Star Trek ’08: Science Fiction Is Dying!
I’m sure that by now the entire Science Fiction community knows about the new Star Trek movie (Click Here for a look at the official movie site and a trailer). Being a huge Star Trek fan, part of me is looking forward to a present from Paramount this Christmas. But another part of me is full of uncertainties.
First, and foremost, is the decision to make the Science Fiction icon a prequel. It’s already been done with Enterprise and was, by Star Trek standards, a dismal failure. It would be cool to see when Kirk and Spock meet, thus starting the legends. But it won’t be the same without William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (yes, I know Leonard’s in the movie). It almost makes me wonder if Paramount is trying to stick the proverbial nail in Star Trek’s coffin. I fear that a prequel will rewrite Science Fiction’s most established and well-known back history, effectively destroying Star Trek as we know it.
Second is the choice of cast members. I’m not too sure about Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, or the rest for that matter. I think they might be able to pull it off (especially Quinto who does an awesome job as Sylar on Heroes). My biggest concern is Eric Bana as the villain. I didn’t think much of him in The Hulk and when I see him in the new Star Trek movie I’ll be expecting him to turn green and start jumping from planet to planet. That might be the best thing he can do for Science Fiction—jump into oblivion.
The third thing that bothers me is Paramount giving full control of Star Trek’s future to JJ Abrams. I think Brannon Braga made a mess of Star Trek, so good riddance to him. But what about Rick Berman? He was instrumental in making Star Trek the success it has been since the days of The Next Generation. And there’s Manny Coto who pulled Enterprise out of Television’s black hole and made season four of that show one of the best ever years for Star Trek.
I have many other concerns for the new Star Trek movie and the future of Star Trek in general. But I’ll end my rant by saying this:
JJ Abrams’ idea of re-imagining Star Trek makes no sense at all---at least to me.
Two thing's for sure: he’s no Gene Roddenberry! Or Rick Berman! Or Manny Coto!...
...and Science Fiction is dying (and you are more than welcome to quote that)!