Just one more day until the early showings in the US (and Star Trek is actually opening in some countries in Europe today). First tidbit is from last night’s Fringe which had some Trek moments you will want to see. Plus there are more reviews (including Ebert and Wheaton), and lots of interviews below (including JJ on Charlie Rose). And Simon Pegg is playing with Scotty’s geography. All that and more.
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NOTICE: New Reader Review Page
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Just like last week with Lost, there was a clip run during Fringe (created by Abrams, Orci & Kurtzman). This one turns out to be the previously seen ‘What gives you the right?’ clip (see TrekMovie clip page). However during the episode there were a couple of moments that seemed to be dropping some Trek hints. Firstly there was a scene with Clint Howard (a Trek vet), which had some major Trek refs [note contains movie spoilers if you pay attention].
And then there was this exposition scene from Walter that sounds like he was channeling Doc Brown and Bob Orci, and a little Spock (notice the ‘Fascinating’)…again some potential spoilers if you read into it.
AP article on fandom (and TrekMovie.com)
There have been a lot of articles in the media about the return of Star Trek and its effect on fandom. I point to the one at AP in particular today for no other reason than I am quoted in it (along with James Cawley and others), and it mentions the TrekMovie community in the first paragraph:
It took just a few seconds of footage — a single trailer, dropped from the heavens with great fanfare — for the hue and cry to rise on Trekmovie.com, the top fan site for J.J. Abrams’ new “Star Trek” movie. By the hundreds they weighed in, a contentious cacophony that would have jammed even Lt. Uhura’s comms system.
Review Watch – Scores remain high – Ebert & Trek vets weigh in
Currently the Star Trek movie is ranked at 94% at Metacritic and it is also now down to 94% at Rotten Tomatoes, this makes Trek the best ranked wide release movie on both sites for current and upcoming films. There are a lot of new reviews with the mainstream press continuing to give the film praise for the most part. First up is a big one, with Entertainment Weekly giving the film an A-, noting:
Sci-fi origin stories, at least those launched decades after the stories themselves, tend to be disappointing. They’re usually more work than play. The acquiring of superpowers, and/or Defining Personality Traits, has a certain built-in roteness, whether the subject is Luke Skywalker, Batman, or Wolverine; we know where we’re going, and the getting there can be an elaborate
filling in of blanks. But in Star Trek, the clever and infectious reboot of the amazingly enduring sci-fi classic, director
J.J. Abrams crafts an origin myth that avoids any hint of the origin doldrums. That’s because he rewires us back into the original Star Trek’s primal appeal.
The New York Daily News liked it so much they put the review on the front page.
But Chicago Sun Times film critic Roger Ebert isn’t so jazzed. He gives the film 2 1/2 out of four stars and recommends it as ‘space opera’, but has a beef with the believability of the science. Here is his summary:
I understand the Star Trek science has never been intended as plausible. I understand this is not science fiction but an Ark movie using a starship. I understand that the character types are as familiar as your favorite slippers. But the franchise has become much of a muchness. The new movie essentially intends to reboot the franchise with younger characters and carry on as before. The movie deals with narrative housekeeping. Perhaps the next one will engage these characters in a more challenging and devious story, one more about testing their personalities than re-establishing them. In the meantime, you want space opera, you got it.
Outside of the mainstream press, there are a couple of notable Trek vets who have posted reviews on their blogs.
- TNG era designer John Eaves (who did some work on the new film) blogs about the team who made the film and says he was "LOVED IT!" and was "overwhelmed"
- TNG’s Wesley Crusher, Will Wheaton, says "Star Trek has been reborn, and it is SPECTACULAR"
The official site has been collecting quotes on the film, see them at startrekmovie.com/quotes.
Pegg tries to fix Scotty backstory
According to some Star Trek lore, Montgomery Scott comes from the town of Linlithgow, Scotland. There is even a museum display there all about the famous future engineer. However some recent comments from the new Scotty, Simon Pegg, seemed to move Scotty’s home to Glasgow. Now Pegg is trying to fix up the discrepancies by creating more back-story for Scotty on his MySpace blog. Here is his new and improved version:
Montgomery Scott was born on March 3rd 2222, in Linlithgow, West Lothian. His parents eventually moved him and his brother Robert to Aberdeen, where his sister Clara was born. An exceptional student Scotty (or Mad Monty as his friends called him) was advanced forward several years in the educational system, meaning his intellectual peers were all at University age, whilst he was a mere 14. As a result, he spent much of his time crawling the pubs of Aberdeen with is friends, drinking and getting into fights about thermodynamics and quantum mechanics with men twice his size. At the age of 16, he came to the attention of professors at the Advanced Relativistic Physics Department at Glasgow University, after disproving the Prerera Theory (regarding photon torpedo detonation) and was transferred to study there for a year (where he really picked up the accent) before being accepted to Starfleet Academy on a scholarship. However he deferred his placement in favor of practical experience in space, working aboard mining ships and freighters, in particular the USS Deirdre, where he fell in love with engineering. Eventually he attended Starfleet and finished top of his graduating year, although the honor was later stripped due to disciplinary action taken against him due to “highly speculative and dangerous experiments with matter transfer”.
It was Simon Pegg’s [spoiler alert] transporter room companion Chris Doohan who pointed that page out to us, and he also sends in this photo of the pair at the Star Trek premiere.
Chris Doohan as guest of Simon Pegg at Hollywood premiere of Star Trek last week
TV/ Video interviews
JJ Abrams on Charlie Rose:
Abrams on Good Day New York
Collider gets Quinto and Pine to crack up.
Talk show list updated – Nimoy to do Top 10
The Trek stars are fanning across the talk shows and TV stations, here are the latest videos. Tune in for these upcoming appearances:
- Wednesday 5/6: “Bonnie Hunt Show” (Syndicated) – Zachary Quinto
- Wednesday 5/6: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (Syndicated) – Chris Pine
- Wednesday 5/6: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – Zoe Saldana
- Wednesday 5/6: “The Tonight Show” (NBC) John Cho
- Thursday 5/7: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – John Cho
- Thursday 5/7: "Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS) – Leonard Nimoy (doing top 10 as Spock)
- Friday 5/8: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) – Chris Pine
- Friday 5/8: "Tavis Smiley" (PBS) – JJ Abrams
- Friday 5/8: "The View" (ABC) – Leonard Nimoy
- Friday 5/8: "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (NBC) – Leonard Nimoy & Zachary Quinto [not confirmed]
Finally: Trek Yourself
Atom has an alternative take on the early years of Kirk and Spock and the TOS crew:
Even more Star Trek stuff for you:
- Good article on Star Trek sound design and Ben Burtt at Editors Guild Magazine
- People has Five Things You Didn’t Know About Chris Pine
- The official movie site has finished the Star Trek artist model gallery at startrekmovie.com/modelgallery
- Verizon & Nokia have added the third skill test (a helm simulator) to joinstarfleetacademy.com
Thanks to all the tipsters