This has probably been mentioned already, but I have to get this off my chest
So Star Trek:Into Darkness was a great film - in fact, I loved all three movies. But one little thing that always bugged me was how much Bones was downplayed. I particularly have a lot of feelings for this scene:
Now, there is truth to that - Spock did capture Khan, whose blood was used to generate the life-saving serum. Spock risked his own life to capture a dangerous, near-invincible psychopath for Kirk (even though his initial intention was to kill Khan out of revenge and had to be begged by Uhura to spare his life). So I’m not going to deny the importance of Spock’s role in Jim’s revival (I love Spock, love his friendship with Kirk, not knocking that one bit). But tell me, was it Spock who:
- injected some of Khan’s blood into a dead tribble out of scientific curiosity, to study its incredible regenerative powers?
- discovered that the Tribble had been brought back to life, thus realising that Khan’s blood could be used to bring back Kirk?
- had the quick thinking to cryogenically freeze Kirk’s body in order to prevent his organs decomposing to a point that would be beyond saving?
- took Khan’s blood - breaking countless ethical guidelines in the process - and dedicated his time to generating a serum (surely that must have taken days, if not weeks, to generate a successful serum that could be safely used to medicate a human)?
- carefully nursed Kirk back to health?
Nope, all Bones. Now, I don’t have proof as to what happened during the two weeks Kirk was in a coma, but do you honestly think that this man:
… just carried on as normal? Or do you think he never left Jim’s bedside unless he was physically dragged away by other crew members so that he could eat/sleep before collapsing? Of course, Bones being Bones, he’s very flippant when his part in rescuing Jim is ignored:
… even mentioning Uhura’s part in it, because he won’t take all the credit, he acknowledges all who helped. Because he doesn’t care about recognition or thanks when it comes to Jim - he just wants to keep his best friend ALIVE. But why oh why couldn’t we just get a little acknowledgement from someone else about how Doctor Leonard Horatio “Badass” McCoy literally CHEATED DEATH and brought a dead man back to life as though it was just a normal part of a medic’s life?! The fact that he broke several medical ethics laws, thus risking his whole career, just to give the ship her captain back? WHY DOES NO ONE SEEM TO ACKNOWLEDGE THIS?! And don’t get me started on the fact that he didn’t even get to say goodbye and the first time he sees Jim after the warp core incident is when he is lying in a freaking body bag on one of the biobeds.
Like all people who spend a great deal of time together, the crew of the Enterprise soon saw themselves picking up traits and phrases from one another. While it was indeed odd to see Scotty bounce like Bones or hear Sulu casually insert Russia into conversations, perhaps the most disturbing was witnessing Spock refer to a member of the crew with a very southern “darlin’.”
Spock is the alternative punk who keeps a green stripe in his too-straight hair and has three piercings in his left ear and five in his right. His touch telepathy lets him sense the haircut his patrons really want, and lets him know when to shy away from the sharp implements. He keeps his music blasting even though it annoys the hell out of everyone else–especially McCoy.
McCoy, who is more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy, but who can do the best damn fade this side of the Mississippi. Who uses the clippers and scissors passed down to him from his father. Who has the steadiest hands in the tri-state area so people come from all around to get their hair cut at Enterprise Barbershop.
They come for another reason, too: To hear Spock and McCoy argue.
Their arguments are legendary. The barbershop website is half glowing reviews from people who have received the perfect haircut and half confused retellings of the latest argument. “They argued about scissors length today.” “Back at it again with that Socrates discussion.” “I’ve never heard someone say ‘illogical’ so many times in a row. It stopped sounding like a word.”
(Jim, the shop owner, keeps them away from the reviews. He doesn’t want them to get self-conscious and stop arguing.)
They have a “friendly” rivalry going to see who can give the best haircut. They’re pretty evenly matched, although McCoy says Spock is cheating with all that Vulcan voodoo he does. McCoy still has a slight lead, much to Spock’s chagrin.
(But secretly he’s proud. He likes to see McCoy’s smile after every successful cut.)
They cut each other’s hair, too, never letting up on the sniping even as they snip. McCoy has a dozen wigs of practice hair with identical bowl cuts at home that he’s used to hone his art and he leaves Spock with an impeccable trim every time. Spock retaliates with increasingly outlandish hairstyles that McCoy says he loves, just to spite him.
(And maybe Spock’s hands linger longer on McCoy’s skin than is strictly necessary. McCoy does the same thing to him, anyway.)
Word gets around that McCoy can do a traditional Vulcan cut and the shop starts getting a different kind of clientele. They come from lightyears away looking stoic and somber, but they leave with a certain lightness to their step. Perhaps they like the arguments McCoy always starts with them. Certainly they like the haircuts–although they would never admit such a thing.
And Spock grows slowly jealous at the sight of McCoy laughing and chatting with one Vulcan after another. That’s supposed to be him making McCoy laugh, and annoying him with claims of logic.
One day McCoy is applying aftershave to a Vulcan four times his age when he looks askance at Spock. “Your hair’s getting a little long around the ears, there. A mullet doesn’t suit you.
“Illogical,” Spock says, miffed. “My hair is hardly a ‘mullet.’“
“Just the same you’d better let me cut it tonight. To make sure.”
When the shop closes and everyone else has gone home, Spock does. He sits in the chair and McCoy flips the cover around his neck. Ties it off. He starts with clippers, moves to scissors, spritzing water that makes Spock shiver. McCoy runs his hands through Spock’s hair and grabs the heated shaving cream. His hands glide, warm, and then he takes the single blade to cut the fine hairs on the back of Spock’s neck. The aftershave startles him, but what surprises Spock more is that when McCoy spins him around he doesn’t stop at the mirror.
He just slides his hands through Spock’s hair, messing it up, then straightening it again. “Looks good,” he says with a lopsided grin.
And he doesn’t argue at all when Spock takes him by the shirt and pulls him into a kiss that seems to last forever.
So today I was out for some shopping and lunch with Cal and our friends, a lovely couple, who are Star Trek fans as well.
The conversation went to the sad passing of Anton, and what would happen to the role of Chekov now.
Cal and his friend thought that they should have Jaylah back, and she could take the navigation / engineer role, and would be good with Sulu. However, I disagreed and thought that the role should be recast as, as much as I love Anton and miss him, Chekov is an integral role and in the TOS and films and his relationship with Sulu is wonderful and his youthful innocence gives something to the group whereas as we’ve seen Jaylah is a little jaded, her innocence has been taken and she was vengeful and filled with anger.
I don’t know what they’ll do in the fourth film, or indeed what the cast would do, but I would like to see Chekov still as part of the cast.