Star trekkin’ across the blogiverse
So I went and saw Star trek last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Spoiler warning! [OMG! OMG! I don’t want to read the spoilers – click here, be distracted by cute cat picture]
Firstly, let me preface this by saying that I enjoyed this movie so much that I’m seriously thinking about seeing it again at the movies. Something that I’ve never done before, ever.
I loved the way that they incorporated stuff from the existing Star Trek universe and original series (for example, Captain Pike was the name of the original Captain in the first pilot episode, and the original series included the green woman) and all the characters stayed roughly true to Gene Roddenberry’s vision (and Gene got posthumous character writing credits) but through the use of a niffy story line involving time travel, the events weren’t constrained by the existing Star Trek time line. Nice (and, I’m inclined to think, frees the franchise up for future movies). So bearing in mind that I loved it, I’ve got a bit of a beef about it.
(MOTH* gets frustrated at me, can’t I just enjoy things without having a feminist rant. I don’t think this particular rant is all that feminist. As a human being, and movie/TV show viewer this is something I’m getting sick of).
Why, why, why, do writers feel that the ultimate of emotional hooks to hang your drama off is the pregnant wife? Over used plot device much, but particularly in this movie. One pregnant/birthing mother who is the motivation for Kirk’s father to sacrifice himself is not enough. No the baddie of the piece had his own pregnant wife whose death provides the motivation for his evil twisted plans of death and destruction. So movie watchers are not expected to believe that the chance to save 800 people in 12 minutes would be enough of a sacrifice for Kirk senior? Or the destruction of his entire home planet is not enough motivation for Nero? No images of pregnant women have to been incorporated for bonus extra emotional impact. Well movie writers I’ve had enough. I’m tired of it. Be original will you. Be clever and offer something different.
Maybe I’m just bitter cos the opening sequence had me tearing (as in water in my eyes, not ripping my ticket) up even though as I’m watching it, I’m thinking “this is complete bullshit! – if all that chaos was happening around you while you are in labour, your labour would probably cease as your elevated stress levels would dampen the hormonal signals that control the process”. They do that so often in movies, incorporate a completely implausible birth scenario just so some bloke can be the hero. Tired of it!
Bonus points for those that can list in the comments other movies or TV shows that include a ridiculous birthing.
*MOTH – Man of the House.