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If we got angry about this kind of thing we'd be angry all the time

There Was a Deleted Cumberbatch Shower Scene; I’m Not Impressed

On Conan O’Brien last night J.J. Abrams was asked about the recent controversy over a moment of contrived near-nudity in Star Trek Into Darkness. And I actually respect Abrams’ response: he says that his intention was to do a quick joke in the midst of a bunch of action, but says “I don’t think I quite edited the scene in the right way,” and of those that felt the scene was exploitative “I can also see their point of view.” There are ways that the scene could have been directed or edited in a way that actually made it appear that Carol Marcus’ reaction to Kirk being a supercreep shamed or cowed him in, well, any way. If Abrams felt this scene was really the “balance” to a brief scene of Kirk post-coitus with two alien women, where his nudity before the opposite sex is a product of his sexual prowess, not something that he has just expressed a clear desire to avoid, I just wish he’d executed that better.

Abrams also shared a few seconds of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character taking a shower, which was not included in the final cut of the movie. And since Cumberbatch is kind of a rising nerd property now (particularly among women), that clip is getting spread around quite widely, touted as the end to the argument. And I’d like to, just for a moment, talk about what this clip isn’t: it isn’t evidence that men and women’s bodies are treated equally in the movie.

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I Want to Believe

Damon Lindelof Says Something Else About Women in Star Trek Into Darkness

“I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress. We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies. Do not want to make light of something that some construe as mysogenistic. What I’m saying is I hear you, I take responsibility and will be more mindful in the future. Also, I need to learn how to spell ‘misogynistic.’” - Star Trek Into Darkness writer Damon Lindelof in a string of four tweets sent out roughly a half hour after we posted his lackluster answer as to why actress Alice Eve was made to strip down in the film for no reason.

It’s nice to see Lindelof comment on the complaints at all, and we hope he really is more mindful of these types of things in the future but we must point out – having half naked actors in a sex scene does not equal the treatment Eve received. Again, it’s all about context and Dr. Carol Marcus was put on display with none. What do you think of Lindelof’s apology?

(via tipster commenter Eric)

Previously in Star Trek

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Today in things that make us scream incoherently

Damon Lindelof on Women in Star Trek Into Darkness

“Why is Alice Eve in her underwear, gratuitously and unnecessarily, without any real effort made as to why in God’s name she would undress in that circumstance? Well there’s a very good answer for that. But I’m not telling you what it is. Because… uh… MYSTERY?” - Star Trek Into Darkness writer Damon Lindelof writing probably the most idiotic thing he could write in a letter to MTV.

They had asked, “I feel like I have to start with the biggest mystery/conversation that’s surrounded the film from the get go. Why is Alice Eve in her underwear at one point?

Because, well, that is an incredibly relavent question to ask.

I mentioned it briefly in my non-TMS review but really, I could have gone on for pages about it. Eve’s character of Dr. Carol Marcus was touted to have incredible intelligence, though instead of allowing her to use it to effect the plot, she was used as the most blatant eye-candy I’ve seen in a long time. We see this kind of thing a lot in Hollywood, sure, but the scene in question was akin to an actor holding up and verbally speaking the name of a can of Coca-Cola during a scene about cats or general surgery. And for a writer to respond to serious criticism in such a flippant manner is disappointing to say the least. Not to mention what he said when asked about a rumored shirtless scene for Benedict Cumberbatch’s character:

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Pride and Prejudice and Pulp

Redditor dannynolan also posted pulp redesigns for The Great Gatsby, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Robinson Crusoe, and Tess of the d’Urbervilles, but this one of Pride and Prejudice is my favorite by a mile. Oh, Mr. Darcy! (via Flavorwire)

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Make It So

J.J. Abrams Has Promised Us Sexiness in Star Trek Into Darkness

And not just the sexiness inherent in having a really, really, ridiculously good-looking cast. No. The term “various moments of … undress” was stated.

But first he had some things to say about the sexiness of Trek as a franchise. Bow-chicka-bow-wow.

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Dammit Jim!

Abrams & Cumberbatch Talk Star Trek Into Darkness Villain Details & RoboCop’s Role Revealed!

Instead of using this space as an introduction, I’ll use it to say you won’t be getting Benedict Cumberbatch character spoilers here but you will find out who Peter Weller will be playing in the film. Got it? Good. Let’s go.

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To Boldly Go

J.J. Abrams Says Dr. Carol Marcus Won’t Be Relegated To Love Interest In Star Trek. Gives Another Huge Detail Away.

J.J. Abrams hasn’t been giving many details about Star Trek Into Darkness but he has said some interesting things about Dr. Carol Marcus. Oh, and he just happened to confirm whether or not we’ll be seing the Klingons this time around. 

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Slave Leo

Mad Art Lab has a big feature written by Slave Leo, a Rule 63 Princess Leia cosplayer. He’s got some interesting things to say. 

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KHAAAAAN

A Wrath of Khan Character Is In Star Trek Into Darkness (Not Khan)

I know people have some strong feelings as to whether or not Khan Noonien Singh should even enter the realm of J.J. Abrams Star Trek but while people debate that, some other news was quietly released. A character from Star Trek’s past, from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to be exact, has a role in Star Trek Into The Darkness. Who is it? Hit the jump to find out and maybe there will even be talk of Klingons!

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Where Our Knowledge of British Culture Comes From

No, but seriously: we watch Sherlock, too. (Doctor Who on Tumblr)

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