There’s one thing to be said for J.J. Abrams: He definately doesn’t do things by halves. Yeah, why don’t you go ahead and change the timeline of the entire universe. It’s no trouble at all. Use Timetravel! Confuse everyone!
Like most people, I was very apprehensive about the new film. But I was stunned and blown out of my seat. It was so much fun, I’ll probably go and watch it again. The characters were perfect, and Abrams took some time to properly introduce them all. I partucularly loved the snippets of Spock growing up – what a great moment when he refuses to enter the Vulcan Science Academy out of filial pride. And Pine produces the great and typically arrogant Kirk, cheating on the Kobayashi Maru.
Now that’s all well and good, but I was really confused by the time-travel plot. Throughout the film I was wondering whether – and when – they were going to push the proverbial reset button. But as the plot went on it became clear they wouldn’t. And heck, that was quite a commitment, and it was great. Abrams basically reset everything in the Star Trek universe – the nerve! I liked it.
So what’s next? Like a friend of mine rightly observed – they’ve got their own adviser from the future now. He can warn them about every major disaster to come! But – he can’t, can he? Temporal Prime Directive?! They conveniently left it out? What, does Spock have a license to disturb the timeline? So the film was great, but the plot confusing as hell. But I can live with that and I am already looking forward to the next film. Although I hope they make another series one day.