It certainly does overshadow the whole film. Really, almost the entire crew ends up together, in their respective positions no less, through a series of forced coincidences that defy logic. Chekov should only be 13 years old from what TOS established, yet he's somehow 17 in this timeline and already an ensign. Apparently he was a child prodigy for having gotten through the academy by 17, ahead of cadet Kirk... Did Chekov enroll when he was 14? Sulu is the helmsmen because some other guy happened to call out sick. Uhura gets on the Enterprise because of her relationship with Spock, then gets the communications officer job because of a transmission she intercepted that Kirk happened to overhear her talking about earlier, and because she can distinguish Romulan from Vulcan (although I really have to doubt the languages are anything alike after centuries evolving separately, or that it should matter with the universal translator). Also, why is she still at the academy? She has the rank of lieutenant when she is assigned to a ship, and she was enrolled in Starfleet before Kirk. Shouldn't she have graduated? Scotty happened to be on a planet (or moon of Vulcan given its proximity? despite Vulcan has no moon. Which reminds me, Discovery also shows a moon when they arrive at Vulcan/Ni'Var) Kirk gets marooned on, and with Prime Spock's (who also just so happened to be marooned there) help, perfects the transwarp beaming formula that makes spaceships irrelevant (one of the dumbest things in these films for how broken a plot device it is). Then he becomes chief engineer because.... reasons? I mean, the chief engineer the Enterprise had was killed earlier, but how would Scotty get the position over anyone who'd actually been assigned to the ship? Scotty essentially abandoned his post to go with Kirk for no apparent reason.Shockwave wrote: ↑Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:20 pmYeah, you're not wrong about that and in thinking about it, it actually does kind of overshadow the whole film (at least for me). Because the whole time I'm watching CADET Kirk throughout the movie, I'm wondering when or how enough time in the movie is going to elapse for it to make sense for us to be watching CAPTAIN Kirk by the end of it. And unfortunately, it never happens, he just magically gets promoted at the end of it, which is stupid. And Chris Pine is not young enough to pull off someone who would be young enough to be at Starfleet Academy. I have mixed feelings about the movie. It was entertaining, the special effects were fine, the acting was fine, the cinematography was fine, but the writing was just so terrible that it takes me out of the experience. And that's where it fails as a movie.
McCoy... actually makes sense. As I recall, they established he was already a doctor prior to joining Starfleet, which may have allowed him to automatically jump up a few ranks, despite enrolling at the same time as Kirk. And with the death of the chief medical officer on the Enterprise, naturally he would assume the role. Spock... I guess makes sense as well, given the absence of Pike's "Number One" in these films. Although, I kinda miss the inclusion of the Number One character. It would have made Spock seem a bit younger if he was still a Lt. Commander, and second officer under Number One.
It's an enjoyable popcorn flick, but it's so disappointing as a Star Trek movie, that like you, takes me out of the experience because of how poor the writing is.