Wish I could say it doesn’t matter, but a pro-war mindset informs this film, especially the explosive ending: Give ‘em an insincere last-second chance to surrender, then blow ‘em away? That’s precisely the offer Bush made to Iraq, and it betrays us still.
Some say, hey, Abrams is reflecting changing times here, but that won’t wash. Gene Roddenberry launched Star Trek in the midst of war, jingoism and patriotism run amok, yet he struck an enlightened chord. Creative and entertaining as the new Star Trek is, it embraces hearts of darkness. Let’s hope the next installment returns us to the light.
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