On 29th October, the new Star Trek movie was released on DVD in Australia (though some countries, such as USA have to wait unil 17th November). To celebrate the release, I am going to write a couple of Articles about it.
I’d like to begin by reviewing the deleted scenes on the disc. Be warned, this article contains spoilers for both the movie and the deleted scenes.
The deleed scenes themselves are presented in the state in which they were left. This means that on some of them, the special effects are incomplete and this clearly show. The musical score also appears to be simple copied from other parts of the soundtrack. This is understandable, though it might have been nice if they has followed the example of George Lucas, who completed the deleted scenes after the fact, for the Star Wars Episode 1 DVD.
The first scene presented was Spock’s birth, as seen in the trailer. This was a nice little scene, but ultimitely didn’t add much to the movie that wasn’t already accomplished in other ways. Spock’s relatively normal and plesent birth was in stark contrast to Kirk’s birth which took place under tragic and heart-breaking circumstances.
Next we saw a scene of Kirk as a young boy, just prior to the car chase scene. This confused me a little. I had thought, from the car scene in the movie, that Kirk’ mother had re-married, and the car belonged to Kirk’s step-father. However, Kirk’s older brother (George Jr.) referred to the man as an uncle. (This may just have been George’s way of referring to a step-father that he obviously didn’t like). While I can see how the filmmakers decided that the scene was not ulimately necessary, and slowed the pace, it would have been nice to have at least seen George Jn, to confirm the fact that Kirk did in fact have an older brother (as seen in the Original Series). We also saw in this scene that Kirk’s new father figure was less and ideal, who treated the children with a great deal of disrspect when their mother was not around. I think his gives yet more insight into the person that Kirk became in the new timeline. Not only did he suffer from the lack of a good father figure (who inspired him to join Starfleet), but he now has to deal with the presence of a bad father figure. It is no wonder that Kirk grew up into a different person. Fortunately, the Kirk we used to know was still buried in there somewhere, and all it took were some wise and timely words from Chris Pike to bring it out.
The scenes that I had been eagerly waiting for were of course, the Klingon Rure Penthe scenes. It had always seemed like a confusing hole in the story to know that Nero had been hanging around the twenty third century for all of Kirk’s life so far. What were they doing? Had they been noticed? These scenes explain some of this. Ultimately the scenes didn’t contribute as much as I imaged they would, though the present of Rure Penthe (previous seen in Star Trek VI) would have been a lovely nod to canon, although the climate of Rure Penthe has obviously changed. As for the Klingons themselves, I had been eager to see what JJ Abram’s version of the popular aliens would look like. Unfortunately, in every scene, the Klingons had their faces completely covered by odd metal masks. Firstly, this seemed inconcistant with the character of most Klingons who would not feel the need to hide behind a metal mask. Secondly, it meant that we really didn’t see them at all. In the commentary, they kept talking about the wonderful makeup job they’d done, yet they covered up that makeup so noboy saw it. I found this very odd.
There were a few other little scenes. A moment between Spock’s parents, and an extended version of the Kobiashi Maru scene, giving greater insight into how Kirk beat the test.
In sumary, I could see why they chose to remove these scenes, but it was certainly special to be able to finally see them, and gain a little extra insight into the story.