Star Trek has come a long way since its many decades as different TV shows. Now, it’s a blockbuster film franchise, and one that’s getting a little bit of controversy attached to it as of late. Former Lost writer, Damon Lindelof, is in hot water for the character of Carol Marcus, played by Alice Eve.
She’s a science officer, but is best known for her body, which appears in the trailer for a few seconds and the film for not much longer. The scene has Alice Eve changing into a space suit as Kirk glances over to find her in her underwear. Carol is a weak character to begin with, and this scene in particular just seemed like pandering to a male audience. Critics like Jill Pantozzi were not amused:
“Suffice to say, her purpose in the film was minimal and they made her stand around in underwear for absolutely no reason. We didn’t even see an actual display of the intelligence she was touted to have,”
Lindelof has since apologized for thinly writing her character and including that scene. Here’s what he had to say about it once it started becoming an issue:
“I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress,” Damon tweeted.
“We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies. Do not want to make light of something that somÂ construeÂ has mysogenistic [sic],”
“What I’m saying is I hear you, I take fullÂ responsibility, and will be more mindful in the future,” he tweeted.
I don’t think it’s the fact that Eve was in her underwear that was so controversial, it’s just the fact that she’s supposed to be this great scientific mind, and this is the only scene anyone will remember of hers in the entire movie. In fact, all of the female characters in the film feel thin, all two of them. Uhura simply exists this time around to make Spock feel a bit more human in a scene or two, and has little purpose past that.
What did you think about Alice Eve’s Carol Marcus in the film? Has the movie strayed too far from the show?