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Excerpts From JJ Abrams Interview in New SFX Star Trek Issue – Talks Fans, TOS, Roddenberry & more April 6, 2009

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This week the May issue (#182) of the venerable UK sci-fi magazine SFX comes out and it is all about Star Trek. The magazine features a number of articles and exclusive interviews related to the new movie, including a cover story with comments from director JJ Abrams. SFX provided TrekMovie with some excerpts from the new magazine, read them below.

 

Abrams on fans, updates and Trek themes
The cover story feature for the SFX Star Trek issue is very extensive and features many exclusive quotes from Star Trek director JJ Abrams. Below are some excerpts.

JJ Abrams is famous for saying that the the new Star Trek is for ‘future fans’ of Star Trek, however the director lets SFX know he (and the film) are very aware of the current fans:

Star Trek of all things has got such a famous, vocal fan base, and if you don’t address them and make sure you’re honoring all that they know and love about the series, you’re completely screwed. You have to make sure the movie is not just aware of them, but working for them so that they’re not only able to continue embracing it but hopefully bring other people into the fold.

Much has been said about taking a new approach to the new Star Trek, but Abrams makes it clear that updates have a reason:

The approach to this whole movie in every detail was to take the inspiration from what was in The Original Series and then filter it through what is relevant and vital for now. Not to say the goal was to make it cool or to make it different, but to make it real. And with characters that feel true and emotional, and like there’s a piece missing for them and they’re up against something significant and the stakes are high, it was fun to figure out a way to do everything from bringing the Enterprise back to make the relationship between Spock Kirk and Bones come to life and to use these wonderful new actors in a way that allowed them to really do their thing and bring these characters to life. I feel like the key was to treat it as legitimate.

Abrams also made clear that he tried to stay true to the Roddenberry vision:

The themes that got me excited honestly had less to do with Star Trek and space and more to do with the optimism and humanity and of finding your purpose through unity. It ends up being a guiding principle of the movie – it needed to be faithful to the optimism that Gene Roddenberry wrote with during a time of fear and hate and suspicion. He was writing of our future where we were not just surviving it, but by cooperating and collaborating, we actually thrived. That to me, more than ever is a relevant idea.

Much more in the issue of SFX Magazine
There is much more from JJ Abrams and Star Trek in the May issue of SFX Magazine (#182). There are interviews with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and John Cho. Plus there is a guest column from Simon Pegg, plus additional Star Trek related articles. SFX #182 goes on sale April 8th in the UK, and should be available in the US and Canada later in April.

More on SFX, including subscriptions and purchasing info at sfx.co.uk

 

Comments

1. links - April 6, 2009

woot

2. Darth Revan - April 6, 2009

True that about the fanbase.

3. Harry Ballz - April 6, 2009

I like JJ’s positive attitude! I am positive this movie will ROCK!!

4. Christine - April 6, 2009

JJ Abrams has made me a happy girl today. ♥

5. Tiberius1000 - April 6, 2009

Optimism that is what Star Trek is all about and no meter how much the Enterprise exterior or interior have changed if it will keep the optimism it will be a very good, the best Trek movie!

6. Nodar08 - April 6, 2009

good deal

7. Dr. Image - April 6, 2009

Yeah, make it real, JJ, right down to the real barcode scanners.
(Just KIDDING!!)

Wish they wouldn’t Photoshop those guys so much. It’s….. UNreal.
Nice cover, though.
Third!

8. GreenBloodedSonofaBitch - April 6, 2009

Can. Not. Wait!

By the way that’s a dreadful picture of Quinto on the cover. Trailer shots have been far superior

9. Dave - April 6, 2009

“The themes that got me excited honestly had less to do with Star Trek and space and more to do with the optimism and humanity and of finding your purpose through unity.”

He gets it.

Note to JJ, that IS the whole point of Star Trek. The space stuff is all window dressing for the telling of the tales.

10. Dave - April 6, 2009

#8 agree. Quinto’s publiity shots look like they were done at a different time. Different wig (that fits badly) and masked eyebrows instead of shaved off, like he did for the movie.

11. captain_neill - April 6, 2009

9

I agree, despite my concerns over JJ Abrams changing everything I am glad that he understands the ideals of Trek.

12. Mugz - April 6, 2009

Why the hell to they keep air-brushing to death Kirk and Spock on just about every magazine cover? Makes them look like they’re made of wax!!! Awful design work :/

Nice to hear J.J. referencing the optimism of Roddenberry’s vision as being an inspiraton to him – would be nice to have a film with a touch of optimism in it after Watchmen and Dark Knight….

