Monday, May 18, 2009

Sometimes Vulcans wear ugly sweaters, too.

So, it's been more than a week since the new Star Trek was released. Before I say anything else, it is only fair to say that I LOVED this movie, I think it was brilliant, witty, fun, and Zachary Quinto plays one hot Vulcan.

I think what I might have liked best about this movie was that we get some interesting alternate exposition. We see Spock as a child, and later, as a young adult. We learn that despite logic, even a Vulcan has to wear the Ugly Sweater.

We all know the Ugly Sweater. The one that some well-intentioned family member (or family friend) made for you. The one that itched, or grew, or had some dorky intarsia. Since none of the other Vulcans in the film wore ugly, ill-fitting sweaters made of acrylic (Homespun, anyone?) over their beautifully tailored outfits, I can only deduce there is one person to blame.

Winona Ryder. Aka, Mrs. Sarek, Amanda Grayson, and most importantly, Spock's Mom. She strikes me as the Ugly Sweater knitting type. (Would it be cliche to make a joke about her shoplifting something better for him than ACRYLIC?)

Poor Spock. As if he wasn't a pariah enough for being half human; now he has to don the Ugly Sweater of Half-Human Shame that his mother made for him. Nobody spoke up for him.

My mother saved me from an Ugly Sweater (which, by the way, would have been the autumn-colored, cardiganed sister of Spock's USoHHS) in high school. I saw the end result, which the offending relative decided to make for herself and it was a crime against knitting. A CRIME!

Someone needs to stop the madness. If you happen to witness a crime against knitting, please call the [fictional] Crimes Against Knitting Hotline: 1-800-STOP-THE-ACRYLIC.


  1. I completely agree with the poor choice of materials and I am still confused as to why this sweater is so freakin' baggy, too. The "logic" escapes me. Which is why I agree that Mom must have knitted it for him. The way she was fiddling with his clothes and he wanted her to stop fussing over him...yea, I think she made it. But I suppose it could have been worse. It could have been knitted by Mrs. Weasley and then it would have had a big "S" on the front.

  2. Haven't seen the movie but plan to as soon as child-minding arrangments can be made, so I'll have to look out for the offending sweater. I'm sure the burning, tearing eyes will be a dead give away.

    Thanks for the warning. ;)

  3. I'm surprised (and possibly a little disappointed) that you didn't link "dorky intarsia" to this. ;)

  4. I feel compelled to follow up and note how much I love Wil Wheaton, and I think that the sweater to which I linked is awesome on a number of levels. And I'm not being snarky or sarcastic at all. For real.

  5. Loved the movie, hated the sweater. I am baffled by the many ravelers who want to knit that atrocity. Maybe Spock wore it to prove that he didn't have feelings :#

  6. I'll honestly say I thought it was adorable. I actually want to make it and wear it.


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