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Star Trek Into Darkess Brings Trek Back In Name Only, it Seems
Well that was fast. Hot on the heels of Paramount’s new Star Trek Into Darkness poster (which is relatively cool, in a Dark Knight Rises sort of way), they’ve gone and released the next wave of hype for the new sequel, a big, noisy teaser.
So how’s it look? Well…not like a Star Trek movie, that’s for sure. It looks more like Michael Bay and Darth Vader kidnapped the Enterprise and went joyriding. Apparently something explodes, the Enterprise crashes, something else explodes, Kirk grins sheepishly, yet another thing explodes, Uhura gets sad, something’s swallowed by hot lava, Pike does something in his wheelchair, and…then something else explodes.
I hope the movie is better than the trailer makes it out to be, but I suppose only time will tell.
I Need to Star Trek into the Bathroom to Change My Underpants, NPP-1701
There are exactly two things in the world of sci-fi nerd-dom that can instantly induce revulsion in one half of the clan and orgasmic bliss in the other: Star Wars News and Star Trek News. If you are Han Solo or James T. Kirk, you hold great power over such things as, well, my…yeah let’s not go there.
Long story short, there’s finally an interesting poster revealed for the upcoming sequel to 2009′s reboot of Gene Roddenberry’s nearly half-century old landmark, Star Trek. Don’t try saying that out loud three times fast, it may kill you, but do click through after the break for a look at the full poster!
Sometimes, however, that’s undermined by something clearly not cool: an alcoholic drink with a Sci-Fi tie-in, and where cool goes out the window, nerdy impulse takes over. Such was the case for me when, on a trip to acquire some cool (yet tasty) Michelob Ultra Pomegranate Raspberry beer, I spied (with my big eye, as my little eye was tastefully zipped up) this 6 pack of Romulan Ale.
And what was I to do, resist? Nay, not I, for the nerdy impulses seized control and the rest was utterly predictable: I bought it.
I’ll be back later to report on the flavor, after I down a couple glasses and piss off some Klingon diplomats.
Update: It tastes remarkably like plain old light beer. Kind of a bummer, really, I was hoping the Romulans would be smarter than humans, but I guess life is just full of disappointment, now isn’t it? Oh well, look at the bright side, at least we’re not the only culture in the galaxy where men have a predilection for self flagellation in their drinking habits.
Oh and by the way, I almost forgot to mention: it turns your tongue blue! It’s almost like eating a Louie Blue Raspberry Otter Pop. Or Smurfette.
To not deliver a review of JJ Abrams reimagining of the classic Star Trek would be the worst kind of travesty against Nerdy Stuff, particularly for a site like this. The new film, as you have probably already read, appears to be a critical darling and a hit with the vast majority of people who see it. There are some good–and not so good–reasons for this. Obviously a movie of this kind, that takes an established canon and fanbase and tries to make it palatable to the masses while simultaneously still appealing to the existing fans, is never going to be able to fully please everyone. Some of the rules will be broken while others are respected, some of the canon will be honored while some will be chucked out the window. While a portion of the existing fans will surely go into meltdown regarding these changes to canon, the general audiences won’t really know what they’re missing–and it doesn’t really matter anyway.
What does matter is having a respect for the the major themes of the source material. In the case of Star Trek those themes include such guiding principles as an unabashed Optimism, deep friendships, diversity of characters and an overall vision of a future that is better than the world we live in today. In short, Star Trek is about the belief that mankind will succeed in spite of great odds and that we will overcome everything, including ourselves, to become tomorrow what we can be. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, believed this philosophy very deeply, and although let’s face it, he wasn’t that great of a writer himself, his vision inspired countless others to don his vision as their own and ride into the wind with all the intrepidity they could muster.
JJ Abrams new take on Trek, while a little too overt in its efforts to make Trek more accessible, succeeds in honoring Roddenberry’s vision. It speaks to a new audience, though its voice is more muted than I would like, and it speaks to the old, though I think this was largely unnecessary. We’ll talk more details after the jump, but be forewarned: Spoilers Follow!