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AICN EXCLUSIVE! Moriarty’s Been Hearing Some Rumors About STAR TREK...

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. So let’s talk about STAR TREK. JJ Abrams looms large on the pop culture landscape right now. Whether you love everything he’s done or not, he’s carved out a nice piece of the pie for himself, and part of that pie right now is getting to play with the biggest train sets that Paramount has. When they offered to bring him to the movie division, they did so knowing full well what they wanted from him: franchises and events. And if something can be both at once, even better. And there are people that sneer at the sort of thing that Abrams does right now, but I’ve been pretty vocal about this for a while... I’m fascinated. There are things he’s been associated with that I’ve hated (REGARDING HENRY, for example), that I’ve been indifferent to (FELICITY), things I’ve loved (ALIAS, LOST). I think he obviously gets what kind of heavy lifting it takes to create a successful franchise event. And again... that sounds so calculated and clinical, but it’s not. It doesn’t have to be. You can decide you want to do a certain kind of big canvas movie, and you can do it with real passion and ambition. Even when I’ve disagreed passionately with the creative direction JJ Abrams took an existing property (his SUPERMAN draft), I’ve done so because I’m engaged by the way he makes choices. He’s not fucking around when he takes a property and rebuilds it. He’s going to make radical decisions, and they might work, or they might backfire, but they’re going to be bold choices. I think M:I:III was a warm-up. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t really reinventing the wheel. He just made a solid M:I film, which is what he needed to do, basically. I think he’s aiming higher with STAR TREK. And I think he’s making some of those big bold choices, and doing things that you wouldn’t think he’s doing. And I think there’s a chance STAR TREK fans are going to commit mass seppuku when they hear some of what he’s up to. Which is exactly what you’d expect when you’re making big choices. The first question is... No, actually; the only question is: why STAR TREK? I’m hoping I get a chance to ask JJ exactly that. I wonder if it’s the opportunity for the exploration movies down the road. If this first one goes well, he’ll be able to make STAR TREK movies for the next ten or twelve years, easy. With his track record in TV, I’m sure Paramount would let him take it back to the small screen when the film franchise goes cold again. He could be doing this for the rest of his life in one way or another. Or maybe it’s just a one-off. He’ll make a few of these and then hand it off to someone else. I don’t know. I don’t know how much he wants to do or how little. Certainly, STAR TREK is about as stark a set of archetypes as you could ask for when doing a remake. It all depends on hiring the right young Kirk, young Spock, and young McCoy. Those are your big three. You need that dynamic to be perfect so everything else falls into place. Most of the big drama happens in the friction between those three personalities. So obviously the first film is going to find a way to put those three people together. Right? Sort of. Possibly. Okay, first thing that surprised me: I think Leonard Nimoy is sort of the star of the movie. I think a lot of this movie is about Spock. Nimoy-aged Spock, mind you. How? Okay... you know the scene in BACK TO THE FUTURE 2? Where Doc Brown explains alternate timelines? Well, this is sort of... ummm... TREK TO THE FUTURE, I guess you would call it... Picture an incident that throws a group of Romulans back in time. Picture that group of Romulans figuring out where they are in the timeline, then deciding to take advantage of the accident to kill someone’s father, to erase them from the timeline before they exist, thereby changing all of the TREK universe as a result. Who would you erase? Whose erasure would leave the biggest hole in the TREK universe is the question you should be asking. Who else, of course, but James T. Kirk? If Spock were in a position to change that incident back, and then in a position to guard that timeline and make sure things happen the way they’re supposed to, it creates... ... well, what does it create? Because evidently the plan is to use this second timeline as a way of rebooting without erasing or ignoring canon. These new voyages of the ENTERPRISE, they’re taking place in whatever timeline starts with this story. Maybe this timeline features dramatic differences. Like... say... if Vulcan were to be blown up. If the Vulcans in the series were suddenly the last of their kind, alone in the universe, it would change who they are and maybe even redefine their strict rejection of emotion in favor of logic. You can introduce these Universe2 versions of classic TREK events and characters, and you can play with the audience’s expectation. Things have changed. Some things play out the way you expect… some don’t. It’s basically the same solution Marvel Comics has in terms of publishing, the way they use their ULTIMATES line to reboot continuity. As a friend said when I was talking to him about this tonight, “Wait... so you’re saying they’re not just doing a square one reboot that would simplify everything, but that they’re actually making it... more complicated?” It would appear so. Not that I think TREK fans mind complicated. It’s certainly not the safest choice if this is, in fact, the direction he goes with the film. I’m not telling you that anything I said above is 100% set in stone. I don’t think Abrams is far enough along for that to be the case yet. But they are considering some really crazy reinventions, on par with some of the choices Abrams was making on SUPERMAN. Who was the original captain of the ENTERPRISE? I know the answer to that question in the canon STAR TREK universe right now... but will it be the same in the Abrams TREK universe? Can you fundamentally alter one or more of the characters in that main trio, and still expect the same chemistry when you put the three characters together? That’s the real question Abrams is going to have to face when he reveals his TREK next Christmas. I think you’d have to be crazy to bet against him, and I’m intrigued by some of these decisions, but I’m also willing to bet that even details as vague as the ones I’ve reported here today will cause a fair bit of debate. Abrams certainly doesn’t take low-profile gigs, and I guess that’s one of the reasons he’s gotten so good at trying to engage the audience early or in unconventional media ways. I’ll be curious to see how he gets the public ready for his version of TREK. What the images are we see first. How he sets the visual tone for the world. I hope it’s very classic TREK. I hope that’s something they embrace. The greatest visual representation of that ‘60s version of the universe, all Roddenberry optimistic with big giant philosophical ambition. Pop that aims a little higher. The Abrams sweet spot. I’m sure we’ll have more on this as it develops. Let the talkbacks begin!

