Herb Solow is one of the founding fathers of Star Trek, who was there at the beginning with Gene Roddenberry. And today he has reviewed the new Star Trek movie where he focuses on how the characters were handled in the new film. Plus Doug Drexler remembers another one Trek’s founding fathers, Robert Justman.
Solow on Star Trek
Herb Solow was an executive at Desilu in the 60s and worked very closely with Gene Roddebenberry creating, selling and producing the original Star Trek. He had a hand in many aspects of Star Trek that have lasted decades. In a new review for the BBC, Solow takes a look at what JJ Abrams and his team have done with the franchise he helped launch:
The production looked flawless. The photography, graphics and sound effects were brilliant. But, was it our Star Trek? I had some reservations.
The assembling of the new team was interesting and, for the most part set a genuine tone for the characters. Most of the characters rang true.
Solow goes on to say he liked how Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Uhura were handled, but he felt that Chekov was too "hyper" and he wasn’t impressed with John Cho’s performance as Sulu. However, Solow was impressed with how the new Star Trek film honored the original series, including the little touches. Solow concluded with some mixed feelings for the new Mr. Spock (a character he says was created by himself, Roddenberry and Nimoy). Of the new Spock, Solow notes:
The young Mr Spock was certainly commendable. But I missed the depth of Leonard’s Spock, and the centuries of knowledge that always lurked in his eyes.
But in the end Solow hopes the new Star Trek will ‘live long and prosper.’ Read Solow’s full review at bbc.co.uk
Solow with Nimoy at party
Drexler Remembers Justman
Speaking of the old guard, we just passed the one year anniversary of the passing of another one of Star Trek’s founding fathers, Robert Justman who was a producer on both TOS and TNG. Veteran Star Trek designer Doug Drexler has a new moving and interesting post on his excellent blog remembering Mr. Justman, including many behind the scenes photos.
Mr. Justman had spoken very enthusiastically about the new JJ Abrams team while the film was in production, and it quite sad that he passed away before he was able to see the final film.
Justman & Solow’s Book
By the way, if you have not read it, "Inside Star Trek: The Real Story" by Herb Solow and Robert Justman is a must-read for any serious fan of Star Trek.