Thursday May 23 2013 758 pm
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I know, you think I have lost it. You believe I’ve journeyed to that part of the galaxy where grown men and women whom you think of as ordinary neighbors, coworkers and such suddenly sneak off on a Saturday morning sporting Vulcan ears or muttering in Klingon–a language that someone has actually taken the trouble to invent, for crying out loud–and gather in convention centers the size of space docks to worship aging actors dressed as imaginary space voyagers. And now I’m trying to pull a parenting lesson out of it and take you with me.
Well, the last sentence is true. But stick with me on this, because as sure as the Horta* was a determined mother, there are values I want my kids to learn and I found one in this movie.
**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD**
I saw Star Trek into Darkness with my husband last week. It was filled with bravado, bad guys versus good guys, explosions, multiple references to Trek culture and to our own, real world. Just like all the Star Trek movies. It was a fun romp, even if the plot was a bit tired. But even though I thought eleven-year-old “Jack” might have enjoyed the movie, it never occurred to me to recommend it to him–until Kirk’s mentor, Captain Pike, died. Kirk grieved his loss, and I realized that the men’s relationship demonstrated something many kids don’t get to learn today.
We live in a time and place where parents battle teachers over bad grades, demand that coaches give their kids more playing time on a field, insist that there’s no way their kids could have exhibited the poor behavior for which they’ve been disciplined. Kids are often praised for being smart instead of working hard, parents complete homework projects and tough or grumpy teachers are often considered a problem for parents to deal with rather than a learning opportunity for students.
The fictitious Captain Pike isn’t easy on bad-boy James Kirk. (more…)