Two weeks ago TrekMovie hosted a fan panel at the Creation Star Trek Star Convention to discuss the 2009 Star Trek movie, and the 2012 sequel. Joined by Larry Nemecek, Mary Czerwinski and Vernon Wilmer, we (and the audience) discussed and debated the new universe of Star Trek. You can watch video of the full panel below.
Las Vegas Con Fan Panel on Star Trek 2009 and 2012
At the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas I hosted a panel called "Star Trek From a Fan’s Perspective" which was an opportunity for fans to talk about the 2009 Star Trek movie and the coming 2012 Trek sequel. Joining me were a collection fellow ‘super fans’ Vernon Wilmer (director of "Star Trek: My Experience"), Mary Czerwinski (“Televixen” from www.dvdgeeks.tv) and writer and former Star Trek Communicator editor Larry Nemecek (www.larrynemecek.com). The panel and audience discussed and debated elements of the first movie, including issues with canon. We also talked about the sequel, including sharing an update on writing progress (with a picture) from Star Trek co-writer Roberto Orci. Here is the full video (note it is 44 minutes long).
It was a fun panel and I want to thank Vernon for being the ‘token purist’ who brought an important voice to the discussions. For me the most interesting stuff came from the audience. Most of the audience were first time convention attendees, who were new (or renewed) fans because of the new movie. Almost all in attendance were fans of the film, but of course there was lots of nitpicking. Here are some highlights from audience feedback:
- Most understood movie used alternative timeline to link back to previous canon, although only half saw new timeline as "parallel" to original prime timeline
- Most had a problem with Kirk’s rapid promotions
- A majority weren’t happy with Spock/Uhura relationship, but interestingly most of those who liked it were women
- Almost unanimous agreement that Khan should not be the villain for the Star Trek sequel
- Most want to see Klingons in the sequel
Finally, a big thanks to John Champion of www.DVDGeeks.tv who shot and edited the video.