The last decade-and-a-half were not kind to the Star Trek saga. It was gradually whittled down from a genuine pop-culture phenomenon into something more akin to a punchline, due in no small part to a pattern of lazy, introverted writing.
But two years ago, it was announced that Trek would be revived on the big screen, by returning the origins of the iconic Original Series characters, as first seen in 1966. Exciting news, but I remained cautious in my optimism. After all, reboots and 'origin stories' have been a dime a dozen for the past ten years, and have a very hit-and-miss history. Some work, many don't.
( And now the film's arrived, with my review below the cut. No spoilers, so don't worry if you haven't seen it yet.Collapse )
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