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Comic Con 08: Chris Pine Talks Quantum Quest, Star Trek and Shatner July 25, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Sci-Fi,ST09 Cast , trackback

Quantum Quest, a new animated 3D film that blends science and science and science fiction, sports an voice cast including a number of Trek stars such as Bob Picardo, Brent Spiner and both Kirks, Chris Pine and William Shatner. At a panel at Comic Con on Thursday, Pine ‘appeared’ in a taped video to talk about the film, and he also talked about the new Star Trek movie…and Shatner!

Quantum Quest, written and co-directed by Harry Kloor (who also wrote some VOY episodes), is part educational tool and part entertainment and was initiated by JPL and NASA. It tells the story of Dave (voiced by Chris Pine), a photon who leaves the Sun on a quest to save his fellow photons from being annihilated by The Voice (voiced by Mark Hamill) and his anti-matter forces lead by Admiral Fear (Samuel L. Jackson). The Core (voiced by Shatner), and his team including characters voiced by Bob Picardo, Brent Spiner and others, lives in the Sun and leads the fight against The Void. 

Pine stated that making the film "was a blast" and that he has always wanted to do voice work. He also noted how in making the film he has learned a lot about science, and photons and neutrinos, something that the film tries to impart to the audience.

During his taped comments, Pine discussed the new Star Trek movie and his predecessor:

Pine on Star Trek:

I will be playing James T. Kirk in the new Star Trek that comes out in May of next year. I really hope it is received well and will do well. All I can say is that we did our best and we had a lot of fun and will give people a good two hours in an air-conditioned dark room.

Pine on phasers:

Phasers are pretty rad. The phaser — we had big discussions about this on the movie — the phaser is really not modern warfare technology. Modern guns are supposed to have a heft to it. Phasers are great because they are light and they are very mobile, but they don’t have the grit, like you wouldn’t see John Wayne carrying around a phaser.

NOTE: It isn’t clear if he was speaking about phasers in general, or specifically about the ones in the new Star Trek movie.

Pine on Shatner

The interesting trivia is that William Shatner, the O.G. original James T. Kirk, is playing The Core in movie and I have a small scene in the beginning where The Core kind of surprises me, and The Core is essentially God. So Bill, Mr. Shatner, hello.

Dave the Photon (L, voiced by Pine) & The Core (R, voiced by Shatner)
in Quantum Quest

Picardo and Spiner on Quantum Quest
Bob Picardo (VOY: The Doctor) was at the event and Brent Spiner (TNG: Data) was supposed to be there, but was caught in traffic. However, Spiner did call in and spoke via the producer’s cell phone briefly, but with his usual wit, about his character ‘Coach McKay’ who coaches the Solar Winds ‘Novaball’ team. Picardo voices Milton, who he described as a ‘crusty old fighter,’ noting that as an actor he has apparently entered his "crusty old years." This project is very much something close to Picardo’s heart as he is a long-time space and science advocate and is a member of the board of the Planetary Society. Picard spoke about the film’s goals of being educational and entertaining:

This is the kind of project I am really proud to part of because it really encourages people to become passionate about space and space science. … I have been like a cheerleader for [the Planetary Society], involved in several educational challenges for kids that the Planetary Society does and it is exactly what I find most exciting about this movie. It works as pure entertainment, but you are also going to learn something. 

Coach McKay (L, voiced by Spiner) & Milton (R, voiced by Picardo)
in Quantum Quest

So there will be a space-based sci-fi movie with Chris Pine and William Shatner next year. The voices of the two Kirks, with the help of The Doctor and Data, will face off against Luke Skywalker and Mace Windu in September 2009.

Much more information on the film is available at



1. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 25, 2008

First….ly I’ll say that I like the colors of this article. Now I’ll read it.

2. Zaltek - July 25, 2008

ultra cool

3. Bill - July 25, 2008

This will surely be the greatest movie of all time!

4. The Underpants Monster - July 25, 2008

2 Kirks + 2 bots = Gots to see!

(I consider the Doctor a ‘bot)

5. Xai, - July 25, 2008

I’d still take the phaser.

6. Ensign Ro- (short for Roland) - July 25, 2008

Without a doubt, one of the most interesting premises I’ve seen in a very, very long time. I will definately be checking it out. An imaginative story grounded in solid science fact…very cool. And a great cast to boot.

7. Closettrekker - July 25, 2008

#6—Yes, but I’m afraid I would be too tempted to stun my kids…

8. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - July 25, 2008

Wow this stupifying amount of meaty news coming out of comic con has been awesome!!!! I mean sure Watchmen ,also coming next summer, is generating huge buzz in the major media and sure they may have actually brought the friggen Owl Ship to Comic Con and shown a number of finished scenes and shown set pieces and even had Zach “Friggen” Snyder on hand to mingle and promote a film that doesn’t come out until next summer, same with Terrminator and Wolverine, but he smoke them with non news news a headshot poster and flying enterprise toys that have nothing at all to do with the concepts of the film!!!! WOOOOOOO WEEEE Trek is on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9. AJ - July 25, 2008

Will this be out on DVD?

10. British Naval Dude - July 25, 2008

Pine speaks! I gots some wood, now.

I must confess, that this is the very first thing I have ever heard from Chris Pine or, in fact, about Chris Pine. I think that’s why I like him as a choice fur Kirkie… he is an unknown ta’ me… not Matt Damon bein’ all quirky Kirky… same wit’ Quinto- no idea who dat bugger is…

1. yeah… colours be good… now rub yer eyes real real hard-like and look again!

Soooo… oh, dis wuz aboot photons? Uh… Pine is both a particle and a wave? So, during tha’ film we experience disgust and hurl particle projectiles (popcorn) at screen… then we have a cheering moment and enact tha’ wave. right-o?

11. Valar1 - July 25, 2008

Sounds great. I was hoping someone would create something like this for the kids. I wish in a few years I can sit my nephews down and show them a cartoon that explains Relativity, Newtonian vs Quantum Physics, the Unified theory, String theory, M theory.

12. rehabilitated hitch1969© - July 25, 2008

Well, my queen to queen’s level three, Lord Garth™ is highly agitated today. Is Dr. Cory in his cell again? Marta???

Nonetheless, I bow to Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar™, and show much respek. aiiight?



13. MORN SPEAKS - July 25, 2008

This is one weird production.

14. diabolik - July 25, 2008

Pine might as well go on a camping trip with Shatner and get to know him, they will be linked forever like Nimoy and Quinto are.

One question I’m wondering about… if this movie is a prequel, but leads up to Kirk taking command and with the crew on the Enterprise, what ill the next movie consist of? Will it then become a reboot, and revisit some TV show plots upgraded for the screen, or just show other adventures we never saw?

I just don’t know where it goes from here.

15. Derf - July 25, 2008

“All I can say is that we did our best and we had a lot of fun and will give people a good two hours in an air-conditioned dark room.”

Yeah!! Now I’m excited to see Trek! WOOOOH….hoo?

“Phasers are pretty rad.”


Ok…gotta remind myself Shatner spoke ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’…


16. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 25, 2008

BND, I rubbed my eyes and looked and squinted and now I see a bunny. Cute fella.

Derf, I thought the same thing once I stopped seeing the bunny. I don’t mean to be negative. but Mr. Pine, please don’t oversell this movie. Statements like that will just build this thing into a frothy frenzy of uncontrollable excitement for the next 10 months until our heads explode at the prospect of free air conditioning in May.

17. Orb of the Emissary - July 25, 2008

It’s funny how the ‘Star Trek’ actors are voicing one set of characters and the ‘Star Wars’ actors are voicing their enemies! LOL!

18. Kirk's Girdle - July 25, 2008

This Quantum Quest looks pretty trippy. Lucy in the Skies with Diamonds indeed.

19. Tim Handrahan - July 25, 2008

If after the film they decide to re-do a TOS episode, I would hope it is The Doomsday Machine.

20. Charles Trotter - July 25, 2008

Wow, Quantum Quest has gone through some changes since it was first announced back in, like….. 2003! John Travolta was the voice of Dave and Michael York was The Core; apparently they were replaced by the two Kirks. The cast also included Sarah Michelle Gellar, Christian Slater, and Lacey Chabert. It appears the only original voice cast members that remain are Sam Jackson, Bob Picardo, and James Earl Jones.

21. British Naval Dude - July 25, 2008

i stared at tha core farrrrrr too long and now i am blind

22. AJ - July 25, 2008

I can think of a lot of things I’d like to do for two hours in a dark air-conditioned room. Star Trek XI is in the top 5.

BTW, “we did our best” sounds like an apology, especially after JJ’s “I’m sorry” in the EW piece.

23. Captain Hackett - July 25, 2008

It was about time for Chris to talk about the movie. I hope he will do it bit more often afterward.

24. Closettrekker - July 25, 2008

#14—-There is 7.5 years of uncovered time in between TMP and TWOK, and another 5 years uncovered between TFF and TUC. IMO, that would be the logical place for future stories to take place. Moreover, there is nothing to preclude stories being told within the 5 year mission. I do not expect a rehash of TOS episodes.

#22—Are you referring to an apology made by JJ Abrams concerning the lack of Star Trek presence at Comic-Con? His “apology” about not giving a whole lot away? Or has he said something else?

If Chris had just said, “We did our best”, then I might agree with your interpretation. However, in the context above, it hardly sounds like an apology. IMO, it sounds like humility.

And it is not as if Chris has seen the film, in all likelihood anyway (even in raw format).

Actors (unless they are funding the project or doubling as a producer or director) are not normally involved in or privy to the editing process.

25. OM - July 25, 2008

” but they don’t have the grit, like you wouldn’t see John Wayne carrying around a phaser. “

…I wanna tell ya, little feller, that The Duke could out-draw James T. Kirk even in an *unfair* fight. Compared to John Wayne, William Shatner was a stuttering pilgrim lawyer dude that even Don Knotts’ could out shaky-gun!

Koloth: “That is a lot of loud talk from a one-eyed old fat starship commander, Captain Cogburn!”

Capt. Reuben T. “Rooster” Cogburn: “…Fill your hand with disruptors, you Klingon son-of-a-bitch!”

Side Note: Wayne and Shatner had George Takei as one of their supporting cast, and both had to deal with Kim Darby as a troublemaking teen.

26. Closettrekker - July 25, 2008

Just to add a little something to my previous post (24):

It is one thing for Quinto, Pegg, and Urban to be bold and confident in expressing themselves about how the fans will receive it.

Given the strong feelings by some over Shatner’s absence in the film, it might be best if Pine were to come off a bit more humble and let the others be more aggressive. There are still alot of fans who will find fault in anything Chris Pine has to say, no matter what it is (despite the absurdity of that). He should let his performance speak for itself, and carry himself personally with a larger degree of humility. I think that is what he is doing in that interview, along with preserving JJ’s edict about secrecy.

“I will be playing James T. Kirk in the new Star Trek that comes out in May of next year. I really hope it is received well and will do well. All I can say is that we did our best and we had a lot of fun and will give people a good two hours in an air-conditioned dark room.”

27. Jordan - July 25, 2008

Obviously Pine is new to Star Trek, as phaser RIFLES (very prevalent in the Star Trek world) have the heft that John Wayne would appreciate.

28. Closettrekker - July 25, 2008

#27—I still saw them as being extremely light, particularly in comparison to some of the assault weapons to which I am (or “John Wayne” is, for that matter) accustomed.

29. neal - July 25, 2008

Old-skool phasers had no heft and that was what made them so brilliant. Star Trek was different from westerns and war shows. That was the point, and that was precisely the attraction to 70s kids like me. It was obviously the future, with elegant slick futuristic cool stuff. There was a whole different aesthetic that transcended grit and heft. It was the slickness of mondo power, a rocket packed into a cigarette lighter! Damn right they were rad! They were fragtastic!

#25, LOL

30. AJ - July 25, 2008


I don’t think Pine needs to be humble at all. He’s playing James T. Kirk, for Christ’s sake, and may make the cover of Teen Beat next May.

I would rather have heard the usual “this movie is gonna rock for the fans, and impress regular movie goers!” than the “two hours in a room” thing. Maybe it’s his character.

31. S. John Ross - July 25, 2008

“All I can say is that we did our best and we had a lot of fun and will give people a good two hours in an air-conditioned dark room.”

Obviously he’s never been to a cinema in Denver (where “climate control” means either “turn up the heat” or “try fanning yourself with your ticket stub,” even when it’s more than 100 degrees outside). But, I’m glad to see that he understands that movies are _supposed_ to be air conditioned, and on those grounds alone I hereby accept him as some actor dude :)

32. Closettrekker - July 25, 2008

#30—“Maybe it’s his character.”

That certainly could be it. Just because he is playing Jim Kirk doesn’t mean he has any of that arrogance or cockiness in him. I just meant that he is probably somewhat aware of the awkward position he is in with some of the older fans of Trek, and that has to play into his choice of words to some degree at times. Remember the backlash over a simple comment about adding some of the realism to action scenes that his favorite actor brings to the table? Geez, if he had read even a little bit of that, it might make him hesitant to talk about his portrayal of Kirk at all!

Anyway, I think he is just being humble in that statement above.

33. ByGeorge - July 25, 2008

Priory to his role as Michael Corleone, Al Pacino was unheard of. Many had the same reaction “Why did they cast a nobody for such a high profile role”? But the producers saw something they liked there, in one previous role that convinced them he was capable. They were right. Lets hope these directors know what they are doing also. There is no reason to be so pessimistic about Pine. He looks real good on the poster.

34. NOTBOB - July 25, 2008

Pharers and laser blasters are a classic staple of sci-fi. They look cool, they shoot cool plasma beams, or whatever.

But honestly I don’t think they’ll be something the military would use in the future. This is not saying the federation is the military, so don’t get all ticked by this. But, the federation did take part in wars and battles in the series.

But, think about it. Shooting a beam tells the enemy one thing. Where you are. It would be like shooting tracer rounds at night. They serve their purpose, but they also tell the enemy where the shooting is. A phaser does this even more because the beam leads directly to the barrel of the phaser. In the future bullets will probably still be in use. They have been around for hunders of years, they probably will be around for the next few hundred.

Plus, a bullet also has a psychological advantage. Think about having your buddy, next to you, get shot. He’s bloody and torn up. This is not a fun thing to see.

With that said, phasers and laser blasters are pretty cool. I just doubt they would get used. I could honestly be wrong.

35. Closettrekker - July 25, 2008

#33—Very good point. The studio, in that case, wanted someone less-ethnic looking and more well established. Al just nailed the audition. It did not matter that the public didn’t know him. It took quite a bit of fortitude on Coppola’s part to stand his ground on Pacino, and its a good thing he did. Robert Redford as Michael Corleone wouldn’t have been the same.

36. Harry Ballz - July 25, 2008

What’s all that crap at the end about The Core and Shat and God??

What the hell was he rambling on about?

Is Pine incapable of forming a cohesive sentence?

37. Closettrekker - July 25, 2008

#36—-I’m guessing you’d have to hear the actual voice-inflection on the part of Chris Pine for that to come off right, Harry. Or maybe he had a few drinks….Maybe Bill walked in the room…who the Hell knows?

38. Harry Ballz - July 25, 2008

Thanks for the corroboration, Closettrekker…….so it’s not only me that doesn’t understand him?

39. wkiryn - July 25, 2008

RE: Quantum quest – I used to consider the ethical implications of wasting perfectly nice photons on watching ST: Voyager and Enterprise!

40. The Underpants Monster - July 25, 2008

#30 – Well said. I don’t think one could play Jim Kirk effectively unless one had a certain amount of swagger IRL as well. Nobody’s THAT good an actor!

41. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - July 25, 2008

Go to Aintitcool right now!!!!! then return to our beloved home and discuss

42. MiniKirk - July 25, 2008

Is it just me, or is this the first time we’ve heard anything from Chris Pine?

43. Closettrekker - July 25, 2008

#42—It’s just you. You obviously were not around for the explosion surrounding his comments about Harrison Ford and his approach to action scenes…

44. Mammalian Verisimilitude - July 25, 2008

>So there will be a space-based sci-fi movie with Chris Pine and William Shatner next year. The voices of the two Kirks, with the help of The Doctor and Data, will face off against Luke Skywalker and Mace Windu in September 2009.

I can’t be the only one who thinks about the (animated) Joker before SW when Mark Hamill’s being referred to..

45. Gary Seven - July 25, 2008

Chris Pine either says nothing or says stupid things. I mean his comment about playing Kirk as Han Solo, or this comment that we can look forward an air conditioned theatre for two hours. I have posted before that I have a bad feeling about Pine, and it’s getting worse. I would love to see something positive, but I am becoming more resigned to his simply not understanding the character and Star Trek. This contrasts with Zachary Quinto, who seems to really understand and embrace his character. When Quinto speaks he radiates intelligence and thoughtfulness.
One source of hope is that Nimoy is also intelligent and thoughtful and understands Star Trek, and Shatner…..not so much. So maybe it will work out. That’s my only realistic basis for hope.

46. Iowagirl - July 25, 2008

Now we know for sure that Shatner is God…

Hey husband, while I wholeheartedly agree to your statement about Pine, I don’t think it’s fair to say that Shatner has less understanding of ST than Nimoy. When you read Shatner’s most recent statements on Kirk (let alone watch “Mindmeld” or read his ST memories) there’s a lot of understanding and feeling for the character and the series. He just has a different approach, and a different way of expressing his thoughts. And I think he doesn‘t want to be “limited” to being Kirk, as he has done and is doing quite a few things in addition.;) Furthermore, it’s only natural that we get a lot of Nimoy’s elaborate thoughts on ST and Spock at the moment, as he’ll be playing Spock again after 18 years.

47. Closettrekker - July 26, 2008

#45—“I mean his comment about playing Kirk as Han Solo.”

That is an irresponsible rephrasing of Pine’s actual comments, IMO.

“Not to say that I modeled my version of James T Kirk on anything in particular but I think I definitely have wanted to bring that kind of Harrison Ford humour to Kirk.”–Chris Pine

He is speaking about the influence of Harrison Ford upon him as an actor, and how he would try to bring “some” of the qualities Ford brings to action-sequences to his portrayal of Kirk.

Never, at any point, did he say he would be “playing Kirk as Han Solo.”

48. Gary Seven - July 26, 2008

#46, My Beloved,

I have noticed that when Shatner writes about Star Trek he writes eloquently; and meaningfully about it. But when he speaks about Star Trek, he sounds like he doesn’t understand Kirk and Trek. I think the difference is that he has “assistants” who help him write his books. I think these assistants (I think Chris Keski or something like that is the main one) probably write the books for him, while he supplies the basic material.
I trust what a person says directly and spontaneously, as, for example, when responding to a question. Nimoy just radiates that understanding and depth of feeling for Trek when he speaks. Shatner radiates….well, Shatner.
We’ve survived, even grown, together when we have had our marital spats before, and I’m confident we will continue to enjoy our differences while continuing to cherish our mutually respectful and loving relationship.

49. Shamrock - July 26, 2008

This looks awesome! I must see it.

50. sean - July 26, 2008


He’s speaking in the context of the movie. In the film, Shatner plays The Core. For Pine’s character Dave, the Core is essentially God. For Pine – as an actor playing JTK – Shatner is God. Voice actors rarely voice their parts at the same time, so they likely never met. He’s just giving a shout-out, essentially.

#’s 45, 46

Just because he doesn’t speak as voluminously or as insightfully as Quinto doesn’t mean he’s going to somehow ruin the character of JTK. Actors can give tremendous performances and have absolutely nothing in common with their characters. Quinto could understand Spock up, down, sideways and backwards, but if he isn’t a good actor it won’t help him. I don’t think Bill Shatner ‘got’ JTK until much later in life, and I don’t think it hurt his performance one tiny bit.

Also, Pine didn’t say he’d be playing Kirk as Han Solo. He said he wanted to channel some of Harrison Ford’s accidental hero characteristics into his performance of Kirk. There’s a considerable divide between that and just playing Kirk as Han Solo. As for the ‘air-conditioned room’ comment…eh, so he’s a man of few words. Let’s wait to see what he does with the whole thing before we crucify the boy.

51. Gary Seven - July 26, 2008


Your point is noted. But I think while I may have overstated the case, you may be understating it. It would be, IMO, a much better sign if Pine spoke about aspects of the Kirk character (strength of will, confidence, love for his friends, intelligence, creative thinking, etc. ) and how he was embracing them. Quinto talks about the Spock character in his interviews. All that Pine has said is he is taking aspects of Harrison Ford. As many posters wrote at that time, Harrison Ford is not Kirk, and why does the only comment on how he plays Kirk have to be about Harrison Ford. There is a character named James T. Kirk to inhabit, and he is silent on that.

52. Closettrekker - July 26, 2008

#51—I wouldn’t argue with you on the notion that Quinto, Urban, and Pegg are the more “media-savvy” castmembers when it comes to addressing their characters to the media.

However, it is also prudent to note that the original actor who played JTK has never been one to impress anyone with his comments about who James Kirk is either. Talking about the character and portraying him well on screen are two very different things.

Pine doesn’t necessarily have to even “get” the character of Kirk. He just has to follow direction well. It is much more important for the director to know what he wants from Pine in a particular scene than it is for the actor. The actor just has to follow that direction and deliver.

As for whether I am “understating the case” about the Harrison Ford comments, I have to disagree. That was not my interpretation then, and in reading that article again this morning, it is not my interpretation now either. IMO, he likes the realism that Ford brings to action-heroes, which is always served by Ford’s penchant for conveying to the audience the notion that the character often understands the absurdity of some of the predicaments he finds himself in, and making the audience feel as if that is how a man in his position actually might react. IMO, if Pine wants to deliver that realism, he could not look to a better actor for inspiration on how to deliver it.

And no, Harrison Ford is not Kirk. But neither was Bill Shatner…nor is Chris Pine. Kirk is a written character with all of the qualities you just described. All Pine is saying is that Kirk will be in several action sequences (undoubtedly), and he would like to bring some of Ford’s subtle humor to those scenes.

There is nothing wrong with that, and in fact, I think it would be great if he can pull it off. But more importantly, it doesn’t matter at all what Pine wants to do with the character. The scene won’t go in the bag until Abrams has what he wants from Pine in that instance. He is the director.

53. Iowagirl - July 26, 2008


My dear Gary, I understand what you are saying, but I think Shatner is big-headed enough to implement his own thoughts into his memories, although they were co-written by somebody else. And when he recently spoke about Kirk directly, he came across as someone who understands this character very well and the thoughts he expressed were very much the essences of what Kirk represents. At least according to my Book of Kirk.

When you watch that scene in Mindmeld when he says to Nimoy that he really loved TOS, it’s an incredibly emotional and imo honest moment. But ya know, us gals sometimes tend to trust not only in statements, but also in what is *not* said, but only shown to eyes that want to see, emotion as “subtext”…

But you are right, this small dissent of ours won’t diminish our respect for each other which is the basis for our relationship, nor our pleasure we take in ST. And we certainly won’t forget that the two poles-concept is a good thing – here, it’s us, there, it’s Shatner and Nimoy. :)

By the way, 100 % agreement to your post #51. Cocky and funny won’t do, right? The traits you mentioned are the important ones – well, I think we agree that Shatner showed us how to do it. He must have caught on to something, at least…;)

54. Gary Seven - July 26, 2008

#51- Closettrekker-
It is my opinion that an actor brings essential qualities to his part based on his understanding of the character and then internalizing it. I think achieving a good convincing performance is much more likely when that happens, as opposed to when the actor has a poor (or no) understanding but relies solely on the director’s external direction. A good performance, in my opinion requires an actor who understands the character as well as a good director to guide him or her.

