Thoughts While Watching Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

(In no particular order; mild spoilers? not really, but I’m hedging my bets)

1. This Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban) is giving House a run for his “crabby doctor-hunk” money.

2. I really need to watch Sherlock on BBC.

3. Is Benedict Cumberbatch going to be typecast as a “perfect specimen”? Considering Sherlock, has he already?

4. Wow, that’s a lingering shot of Zoe Saldana’s bottom. And what’s up with the scene where Alice Eve is changing? Talk about adolescent Trekkie male gaze…

5. I love this audience. Everybody laughs raucously at the corny jokes and cheers whenever a famous Trek line is uttered. Maybe I could get into this “Trekkie” stuff…

6. Jim Kirk has a good father, a bad father, and a dead (angel) father. Could this movie have been titled: “Star Trek: Into Fathers and Sons”? (Fathers #1 and #2 call him “son,” note.)

7. Spock has such plump, supple Vulcan ears. I want to pull at them like taffy.

8. Spock and Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) are like THE SAME CHARACTER. Well, not really, but it’s weirdly close. And both characters are played by openly gay actors in Hollywood — coincidence?! (Almost certainly. Still: good trivia)

9. Kirk is such a playboy. What other characters in film and television are playboys? … Oh wait, if I try to do the mental calculations, my head will explode. 

10. Man, JJ Abrams loves his lens flares, doesn’t he? (See this video; also: Super 8)

11. USS Enterprise should totally be renamed USS Bromance. I’d shatter a bottle of champagne over that bad boy.

12. Better than Iron Man 3.

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Welcome to my website. If you are reading this post right now, you can call me “Annie.”

I am pursuing my Ph.D. in American Studies and Film Studies at Yale University, so if you want to read, think, and talk about art, popular media, or culture, then you have come to the right place!


(Hopefully, the trials and tribulations of graduate student life pale in comparison to the horrors of growing up as a figment of Todd Solondz’s imagination — Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), Palindromes (2004).)