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The Official Star Trek Trailer Debuts

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.

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9 Comments on The Official Star Trek Trailer Debuts

  1. I still think Sylar is emoting too much for a Vulcan, I don’t care if he is half human.

  2. “I know many will go to the movie just because it’s Treck, but if it doesn’t follow the original in tone, will they accept the new movie for what it is, or trash it?”


  3. I’m a bit disappointed that Simon Pegg is using a Scottish accent. I know it’s Scottie, but even so…

  4. I’ll reserve judgement until I can see the movie in its entirety. But the interiors are very nice. A bit 2001-ish, I thought. I do wonder how a carjacking trouble-maker is going to make it to captain the Enterprise. Seems a bit of a stretch. (Echoes of Shore Leave from the TOS: “I tell you, Bones, I was positively grim.”) I think Carl Urban nailed McCoy in the “eyes” department. (Whaddya mean? You never noticed how expressive Kelley’s eyes were?) Am looking forward to seeing how the nonverbals play out.

    And Eric Bana. Ah, I remember him well from his early days in Australian comedy sketch shows. He’s always terrific to watch. So, a thumbs up so far….

  5. Are you kidding me? This isn’t James T. Kirk–it’s freaking James Dean reincarnated. Puhlease.

  6. Matte Lozenge // November 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm //

    Gene Roddenberry pitched the original Trek as “space-age Captain Horatio Hornblower.” Now for 2009 we get Mission: Impossible Trek by way of Michael Bay and Star Wars Episode I. Help! We are devolving, sinking back into the primordial ooze. Bluuurp .. blup blup.

  7. Give it a chance guys. Don’t be so critical. For one thing, Spock had to mature over the years. He may not have been so in control early in life. This could be more the formative years for all of them. Coming of age if you will. Can we all just take a step back, realize its just a movie, and really honestly wonder if we could do that much better? Give the guy a chance.

  8. Yeah, the interiors look okay. It’s a nice visual, building the ship (although physically, building it at the bottom of a gravity well is just dumb).

    But what the hell are they doing to that poor, 300-year-old Corvette? Who lets a 12-year-old go joy riding in that ancient work of art, and lets him throw it off a cliff? Sorry, my willing suspension of disbelief was kicked in the ass in the first friggin’ scene.

  9. I’m a little confused.  Kirk lived in Iowa.

    I’ve never been there, but they aren’t well known for their canyons.

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