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:23 a.m. CST


    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    scared but optimistic. Still wish next generation would have gotten a better send off. So many missed story options with them. Hope this rocks.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:24 a.m. CST

    shit 2nd!!!!!

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    and now 3rd...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Remember when this article would be a script review?

    by MaxTheSilent

    But considering AICN folds like a house of card at every whiff of a cease-and-desist, I doubt we'll get one of those until the studios secretly consent to allow the site to post one.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Third, but i'm Jewish and don't care...

    by SonOfTorah

    Scrag it, forget the alternate universe horseshit, just fill in the gaps of the original Trek series and get done with it already!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Denny Crane!

    by DerLanghaarige

    That's all I got to say at the moment. Let's see how it turns out. I trust Abrams, but there is still a chance that he screws it.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:31 a.m. CST


    by thinboyslim.

    ...Captain Christopher Pike the first captain of the Enterprise, why would that change if Kirk never existed?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:33 a.m. CST

    In this alt universe, does Ro Laren end up on DS9?

    by Shermdawg

    God I wish Forbes had done that show.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:35 a.m. CST


    by Shermdawg

    What's the hold up J.J.?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:37 a.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... if I'd read it, I would have been clear about that, and it would have been more of a script review. I haven't, though. I just had dinner with some friends tonight, and one of them, let's say, has a very nice office on Melrose. I'll say no more.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:38 a.m. CST


    by Wilclas

    ...And I am third?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:38 a.m. CST


    by Wilclas

    You guys are FAST!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Isn't guarding timelines the

    by Dingbatty

    Isn't guarding timelines the purview of the Federation timeships of the 29th century?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:42 a.m. CST


    by DeaksUK

    I'm along for the ride!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5 a.m. CST

    So, what you're saying, Moriarty...

    by Gil Brooks that after dinner, you realized you were too drunk to drive home, and one of your "friends" invited you back to his place, you liked his apartment, and...? Lurid details, please!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:02 a.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... it's like you were right there with me! <P>I'm still trying to figure out why my pants are on backwards now, though...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Seriously, though...

    by Gil Brooks

    ...put your pants on the right way. Kriss Kross already tried, and failed, to make that popular in the early 90's.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Oh, and...

    by Gil Brooks

    ...being a casual Trek fan, this news doesn't upset me. The Trek stuff over the last 10 years has sucked, so I'm open to something that shakes it up.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Are "Future Guy" and Captain Archer involed?

    by Rolling_Stone

    Because we all know how well that great time travel plotline worked out.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:19 a.m. CST

    The first captain was.......

    by the ageless stranger

    ...the never-seen Robert April! I'll go now.......

