In an effort to spread the love and not alienate any one online entertainment news site (except maybe us), Paramount Pictures has released a crop of photos from J. J. Abrams' Star Trek set, dropping "exclusive" shots (one each) all across the Internet. MTV.com posted the one they got -- which I consider the best of the lot, a pretty righteous shot of the Enterprise bridge, with Kirk, McCoy, Spock, and a little bit of Sulu -- plus thumbnails and links to all the other ones around the 'net. They also spoke with co-producer Damon Lindelof, who dropped a bunch of hints on what the photo means, etc. Some of the juicier tidbits lie ahead, if you're avoiding anything spoilery...
Actually, there are like 9 million reasons to trek to Comic-Con, but in this case we were making a pun. Because as they have at the last two SDCCs, Paramount will be releasing a new Star Trek movie teaser poster -- four of them, to be exact, featuring the new Kirk, Spock, Uhura and...Bruce Banner with facial tattoos?
It seems like J.J. Abrams' Star Trek went from being a super hush-hush project to being splashed all over the media like Joe the Plumber, practically overnight. For the spoiler-shy, this is not a problem. Just stock up on Pop-Tarts, drive out to your nearest cave, and don't come out till the movie comes out. Likewise the sudden flow of news doesn't bother those who welcome spoilers like that first life-giving hit of coffee in the morning. But what if you're somewhere in between? You've been debating whether or not to buy the Star Trek issue of Entertainment Weekly. You want to know, but maybe you don't want to destroy all the surprise. If you were a phaser setting, you'd be Stun, not Kill. For you, we have teasers to help decide just how much more you want to know.
If Spock were around, I'm sure he'd be telling Captain Kirk that he was being a tad illogical. The man who played the original Kirk, William Shatner, went off on Mr. Sulu (George Takei), for a perceived non-invite to his wedding earlier this year, inferring that Takei was both sick and psychotic. In other news, Shatner has already made the list for my upcoming nuptials, whenever those might be. Takei, who came out of the closet in 2005, was married to his longtime partner Brad Altman in September of this year after California's Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage. Many of the original Trek stars came to the ceremony, including Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) who was matron of honor, and Walter Koenig (Chekhov), who was best man. Shatner was an obvious no-show, though there seems to be some debate as to whether or not he was actually invited, since Takei said, "It is unfortunate that Bill was unable to join us for our wedding, as he indeed was invited to attend."
Bad news, space cadets. The Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas is closing after ten years. You have until September 1 to visit Trekker Mecca (hey, that kinda rhymes!) and get your picture taken on the bridge of the Enterprise. Read our suggestions for a replacement in the Telefile, if you can keep from crying into your Chech'tluth.