13. OneBuckFilms - April 6, 2009

To those who think JJ Abrams doesn’t ‘get it’: Read the above statements. :-)

It elaborates on public statements he’s made before on the project.

It appears his journey in this has been interesting:

- He agreed to produce the movie as part of his deal with Paramount.
- Orci and Kurtzman’s script, along with his wife, then convinced him that he’d be jealous of any other director making this, and agreed to direct.
- In the process of making the film, he was converted from a vague awareness and great appreciation of the script, to loving the story, characters and ideals of the original Star Trek.

It seems interesting to me that a guy who was not a big fan of Star Trek, has grown to love it the way we do, and has become a fan.

14. OneBuckFilms - April 6, 2009

12 – I think all these images are from a single photo shoot, and the photographer is well known for manipulating those images.

Stills from the movie would have been far better, and it’s about as dumb as it gets.

15. Christine - April 6, 2009

Um, guys, if you haven’t realized, every magazine cover and advertisement for anything has the models Photoshopped to death.

So…. Yeah.

16. Locke for President - April 6, 2009

I posted this before, but it was at the end of a page and most people probably didn’t see it. I’ve been rewatching the movies on my new widescreen TV to get ready for the new one, and after 20 years I had a startling discovery:

In ST-V, Kirk pushes a button in the brig scene and sits down on a chair that comes out of the wall. With my bigger and more detailed TV picture, I just now realized that it is the first time we saw a toilet in Star Trek!

The stool itself has a line where the lid would be. There is a button to flush and a rectangular place where the toilet paper would come out. There is a warning on the back that says to not use it while in spacedock.

Have you ever noticed this before? I swear, in all my years I’ve never seen or heard anybody comment about the toilet before . . .

17. jas_montreal - April 6, 2009

Look…. to the people who call themselves ”star trek fans” and who really insulted this film, take a look at this….. He speaks true words about Star Trek. Specifically, look at his approach to Gene’s Dream. UNITY. I think Star Trek is at its best when it doesn’t take it self too seriously and doesn’t try to be what fans think star trek really is….. They just have to stick to those underlining principles eg. of everyone working together (all cultures) for a single goal. Now that is something to look forward to in the future. I really can’t wait to see this movie. JJ Abrams is going to take what Star Trek is really about and give it the treatment it should have got a long time ago. Sadly it was never given a big budget and such a huge epic vision. I surely think this will hit with Star Trek fans who ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND what star trek really is !!!!

18. Bill Peters - April 6, 2009

I am glad JJ Respects the fans! I am also glad he agrees with Gene’s vision!

19. New Horizon - April 6, 2009

10. Dave – April 6, 2009

From what I’ve read in Quinto’s interviews, it was his real hair in the movie…and not a wig. The photoshoots though, yeah…bad wig.

20. Geoffrey Alan Holliday (Star Trek ''Soldiers of Pawns'') - April 6, 2009

I must assume that the music loop on the official site is a snippet of what we’ll get from the new score by Michael Giacchino. Very moody with echoes that actually remind me of some 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (the 1950′s version). I even felt a little Michael Kamen/Band of Brothers.

Looking forward to the Shatner voice-over at the end.

21. Kirk, James T. - April 6, 2009

I like the way SFX covers the F to suggest SEX lol – a time honored tradition of theirs.

great interview, fills me with so much hope that this movie will just be brilliant.

22. Chris Basken - April 6, 2009

16: “There is a warning on the back that says to not use it while in spacedock.”

Cue a 300-post debate on why you should or shouldn’t be able to use the brig toilet while in spacedock…

23. Kirk, James T. - April 6, 2009

btw, is there new music over the Star Trek site because I’m hearing the same tune?

24. BlueWaterDreamer - April 6, 2009

#20: “Looking forward to the Shatner voice-over at the end.”

Say what? State your source.

25. Harry Ballz - April 6, 2009

#24

Pure conjecture!

26. Locke for President - April 6, 2009

22. Chris Basken

Oh yeah, I never thought of the ramnifications of bringing that up. I apologize ahead of time for any of the people in the “Using a toilet while in Spacedock doesn’t fit with canon” crowd.

Although I’m sure Page 27, paragraph three of some technical manual somewhere has the definitive answer to that burning question.

