[via Entertainment Weekly]
Entertainment Weekly managed to snag a look at the new poster for the upcoming Star Trek movie reboot. Take a gander below:
After looking at this for awhile, I can’t say that it does a whole lot for me.
Sure, Zack Quinto looks awesome as Spock, but he also looks like Sylar with pointed ears. Is he type cast already?
Chris Pine plays Cpt. Kirk. Err, ok. He looks smug, and maybe he should. We all know Kirk re-programmed the Kobayashi Maru simulation so that he could win (I hear that is referenced in the movie) so maybe that accounts for the look on his face. Otherwise, his Kirk isn’t doing much for me.
Eric Bana plays the Romulan. Okay, at least he looks cool, even if he might have come straight off the set of Star Trek Ink. But we do get to see what a Romulan looks like in the new Trek, and they certainly, well Nero here, look intimidating.
Finally Zoe Zaldana plays Uhura. You may notice that her pose on this poster is similar to how most female characters appear on the cover of SF books: back to the viewer, looking over the shoulder. ‘Smoldering’ is the word I would describe her appearance. Since she’s prominently displayed on the poster, let’s hope the character has more to do than wear a mini-skirt and answer the phone.
Which leads me to this question…
Without a doubt, the big three characters of Trek are Kirk, Spock and McCoy. In fact, the original series is about their interactions and friendship as it is anything else. I would imagine that most non-Trek fans know these three more than the other characters. Why is McCoy not on the poster?
The one answer that makes sense to me is this: the poster is aimed at the fans in an effort to generate hype and word-of-mouth. Something like, ‘Look at what Abrams has done with Uhura!’ with much fan fawnage to follow. And really, if you aren’t a fan, do you even know which characters are being shown? No. I would imagine McCoy will appear on a later poster.
So, if it’s aimed at the fans, how does it affect me, a Star Trek fan? Well, I’m still not sold. Aside from Bana there, I think the poster is weak overall. Maybe that’s because I am not convinced that a re-booot, even with boy wonder Abrams, will succeed. I’m still waiting for that one piece of info, that one trailer that knocks me out about Trek XI. I’ll be waiting for awhile more it seems.