Sunday, January 23, 2011

Star Trek Fight Club

I always thought I'd like Fight Club (1999), but for some reason never got around to seeing it until last night.
I did like it and found it incredibly funny and smart and bluntly honest about how attractive fascism can be, especially to people who feel adrift, bereft of meaning. (Tricky to show the attractive side without also celebrating it, but I thought the director, David Fincher, did a good job. People who think the movie's a celebration are scary.)

I'd heard about the movie over the years, so there weren't many surprises except one huge one:
How come nobody ever told me it has The Best Shatner Reference ever?

Narrator (Ed Norton): If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight?
Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt): Alive or dead?
Narrator: Doesn't matter. Who'd be tough?
Tyler: Hemingway. You?
Narrator: Shatner. I'd fight William Shatner.

I howled.

I'm surprised I've found little online linking Star Trek and Fight Club.
Do you think it's because they have different fan bases? Still, it's not such a stretch. Fight Club is a variation on the episodes "The Enemy Within" and "Naked Time," which ask, What's your inner secret self?
And Kirk loves getting beat up.

So, I set Fight Club's rules to Star Trek screencaps (from Trekcore). I put a little Spock in for fun too.
Can you name the episodes?

Curious connection: David Fincher directed both Fight Club and The Social Network (2010).

If they two movies met, would one say to the other, "we're the same person?"

Fincher said of The Social Network in an interview:
"I wanted to make the 'Citizen Kane' of John Hughes movies. That’s not to say we’re making 'Citizen Kane.' But specifically, the 'Citizen Kane' of John Hughes movies. So, yes, it is a coming of age movie. They are kind of dorky teens figuring this shit out between them. And there’s no real intervention on behalf of adult society, you know? It’s kind of like they’re forced to figure it out for themselves."
from Fight Club screencaps


Anonymous said...

Too early a.m., but I sneeked a peek anyway! Hmmmm....and Hah!...and Hmmmm...again.


Fresca said...

Stef: Exactly.

Anonymous said...

I cannot name the first two episodes, the rest is quite obvious. I love Fight Club, saw it some years ago. The line about Shatner makes it even better. :)

Edward Norton hasn't made a memorable movie in a while, has he?

bink said...

Nice slides, but I thought you'd make a movie...

and where's the Gorn?

Margaret said...

Kirk wasn't really fighting the Gorn;
it was foreplay.

Fresca said...

TINTO: I changed the first macro, so it's obvious too, now (Mirror, Mirror), and the 2nd is "Obsession."

BINK: Maybe I should have made this only with Kirk fighting non-humans (besides Spock)... The more I think about it, the more similarities I see between ST & FC.

MARZ: Well, and then there's that... (and all the "inventive loving/obscene" things Kirk does, as Jenn said in her comment on the last post).

Anonymous said...

Um, Fight Club has nothing to do with fascism, despite what your T.A. might have told you.

Fresca said...

ANON: Well, we needn't call it "fascism," we can just say
"groups that require unquestioning obedience on the part of its members and that they sublimate their will for the so-called greater good, which is usually the will of the hero-leader".

The fight club in "Fight Club" doesn't start out that way, but it morps into it by the end.