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:33 a.m. CST


    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    didn't think Abrams could actually do something like this after that Superman debacle. This sounds worse. I don't care about much but ya don't fuck with Kirk, Spock and McCoy.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Stick with it

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Some of the reboot stuff can get extremely complicated but, for all there were things that people got themselves into a tizzy over in Abrams "Superman", I think in restrospect that his version would have been 10 million times better than the suck fest Singer producd. Sorry Spock, 10,000,123, 457.2 times better to be exact.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Star Trek is fucked

    by kwisatzhaderach

    and has been since about 1991. The first problem with this new project is it doesn't matter who you cast as the three leads, those characters were defined by Shatner, Nimoy and Kelley. They are now legends. They're simply not going to get actors who are going to do as good a job, it's impossible. Think about it, Kirk not played by Shatner? It's a joke. Second problem is MI3 was a terrible film. Full stop. A bad film. Lazy script, lame action sequences, risible denouement. Taken together, this Trek project has a lot of problems to overcome. What Trek really needs is a new crew on the Enterprise, the same way Next Gen redefined Trek 20 years ago. Stop going backwards, Trek should be about going forwards.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:47 a.m. CST


    by Cagliostro

    I make a motion to add a filter to this site to keep the word first from appearing in the "first" three talkbacks or so. Either that or actually hand out some kind of award to "first" posters to give them an honest reason for being such dipshits. Just think, if this were Abrams Trek universe we'd never get anywhere cuz everyone would be constantly screwing with the time continuum to post F'n 1rst. Shields Up!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:51 a.m. CST

    I like it! And get Nathan Fillion to play Kirk.


    Then we got a REAL party.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:01 a.m. CST


    by Karmakin

    I always assumed that using Nimoy in this would be done through a narration, that it would be Spock writing his memoirs, giving his thoughts and feelings about his early experiences. I thought that would make a hell of a movie. This is good too, I guess. The idea of a reboot has merit, especially if it becomes a sort of alternative history, similar things happen, just differently.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Good God, that's brilliant!

    by Laserbrain

    Abrams devised a way to fuck up Trek every which way he pleases WITHOUT invalidating existing canon? He may not have a clue but at least he has a soul.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:09 a.m. CST


    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    I'm with you. With no Shatner their is no Star Trek. Nimoy is cool but Shatner is the Han Solo heart of Trek. No one else can play him now. Wait 100 years and maybe you won't piss people off with this shit.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:10 a.m. CST

    This talkback is really just a ...

    by Runs with a Gut

    ... focus group: Abrams and co. obviously suspect that they're boldly going where they probably shouldn't go. Why else would they divulge information that sensitive to an AICN contributor like Drew?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:10 a.m. CST


    by OBSD

    Sounds vaguely interesting, but I'd rather have somebody enter the universe with an entirely different slant, ala Warren Ellis with his badass Switchblade Honey. This idea sound only slightly better than Star Trek 90210.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Here's the scenario...

    by Nordling

    A lonely Trekker sits at home, his stubbly face littered with Oreo cake (what an awesome new product)... "I could bitch about this new direction on the Internet... or I can face the scary world of... gulp... GIRLS... INTERNET HERE I COME! THIS IS A TRAVESTY!"

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:13 a.m. CST

    And can we get a date on that Trekker Mass Seppuku?

    by Laserbrain

    I want to mark it in my calendar.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Aha! Caught you!

    by OBSD

    only "Trekkers" call themselves "Trekkers". The rest of us call them Trekkies like the nerds they are.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:15 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    The irony is you just posted on here too ;)

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:22 a.m. CST

    I've said it before & yadda yadda yadda...

    by Thick McRunFast

    ...Abrams is going to be the final nail in the TREK franchise; you watch. Oh, and ALIAS and LOST are shit.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Mori, I'm even more intrigued now than before.

    by Yeti

    It also never ceases to amaze me that the geeks and nerds that are drawn to Trek are so completley narrow minded.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Shermdawg, I agree Ackles would make a great Kirk

    by Yeti

    but since he's filming Supernatural and is one half of the shows two stars, it's unlikely.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Sorry, Lightstormer...

    by The Tenth Doctor

    If J.J. thinks that Matt Damon is too old then Nathan Fillion doesn't stand a chance in the seventh circle of Hell. Anyway, you can count me among those who want to head into a post-Next Gen era instead of going back. What you're basically doing with a time travel or reboot story is telling the audience that the last 40 years was like the one season of Dallas Pam dreamed while Bobby was in the shower. It just didn't happen, we're ignoring it, and if there was anything you liked that we're not carrying over, well fuck you. The reason the Ultimate books are as well received as they are is that it exists alongside continuing series in the Marvel Universe we know and love. Customers had a choice. Had Marvel canceled the "616" books and left us with only the Ultimate Universe for our Marvel character fix, it never would have flown. That is essentially what Paramount is doing here. It's Ultimate Trek or back issues you've already read 100 times.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Aha! Caught YOU!

    by Laserbrain

    Where did you learn the distinction between "Trekker" and "Trekkie"? Hmmm? ;)

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:37 a.m. CST

    And I never said I wasn't a Trekker...

    by Laserbrain

    The Trekkers that would commit seppuku over this, I'm happy to see the end of.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST

    This week's JJ ASS KISSING...

    by Frye777

    completed! thank you guys, see you next time when we suck JJ's dick big time! PS: MI:III was piece of shit!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:45 a.m. CST


    by Super Moo

    Kinda funny seeing a first way down here ain't it? But seriously... I just wish Trek could move away from all of the over used time travel/temporal dynamics crap. Yeah, I'll still go and see it... but come on JJ!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Ultimate Star Trek?

    by Zardoz

    It might be interesting...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion as Kirk?

    by DocPazuzu

    Worst fucking idea ever. I love Firefly and Fillion's Mal Reynolds, but why taint that by having him play another space captain? What's the reasoning here? "Oh, this guy can SO play a space captain!" Never mind that Kirk and Reynolds are completely different types of characters, or that it would just be like watching Mal doing a Shatner impression in a Starfleet uniform. <p> "Oh, you know what would have saved Stardust? Johnny Depp as the pirate! He can soooo play a pirate!"

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Not me!!!

    by datachasm

    take it back to TOS, but at least respect the design and not poop all over it like Enterprise did. TOS is what Trek is all about. my only gripe is recasting the crew instead of showing us Pike, or another ship ala Starship Exeter.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:54 a.m. CST

    not another

    by godhelpus

    time travel trek movie so unoriginal, this will never succeed, you can't recreate a chemistry that was perfect, Mission Impossible sucked too, why not a tribble movie instead

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:56 a.m. CST

    oh.. and casting itself bugs me...

    by datachasm

    the guy they picked for Spock... meh.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Color me...

    by RenoNevada2000

    intrigued. I haven't cared a whit about TREK for almost fifeteen years, so I don't see this as a great sacrilage. The oriinal episodes will still be out there kids and the book publishers will still over-saturate the Barnes and Noble shelves in a grab for your last nickle. Let some one else take the tinkertoys and build something you haven't been able to imagine.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Kirk has to be..

    by TimMighty

    ..a unknown actor. A young guy that has to go through a "becoming Kirk" Training by his royal Shatness himself. Just sayin..

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7 a.m. CST

    oh..and Bai Ling should play

    by TimMighty

    ..Sulus Mother. Since that meaningless Lost Episode..we all know Abrahams loves himself some LingLing.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Hell it sounds better then the other shit Trek movies

    by Datascream

    I've never been a huge fan of this franchise, and I'm still laughing at the "Trekkies" that think Abrams will fuck this franchise up. However in all honesty, what more could go wrong? It's not like anything you guys would have done or hoped for has been working for the past 10-15 years. At least Abrams has been trying to do something new with the series instead of just making another lame Next Generations flick.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    time travel?

    by CuervoJones

    No whales, i hope.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Mass Appeal

    by dandosama

    If this movie is going to succeed, it needs to have mass appeal. The fanbase -- and yes, "narrowminded" does not even begin to describe the average Trekker/Trekkie -- won't be happy with a reboot, no matter what plot gyrations are used to justify it (though I personally like the idea). Joe Moviegoer won't know or care that canon has been violated. So I say "why bother". Just reboot and be done with it. It worked for Batman and it could work for Trek. <br><br>As for MI:3, I thought it was easily the best of the three, not that that is saying much.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST

    This would explain...

    by tazy

    why they haven't cast Kirk yet. He's probably only in it for a scene or 2.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:17 a.m. CST

    All right, Pazuzu...


    I admit now that, yeah, it's too typecast. It is too easy to just transplant him from Serenity to the Enterprise. Regardless, if he walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, he'd probably make a hell of a duck, you know? :P

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Oh, and by the way:


    Fillion as Kirk is cheap typecasting. CopRock was the "worst fucking idea ever!"

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Recasting the troika

    by ron2112

    I didn't think it could work either, casting anyone but Shatner as Kirk, etc. But I've been checking out ST:New Voyages recently, and if nothing else it's convinced me it can be done. Sure, it took a bit of getting used to, but after watching three episodes of that, I watched a TOS episode and it actually took me a few moments to get used to Shatner again. And with all respect for what they've accomplished, ST:NV really isn't particularly well-written or -acted... in the hands of seasoned pros, I don't think the adjustment is going to be as awkward as a lot of people expect. All that said, I agree with the sentiment that if they're going to reboot the franchise, they should just do it. Don't muck about with explaining it within the context of the current continuity, you could only make a mess of things. The Trekkies will have an easier time accepting that this is just a different continuity, plain and simple, rather than a "the last four Trek series never happened" kind of thing. That's just going to drive people nuts, and will ultimately devalue the entire franchise.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:28 a.m. CST

    "CopRock was the "worst fucking idea ever!""

    by DocPazuzu

    I stand corrected.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:36 a.m. CST

    SHIA LEBOUF as Captain Kirk

    by The Artist FKA Vesuvio

    C'mon guys, deep in your hearts you all know its inevitable. I don't give a fuck about Star Trek. The only thing I ever watched was the movie with captain Crane and captain Xavier together back when I was a kid, and man that sucked. I was a XFiles geek though, and I couldn't (CUARON FOR THE HOBBIT '11) give less of a fuck for that new movie as well. Ergo, fuck everything.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST

    unless ryan gosling is kirk, it should be an unknown

    by Holodigm

    that's about it, really

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Romulans? YAWN.

    by Abin Sur

    There's a reason we hardly ever saw Romulans in the ST movies - BOOORING. The one movie starring Romulans as the bad guys (Nemesis) was craptacular. They were OK on Next Gen/DS9, but ultimately not that inspiring as villains.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:47 a.m. CST

    End of the movie

    by bgpanda

    The movie opens with old Spock visiting the Memorial to Kirk on Veridian III (or San Fransisco whatever)Framing the death of Kirk from Star Trek: Generations. Sometime during the movie Old Spock does some kind of Vulcan memory implant on Young Kirk. At the end of the movie, after Spock has gone back and set things as right as possible in the new timeline he is back in San Fransisco and who walks in at the last few moments? Old Kirk. See Old Spock implanted some thought into the mind of Young Kirk... something that changes history such as "Don't go on the rickety bridge, let Picard do it." or "When that bald Captain of the Enterprise shows up while your in the Nexus, instead of going back in time to the last possible moment to stop Soran, go back to when Soran is otherwise occupied, blow up his little rocket and while your there save the Enterprise-D." Kirk Lives!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Cool, this means they don't touch Enterprise canon!