27. Scott - April 6, 2009

Nonsense. People won’t poop in the 23rd century.

28. Selor - April 6, 2009

That’s the thing!
Star Trek isn’t about the look of exteriors or interiors! Get this Nitpickers and everyone will be glad to watch this wonderful movie!

29. Don't Bite the Big White Mint - April 6, 2009

For anyone wanting to see one of the all-time best ”toilet moments” in science fiction, I humbly recommend 2001 A Space Odyssey–the part at roughly 36m39s into the movie.

30. Eric - April 6, 2009

NEED AN EXPLANATION, PLEASE HELP! I keep reading that Scotty fried Admiral Archer’s dog. But how old is Archer and when would he have met Scotty? I thought the Enterprise and TOS were set like 100 years apart? Anyone have answers?

31. Jorg Sacul - April 6, 2009

I bet Commodore Decker did, driving the shuttlecraft down the throat of the Doomsday Machine…

32. CmdrR - April 6, 2009

Yeah, I’ll probably catch this one when it opens.

33. Deniise - April 6, 2009

That Quinto picture is awful. He’s orange, and shiny, and he looks like he’s in a wig. I just don’t understand why they bother- the man’s good looking as it is, he doesn’t need airbrushing!

Other than that, looks like an interesting interview, I’ll keep an eye out for the magazine.

34. OneBuckFilms - April 6, 2009

30 – It’s possible for a man to live into his 90s with current technology and medical knowledge. It’s possible Admiral Archer may live longer.

I doubt the dog is actually Porthos, since dogs have a shorter lifespan, but he may have a love for that kind of dog, stemming from his relationship woth Porthos.

35. gogar - April 6, 2009

he gets it. not that i didn’t already know this.

36. OneBuckFilms - April 6, 2009

30. We’re not going to get that. It has been stated by all parties that Shatner is not in the movie.

It’ll be Chris Pine’s voiceover with the “To Boldly Go” speech, in all likelihood, since he’s the Captain Kirk viewers of the movie will know by the end of the film.

It’s the only choice that would feel right in the context of the movie from what we’ve heard and read.

37. Sybok's Secret Brother - April 6, 2009

Um – I think I flushed while we were docked – is that gonna cause any major problems?

38. Tiberius1000 - April 6, 2009

I think in DS9 they said that human beings have an everage lifspan from 120 years. And Admiral MacCoy visited also the Enterprise D

39. Duncan MacLeod - April 6, 2009

Nope, They have mini guardians of forever (TM Harlan Ellison, et al. etc etc.) and they ACTUALLY poop in the 21st century. (there is a heck of a lot of $h!t being thrown against the wall today)

40. Everybody Loves Majel - April 6, 2009

What would really feel ”right” is for Majel Barrett-Roddenberry to voice-over the famous phrase at the end. Somebody sitting at studio during the recording of her as the computer voice had to have had that idea…huh? Just for the heck of it?

That would be a fitting and wonderful send-off in my opinion for the ”mother” of Star Trek.

41. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 6, 2009

Not to bash any of the previous Trek patriarchs, but I never recall hearing Berman or Braga talking about Trek in such an astute and insightful manner. I think JJ really comprehends Star Trek on an elemental level, and I have high hopes that he will re-order the Star Trek universe’s priorities such that heart and mind will once again come before gizmos and gadgets.

42. Requiem1971 - April 6, 2009

# 29…the best “toilet moment?” You may refer to Galactica for that one. It had Starbuck sitting on the can and the sound of her taken a leak…. can’t get more real than that one… lol.

Love the comments above. Come May when the movie is out… I’ll be there.

43. Kirk, James T. - April 6, 2009

41 – couldn’t have put it better myself! well said.

44. Treker chick - April 6, 2009

#42
I don’t know… That instruction plaque for the operation of the zero-gee toilet, and the scene of Dr. H.F. sitting there studying it, was pretty funny.

45. Nero=Bitch - April 6, 2009

#30 and #38–another fact: Bones and Archer are the only two people to have had Vulcan katras in their minds (Bones had Spock’s in Star Trek 3, and Archer had Surak’s in Season 4 of Enterprise) …presumably a side effect of a human having for a time had a Vulcan katra in their minds is they get a lifespan equivalent to as if they were half-Vulcan…namely, a 150+ year lifespan…

46. Devon - April 6, 2009

Welcome to the family J.J. & Co!

