by the lava stream.

There is a reason for back-story. It fleshes out the character, gives them a reason for acting the way they do, and gives a sense of history that rounds things out nicely. You can’t, or at least shouldn’t, try to tell a story with out knowing at least a little of the back-story. It’s important stuff for the writer, director, and performer to know about. Sometimes it’s important for the audience to know about bits of that too. How else would we understand Kyle Reese’s motivations if we didn’t know about how much he respected and admired John Connor?

However, usually a story starts where is does because that’s the bit that’s interesting. Back-story is rarely all that interesting to see and the recent spate of prequels have greatly justified that position. That’s not to say it’s been all bad, but for the most part it has been unsatisfying.

At least it has for me, don’t know about you.

So I’m not that interested in yet another damn prequel. I suppose I’ll have to go, thereby justifying another movie, which I’ll also be asked to go see because it’s part of a beloved franchise and even if I thought the last four things from this franchise were complete and total garbage I’m supposed to get excited because it’s “Kirk and Spock, together again… for the first time!” Or some bullshit.

It might be good, it might even be great, but just right now I can’t bring myself to care.

May 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment