06/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Sexualization of Spock [Star Trek Review]

However the time between their arrivals is some twenty five years, a hell of a time for anger to fester. They await Spock's return, and when he does their plan to exact a terrifying revenge that will affect the entire Federation begins. This path seems far from Starfleet until a chance encounter brings him face to face with Captain Pike who reminds Kirk of his father's achievements and offers him the chance to follow in his footsteps. The change seems somewhat unimportant in the grand scheme of things and can easily be put down to the creators just changing early events for their story. 1

The new Star Trek movie, opening tonight, is a brilliant and exciting re-imagining of the original series. His half-human, half-Vulcan identity made him an Everyperson for young Americans dealing with a multicultural society where the familiar and the foreign were alloyed. In J.J. Abrams' new film, this subtext is made explicit: Spock leaves Vulcan to escape the anti-human racism he encounters everywhere, even among his people's most revered scientists. So why should he embrace the Vulcan path of repression? Though he remains obsessed with logic, his face often hovers on the brink of an ironic smile. 2
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