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Star Trek The Second Review

November 22, 2009

Saw it again on DVD. I know I reviewed it before, but I can’t resist.

Spock was terrible, but it’s simply not Quinto’s fault. Leonard Nimoy succeeded in creating the number one TV character of all time. It was the perfect marriage of role and actor. Consider Star Trek the Original Series without Spock. It simply wouldn’t have worked. Spock gave the show the needed bling to work. Without him it would have been completely forgettable. With ANY other actor, it wouldn’t have been worth watching.
The Voice, the Height, The mile-long maxilla and naso-labial folds, the Squinty Eyes, and the acting chops to make you believe a man could have green blood… Angular body, deep, full-bodied voice, and just a naturally alien face to begin with, and the ability to conceive and commit to creative and apt action choices.
Zachary Quinto has none of the above. His voice is high, he’s tall but not gawky tall. Admittedly, he’s got a bit of a long face and big nose, but nowhere near Nimoy’s. His eyes are too open and bright, and he didn’t make a single acting choice Nimoy hadn’t done 100 times better. Even the ears were too round and perfect (Nimoy’s were longer and narrower, which is true of his natural face as well). And he can’t do the Vulcan salute.
To be fair, I don’t think any actor could do the role justice. Any choice he made wouldn’t ring true with the narrow understanding we have of “Vulcans.”
Chris Pine didn’t have to mirror Shatner, he had to make choices grounded in the vast panorama of human experience. In truth, the insouciance of his Kirk was far BEYOND Shatner’s choices (if you can believe it). The old Kirk had one foot in Starfleet protocol and one foot out. Pine’s Kirk had maybe a pinkie in Starfleet protocol and the rest dancing outside the circle. And it worked really well. If “our” Kirk hadn’t had George Kirk riding herd on his outlandish traits, he’d be complete rebel with a genius strategic mind and an energetic, childish, unrestrained Id. Pine didn’t swipe anything from Shatner (but it’s still hard to accept that he’d not only be given a captaincy, but the flagship captaincy? No way. This Kirk can handle a battle but not a crew out of red alert).
The McCoy character, I think, mimicked Kelley’s McCoy instead of trusting his own skill as an actor (which is prodigious) a little too much. His initial entrance promised great things. “Space is death and disease wrapped in ice and darkness…” He’ll be better next time because several times he shined.
Scotty had no relation to Scotty, and that’s fine (though when he said, “I’m givin’ it all I got, Captain… he should have tagged it with “…as soon as I can find the thing…” Where were the engines?
Sulu and Uhura, no relation to their counterparts and that’s fine. Uber-competent and that’s enough.
Chekov was brilliant. Fantastic. Best performance by far and the kid’s only 18.
Can’t wait for the next one. 🙂
2 Comments leave one →
  1. sherlock permalink
    November 23, 2009 7:53 pm

    FANBOY!!!Well someone had to say it.

  2. sherlock permalink
    November 23, 2009 7:55 pm

    I just read your reply on the facebook post and nearly fell out of my seat laughing. You got me. You got me good. I can't wait to see your family on Friday. 🙂

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