SF: Science Fantasy – Science Fiction – Science Future

by webmaster on May 9, 2009

Watching the new Star Trek movie made me think of how the orighinal series inspired technological innovations like the flip top cell phone – inspired by the communicators Kirk and Spock were using in the original series, though they don’t seem to have made it into the new film.

The new movie covers some other interstic scientific areas: black holes, supernovas, time travel. The way in which the black holes and supernova are handled in the movie are pretty good representations – nothing too unscientific there.

At first I thought the time travel representation was going to fall into the same trap that Terminator does, and disrupt the causality timeline, allowing the characters to change their future. However by the end I was happy that they hadn’t done this. Of course that meant that Spock had to lie to Kirk, but if that was the logical course of action, I suppose that’s all right. As a matter of fact by the end of the film, I thought they had made a film which did a very good job of creating a time/causality loop which really does loop – enough plot spoiling, go see it yourself. The only other film that comes to mind which does a good job on the time/causality loop is Twelve Monkeys, which if you’ve never seen, I recommend…
Back to Star Trek. Apart from the black holes and supernovas, there were plenty of gleaming panels, touch screen computers, spaceships of other lifeforms which were designed differently in keeping with that lifeform – all good representations as they say.
Clearly the more advanced we get, the more the Science Fantasy of the 1950’s and Science Fiction of the 80’s and 90’s has become the Science Future of the present.
All in all a very good film in its own right, particular kudos to Simon Pegg as a slightly comical Scotty. Oh yeah, if you do go to see Star Trek, watch out for everyone in the theatre trying to use both arms of the seat every time Kirk sits into the captain’s chair.

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