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Star Trek: What’s the Matter?

Posted by gregchiaramonti on May 16, 2009

Star Trek: What's the Matter?

So, what IS the “red matter” in the new Star Trek (2009) movie? Could it possibly be some exotic form of Silly Putty? Remember that stuff? It came in a little plastic egg, and you could squash it and stretch it, and it also bounced pretty good. It was actually a type of strange material somewhere between solid and a really slow liquid. The grooviest thing was the way you could flatten it onto a newspaper or comic book, and then peel it away to reveal a copy of whatever was on the page, which you could then proceed to deform as you wished. Hey, don’t laugh, Generation Facebook! This was before scanners and Photoshop, and even photocopiers weren’t that readily available back in the 70s when I was a kid (and Silly Putty was around since the late 50s, so it really was the “analog Photoshop” of its time).

I did think the whole red matter MacGuffin was awesome. Although, I’m not sure if it totally qualifies as a MacGuffin, since it actually provides a function in the movie, even if we don’t really find out exactly what it is – just what it does, which is to (spoilerz) create massive singularities with a convenient script-enhancing, cool-cameo-enabling time-travel component.

As a huge Star Wars fan myself, I have to say this new Star Trek was just incredible – J.J. Abrams and his writers definitely injected some Star Wars genetic material into the Trek DNA, bringing a lot more energy and higher special effects standards to the mix. But the characters really brought the story to life for me – all of them were excellently casted and portrayed spot-on by the actors, with just the right balance of homage to the originals and a fresh take on them.

Nero, the tattooed, Romulan villain of the movie, wasn’t the most interesting evil space alien, but he had a few cool stand-out moments when he wasn’t busy napping or trimming his five-o’clock shadow. His facial tattoos did remind me of another famous sci-fi prequel villain who also sought revenge… someone a bit redder and, er, hornier shall we say (see, everything always comes back to Star Wars for me – sorry Trekkies).

– Nigel Matrix

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3 Responses to “Star Trek: What’s the Matter?”

  1. Amen, the new Trek was very satisfying on most levels. The only thing I found a bit odd was them constructing a new Constitution-class starship in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa. Yeah, I know it’s a big huge metaphor and all, but sheesh…you’d get corn weevils in the warp nacelles.

    Great comic (exclamation pointz)

    • Thanks!

      Yeah, I agree about the starship being constructed in Iowa. I read somewhere that the writers based it on a piece of really cool fan art that was floating around for a while. They explained it by saying that the systems on the Enterprise need to be calibrated to work within the same gravity that the artificial gravity on the ship will be simulating. So since the artificial gravity is turned off until the ship is operational in space, the nearest similar gravity well is on Earth itself. Oh, well – it did look cool. And I guess if you run out of pipe or caulk during construction, it’s easy to just take a run over to Home Depot.

  2. ehh.. love it.

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