Where no one has gone before

I think it was Benny Hill who once did a skit where he slowly plays a G chord from top to bottom. When he comes to the final string where where you expect to hear that familiar high G note, he mistakenly hits G#. The disagreeable note is funny.

As a fan of the original Star Trek series (if not always its philosophies), I was hesitant about the new movie. There was little reason for this hesitance. Star Trek is a deeply satisfying action film and great reintroduction to the series. It’s arguably better than any of the preceding Star Trek movies. It may be as good as the first Star Wars film. The young stars, especially the guy who plays Kirk, were all well-cast, and that was no easy task given our long familiarity with these characters. The script is taut and the director keeps the movie rolling along. He never gets caught in the weeds of most action films (yes, you, Batman Returns), where there’s one mindless and overdone action sequence after another. Star Trek relentlessly pushes its story through the action. There is only a small amount of (totally pointless, of course) profanity.

Then, at the end, after the first five notes of the chord were struck beautifully, the G# sounded. The classic Star Trek intro was voiced over by Spock, and ended with this:

To seek out new life and new civilizations / To boldly go where no one has gone before.

Did you catch that? “No one” instead of “no man.” After a full-throated, masculine adventure, the movie ends on an effeminate G#. They changed what may be the most famous voice-over in TV history in the name of political correctness. I left the theater with a sour taste in my mouth.

I’d like to suggest that the director and producer grow a pair. If that sounds crude, it isn’t meant that way.

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