ALICE EVE STRIPS
Film: Star Trek Into Darkness
What happens? Dr Carol Marcus (Alice Eve), new science officer on the USS Enterprise, has just revealed to Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk that she came aboard under a false name (Wallace) and is actually Admiral Marcus’ daughter. She has suspicions about the strange new torpedoes her father has developed, and to check them out safely, she needs to take a shuttle to a deserted rock and open one. Apparently she’ll need to wear a flight suit for the trip – so she strips off her uniform in front of the commanding officer she’s just met so she can change ASAP.
WTF? Possible excuses: there’s some flirtation going on. Pop culture has it that the mere presence of James T. Kirk makes women’s clothes fall off (he wasn’t actually that much of a dog in the original series). Or maybe they’re really casual about nudity in the 23rd century. The problem with those explanations: vanishingly few smart women ‘flirt’ by stripping; surely there’s a time and a place for Kirk to work his mojo; if they were all that casual, she wouldn’t express shock when he turns around a moment later.
Even the director and writers have admitted this was a gratuitous moment for the fanboys and apologised.
The lesson: If you’re going to get one of your “strong female characters” naked, at least put a little thought into it.
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