Our friends at TwitchGuru sat down with ST:II (& ST:VI) director Nick Meyer to talk a little Khan. Although the interview doesn’t get around to JJ Abrams or Star Trek XI, there are some interesting comments from the last guy to save the Star Trek franchise. On the issue of Trek’s sacred continuity Meyer draws a parallel with the work of Arthur Conan Doyle who often ‘forgot’ various details between his various Holmes stories.
I suppose my attitude towards fidelity to the Star Trek material as if it were holy writ is similarly: "Alright, we’re in the ballpark but we don’t have to be 100%."
Meyer of course is very familiar with Doyle, having written a Holmes pastiche ‘The Seven Percent Solution’. He also notes how important it is to leave somethings up to the imagination of the audience. For example he points out that they never explained why Khan wore only one glove…and the explanation for the glove?
You’re not gonna get it from me because I don’t believe that artists should be treated like equations at the back of the math book. How do you get the audience involved? You’ve got to give them something to do.
If you look at the Wrath of Khan it has a lot of things going against it. It was totally different in look and feel from previous Trek works (and lets face it..Trekkies don’t like change). It also had the lowest budget for effects and its own share of continuity errors. Yet with all that it is still considered by many (including Trek XI producer JJ Abrams) to be their favorite. The reason is simple: it is a compelling and exciting story that focuses on the characters. Abrams often talks about the importance of drama and character over action and exposition, so it appears these two have a similiar approach. Let’s hope that Abrams Trek XI can do for the franchise what Meyer’s Wrath of Khan did 26 years earlier.
read the rest of the interview at TwitchGuru
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