Friday, November 20, 2009

SciFriday: Why The Coincidences Of 'Star Trek' Worked

SciFriday: Why The Coincidences Of 'Star Trek' Worked

By the way, didn't your mom always tell you there's no such thing as coincidence?


Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in this year's blockbuster hit "Star Trek," had some great thoughts to share about his role recently on Twitter.

Besides praising the writing work of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and adding the great directorial work of J.J. Abrams, Pegg also addressed something that has been a concern of some fans since the film's release last May: There's an awful lot of coincidence.

"I love that Scotty shows up late," Pegg said on Twitter. "The film is about fate. About time healing itself. He's furthest away, and yet he is found.

Some have questioned the coincidences, but they are the point. Destiny is stronger than time and circumstance. The crew are supposed to unite."

Since the film was released, this is a column I have tried to write, but usually something else came up, or I simply forgot. But Pegg explains my thoughts on the coincidences so well, I am not sure why I'm even bothering to write about it. But I completely agree with this assessment.

There was a lot of coincidence in the film. Somehow, despite all the changes in the timeline, everyone seems to get back together. And events that could not have unfolded originally (like Kirk being jettisoned to the planet where Scotty was) happened and brought the crew together.

But yes, Nero's encroachment into the past disrupted many things. It put a lot of people on far different paths than they would've been otherwise. But time has a way of trying to fix itself. There are some things that are just supposed to happen, and if they don't happen through normal course, then they will happen through whatever means necessary to make it work.

The crew of the USS Enterprise was supposed to be together, even when they ended up being further apart than anticipated. It just all works out someway, with some variation.

Obviously, the timeline cannot bring Vulcan back. It cannot bring Kirk's dad back. It can't bring back that nice Corvette that Greg Grunberg's character owned.

But it can do it's best to try and go back to the original timeline as best as possible. And while we might call it convenient coincidence, Mother Time (or in this case, Simon Pegg) calls it destiny.

And in the end, while the alternate timeline allows new stories to be told and new fates to unfurl, it still is Star Trek.

"What blew me away about Alex and Rob's script is that New Trek cannot exist [without] the old," Pegg said. "Nothing is discounted. Spock Prime validates all. So smart."

There are rumors floating around that Khan will show up in the next movie. Of course, Abrams wouldn't confirm or deny it, so fans are drawing their own conclusions. And while I'm not sure if it's a good idea to resurrect old villains (I'm more about new ones), if there is anyone who can pull this off, it's the crew of Orci, Kurtzman and Abrams, so I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt.