Star Trek (2008 film)

This will be a long one…
I saw the trailer for the new Star Trek film while I was at the Apple Store last weekend waiting for them to replace my power supply. Now I’ve been a Trek fan ever since Mom and I came home from shopping one night to find Dad watching “The Ultimate Computer”. But for original Trek. I never did like “Star Trek – The Degeneration”, wasn’t happy with DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise. Quite frankly I had quickly come to the conclusion that Rick Berman was a total incompetent who didn’t understand Trek, and shouldn’t have been allowed anywhere near the show. Now I know a lot of people who thought ST:TNG was pretty good, others how liked DS9, etc. I know a lot who liked the four movies he was involved with. I thought they stank.

So now Paramount has hired J. J. Abrams to do a new Star Trek movie – one that predates the original series, but involves the original characters (who will of course be played by new actors). Should I rejoice? Or should I scream in terror (remembering what atrocities were committed in making the Thunderbirds, Avengers, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and Lord of the Rings movies).

So can J. J. Abrams do a proper Star Trek movie? I admit, I am doubtful. While he has a large list of credits to his name, most of them are things I have not seen, and probably would not care to see. Here’s a list of projects he’s been involved in:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taking_Care_of_Business
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regarding_Henry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forever_Young_%28film%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon_%281998_film%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_Ride
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alias_%28TV_series%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_%28TV_series%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_About_Brian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Degrees
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman_Flyby#Superman:_Flyby
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission:_Impossible_3
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloverfield
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_%28film%29

I specifically decided to do my research on Wikipedia instead of IMDB, as the main information posted on IMDB comes from the production companies, and I wanted an independent view. From what I read none of these projects really sucked. Success is some times harder to evaluate – while I know a lot of people who loved Lord of the Rings, I hated it, and thought that Peter Jackson should have been sued for ruining the story.

So at present I’m sitting here wondering if this will be worth watching. The last 20 years of Trek have been pretty bad. When the fan films are better than the official product, and they many of them have been, you’ve got major problems. Does Paramount have enough corporate smarts to have hired the right guy to handle this?

Right now I doubt it. But I may see the movie at the theater anyway. Of course if I don’t like it I will let everyone know.

Oh – and you can get the trailer here:

http://www.startrekmovie.com/

This is different than the one I saw last weekend. And I see some problems with it already, which anyone who’s read the Stephen Whifield Star Trek book should catch it.

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