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Zachary Quinto, Star Trek’s new Spock, is now back to his day job, as one of the main villains on NBC’s Heroes. In a couple of new interviews Quinto and Heroes creator Tim Kring talk about Heroes connection to Trek and in another new interview Star Trek director JJ Abrams talks Trek and Fringe science.
Quinto on the Spock/Sylar spectrum [from BuddyTV]
Quinto was asked about his upcoming role as Spock in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, and the actor revealed that he sees several similar traits when playing the logical Vulcan and the sociopath villain. “There are elements of the characters that echo each other, but from opposite ends of the spectrum,” Quinto said. He added that they both have “a stillness and a rich internal point of view that informs the way they behave.”
Zachary Quinto at “Heroes” press conference August 21, in Beverly Hills
Kring on Heroes/Lost/Trek connection [from Orlando Sentinal TV Blog]
"Heroes" creator Tim Kring said the "Lost" connection was helpful in getting Quinto the Spock role.
Kring said the "Lost" people — who did the new "Star Trek" movie — are fans of his and vice versa. That’s how conversations about Quinto playing Spock came up, Kring said. "It happened on a human level with friendships," Kring said.
Kring on Mr. Sulu’s superpower [from BuddyTV]
Another big question is what power Kaito Nakamura [played by Star Trek’s George Takei] had, and the fact that a deleted scene on the Heroes season 2 DVD revealed he has the ability to see all the variables of a situation and predict an inevitable outcome, such as analyzing the stock market to earn money. Kring said they intentionally revealed this on the DVD for hardcore fans, though he set no time table for when people who only watch the show on TV might get to learn of Kaito’s power
Season premiere for Heroes is Monday Sept. 22. More info at nbc.com/heroes. Here is the promo.
Abrams on Fringe & Trek science
Of course the other big genre show premiere with a Trek connection is next week’s debut of Fringe, created by the team behind the new Star Trek movie, JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman. In an interview with Wired, Abrams talked about the difference between science fiction and science fact on both Fringe and Star Trek.
Though you could say it’s science fiction, the weird thing about Fringe is that a lot of the stuff is at least in the realm of possibility. It’s not sci-fi — it’s just sci. When Star Trek came out and they had their communicators, that was a cool dream. Now, in our pockets, we all have communicators. We read a week ago that invisibility is coming. You go, ‘They cracked invisibility.’ There’s stuff you wouldn’t think in a million years is possible, and it’s happening every day.
We’re living in an incredibly advanced period of scientific achievement, almost uncontrollably so, and that keeps pushing our almost quaint version of what science fiction is to a different place.
Fringe, created by JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, premieres next Tuesday on Fox. Here is a new promo video featuring clips and some chat with JJ Abrams.