May 22 2024


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Urban: Bone’s Metaphors

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For fans of Dr. McCoy’s metaphors, there were plenty of them in Star Trek into Darkness.

A complaint about the amount led to an unexpected result for Urban. Mild spoilers behind the cut.
Urban admitted that there were “a few” metaphors in the movie. “I was talking to J.J. as we were going through some of the scenes on the bridge, and I sort of noticed that a lot of my lines were metaphors,” he said. “So I went up to him and said, ‘Look, there’s a lot of metaphors here, like three in a row. Can we take one of these out so I’m not some metaphor man?'”

Not only did Abrams not take them out, he did something unexpected to address Urban’s complaint. “And his response to that was to give a line to Captain Kirk pointing out that I was speaking in metaphors,” said Urban. “It was quite hilarious.”

Urban had a favorite amongst the metaphors. “I think probably, ‘Don’t rob a gas station with a flat tire,'” he said.

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8 thoughts on “Urban: Bone’s Metaphors

  1. This movie sucked and it sucked hard. Almost as hard as it blew.

  2. ‘Don’t rob a gas station with a flat tire,’ …. some 21st century people would struggle to understand this, so a 22nd century life form would have no chance.

  3. Kirk would understand it, however; in the first film we see him driving his uncle’s Corvette, and later he has a futuristic motorcycle, so he’d know what a tire is.

  4. That scene nailed down Kirk without a father. Just nailed it. Also a nice bridge for n00bs to relate to the character and the futuristic setting.

    Dammit. Now I’m depressed about the new movie again.

  5. Indeed! When Urban is passionate about a role, he learns it, he lives it, he has it down. His McCoy and Dredd are perfect examples of this.
    But it’s too late now; JJ has gone all Michael Bay and completed his conversion to the dark side. He can’t hear a word of constructive criticism over all that ch-CHING!!!

  6. Urban, Pine, Quinto, Pegg, Saldana, etc… none of them are the problem. A script that is entirely reliant on the 50 years of Star Trek that Abrams and co are on record wanting us to forget about is the problem. You cannot, on the one hand, say you’re taking them into new territory that couldn’t be accomplished without a de facto reboot, and then portray them in a rehashed plot using rehashed characters, but with Kirk and Spock switched… Instead of Pike meaning something to Spock, ooooh, now he means something to Kirk… Instead of Spock sacrificing himself, ooooh, now it’s Kirk who does it. And let’s not even bother to write original dialogue, let’s just crib TWOK. 2009’s Star Trek had the singular merit of being fun. This wasn’t fun, didn’t make sense, and the emotional beats are entirely reliant on the Star Trek they decided was no longer relevant… Only people with a lens flare addiction and a penchant for bad fanwank would enjoy this movie.

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