This is a long one:
The new Trek makes it clear that the job of saving the universe rests exclusively with men, preferably white men. Indeed, Starfleet values white, male leadership so much that Kirk gets to skip up the ranks from Academy Cadet to Captain of his own Starship all in one go! Let me tell you, if I was on the Enterprise and had actually earned the rank of Ensign, Lieutenant, Lieutenant-Commander, or Commander, I would push for a mutiny against the woefully unqualified “Captain” Kirk.
– Gay Prof
I don’t know what I love more, this quote and how well it analyzes one of my major peeves with the new film, ie that the original Kirk may have been a womanizer but he was also a gifted officer who had earned the right to swagger in his captain’s chair, or the fact it allowed me to use my favorite image from my favorite episode . . . 😀 Honestly, I think the new movie does a major disservice to the Kirk legacy in many ways but both advancing him to rank with only one battle behind him, as if others did not help, and turning his status as the only one to pass the Kobayashi Maru test into him cheating & being arrogantly unfit for duty vs. praised for innovative thinking and using it as an opportunity to talk about how important it is to understand how we face death, were really the worst. (By the way, the original version of Kirk and the test is offered in the Wrath of Khan, proving once again that J.J. Abrams missed the point of Khan by doing this film as essentially a rewrite in which Kirk is displaced to highlight Spock. The Search for Spock wasn’t the best one in the franchise but the two work together and people who know the lore, know this.)
I also like how this quote is couched inside an insightful critique of the whole race-blind vs. race consciousness dilemma we find ourselves in right now in the U.S. So go read the rest of his review of the film, you know, after you’ve read mine. (directly below this post)