A San Francisco resident has posted a YouTube critique of the image of his city as it appears briefly in the recently released trailer for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek.
His main beef: The fleeting shot of what we presume is 23rd-century San Francisco (the home of Starfleet) shows mega-size buildings that are inappropriate for the city's human scale. You can watch it after the jump.
The fan also alludes to the city's longstanding tradition of activism (and SF-based io9 points out that the buildings would never pass muster with the city's strict zoning laws anyway).
Now, we love San Francisco as much as the next guy (heck, I was even born there), but really? Taking Star Trek to task for depicting outsized skyscrapers in a one-and-a-half-second shot in the freaking trailer?
Oh, before you write about preserving the human scale of San Francisco and how important it is to fight rampant overdevelopment and yadda yadda yadda, we get it. We're not advocating for 300-foot skyscrapers in the growth-averse city by the bay. We're saying: Get a grip! (Or, as William Shatner so famously put it, Get a life!)
Do Los Angeles activists complain about the depiction of their city in Blade Runner? Do Motor City denizens complain about how Detroit looks in RoboCop? Do citizens of the Big Apple decry the way New York looks in Watchmen or Escape From New York or any number of recent films?
Does someone need to get a sense of humor STAT? (Feel free to chime in below.) Star Trek opens May 8 (not 9th, as the fan says).