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And a new 'Star Trek' trailer, too

Hat tip Peter Chattaway, who also has an interesting reflection on the track the ST films have been taking. Heh, I've always loved the fourth film in the series (can't help but love the D.H. Lawrence reference as a lit geek), but always get ribbed for it among my friends who declare themselves true Trekkies. But now I feel a bit vindicated to find out it is the highest grossing of the franchise. So, there, you-know-who-you-are, heh.


Hey, as a lit geek, what do you make of the Dickens and Melville references in Wrath of Khan, or the Shakespeare, Peter Pan and Sherlock Holmes references in Undiscovered Country?

I'm sure there are other examples, in the other films.

Actually, there's a book you might like called Deep Space and Sacred Time, which makes the point that Moby Dick is quoted in two Star Trek films -- and in very opposite ways.

In Wrath of Khan, Khan quotes the book selectively to deepen his own thirst for vengeance, and he misses the larger point of the story; whereas in First Contact, hearing a reference to the book is what snaps Picard out of his own thirst for vengeance, and enables him to take a step back and see the bigger picture.

So the two films, each in its own way, model the different relationships that readers can have with literature: it can change them, or it can leave them exactly as they were, only more so; it can open them up to something bigger than themselves, or it can be used to further their own self-centredness. But which way a story goes depends at least as much on the reader, as it does on the story.

Is it coincidence that those two films are, in my opinion, the best films featuring the original-series and next-generation casts, respectively? :)
Carmen Andres said…
i LOVED the Shakespeare in "Undiscovered Country" - when it's done well, i find that referencing lit like that (both in quote and plot) deepens the story and characters in so many ways.

great observation re the relationships we have with literature. it reveals a lot about us, doesn't it.