Still a trek

Posted: April 21, 2006 in General, Movies/TV/Music

Variety today is reporting that J.J. Abrams has been signed to direct and produce another Star Trek movie. I think, for the most part, that this is a good thing.

Abrams has a quality that many of his peers seem to lack. He has a way of crafting something that immediately grabs you and glues you to what you’re watching. He’s been attached as writer in some fashion to a number of good popcorn flicks in the last decade, but more importantly both Alias and Lost sprang from his mind.

Don’t get me wrong, Alias jumped the shark in a big way the 4th season, so he also has the power to kill something as easily as he can create it.

Mission Impossible III will be an excellent example of what Abrams can do with someone else’s material, and from the sound of it, MI:III will be the movie that neither of the first two can match (which isn’t actually saying that much).

So what does this mean for Star Trek? Well for one, Paramount might be starting anew (although a little sooner than I would have expected). There isn’t any mention of who else will have their fingers in things, but my hope would be that those who have been responsible for Trek in the past have nothing to do with the future of Trek. Maybe we’ll see the drama and action that we’ve always thought was possible, but never really realized.

Of course, there is always the chance that (as I’ve heard he tried to do with Superman) we will walk Trek down a line that the existing fan-base will stare at in disbelief as Abrams throws all the rules out the window in the hope to “remake” Trek.

As far as canon goes, Trek has a lot of it. 10 movies and 726 television episodes (that’s about 563 hours of screen time). The rules are a little loose in the Trek universe, but there are still many hard and fast rules that can’t be fucked with. Of course, there’s always the issue that you’ll probably never get non-Trek fan to watch a Trek movie.

I don’t think that means it’s bound for failure, Trek will never die, but we all need a breath of fresh air to revitalize our faith. This is something we really haven’t had since First Contact and Deep Space Nine (seven years ago now). Let’s just hope we don’t get the Stuart Baird treatment which consists of recycling the bits from other movies and trying to pawn it off as something new.

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