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Space...the final frontier

Posted on 2008.10.17 at 08:50
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Given the lackluster history of recent Star Trek films (and my own eye rolling disdain for anything 'New Generation') I sneered when I first heard they were making a new film - this one set when Jim & the crew were but at the Academy. This news reached me during the height of my 'this-six-degrees-of-separation-in-every-television-show-is-bullshit' phase, which I further projected onto this movie, possibly unfairly (though the director of the film is responsible for my feelings on the subject what with his television shows I based my ire upon).

And while I still don't know anything about the movie plot-wise, and the news snippets announcing which up-and-coming actor was going to play which character well...I don't really know any of these guys so wasn't motivated by the news. But when I ran across these pics, I couldn't help but think they were pulling out all the stops. Even assuming asininity is at the core of getting excited over promo pics, for the first time since the 1979 Motion Picture, I'm excited about seeing a Star Trek movie. I'm going to listen to Battlestations when I get home today.

Spock reminds me of lehah in this one


Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-10-17 14:06 (UTC) (Link)
God, I am SO geared up for the even greater increase in Star Trek slash when the movie comes out. It's going to be glorious. Bring on the Kirk-Spocking!

Spock reminds me of lehah in this one


(Although as a connoisseur of fine man-candy, I feel I should add that, while Zachary Quinto is pretty tasty in Heroes, he's not even in the same league of hotness as lehah. No, no, don't all thank me at once for my useful contribution!)
ehowton at 2008-10-17 14:27 (UTC) (Link)
I'm unsure Zachary Quinto reminds me of lehah but Spock's intense look is definitely reminiscent. I'm excited, and I don't know why!
galinda822 at 2008-10-17 14:10 (UTC) (Link)
Not being a huge franchise fan...I will probably not even see this.

Spock is the only one I recognize as he plays "Sylar" on Heroes.
ehowton at 2008-10-17 14:25 (UTC) (Link)
I've never watched Heroes or Lost so I won't know any of the actors. Regardless, I have high hopes.
irulan_amy at 2008-10-17 17:30 (UTC) (Link)
I am very skeptical. Very.

But I'll still watch it. ;)
ehowton at 2008-10-17 17:42 (UTC) (Link)
It can't be any worse than the last rash of films...surely not.

Edited at 2008-10-17 06:53 pm (UTC)
dawaioser at 2008-10-17 23:41 (UTC) (Link)
*NODS* in agreement. I recognize 3 of the actors but not enough to warrant a huge boost in my excitement levels. However your Patrick Stewart icon though - that does it for me though. LOVE THAT - RAWR!
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-10-17 23:12 (UTC) (Link)
I felt that a reboot was the best way to handle the Star Trek franchise; there's just too much history and that creates problems with continuity. A good example is how later Star Trek shows went out of their way to retrofit the timeline so that it wouldn't interfere with current events - according to the original series, the Eugenics Wars were already over by 1996 - but that only emphasized the continuity issues. Best to just dump all of the history and start over again anew... but I was against it happening so soon. And I also don't really follow J.J. Abrams, but thought MI:III was pretty lame (albeit a drastic improvement over MI:II, but that isn't really saying much). Until now, I had been avoiding any news about it. I have read that Abrams is going to maintain the optimism inherent in the original series, which I feel is an intrinsic element to TOS, and eliminating it would make it not Star Trek anymore.

With all the reboots going on, this is the first one that I've seen outside of Brandon Routh in Superman Returns that really made an effort to cast actors who bear some physical resemblance to the original cast. I think that it speaks volumes about how much the original actors were associated with the roles. I love the uniforms. They are the same template as the familiar William Ware Theiss outfits, but have been updated. My favorite of all Trek uniforms were the ones Robert Fletcher had designed for Wrath of Khan, but in terms of rebooting Star Trek I'm glad that they used TOS as the model (I wonder if they're going to do the TOS thing and have different insignia for each starship).

As far as music is concerned, I hope Michael Giacchino provides a strongly melodic score rather than just having the orchestra make a lot of noise as he did with MI:III (the only parts I liked of which were the quotes of the iconic Lalo Schifrin theme). He can write bold adventure music of the type that befits Star Trek, he has proven that with the Medal of Honor games and even The Incredibles, and I'm hoping that Abram's intent to make the movie optimistic will mean that type of score. I vaguely remember reading that he was definitely including the Alexander Courage fanfare at the very least, which is to my sensibilities good news, as a voyage of the Enterprise without that theme would be like a James Bond movie without the James Bond theme.

This is, actually, the first time that I've been able to muster up any sort of enthusiasm for the project at all.
joey_glover at 2008-10-17 23:22 (UTC) (Link)
i think that reply was longer than the actual post
ehowton at 2008-10-17 23:38 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know Giacchino was doing the score - which just like you, I'm both thrilled and nervous, for the reasons you mentioned above. I have to say that Speed Racer is on heavy rotation; enjoying it only after having seen the movie. But I can't imagine him not including the origial theme, as he's proven quiet adept at incorporating them into his own material. But you're right - its just not a Star Trek movie without it.

The original uniforms was the first thing that caught my eye - did you see the girl in the short dress??? Just awesome. I don't know exactly what it was about these pictures that led me to sit up and notice, but perhaps you're right in that casting had a part to play. It just looks like they're on the right track.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-10-18 01:02 (UTC) (Link)
Wasn't Voyager a Next Gen. show??? If I remember correctly it had that terribly confused woman playing Captain Janeway!!!
ehowton at 2008-10-18 01:22 (UTC) (Link)
By 'Next Gen' I was referring specifically to ST:TNG. Its good to see you around - you must be busy; I've missed you.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-10-18 05:35 (UTC) (Link)

b) Hello, celtmanx! Long time no see! *waves*
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ehowton at 2008-10-20 19:17 (UTC) (Link)
I'd go to more if the theater in McKinney didn't suck my balls.
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