star trek beyond was such a good movie but it was also such an important movie, especially with how everything is right now. to have a blockbuster action movie centralizing around friendship and unity and cooperation and peace released smack dab in the middle of a summer, hell, a year of political and societal conflict is so important. this is what star trek has always been about and it honestly is making me a little emotional
spock and uhura: the enemy is using a hive mind to move! they’re like bees!
sulu: ok but according to all known laws
of aviation, there is no way a bee
should be able to fly. its wings are too small to get
its fat little body off the ground. the bee, of course, flies anyway because bees don’t care
what humans think is impossible.
what she means: Spock’s very conception took 5 years and a team of Vulcan geneticists to achieve and happened not just because his parents wanted a child but to send “an Important Message” to both Vulcan & human societies. And his first independent rebellious act was to join Starfleet instead of attending the Vulcan Science Academy as per his father’s wishes after that illustrious institution condescended to accept him despite the “disadvantage” of having a human mother - a decision that rippled far beyond his family circle as by becoming the first Vulcan in Starfleet Spock voluntarily put himself in the position of “representing” a culture that had never fully accepted him to an organization that for all its high falutin egalitarian ideals “others” him more often than not. AND THEN even after the destruction of Vulcan he ultimately decides - after much angst & introspection - to remain in Starfleet and continue a romantic relationship with a human woman despite the near genocide of his father’s people.
Literally EVERYTHING about Spock’s life has been a priori politicized, even and especially his most “personal” decisions & relationships. He was CREATED a Symbol & never, not for a moment, allowed the illusion that he is or can be “just a person.”