Trekkies everywhere have been waiting for this day in breathless anticipation. The official trailer for the new J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie has just been released into the wilds of the intertubes, and here it is for you!
First, I never knew James Kirk was a rebellious, carjacking joyrider, someone who didn’t know ‘his place in the world’. Right off the bat this seems to be a significant tone shift for the original TV series, which had a decidedly optimistic bent. That’s not to say the rest of the movie isn’t optimistic, we can’t really say from what we see. But Kirk certainly seems to start out in a less than happy place. If done right, turning a joyrider into a heroic starship captain could be a heck of a story. Will the Trek fans agree? I know many will go to the movie just because it’s Trek, but if it doesn’t follow the original in tone, will they accept the new movie for what it is, or trash it? Can a Trek film succeed on the basis of a non-Trek audience? I guess we’ll see.
Second, I’m going to nerdgas for a second. You’re building a starship at the bottom of Earth’s gravity well? Really? Seems to me it might collapse under it’s own weight and in Earth orbit would be better. Heck put it at L4 for more fun and adventure, but not on the planet. Although the sight of it being built was cool.
In fact, I like look of the entire film. It seems to be shot well and the I really like the new interiors of the Enterprise. I’ve seen it described as iEnterprise, as if the Apple design engineers had built the thing. And it’s true, but I still think it evokes a more ‘modern’ looking future, as do the ship designs themselves. I’m not sure how I feel about the look of the new Enterprise, but it’s a damn sight better than the monstrosity that was the NCC-1701D.
Which is to say, unless future trailers bring the suck, I’ll be there to watch this in theaters. Although there appears to be a bit too much overt sex for me to bring my kids.