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So I'm not sure how many of you would have seen the new Star Trek movie, I went and did just the other day, and I couldn't shake the feeling anytime the Romulans were on screen that I was watching a live action Dark Eldar movie, and I kind of liked it.
It's hard to dig up pictures to show you what I mean if you haven't seen it since alot of what I find is older Romulan images, which doesn't have the same feeling. But here's Eric Bana as a contemplative Romulan.
While not particularly knowledgable about Star Trek it seems this is a very new direction for the romulans with the tattooing and spikiest spike ship to ever spike (think the artwork for the gateway to commoragh in the rulebook, only you are looking out from the Romulan ship to space) I wonder if perhaps the Dark Eldar helped out a bit in shaping them.
NOTE: Obviously if you choose to discuss this be aware of the potential for spoilers, I don't think there's really a way to hide them on this forum so just be careful what you say.
Last edited by drunkspleen; May 17th, 2009 at 23:41.
Well sadly I cant open your window, but because i saw the film, i guess it doesn't matter.
Now that you meantion it, it realy feels odd to think about it. The spikey CC-weapon the "heamonculi" lab. Well it was good, but they where still way to nice for DE.
Apart from that, i didn't like the story. It was more main stream than star trek, but because the film still was funny and well made, it was a nice, watch, but no star trek.
It's certainly obvious that Abrams is trying to make the "Rogue Romulans" truly frightening rather than just another opponent for Kirk, so I can see the similarity there. I do think the Dark Eldar would be even more so if they were actually brought to screen, but of course we're talking about Trek and not a rated-R movie, so that would kind of handcuff him from creating something as truly evil as the Dark Eldar race.
I think there wasn't enough mystery involved (probably not enough time for the movie's unrelenting pace). We knew who the bad guys were and what their motives were pretty early in the story. In contrast, you could look at Cloverfield and see that there is a lot more terror involved when we don't know as much. And I think that's one of the coolest things about the DE is that we really only get glimpses into how terrible they can be. Not only are they psychos, motives unknowable from one moment to the next, but they are also highly secretive, so you never know what they're up to or when & where they'll strike next.
One other distinction I would make between the characters in Star Trek and the general character of the DE: The Romulans in the movie are bitter and vengeful rather than just being totally malevolent like the DE of the 40K universe. They do have a similar trait though: both are connected distantly with another race that has subdued their great potential for emotions (Vulcans and Craftworld Eldar, respectively), and they have both freed themselves of the restraints their sister races practice. Interesting connection there!
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Wow! Fantastic review there Korvin!
I would suppose the DE would rather enslave the entire population of Vulcan than snuff it out - the DE would see that as a waste of entertainment.
"On a hunch, I melted them down and inhaled the fumes and read the dark eldar codex again, AND FOUND A BUNCH OF NEW RULES HIDDEN BEHIND THE OTHER WORDS..." [Gardeth on modelling & interpreting the DE Codex]