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StarlightGuard 3/24/2009 3:57:31 AM

He doesn't want Trek to become Star Wars either, which is good, because so far it looks like Star Wars in Trek drag.

DaForce1 3/24/2009 10:19:57 AM

He said JJ was a fan of Trek, when JJ has said time and again that he never really got into the series and was never a fan.

This is going to be an anti-Star Trek movie. Low on plot, high on explosions and T&A.

Gene would be doing cartwheels in his grave if he wasn't already cremated at the travesty this franchise has become.

OmegaDean 3/24/2009 10:41:51 AM

So far I'm not impressed with this new Trek.  Of course we haven't seen it yet, but I just don't see this as Star Trek.  I don't like the majority of the casting, I don't like what I've seen of the acting.  So far I'm with you the guys Starlight and Wars in trek drag and very low on Star Trek suposition and ideas, just alot of flash

Hobbs 3/24/2009 10:59:09 AM

I'm sorry you guys are not hyped for this but I think you are being unfair based on the previews you've seen.  Why can't it be a movie that has both traditional trek and action?  

Everytime they did those traditional trek movies they sucked (usually the odd number ones) and everyone complained about them. "They need more action!" everyone was crying.  Now we get a Trek movie with action and based on Abrams track record I bet it will have a plot as well. 

Correct me if I'm wrong but I think you have a bigger problem with the reboot than what the story might be?

popa 3/24/2009 11:39:11 AM

 I don't see why you can't have more action in a Star Trek film.  There's nothing wrong with action per se, as long as that's not all it's about.  The core of Star Trek has always been the role of science in creating a larger role for humanity.   When the series began this was a revolutionary idea for TV.  At the time a lot people made fun of it because they didn't understand the concepts and there was a lot of I told you sos.  Star Trek is too cerebral the critics said.  Let's face it.  Star Trek was so successful because it stuck to its guns and didn't  dumb it down.  It went on to success because it didn't become just another action drama with space ships.  It was a success precisely because it didn't try to appeal to everyone.  And that's what a lot of us are afraid of, an action movie in Star Trek drag.  

DaForce1 3/24/2009 11:40:26 AM

Actually, I know what the story is already, and it's lame. Let's just say it involves time travel (again), two Spocks, and an Enterprise that looks like it was MTV's Pimp My Ride.

monkeyfoot 3/24/2009 11:51:45 AM

Hobbs, I agree with you. The negative commentators are basing their opinion on action-oriented trailers and spots. This is the type of advertising needed to get the average moviegoer who is not a Trekkie interested. Most people are familiar with who Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise are even if they haven't watched the show. But they might not interested enough to get them to go see a re-vamped version of it without seeing  trailers with spectacle. This is supposed to be a summer event movie afterall.

Now you could well be right and the film could turn out to be all flames and no real Trek meat cooking in the skillet but Abrams ,IMO, has proven himself to be a filmmaker of substance and has talked in interviews about putting himself deep into ST lore and philosophy so I have extreme optimism for this movie to be true to the spirit of Roddenberry''s vision. And unless there are an onslaught of negative reviews, I'm sure even the naysayers will find themselves in line for this movie.   

mstreed 3/24/2009 12:30:30 PM

Dan Madsen! Nice article, good to see you're writing for Trek again. Nicely done! I look forward to your future contributions! Thanks for all you do.

StarlightGuard 3/24/2009 2:12:30 PM

these are my biggest concerns: JJ seems to know nothing about Trek, and is obviously a Star Wars fan

now that's fine, I like both

but I'm afraid that, not just Abrams, but Paramount as well is making the mistake that was avoided with Star Trek II. (check out Star Trek: Movie Memories" by William shatner).

the story goes like this, people are saying "well you should make Trek like Star Wars, cause that's the way it should be done," and the filmmakers answer that by saying "no, then it wouldn't be Star Trek."

I'm afraid Abrams is making Star Trek into a Star Wars movie...

I've no problem with Trek having action...but there's also the possibilty Abrams could just throw explosions at us for the sake of having explosions...

Trek and Wars comes from two very different lines of thought....they just won't gel

plus I'm afraid Abrams and his hotshot writers will take away the maturity of the series and make it about a bunch of angry juveniles out to shoot anything that moves

goirish83 3/24/2009 5:36:31 PM

It amazes me that people that see a few trailers are so confidant that a movie will not be any good.  I am a Trekkie.  This movie excites me, I love the action, and will be there, probably more than once, on opening weekend.

The thing that separates Star Trek from Star Wars is the action, I always felt that Star Trek was a thinking man's version of Star Wars.  Captain Kirk is one of the most iconic characters in TV/Movie/Sci-Fi history.  I am glad that this movie is being made and I hope this re-boot launches several new movies with this cast, which by the way I think is great.

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