    by chrth

    Although now I have to wonder if Spock is FutureGuy. Also, Abin Sur: The Remans were the bad guys in Nemesis, not the Romulans.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST


    by Kid Z

    ...CAKE?!!? No way! They make such a thing now? Good ol' Corporate America. Fulfilling the wildest dreams of basement-dwelling nerds the world over!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST

    While I trust Abrams to do good with this...

    by Wldmk

    ...and while i that the Trio of Trek will probably be recast well, i cringed while reading the mention of the time alterations suggested. I seriously hope they don't go down that road, as its been mucked up in every way imaginable by this point, In ST in particular and pretty much in all televisionized scifi in general. As much as i love trek and grew up on the original series, if they want a reboot, then I say they should just call it a reboot and be done with it...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:52 a.m. CST 'bout the ROCK?

    by Abin Sur

    Why does it have to be a white guy? Why can't a Black/Samoan fellow have a stab at playing Kirk? Why does he have to be stuck playing a supporting character or villain?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Ugh, Chrth...

    by Abin Sur

    That movie was SO bad I couldn't even remember that. Yeah, they Reemed me, alright...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:55 a.m. CST

    I think we can all agree on one thing: More Shran!

    by chrth

    Well, same actor, different character. The Andorians in Enterprise were probably the best part of the show before Manny Coto took over. And the Mirror Universe Shran in Season 5 would've been awesome. Damn you Paramount!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST


    by FirstPostersSuck

    EAT IT 83rd! OH YEAH!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8 a.m. CST

    Casting Kirk

    by Super Moo

    If this is going to be a complete re-imagining, then why not go all out? Remember how much we all enjoyed the remake of Wild Wild West? I say cast Will Smith as new Captain Kirk!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by Tourist

    I like Abrams!. That was the gist of the article right? Or was it that potentially something different from cannon may or may not be possibly taking place perhaps sooner or later in the production? Was there actually any news in there at all? AICN embraces newspeak.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:02 a.m. CST

    TimMighty, ya got me twice dude...

    by Damned if I can login

    "His Royal Shatness" HAHAHAHAHA!!! A damned good one.<p>And LingLing...yeah....LingLing. I'd pay a buck to see long as they figure out a way to show her nipples. She's got *great* nipples, y'know...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:04 a.m. CST


    by MC-909

    Why even bother if they're gonna do the whole "alternate timeline" thing? That's a bigger copout than a "it was all just a dream" ending. Not that I really give a shit about Star Trek in the first place, but this is wack.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Vulcan blown up? That sucks if you have Pon Farr...

    by SpyGuy

    While I can appreciate J.J. Abrams taking risks with Trek continuity, I can't see this "Romulan Terminators go back in time to kill young John, James T. Kirk" idea working too well. <p>ULTIMATE STAR TREK (Might as well call it that) works for comic book fans that are used to rebooted/alternate continuities, but casual Trek fans (i.e. everyone else that isn't a harcore Trekkie) are going to be disappointed and pissed if what they've watched on TV and the original six films is radically different. It will be hard enough to get audiences to accept younger actors in these established roles, let alone tweaking things so that "everything you know is wrong" on top of it.</p>

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST

    But otherwise, in relation to the film...

    by Damned if I can login

    *yawn*<p>I don't see how they can possibly do anything interesting with time travel, since every other episode Brannon Booger had hit mits into had some kinda stoopid "Temporal Bullshit Whatever".<p>Although the New Voyages episode about the Doomsday Wars was interesting (even if it did seem a bit rushed in a single hour). OK...I correct myself.<p>Methinks I see yet another "I'll wait'll it hits DVD" moment on the horizon...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Temporal Anomaly Gotta Eat...

