Friday, October 17, 2008

Star Trek Plot Details

Startrek-1We have some plot information for the upcoming Star Trek film thanks to Entertainment Weekly. We get the heads up on the following thanks to our friends at moviesonline:

Star Trek's time-travel plot is set in motion when a Federation starship, the USS Kelvin, is attacked by a vicious Romulan (Eric Bana) desperately seeking one of the film's heroes. From there, the film then brings Kirk and Spock center stage and tracks the origins of their friendship and how they became officers aboard the Enterprise.

In fact, the movie shows how the original series crew came together: McCoy (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoë Saldana), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho), and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). The adventure stretches from Earth to Vulcan, and yes, it does find a way to have Nimoy appearing in scenes with at least one of the actors on our cover — and maybe both. The storytelling is newbie-friendly, but it slyly assimilates a wide range of Trek arcana, from doomed Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood) to Sulu's swordsmanship to classic lines like, "I have been, and always shall be, your friend." More ambitiously, the movie subversively plays with Trek lore — and those who know it. The opening sequence, for example, is an emotionally wrenching passage that culminates with a mythic climax sure to leave zealots howling "Heresy!" But revisionism anxiety is the point. "The movie," Lindelof says, "is about the act of changing what you know."

I don’t like the sounds of this at all. I especially don’t like the fact that they seem to be gloating about how upset Star Trek “zealots” will be. Star Trek rules for a reason - it’s fucking awesome; that’s why it has zealots and if you are pissing them off just to prove a point - fuck you.

I was introduced to the original TV show as a child and grew up loving the characters and the universe. I was more than pleased when TNG turned out to be killer as well. TNG showed us how to do something new within the Star Trek universe and make it work. Just because all other attempts at recreating this success have fallen short doesn’t mean you give up. I would certainly rather see another spin on the Trek universe rather than return to the well and piss in it with Star Trek 90210.

I hope this is good, but I’m not holding my breath. The more I see; the less I like. Right now I’m wishing Backula and company had an Enterprise film in the works.


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