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The Writers Discuss

By Robert T. Trate     March 21, 2014
Source: IO9.com

Star Trek 3 has a director.
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Without JJ Abrams, Trekkies have mixed feelings about another Star Trek. Some are happy to see him go, others not so much. Co-writer J.D. Payne spoke to the LDS Film Festival about where they are thinking of taking a third film. 

We're trying to set up a kind of situation where you really could — and not in just an 'everything's relative' sort of moral relativism — you could be a good person of any creed or philosophical background and come down on both sides of how you should respond to this opportunity that the crew has.... that also has some pitfalls to it. Where you could argue very, very, very compellingly that 'this' is what you should do, and if you're advocating 'this' then it's actually evil.


It's sort of the Adam and Eve thing, where should we eat the fruit or not eat the fruit? Well, there are some very compelling reasons why they should and why they shouldn't. So, similar kinds of things here that really give the whole movie and opportunity to sort of play with that, and have people come down on different sides and wrestle with it; then come to an ending where you can walk out and say, 'You know, I don't know what I would do”.

This sounds like Star Trek, but Star Trek Movies that deal with heavy issues don’t play well with general audiences. Let’s face it, people want to see action at the theater. Those of us that love our Trek want these type of thought provoking philosophical stories. It is a hard balance when it comes to a making an all encompassing film.

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spiderhero 3/21/2014 12:27:48 PM

There was a episode of DS9: In the Pale Moonlight that was like this. Sisko HAS to get the Romulans involved in the war against the Dominion. The actions he takes were morally evil. At the end of the episode, you're left with a horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach. Chilling.

One of my absolute favorite episodes of the show. In fact, I think I'll pull out my DVD's & watch it again now.

invisioner 3/21/2014 12:29:38 PM

so...what is the story again? it sounded like a possible plot was being released here, but this is a common sense thought ALL  the Trek movies try to convey, but usually fail at it...A  lot of nothing here, Mania.

violator14 3/21/2014 2:05:31 PM

 Make it so.

irockdiesel 3/21/2014 4:26:35 PM

I kinda like where they took this new Star Trek, however, I do wish they would have left Kahn out of it.  I feel it was too soon since these guys haven't left the planet yet  Deep down, I'm hoping for someone from ST:TNG or the regular timeline to have survived this whole time paradox thing and is trying to figure out how to put things "they way they were" which pits them against this new crew so each crew technically is facing off against each other.... Oh well, one could hope...

jp64 3/21/2014 4:56:21 PM

<< I'm hoping for someone from ST:TNG or the regular timeline to have survived this whole time paradox thing and is trying to figure out how to put things "they way they were">>

Spock!  He's still there.  He will eventually tell young Spock what went wrong.  Young Spock will be in time to save Romulus, it will never be destroyed, and that will re-set the timeline since Nero will never go back in time and change things.

Wiseguy 3/21/2014 6:00:25 PM

 Bob I agree 100% but it's not an impossible task.

jp64  this is so vague but to me this premise always brings up the old dilemma of doing something preemptively to stop a future tragedy but not knowing if the consequences will be worse.
Like would you kill Hitler if you could travel back in time? You think you're saving millions of lives but that void could lead to an even worse leader taking over Germany or some other country perpetuating an even worse scenario
Hoping it's great
Miner49er 3/21/2014 6:34:53 PM

Star Trek III: The Search for Kirk... since he's out there driving drunk.

therockdltj 3/21/2014 8:04:44 PM

 The people in the original timeline can never go back into the past to change the outcome of the new timeline. If they would go back and change events all it would do is create another timeline so you would have a 3rd timeline. 

Modo 3/21/2014 8:10:09 PM

Just bring back Trek to the small screen - maybe a post Next Gen / Voyager Trek show with a new cast and some cameos from the Next Gen / DS9 / and Voyager crews.  They've been screwing up Trek on the big screen ever since Riker & Geordi flew up into space with Zefram Cochrane (WTF?) in First Contact, so let's just bring it back to where it thrives, on TV, where the die hard Trekkies will carry the franchise once again...

XeroWarp 3/22/2014 2:33:00 AM

 I think Payne also writes horoscopes and fortune cookies on the weekends.

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