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Space...the final frontier

Posted on 2008.10.17 at 08:50

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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
joey_glover at 2008-10-17 23:22 (UTC) (Link)
i think that reply was longer than the actual post
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-10-17 23:41 (UTC) (Link)
It was also able to correctly predict, then articulate what I couldn't. How cool is that?
joey_glover
joey_glover at 2008-10-18 02:40 (UTC) (Link)
certainly impressive
ehowton
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.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-10-18 01:33 (UTC) (Link)
I hope so. Like you, I've found the last few films to be rather lackluster, with Nemesis being particularly offensive. In fact, I'd have completely forgotten they existed if they didn't have Jerry scores.

Giacchino has done the music for all of Abrams' stuff, so he was a shoo-in for this. I hope that he does model his approach with the original series in mind (Sol Kaplan's music for the episode "The Doomsday Machine" is as good a space opera score as any), and not the boring washes of sound that characterized most of the spin-off series.
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