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Monday, July 25, 2016


Star Trek Beyond was great fun. It's always a deep delight to revisit the franchise that's given us a hopeful future since 1966. The dual dedication to Anton Yelchin and Leonard Nimoy was sad and poignant. Idris Elba's villain's misuse of life-extending technology underscored the point: the time of our mortal lives is necessarily bounded, "forever" is not for us.

I'm still struggling, though, to make sense of the whole Spock/Admiral Spock duality. The young Commander learns that the future version of himself has died. It's a lesson with profound personal implications, to be sure. But how is it possible for any "logical" thinker not to have known it already?

As Spock is continually re-learning, it's probably best not to overthink such things. LLAP.

5:40/5:51, 76/94/74,7:56

1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen Beyond yet, but I can buy into Spock reacting unexpectedly in the face of mortality. When Spock's human mother died in the destruction of Vulcan in the first new film (whoops, spoilers), he reacts in an incredibly human way. The duality of strictly logical thinking and being emotionally invested (not detached like a typical Vulcan) makes Spock stand out a favorite in the old and new series.

    I like to think of it as hard sciences versus philosophical questions. Spock experiences the latter through the lens of the former, which is something I think most people have attempted and can relate to.