47. OneBuckFilms - April 6, 2009

40 – For Majel, it absolutely would.

But for the movie itself, only fans such as ourselves would get it.

The lines were written for James Kirk to say in the Original Series, and James Kirk should be the one to say them.

Also, the recordings for the computer voice were done before she passed on, and chopping together words from the voice clips would sound disjointed and distracting, assuming they even have all of the words.

I suspect there will be a dedication at the start of the movie.

A simple “For Majel Barrett-Roddenberry” before theopening, with no sound or music, a simpole fade in, wait about 3 seconds, then a fade out, would be appropriate.

48. DGill - April 6, 2009

#12

Airbrushing is a such a powerful post-production tool these days. It can be abused. Why must the designer abuse this tool? :O

49. Daoud - April 6, 2009

Yes, with all the airbrushing, Quinto as Spock looks more and more like Alan Rickman as Sir Alexander Dane as Dr. Lazarus. Even almost has one of the same facial expressions!

Hehehe.

50. DGill - April 6, 2009

#47

If they dedicated the film to Majel Barrett, they would probably do it at the end when the main credits finish rolling. If I’m not mistaken, Heath Ledger and the doomed stuntman were given dedication credit only after the “The Dark Knight” was over. To be honest, I never cared for dedication credits that opened a film. I know they did it for the Challenger crew in “Star Trek IV” and Gene Roddenberry in “Star Trek VI”, but I think it’s a bit distracting. In my opinion, recognition in the end credits is better.

51. OneBuckFilms - April 6, 2009

50 – I see your point, but most of the audience will be out tof their chairs, grabbing their coats and out of the theater when the end credits start to roll.

Where it is placed is not important to me. Such a dedication should be there though.

52. DGill - April 6, 2009

#51

I totally agree with you. At this point, there’s no way of knowing what is going to precede or conclude the film, but seeing as how this movie is mostly geared toward non-fans, my reasoning is that they probably wouldn’t know who she was (unfortunately), hence the post-credits dedication.

53. Salmakia - April 6, 2009

I’ve always said that Quinto, as an actor, reminds me of the amazing Alan Rickman, but Spock turning into Dr Lazarus from Galaxy Quest is way too much! Normally he looks perfectly fine as Spock, he’s got a very powerful face. I hate over-photoshopped covers! By thw way, I’m dying to see this movie!

54. Mammalian Verisimilitude - April 6, 2009

21> Yep, it’s pretty damn rare that the bottom of the F in “SFX” doesn’t get covered up…

55. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - April 6, 2009

It’s painful to read Abrams’ pandering – the guy is so full of it that he can’t help but talk out of his ass.

56. Jarod - April 6, 2009

Bahahaha, I spilled my coffee over my desk! The F ins SFX is covered up and both guys look so absolutely gay. Mwuhahaha!

57. Star Trackie - April 6, 2009

I’ll definitely read this one at the bookstore, those imports are expensive. Looks like a great issue though….aside from the scary porceline doll Spock on the front.

58. OneBuckFilms - April 6, 2009

53 – You might simply get a ticket and see it. No need to die ;-)

59. Jarod - April 6, 2009

On a more serious note, I find it pretty awkward how Abrams tries to embrace the old fans in these excerpts, yet he talks about them like they are autistic or something.

60. OneBuckFilms - April 6, 2009

59 – I don’t get that at all. What exactly does he say that makes you think he’s talking about us as being autistic in some way?

61. Art•Rob - April 6, 2009

@56. Jarod – April 6, 2009
Yes, I thought that was a nice subliminal message. Maybe JJ has reconned Kirk & Spock as a couple the way they always should have been. I wonder if Vulcans are big pointy?

62. John from Cincinnati - April 6, 2009

Well at least JJ knows the main reasons why Star Trek means so much to so many fans, diversity, optimism, and boldy going where no one has gone before.

63. Locke for President - April 6, 2009

I think the original Spock is taller than Kirk, but not that it means anything.

Just bring me a great Star Trek movie!

(Besides, maybe Vulcans continue growing later in life, ha ha ha.)

64. DGill - April 6, 2009

#61

Hahahah, wasn’t there a stupid rumor on the net regarding a scene in the new movie in which Kirk kisses Spock, “who has a look of puzzlement on his face”? Thank God for rumor control. XD

65. The Real Stanky McFibberich - April 6, 2009

re:17. jas_montreal – April 6, 2009

He can say whatever sounds good. Whether or not that shows up on the screen remains to be seen

Some of you are way too accepting of promotional blather.

