Remaking Star Trek T.O.S.

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(by Ali)

I had a discussion with John a while back (and more recently, as in a few minutes ago, with Nichole) about how J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie launched a process of remaking the whole original series. John disagreed with my point of view, saying they are more "revamping" the series. But I still do believe they are remaking it in their own way.

Let's look at the evidence.

The new Star Trek movie (released in 2009) launched an alternate reality for all the characters. That was the premise of the movie: the Romulans went through a black hole created by a supernova and ended up 20 years in the past, thus creating an alternate timeline. They attacked the ship that Kirk's father, George, was serving on. They also ended up killing George (or, more accurately, George killed himself to save not only his wife and son, but nearly the entire crew on the U.S.S. Calvin). That created one alternate timeline where James T. Kirk grew up without his father and became somewhat of a thug on Earth before joining Starfleet

Another interesting change was the relationship between Spock, McCoy and Kirk. In the original series, Spock is a dear friend to Jim and the two rely on each other solely. Spock seems to be the only person Kirk ever listens to on the ship when being contradicted (for example, in an episode entitled Shore Leave, McCoy is insistent that Kirk leave the ship because he is worn out and needs a mental break from being the captain. Kirk ignores Bones' orders and stays on the ship. It is not until Spock, with a little mental trickery, intervenes that Kirk decides he really should take a leave).

However, in the movie, Kirk's relationship with both McCoy and Spock are quite different. Spock is more of a background character while Kirk is in Starfleet for the first three years. Bones, however, is the first person (aside from the nameless thugs, "Cupcake" and Uhura) that Kirk meets. Because of this, the two become very good friends.

In the series, however, Kirk does not seem all that close to McCoy. They rarely see eye-to-eye on anything and Kirk is more apt to dismiss Bones' insight than listen to him.

In that way, the relationships of Spock to Kirk and McCoy to Kirk seem to be reversed.

What is also a key difference in the movie versus the original series is the relationship between Uhura and Spock. In the movie, Spock and Uhura have struck up a relationship. In the series, this would seem absurd.

Although not entirely, which is something I found interesting. I remember discussing the differences between the movie and the original series about a month ago with John and Katie where Katie said one of the things she can't get over in the movie was Spock's and Uhura's relationship. John didn't think it was all that surprising but Katie went off onto a tangent on the evidence against their relationship existing in the original series.

However, there was something she missed in her assessment. In one of the earlier episodes (forgive me, the name of the episode escapes me), Uhura is openly flirting with Spock. She does this several times at the beginning and I don't know if it's something that will change later in the series (I grew up on TNG, myself) but it did most definitely happen. In one scene specifically, she approaches Spock who had taken over for Kirk as temporary acting captain while Kirk got some rest. She began asking him about love and if Vulcans have the capacity for love. One could argue that this conversation could just be a simple curiosity from a human female to a male of a (somewhat) different species. However, she was flirting with him. She touched his arm, she touched his ears and was speaking to him in a very flirtatious way. Spock understood this, for he acted uncomfortable and replied to her, spurning her advances. She eventually gave up and walked back to her post.

Another thing that was very different was the introduction of Captain Pike to Kirk. In the original series (in the two part episode(s) entitled The Menagerie), Kirk had never met Captain Pike in person, although he had heard a lot about him in Starfleet. It was actually Spock who made that introduction, for he had served under Captain Pike before he served under Captain Kirk.

In the movie, Captain Pike was the captain of the USS Enterprise as went to investigate the distress call from Vulcan. Pike was also the man who had not only served with George Kirk, but had also convinced Jim to enlist in Starfleet.

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