55. Iowagirl - July 26, 2008

– I don’t think Bill Shatner ‘got’ JTK until much later in life, and I don’t think it hurt his performance one tiny bit. –

I don‘t know when exactly Bill had his epiphany on JTK, but we definitely agree on the rest of your sentence. Didn‘t want to miss the opportunity to tell you that in a separate post. :)

56. Closettrekker - July 26, 2008

#54—-I think that “understanding” does nothing bu help that actor deliver on gameday, but IMO, it isn’t essential. It certainly never stopped Bill Shatner from performing well as JTK, so I don’t see why it would hinder Pine’s performance either. IMO, Pine just has to be able to deliver what JJ is looking for in the scene. The kind of “understanding” we get from Quinto, Urban, and Pegg’s comments about their characters is a bonus.

In any case, it is also important to remember that Pine is playing a Jim Kirk we have never seen before, that is, one who has yet to mature into the one we are more accustomed to. IMO, it would be silly to expect a young Ensign or Lt. Kirk to display all of the same traits that we are accustomed to seeing from Capt./Adm. Kirk. I think Abrams has an idea about how he wants the character to develop, and obviously there was something he saw in Pine which prompted him to believe he could help deliver that progression on screen. If the character of young JTK is not up to par, it is, IMO, more Abrams’ fault than Pine’s. Directors of past Trek films often had a hard time getting a good performance out of Shatner (according to Meyer, specifically), but it still got done. I don’t think we should forget that a good director is the one in control, not the actor.

57. Iowagirl - July 26, 2008

That was in reply to #50, sean, of course. Seems like it was a real confusing experience for me to find that we’ve reached some common ground…;)

58. sean - July 26, 2008

Ha, well I think we probably have a lot of common ground, it’s just this new production of ST and a few of William Shatner’s…uhh…idiosyncrasies that we sometimes find ourselves on different shores. :)

Of course, other people use lower case s ‘sean’, so maybe someone’s been misbehaving in my name!

59. Iowagirl - July 26, 2008

Ha, what a nice way to end our litte talk – and I agree. Never mind the “other” seans – ya know I don‘t fall for fakes. :)

BTW, I do like “idiosycrasies” – sounds a bit like one of Sulu’s exotic carnivorous plants. ;)

60. Charles H. Root, III - July 26, 2008

Just for fun, I morphed photos of Chris Pine & William Shatner… Whatcha all think?

61. David P - July 27, 2008

that Core character is large and in charge, LIKE THE SHAT!

62. krikzil - July 27, 2008

Wow Root…that’s pretty amazing.

63. beerwriter - July 28, 2008

#34 wrote: “Shooting a beam tells the enemy one thing. Where you are. It would be like shooting tracer rounds at night. ”

Actually, seeing a beam from a laser is purely movie magic that helps the storytelling. In reality, even if it’s using light in the visible spectrum instead of ultraviolet or infrared, a laser beam is effectively invisible except as it lights up dust motes that cross the beam or at the point where it hits something. Whether that would also be true of a phaser — well, since they don’t exist yet your guess is as good as mine.

64. Trekkie16 - July 29, 2008

I was at this panel and I really liked Chris Pine’s little video. I haven’t seen him in anything nor have I seen any interviews with him and I was surprised at how charismatic and playful he seemed. He also seemed very down to earth and genuine.

I think he will do a great job as Captain Kirk

65. Statement of Opinion! - July 29, 2008

Root – You should use pictures of them at about the same age. Otherwise good job.

66. mike - October 20, 2008

AJ asked if this is going to come out on DVD. This is a 3-D Imax movie that will be released in theaters in 2009. Definitely not a straight to DVD type of movie. Also, Christian Slater’s voice is still in the movie.

The fact that Neil Armstrong’s voice is in the movie is AMAZING! I know I’m in a “room” full of Star Trek nerds, but he is WAY cooler than Shatner (need I mention certain television commercials he has done?). is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.