Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:
Pop culture can be stultifying. It grinds us down, appeals to our lowest impulses, sometimes sells us out. But every once in a while it manages to harness the full weight of its resonances, to sort of trade in on what it’s deposited in our imaginations. And when it does that it can hit us right where we live. A moment like this makes all of “Star Trek” worthwhile. It even manages to redeem that dopey “live long and prosper” thing.