66. krikzil - April 6, 2009

#64–that was just an April Fool’s joke by one blog.

67. AJ - April 6, 2009

59:

I think JJ is simply finally saying that the fans, in fact, do matter, for their own sake, and for the purpose of spreading positive WOM. He’s also preaching to the choir in SFX.

68. Art•Rob - April 6, 2009

@64. DGill
Yes, I had heard that rumor. It was an unfortunate April Fools joke. Why would you call it a “stupid” rumor? Because it’s not true?
Personally, I think Spock should be the top.

69. DGill - April 6, 2009

#68

Well, it was stupid because it was obviously not true. However, I’m sure it disappointed the demographic of Trek fans who write those strange “Kirk/Spock” “Spock/McCoy” fanfics. :D

70. Art•Rob - April 6, 2009

@#69. DGill – April 6, 2009
Never read one. I’ll have to google. So – you find affection strange?

71. captain_neill - April 6, 2009

I still hate the fact he has made so many changes and making things so totally different that we are in a diff timeline and things are no longer canon.

But if he is sincere in his statement and is not just trying to appease us then I feel happy that although I am not happy with his changes at least he gets what Star Trek is about. It is a shame this won’ t be canon but I will still like it as a separate entity but still Trek if he honours the ideals.

Its how I view the last two Bond movies from the previous 20 and its how I view Nolan’s Batman movies from the Burton/Schumacher outings. As two separate entities.

SO if he gets it I will love it as Trek but it will be separate from the rest of Trek for me.

Depsite how good the new actors will be, I will always prefer the originals, Pine is never going to thake the place of Shatner and Quinto will never take Nimoy’s place. But I can respect that they will do the characters justice.
Hope this makes sense

72. The Governator - April 6, 2009

71. captain_neill

It makes sense. I feel the same way.

73. jas_montreal - April 6, 2009

@ 65.

Were not ”accepting” of promotional wtv… All I am saying is that instead of knocking down JJ and hte movie for not ”being” wtv they think Star Trek really is…., try to understand and not just completely knock down an idea or wtv just from what you think is right.

74. DGill - April 6, 2009

#70

Huh? I never said affection was strange. Jeeze…

Anyways, I had confidence in JJ ever since “M:I III” came out. That movie was the best of the series because it not only raised the stakes, but took the time to examine relationships in the context of the stakes themselves. “Star Trek” may be a bit trickier, but I think he can do it.

75. captain_neill - April 6, 2009

I am not a fan of JJ and despite not being a fan, I still love Star Trek and I want new Star Trek.

This is not the direction I would have taken but I will still go and see this. The changes I will never get use to but I still hope to love the film, I still hate the new look to Enterprise but at least its faithful to the original look.

76. captain_neill - April 6, 2009

No matter what I will be seeing this film.

The old saying goes “Hope for the best. Prepare for the Worse!”

No matter the outcome I still have the DVDs anway.

But despite my ranting about the changes and bitching about how JJ Abrams raped my childhood will hopefully disappear when movie hits. But Trek will never be the same now and that’s scary

I guess I was feeling like Kirk in Star Trek VI, afraid of change. Now as it gets closer I am excited. If JJ Abrams does disrepsect us fans then at least we have what we grew up with.

77. captain_neill - April 6, 2009

I lie in the end I can get use to the changes but they will never be as good as the original designs in my opinion

78. Negotiator - April 6, 2009

I thought Star Trek’s message was far more than just “unity”.
I was about the “human spirit”, cooperation, conflic resolution through non violent means, respect for others, exploration, sharing of ideas, etc.

Today’s JJs Star Trek is about pleasing the teenage mob with sex, explosions, figths, machismo, and then maybe the stuff above.

79. SaphronGirl - April 6, 2009

70. Art•Rob

I think the view of Kirk and Spock being sexually involved is a completely valid interpretation (and just happens to be my own). Heck, Roddenberry had to invent a Vulcan word (T’hy’la, which means brother/friend/lover) in order to define the subtleties of their relationship.
God, I don’t know how anyone can miss the hints in just TMP alone. Vulcans don’t kiss… they touch hands. And Spock can’t let go of Jim’s in sickbay after he melded with V’Ger (“this simple feeling”).

80. Art•Rob - April 6, 2009

@74. DGill – April 6, 2009
Huh? I never said affection was strange. Jeeze.

