A pair of new articles at SciFi Wire have comments from Star Trek director JJ Abrams and the new James T. Kirk, Chris Pine. In the excerpts below Abrams talks about how this film showsTrek’s backstory, but you don’t need to know it to see it. And Pine talks about the arc that Kirk takes in the film.
Abrams: see the Trek backstory for the first time
In his comments, Abrams talked about how you don’t need to know Trek to see the movie, but if you do you will be rewarded:
This movie is not made for people who know the backstory…If you know the backstory, you finally get to see scenes you’ve never gotten to see but have been referenced in Star Trek. And not just character moments, but mechanical things that people will be like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s cool!’
He also talked about how this movie shows how the crew came together
This is a movie that doesn’t start over in a way that is playing with what is known [or] in a way that would upset people, I think, fans of the show. And yet it allows us to … deal with the same characters and have the same fundamental relationships. One of the things that for me was always sort of tricky is [the original show] never dealt with how they came together. Why we cared about them as this group. I mean, this is a movie, in a weird way, about these orphans who sort of come together and form this family. And by the end of the movie, I think you love all of them.
More from Abrams at SciFiWire.
See how the gang got together
Pine: Kirk goes from rebel to captain
For his part, Chris Pine talked about the journey we see Kirk take in the film.
What was presented to me was this vision of Kirk in the script as an angry young kid who is dealing with some heavy family s–t and is angry at the world. He’s a rebel without a cause. I think everyone can remember what it’s like to be 15, and he’s a 25-year-old 15-year-old! He has to mold all that energy and that drive and all that passion and obstinance and the spectrum of emotions into the man that Kirk then becomes, which is the captain of the ship.
Kirk starts as a rebel…
Pine goes on to say:
For our purposes and our script, this is the arc of this character, from that kid, that boy-man, presented with a challenge, to the boy becoming the man he becomes towards the end of the movie.
…Kirk ends up, in the chair
More from Pine at SciFiWire.
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