May 25, 2013

Why I really like Jonah Goldberg

Five days ago I wrote about Star Trek Into Darkness:

But preparing for conflict against the Klingons? Remember that in this era the Federation is pretty much constantly at war with them. The Klingons are troublemakers to the extreme, brutal warriors who have moved away from reason and enlightenment (as described in an episode of the prequel show Enterprise). Even in the sixth Trek film, Capt. Kirk's own words came back to haunt him ("I never trusted Klingons, and I never will"), not to mention he explicitly told Spock to "Let them (the Klingons) die" when Spock informed a Federation confab about the Klingons' desired peace initiative. (Brought about, of course, because their empire was dying.) Thus, what is so wrong about preparing for what is almost a certain conflict with the Klingons? In fact, it makes a helluva lot MORE sense in Into Darkness's case what the Federation (Section 31) was doing than what George W. Bush and Dick Cheney actually did, since, as I noted, Khan and the Klingons are much greater threats.

Jonah Goldberg in his (e-mailed) G-File from yesterday:

In Star Trek Into Darkness a major plot driver is the notion that any "militarization" of Star Fleet is an unthinkable outrage. This is crazypants. We know that the Federation is in fact destined for a brutal and devastating war with the Klingons -- the idea that the Federation should be better prepared for it isn't fascistic; it's common sense.

Amen, brotha.

Posted by Hube at May 25, 2013 08:35 AM | TrackBack

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Aside from this rather obvious issue, Into Darkness was full of so many plot holes that it actually interfered with my watching of the movie. Just the leap of logic required for Khan to have secreted 72 cryogenic capsules in those photon torpedoes without anybody noticing, ah, that his entire crew was missing!? Or McCoy demanding that Khan has to be brought back alive so his blood can revive Jim? First of all, why wasn't he checking the other 72 folks on the Enterprise for the same blood, and why--exactly--did Khan have to be alive? It seems that freshly dead would have sufficed as well. (Aside from the fact that they are putting Kirk in a cryogenic chamber to save brain function after he has already been radiation-fried dead for many, many minutes. The movie was amusing in places, visually very neat, and totally lightweight in the plot/characterization department.

Posted by: Steve Newton at May 25, 2013 10:19 PM

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