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We saw Star Trek on Saturday. We don’t go to movies very often. This was the first one in months. And we don’t always agree on what we want to see. But we agreed on this, and we enjoyed it.

I enjoyed seeing our favorite characters introduced, one by one, in their youths. The back stories were well done, and it was good fun seeing the first appearance of some distinctive saying or behavior of each character. I would happily see them all again, boldly going where no one has gone before, and the sooner the better.

On the other hand, the time travel aspect of the story was completely incomprehensible. Time travel necessarily introduces paradoxes, but I don’t know when I’ve seen them handled so poorly, or so carelessly, or with so little concern for making any attempt at logical coherence. The pity is that nothing in the story required a time travel component, in contrast for example to the Terminator movies, whose plots depend entirely on time travel. As far as I can tell, the only possible reason to introduce time travel is to provide a means to have Leonard Nimoy appear as Old Spock. Better to do without his character, or to give him a cameo as another character.

Well, no one asked me. Maybe next time we can dispense with such silliness. It marred an otherwise excellent movie.

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