On the issue of certain choices made in Star Trek Into Darkness
I was recently* made aware that a scene where Benedict Cumberbatch takes an angry shower was cut from the final movie. I feel that this was a mistake. I understand that in the development of a film, especially a blockbuster with the budget and fanbase of the Star Trek franchise, that many factors dictate the final result. But again, I can’t stress enough how much of a mistake this was.
I would like to use my personal tumblr that I am allowed to have for free on the internet for no reason to put forth my valid and very real arguments for why the
xxxxJohn Harrison shower scene should either 1) be added to a special edition and overnighted to my house, or 2) released on the internet immediately. My points are as follows:
xxxxJohn Harrison naked would help me connect more with his character and his struggle. When we are first introduced to xxxxJohn Harrison, he is a madman and a killer, without spoiling the movie for anyone who hasn’t seen it (and honestly why would you knowing this scene isn’t included), the lines between good and evil are blurred. KhanJohn Harrison is alone, vulnerable and without his own kind. Seeing him in a private moment would have helped clarify his motives and feelings.
- Classic movies have nudity. The best ones, really. Blue Velvet? Critically acclaimed and full Rossellini. Good luck finding someone who will admit that movie doesn’t make any sense. No one yells “That’s not how cold fusion works!” at Lynch.
- They did it in Starship Troopers. I know you want to be better than Starship Troopers, which was a big pile of garbage. But you know what? They were brave enough to show the human form so obviously it’s a better film. Right now, if you asked me what space movie I want to watch, I have to go with that one.
- Benedict Cumberbatch. The man could cut diamonds with the angles on that face, do you understand me? Americans want to know whats up. We’ve only just met this guy and we need to know what his body looks like. Does he have extra bones? Is he a human-bird hybrid? What do his lips feel like?
- 355,489 views. I recently** watched this supercut of Benedict Cumberbatch’s sex scenes to date and I think that basically proves that the viewing public is kind of into it. I’m certainly into it and statistically speaking I can’t be the only one.
In summation, while I have already seen Star Trek three times in theaters, I refuse to give another dime of my money to a film that is too afraid to explore the human condition. JJ Abrams please feel free to contact me directly via email or fax.
*Like 20 minutes ago
**Like 10 minutes ago, then a second time like 2 minutes ago
This speaks to me.
I thought they didn’t show his body because the actor playing the superhuman wasn’t in superhuman shape. But judging from the Conan clip, it looks like Benedict put a lot of work into getting in great shape for the role. Not showing the villain as physically powerful is another of Abram’s mistakes.
Of course, it’s also a mistake for Benedict to be taking a shower with water. Everyone (except Abrams) knows the Enterprise has sonic showers. So the important bit he excluded from the story was done wrong anyway.
The sonic showers have never been shown before, so it would have been a good opportunity to finally see them. Maybe they make people look like they’re wet and that way you could have the advantage of “the wet look” for the sexy shot, along with the brain candy Abrams loves to feed the Trekkies.
The point is that showing Benedict’s body was the right thing to do for several reasons, and there were lots of ways to do it better than it (eventually) wasn’t done.
I can’t decide what I’m most cranky about. The no Traffic, but at least they’ve got a separator, or “Pete Townsend.”
WHO THE FUCK IS PETE TOWNSEND?!
THE LEAD GUITARIST/SINGER OF THE WHO YOU UNCULTURED SWINE
No no, you’re thinking of Pete Townshend.
Curious how almost two year old posts all of a sudden start getting reblogged. And then people start shouting at you. I blame Yahoo.
Did I already have a reason for waking up today? Shit, I can’t remember. Consider this one.
Are we just going to ignore the Comic Sans?
There’s a flagpole, and there’s a rope that comes down from the top. When you hold the rope straight down, it’s three feet longer than the pole, and when you pull the rope out tight, it’s five feet from the base of the pole. How high is the pole?
Richard P. Feynman, on making math problems applicable to the real world/authentic. (via wordishness)
That seems like an awfully complicated way to measure a 2’-8” flagpole. I’m not entirely sure that it’s a flagpole at all, actually.
The problem doesn’t make clear that the rope is a loop. So if the flagpole height is x, then 2x+6 is the length of the loop.
When you pull the bottom of the loop out, it makes a right triangle where the vertical side is x and the horizontal side is 5.
Applying the Pythagorean theorem, the diagonal side of the loop/triangle is the square root of (x²+5²).
The key to solving it is to combine the two equations we have for the length of the loop: 2x+6 = x+5+[sq rt (x²+25)].
Now we isolate x by applying the same functions to both sides of the “=”.
Subtract x: x+6 = 5+[sq rt (x²+25)]
Subtract 5: x+1 = [sq rt (x²+25)]
Square: (x+1)² = x²+25
Now expand the left side’s polynomial expression: x²+2x+1 = x²+25
Subtract x² from each side: 2x+1 = 25
Subtract 1: 2x = 24
Divide by 2: x=12
Now check your work:
12+5+[sq rt (12²+25)] ⇒ 12+5+[sq rt (144+25)] ⇒ 12+5+(sq rt 169) ⇒ 12+5+13=30
Yay! It works! The flagpole is 12 feet tall.
Vulcan Council President: You have surpassed the expectations of your instructors. Your final record is flawless, with one exception: I see that you have applied to Starfleet as well.
Spock: It was logical to cultivate multiple options.
Vulcan Council President: Logical, but unnecessary. You are hereby accepted to the Vulcan Science Academy. It is truly remarkable, Spock, that you have achieved so much despite your disadvantage. All rise.
Spock: If you would clarify, Minister: to what disadvantage are you referring?
Vulcan Council President: Your human motherSpock: Council… Ministers, I must decline.
Vulcan Council President: No Vulcan has ever declined admission to this academy!
Spock: Then as I am half-human, your record remains untarnished.
Sarek: Spock, you have made a commitment to honor the Vulcan way.
Vulcan Council President: Why did you come before this council today? Was it to satisfy your emotional need to rebel?
Spock: The only emotion I wish to convey is gratitude. Thank you, Ministers, for your consideration. Live long and prosper.
“It’s unnerving how he can insult you without even saying the words, but you know you’ve been insulted.” — The Boy, on Spock in this scene.
My favorite part of this movie is Spock’s “Dontchu talk ‘bout my Mama!” thread that runs through it, and particularly Zachary Quinto’s fantastic portrayal of it.
Star Trek: Into Meh-ness
I agree with Steve about the new Star Trek movie. (BEWARE! There be spoilers!)
To me it seems like a generic space action movie with trademarked puppet strings that are used to jerk around the rabid Star Trek fans. It left me feeling used for liking it.
The previous movie had its problems, but at least it was endemically Star Trek.