In a couple of new interviews conducted at the Televisions Critics Association winter press tour, Star Trek director JJ Abrams and co-writer Roberto Orci took time out from promoting their TV show Fringe to talk a little Trek with SciFi Wire. Both were asked about combat, both in space and in a bar in Iowa.
SciFi asked screenwriter Roberto Orci about the space battles in the new Star Trek and if they were moving away from the traditional ‘submarine battle’ style of Trek combat:
Orci: It’s safe to say that that has not been totally thrown away, but imagine super-advanced submarines. It still maintains some of the maritime origin battle-wise, either a sub battle or ship to ship, cannon to cannon, Master and Commander battle. Just, I think, on a different pace.
And in a separate interview director JJ Abrams clarified:
Abrams: They’re big ships, so I’d say that there is a little bit of that, but there’s a little bit more flash and fun and action than you’ve seen before. There are some pretty spectacular visual effects. ILM outdid themselves. It’s amazing.
Kirk’s bar battle
In the press preview shown in November (see TrekMovie report), there was a scene where a young James T. Kirk gets into a bar fight (before going into Starfleet Academy). SciFi Wire asked Orci what he had to say to fans who feel this is out of character for Kirk:
Orci: Well, they cite the quote that he was a stack of books with legs in the Academy. The truth is that in our movie there’s nothing that precludes Kirk from being a stack of books at the Academy. What you see is what he is before the Academy. Some would argue that him being a rebellious bar fighter in our movie is absolutely consistent with canon.
UPDATE: when asked about fans reaction to this scene Abrams pointed noted, again, that he is not just looking at the core fans:
Abrams: I would say that the fans of Star Trek will be very happy with the movie. It honors what’s come before, but I didn’t really make the movie just for the people who are already inside, because I like Star Trek but I was never a massive fan. So I think the movie’s going to not satisfy everyone, of course. It can’t. But it’ll satisfy most of both.”.
Go to SciFi wire to see much more from the two interviews with Orci (also covering Transformers and Cowboys and Aliens) and Abrams (including discussing Shatner). There is also an additional interview with Abrams on Fringe.