For months, there was virtual silence about J.J. Abram's new take on Star Trek. Details of the plot and images of the cast were kept tightly under wraps. Now, some six months before the movie bows in May 2009, you can hardly go a day without stumbling across some new Trek tidbit. Whether it's a new trailer featuring Leonard Nimoy or a new movie poster, news is coming fast and furious. Just yesterday, IDW Publishing announced it would be publishing a four-issue prequel comic book miniseries leading up to the new movie. As if that's not enough grist for the fannish mill, there are also new still shots from the scene in the trailer where young Kirk comes face to face with... Well, it's kind of hard to explain. Click on through only if you want to get a gander at what happens.
Ever since they began revealing the fresh-faced young Enterprise crew and their Macbook-looking bridge, we've been worried about J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek movie. Would it pay tribute to the classic show that had come before it, and manage to simultaneously honor and ignore the easily enraged fan base? As more and more trailers and clips surface, and reports roll in from the privileged few who've seen it, the answer seems to be "yes." With some notable exceptions, the Enterprise crew is the spitting image of the crew that came before, and we compared each and every crew member to their predecessor to make sure. Check out our guide to the Past and Present Casts of Star Trek, and let us know what you think of the movie below!
I've seen all of the Star Trek movies and watched every episode of the original Star Trek series -- heck, I even read novelizations of most of the episodes in James Blish's series of Trek books (Star Trek 1, 2, 3, etc.). And I have never, ever heard Captain Kirk mention his Uncle Frank, and now I know why. In J.J. Abrams' relaunch of the Star Trek property, due out May 8, the audience is introduced to Uncle Frank, Kirk's alcoholic, abusive uncle. And according to actor Brad William Henke in an interview with Collider, Frank slaps young James Tiberius around when he's a kid. (Henke is probably gonna get slapped around, too -- by J.J. Abrams, for talking about this controversial detail when he was supposed to be talking about his role in Choke.)
Warning: This review contains spoilers.I think I've figured out J.J. Abrams' recipe for a successful Star Trek reboot:
12 facial tattoos
1 Simon Pegg
1 McCoy impersonator
3 black holes
1 Cloverfield monster
1 green woman in her underwear
Stir vigorously for 126 minutes.