Original entry posted: Tue May 12 17:45:45 2009
Along those lines, how will such a program be different, given the difference in climate--the Cold War and civil rights movement being replaced by all the various Grim Meathook Futures that we face now?1242288948Chrisonlyagame.typepad.comThu May 14 04:15:48 2009I concur - the new Star Trek works better as an action movie than as anything else (it is Abrams forte). But still lightyears better than the last two Trek movies, so I can't complain too loudly. :)
@ Tue May 12 14:34:13 2009 EST
I agree with you there, and after reading the review you linked, I agree with most of the points, too. I'm not incredibly familiar with TOS characters, so I don't have much to say about whether they were true or not (though it seems to me that they got the surface mannerisms down well enough). It was a fun movie, but it lacks what the core of Star Trek is.
@ Tue May 12 16:49:27 2009 EST
Like Atkinson says, the characters don't have to be true. We have the DVDs for that. I think Karl Urban pretty much nailed McCoy, and Quinto does a very good Spock, but the rest are more reinvention than homage, and I'm okay with that. I don't really need to watch two hours of Shatner and Doohan impressions.
Sadly, Trek was not always terribly good at its progressive core mission: it fell short as often as it succeeded, I think. But the attempt itself was certainly part of the DNA that's been left behind.
@ Tue May 12 23:31:39 2009 EST
Thank you so much for the kind words, and I think you just encapsulated perfectly what appeals to me about Star Trek. It's not even just the willingness to grapple with big problems and touch on difficult topics: it's the courage to suggest that they can be overcome.
I wonder if we'll ever see a show so sincere in its optimism ever again.
@ Wed May 13 13:58:36 2009 EST
Thank you, Torie.
I'm sure something else will come along that invokes similar optimism, eventually. I think it'll be interesting to see if the premise is classically "sci-fi"--or if it'll pull from a different set of metaphors than the ones Star Trek had at its disposal. Is there something about the space exploration genre, I wonder, that makes it easier (or harder!) to do this kind of thing?