@69. DGill – April 6, 2009
. . . those strange “Kirk/Spock” . . . fanfics.

Perhaps I misunderstood.

81. Art•Rob - April 6, 2009

@78. SaphronGirl – April 6, 2009
. . . how anyone can miss the hints in just TMP alone. Vulcans don’t kiss… they touch hands. And Spock can’t let go of Jim’s in sickbay after he melded with V’Ger (”this simple feeling”).

Yes, thank you. Unfortunately most people don’t seem to get that.

82. The Real Stanky McFibberich - April 6, 2009

re: 78
Kirk holding onto the injured Spock’s hand in sickbay hardly connotes anything sexual. Compassion and caring, maybe.

83. Art•Rob - April 6, 2009

@81. The Real Stanky McFibberich – April 6, 2009
We’re just saying that we enjoy the possiblity that it could be. Yes, and certainly compassion and caring. One of the best moments in all the Trek films, for me.

84. SHCone - April 6, 2009

Why do these threads always degenerate into the same tired crap?

OMG THEY MADE THE BRIDGE WHITE AND SHINY THEY DON’T GET TREK!

Please, be rational and watch the movie, engage the story before deciding anythin-

NO! WHITE! SHINY! BRIDGE! OMG DIE YOU STUPID KIDS!

85. SHCone - April 6, 2009

SaphronGirl…

really?

I mean… REALLY?

Have we become so compartmentalized and withdrawn in our perfectly heterosexual relationships that ANY affection is interpreted sexually?

That’s sad.

86. The Governator - April 6, 2009

Kirk holding onto the injured Spock’s hand? Sorry, there was absolutely nothing sexual there ( thank God!). I think some are seeing things that just aren’t there.

87. thomoz - April 6, 2009

Nice cover! Beam me up Simon!!!

88. darrksan - April 6, 2009

JJ said:
Star Trek of all things has got such a famous, vocal fan base, and if you don’t address them and make sure you’re honoring all that they know and love about the series, you’re completely screwed.
—-
This very true, not just for star trek, but also every else too.
I’m glad to see JJ talking to the fan-base and with better understanding.

The thing is We have two version of JJ:
1. The “This is NOT for the fans”/ “Star Wars is Better” JJ.
2. The “I’m honoring Gene”/ “understanding the fans” JJ.

The question is which version of JJ made this new film?

I hope this new understanding was a part of the making of the film and not afterwards or JJ is completely screwed.

———
JJ said: The approach to this whole movie in every detail was to take the inspiration from what was in The Original Series and then filter it through what is relevant and vital for now. Not to say the goal was to make it cool or to make it different, but to make it real.
——–
Bulls*** on this one.
The New i-prise and so on has ZERO inspiration from TOS, only the uniforms do. It is not realistic and it even looks less realistic than past Star Trek Show. The LCARS on the i-prise are nonsense, The lights pointing out and facing the camera are dumb, The waitress stands are silly, The LED red-light treatment wands are dumb (no they are not barcode scanners, I know because I own one which is the same type on the i-prise bridge) and so on.
JJ, stop the more realistic bulls*** about the new designs.
Just be open, nice, listen and be truthful to the fans…
Do this and JJ, you’ll better off.

89. SaphronGirl - April 6, 2009

Wow, I can’t believe the resistance to that interpretation of Kirk and Spock’s relationship. Even Gene Roddenberry said:

“Yes, there’s certainly some of that—certainly with love overtones. Deep love. The only difference being, the Greek ideal—we never suggested in the series—physical love between the two. But it’s the—we certainly had the feeling that the affection was sufficient for that, if that were the particular style of the 23rd century.”

//The affection was sufficient for that//

90. Rocket Scientist - April 6, 2009

“The New i-prise and so on has ZERO inspiration from TOS”

Let’s see…saucer, secondary hull, nacelles, deflector, shuttle bay…all seems to be where it should be. Just because it wasn’t what YOU would have wanted doesn’t mean there was no inspiration from the source material.

FWIW, it’s not what I would have done either, but I’m not going to dismiss it out of hand. It’s someone else’s interpretation. Let’s see what she’s got!

What I’ve seen of this movie and its designs has surprised me. Not 100% pleasantly, but I’m not about to turn down a potential feast after having just sampled a few ingredients.

