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22 May 2009 @ 06:16 pm
gotta keep moving  
I've got a couple of applications turned in; now all I have to do is wait and see if either prospective employer bothers to call back. The lawn is almost mowed, and it'd be one less thing to worry about if the edger would cooperate and start working properly.

In the meantime, femslash09 is taking signups until June 3rd. If you're a fic writer and haven't already signed up, I'd definitely suggest doing so; there are some awesome prompts this year.

Also, I saw the new Star Trek movie with my dad and brother, which was even better than I'd hoped!

The Good -

The special effects were incredible. The cast was excellent as well; Quinto and Pine really nailed the chemistry between Kirk and Spock. I wasn't sure about the whole Uhura/Spock storyline, but in the end it worked out pretty well. The writers managed to avoid the possible creepy subtext of a teacher/student relationship. Chechov, Sulu, Scotty and McCoy were solid. Even Eric Bana did a good job with the limited material he was given.

The time travel plot was well handled; it might be kind of cheesy and the science unbelievable, but that works in a Trek movie. Leonard Nemoy was, of course, perfect - just the right blend of solemnity and dry humor. The final conversation between Future!Spock and New!Spock

The Bad -

I thought there were some points where Abrams went for the dramatic, where subtlety would have worked better. There are two main examples I'm thinking of - Kirk and Spock's big confrontation on the bridge, and Spock throwing Kirk off the ship. The first was necessary to establish just what Spock was going through, but the screaming match and the ensuing fistfight felt overdone. Throwing Kirk off the Enterprise felt more like an excuse to have him meet Future!Spock and Scotty, rather than a natural result of the action so far. Also, while Zoe Saladna was good as Uhura I'd have liked to see get more screen time.

The Meh -

I liked the overall plot, but Nero wasn't much of a villain. I didn't hate him, but I couldn't find much reason to care about him either.

It'll be interesting to see what Paramount does with the franchise after this movie.
st_aurafina: Star Trek: Spock and Uhurast_aurafina on May 23rd, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
I never thought they I'd be sold on Spock/Uhura, but that movie totally pulled it off. I loved the dynamic they showed us between those two.

Nero's plot was kind of pointless, though.
the fan with no nameyoungest_one on May 24th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
I loved the dynamic they showed us between those two.

Agreed. Especially the scene in the transporter room before he and Kirk beam over to Nero's ship. You got some great acting from Quinto and Saldana, and Kirk's hilarious reaction to finally learning her first name.

Nero - there was some potential there. Maybe if they'd shown him doing something besides blowing stuff up and yelling at his crew.