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Notes on Rewatching Star Trek Beyond

In the post-Trump world, it is really an incredible political parable that I don't think was adequately appreciated (even by me) when it came out this summer.

But think about it: It's about a reactionary, xenophobic old man that hates the new world he lives in and wants to destroy it, and how he is opposed by a diverse group of young people whose lives were forever changed because of terrorist acts--and who, rather than succumbing to fear, say things like "Unity is our strength" and "It's better to die saving lives than live with taking them."

Oh, and who call Beastie Boys "classical music." :}



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Feb. 12th, 2017 02:32 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, never thought of it like that either. What a good excuse to rewatch it again. ;)
Feb. 12th, 2017 06:03 pm (UTC)
I'm working on a Reboot essay and I rewatched STID for the first time since it came out, and while I think it remains a mess in many ways, it struck me that it's kind of another iteration of what Beyond is about: They are both about threats that seem external--Khan/Krall--but are really about threats that sprang from their organization--Marcus/Krall-as-Edison. Both Marcus and Krall are members of Starfleet who see it and the world in a very different way than what most members do and therefore want to steer it to the way they think it should be, which is militarized. And this becomes a refrain in all three films: In Reboot Pike describes Starfleet as "a humanitarian and peacekeeping armada;" in STID Scotty says "Are we military now, I always thought we were explorers;" and in Beyond Scotty also says "We aren't military anymore." Which, I also appreciate that in the second two films they have the engineer describing the world. :)
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