91. DGill - April 6, 2009

#80

*rolls eyes*

92. AJ - April 6, 2009

88:

The Enterprise Bridge in this film is irrelevant. It fits into the top of the primary hull, and the seats are all the same, facing a big screen. You and others are just nitpicking small details.

JJ is a consummate schmoozer, and says the right thing depending upon his audience. Basic film marketing.

If the film is a success, JJ will not stay up at night worrying about production design or the few fans who hate the new designs.

93. captain_neill - April 6, 2009

As I said I hope he is sincere in his respect in Roddenberry’s vision

I do believe that if the film is good I can get use to the production design, but that does not mean I will ever truly like it. Thast will never happen but I can overlook it if the characters and plot are right. However, to me it still could have been more faithful to TOSdesigns and still look updated.

I still think JJ is over rated but because this movie is Star Trek I am still going to give it a chance, even though I am not happy with any of the changes.

Truth is I gave up on the is film being canon a long time ago, ignoring it as canon and treating it as a separate entity as I said in an earlier post is the best way to treat this movie. I hate the term reboot but in this case I would rather view the new movie as a reboot.

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95. Shane - May 16, 2009

Just because JJ Abrams has a successful series “Lost”, which I find has a terrible plotline and leaves viewers just as the title conveys, he gets tossed into directing this abomination of a movie.

Rick Berman gets tossed aside, along with him, the film idea of creating a continuation of Voyager series – no joke there, so when you hit Endgame (Voyagers last episode) and are left wondering “Where the hell is the rest of it.. they can’t end it like that!?” you can thank Paramount/CBS.

The new Star Trek film is, and a quote taken from a Rotten Tomatoes reviewer and fellow Trek fan, fits perfectly. To sum it up, it compares the new Star Trek film to watching Tiny Toons. You get an idea of who the characters are supposed to be, but looses the essence of the original intent. Now this is not to say that Tiny Toons is bad, but the new Star Trek movie certainly is.

The movie is targeted solely towards “fanboys” and idiots who don’t watch Star Trek at all and only want some action and zero ethical dilemmas/correlations to our time. To try and rebirth the Star Trek franchise by dumping everyone with any previous involvement is to only birth some monstrosity that is disguised as something Stat Trek.

Now not all Star Trek movies were good – in fact two of them were horrible – Star Trek Nemesis was terrible, but really just for the ending. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was pretty bad, mocking God in a sense, but regardless, it was pretty bad.

96. Shane - May 16, 2009

Sorry, bit of a typo -

Its supposed to say “The new Star Trek film is terrible, …”

Either way, I’m pretty passionate about Star Trek and its ideals, and this movie is far from anything Gene Roddenberry would release.

Here’s what really needs to be done with the Star Trek franchise:
Make a Star Trek Voyager & DS9 movie, there were some plots already developed and things that need continuation and closure, I will elaborate in a moment. They should reboot Enterprise, and start it off from the second to last episode, you know before they jumped 10 years into the future randomly, killed Tucker, and made everyone a recreation on the Holodeck of TNG’s Enterprise D during the episode Pegasus.

And guess what I just found! Here:
On the 16th May 2009 Paramount expressed an interest in bringing back Star Trek: Enterprise in the form of 3 DVD movies. The spokesperson was speaking at a gala event held annually at the studios.

Quote: ‘Star Trek is our finest property and the new movie has only furthered the close bonds between the studio and this wonderful creation. We may have been a little wrong when we cancelled Enterprise, and we’ll be rectifying that soon

Of course, if they simply slap out some DVDs, I’d be pissed, but I believe they are planning on rebooting the series, whether via a theater release, or by starting the series off again, a season 5 perhaps?

Back to how they can do a Voyager or DS9 movie; a Voyager movie would be quite necessary, for instance – the unanswered Species 8479 invasion, 7 of 9 and Chakotay’s relationship, B’Elanna Torres’ baby, and oh.. you know all of a sudden crippling the Borg, traveling 50,000 light years back to the Alpha Quadrant following a Borg Sphere which is destroyed by a few dozen Starfleet vessels, then emerge seemingly unharmed, greeted by Admiral Paris, and then with a minute to spare, set a course…for home. Of course we can cram that into a two-part episode, right?

Unfortunately, everyone following the series is pulling their hair out, wondering; “How can they seriously end the series like this – they have to make a movie, they just have to!”

The ending of Voyager is mimicked by the ending of The Sopranos’ last episode. You just know a movie is needed, and it has to be epic.

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