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Thursday, May 16, 2013 

Newest Star Trek sequel cowardly goes where much of leftist Hollywood's gone for years now

In an interview with BBC's American branch (via Big Hollywood), Benedict Cumberbatch, who's playing one of the villains in the sequel to the Star Trek reboot, says:
In the film there’s a debate among Starfleet personnel over how best to extract an enemy in a distant part of the galaxy — and whether that enemy should be subjected to due process.

The British actor says: “It’s no spoiler I think to say that there’s a huge backbone in this film that’s a comment on recent U.S. interventionist overseas policy from the Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld era.” This critic has yet to screen the film.
Curiously enough, Paramount's decided not to give the movie a press screening, as that last line alludes to. Assuming the film's political angle has something to do with it, that's actually surprising, since there's plenty of other movies out there with similar politics that did get press screenings. We could assume it has what to do with the story for reasons other than the politics per se (bad acting and special effects), and this has embarrassed them. All the same, the tiresome leftist bent they're taking is galling, and if this is how they're going to run the show, then they're asking for whatever they get.

I thought the Trek franchise may have run its course years ago. After the premise in the first of these reboots that declared James T. Kirk couldn't be a successful romantic lead, which was stupefying in the extreme, I think they really made a mockery out of the whole franchise. In the end, maybe they should just let it slip back into the depths of space again and not embarrass it more than they already are.

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