    by Super Moo

    ... Romulans

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:15 a.m. CST

    This Perhaps to Reestablish the Importance of Kirk

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    After Kirk went out the way he did, the keepers of Trek need to do something to bring him back to prominence.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Something similar was posited for a Dr. Who reboot

    by V'Shael

    way back, before the movie came out. The McCoy doctor would have used the Key to Time to reboot the universe. Details found in the Nth Doctor.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    I am glad they did not reboot Dr. Who

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    And I am feeling sort of the same way with Classic Trek. The original does not need to be rebooted... The Next Generation timeline was bloody stale, not Kirk and company kicking ass.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:21 a.m. CST

    I don't get the appeal

    by fish tacos

    of revisiting the OS Enterprise crew. It's lazy, trite and a real missed opportunity to give us something new.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Ryan Reynolds as KIRK

    by bigdrawz


  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by Bono Luthor

    If JJ is using us as a focus group then listen up: If you can work Shatner in there (and if you're going down the root that Mori is indicating then there should be no reason why his 'death' and the whole Nexus thing should stop you - HELL just IGNORE it!)then you will have so much good will from fans you can get away with almost anything. To pass up the opportunity to see Shatner and Nimoy on screen again in a big budget Trek movie as KIRK and SPOCK would be unforgivable JJ. If you want an event, if you want everyone to be talking about Trek again...SHATNER AS KIRK. Spock is great but he is more of a fans character. I know he's well known and I love him to bits myself, but he's not quite Kirk. Just as Kirk always works better with Spock, Spock is not the same without Kirk. Generations and Unification both pretty much sucked beyond the whole geek prick tease of seeing the characters again. Announce that you've got Shat on board and that we'll be seeing Spock AND Kirk (seems so wrong that way around) on screen together and THEN watch the internet explode!!!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:33 a.m. CST

    I just want to know one thing with this remake...

    by Grinning White Skull Will Smith going to play Kirk? It worked so well for THE WILD WILD WEST in updating that tattered old 60s TV concept. ;-)

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by uss cygnus


  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Been there said that

    by Super Moo

    see above Grinning White Skull

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    In LOLcat speak: I Iz Confused

    by reflecto

    So what, Spock goes back to save Young Kirk? What? And that creates a new timeline? It COULD work but time travel just makes me think of all those awful fucking stories on shows like Voyager and Enterprise that I never bothered to watch.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Oreo Cakesters!

    by Kid Z

    Damn man... that's nasty! What next... Oreo Liquid Intravenous?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by Ronimus Prime

    As much as I love the Shat (I've signed petitions pushing for his return of Kirk novels to be made into movies) I have to say, this sounds neat. I'm just hoping that when free swim in the time stream (rim shot) is over, Spock will have restored the timeline.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Best thing for Trek would be to...

    by Fergus74

    Kill off Kirk!!! Don't you think it would be interesting if these Romulans succeeded (with no reset button)? All those times when Kirk saved the day not happening and everything getting f**ked up! I'd call that one hell of a reboot, and what better way to re-establish the importance of Kirk, with the removal of Kirk! Just a thought......

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:56 a.m. CST

    And BTW I think almost everything Abrams does is shit

    by reflecto

    I fucking despise Lost - what a bullshit, supercillious, slapped together waste of time - and Alias was a joke after the first scene where the goddamn CIA agent sat around listening to Sarah McLachlan and crying. His MI:3 was not horrible, not like MI:2 but had the unforgivable sin of being all about "relationships" - I cannot believe a fucking MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE MOVIE ended on Ethan Hunt GOING HOME FROM WORK WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND WHILE HIS BUDDIES WAVED GOODBYE! Is it fucking M:I or Felicity? And Abrams' Superman - don't get me started. That said, I think he CAN be a good idea man (though he rarely can carry them out over time, see Lost and Alias) and could help Trek. In careful doses. I'll try anything after Rick Berman.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST

    This guy is an idiot!

    by Sour_Toejam

    OMG...did you trolls actually read Moriarty's bullshit? Of course not, because once you hit paragraph three, you realize this windbag says nothing, but goes on and on and on like the energizer bunny. Was anything said in this entire article that was significant? Fuck no. It's some fat slag speculating on something he knows nothing about. Oh, and I like jelly beans.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    I thought so too at first toejam

    by reflecto

    but eventually he comes to his vague, roundabout, lazy point with some very general plot information. It is hidden in the usual bullshit rambling though.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Sounds shit.

    by Henry Jones Sr

    I was interested in this movie at fist, but the more I hear about how they're tying in the existing films and shows, the less I care. They should just start over and imagine that Star Trek is a novel which can be remade by different filmmakers and actors. They SHOULD NOT be casting someone to play William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Instead, they should be casting someone to play Captain Kirk and Mr Spock. If it's too closely tied with the old stuff, we're all going to end up disliking it for all the things Abrams does wrong. If, on the other hand, it's all new, we're more likely to just go with it.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Why Have It Simple When You Can Have It Complicated

    by MortGuffman

    Personally, I think the best way to go with this is a square one reboot. If Paramount wants to rejuvenate the franchise and expand its appeal beyond Trekkers then that's what you do. I really hope that your information is incorrect, Moriarity. Ask anyone on the street that hasn't even watched Trek and they'll know Kirk and Spock. They want to see them kicking ass, not involved in some convoluted time-travel storyline. Oh, and Mori, I also thought that Bewitched sucked ass. Worst movie I've ever seen. Dragged by my wife to see it.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I was wondering why the actor for Spock was so young

    by kevred

    If the Heroes guy was playing opposite an academy-age Kirk, it wouldn't make much sense--Vulcans age so much slower that "young Spock" and "young Kirk" would not look the same age, and Spock wouldn't look so much younger just a few years earlier than the original series. Throwing everything a generation back makes more sense.<p>Still don't think they've found someone with the right dignity to play Spock, though, but who knows--maybe this guy's got more depth than he shows on TV.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST

    If it starts in the future, why not having Picard...

    by The Biomind

    ...or Admiral Janeway briefing Ambassador Spock about temporal anomalies or shit. Then Spock goes back in time to put things right. Of course, he would be the right choice for this mission, because he was there. But if the movie really starts in the period of Picard, Sisko or Janeway, I would love to see some of those beloved characters at least in a cameo. Or do they even exist, after Kirk's assasination? Does Starfleet even exist? I certainly don't want any "Wa are the last of our kind" shit!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST

    why you can't go forward in star trek

    by PVIII

    shields that last 40 minutes, technology that takes the fun out of everything, etc. I just watched the DS9 episode 'The Visitor' last night, and that's how it should be done. You need to care about the characters, not just have flashy CGI and time-travel stories (though 'the visitor' does have some time travel). Trek is meant for the small screen, and it should be about relationships, mixed with brilliant science fiction. The best episodes followed this route, and it's why TNG was so successful, and why Enterprise failed. I love JJ but I will consider this movie outside Trek cannon if what I hear is true. I can't imagine Roddenberry would be happy with this, but I'll watch it, and hope to love it.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST

    the alternate universe doesn't bother me

    by Bloo

    because they've already established a "multiverse" concept with Trek with the "Mirror" universe and with that one ep with Riker caught in some kind of anamoly and there's all these different variations of Riker coming togather. But it has never been established that each of these "multi-verses" were created by mucking with the timeline. So if you're going with an alternate universe concept go full fledged with it not with the time travel concept.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Get Michael C. Hall (DEXTER) as Kirk

    by Spacesheik

    He's older than Zachary Quinto but he has that laconic, steely yet charming demeanour, with a hint of danger. He would make an interesting choice for the younger Kirk.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Incorporating William Shatner

    by Spacesheik

    If JJ Abrams cannot insert the older Kirk into the proceedings, he can still end the movie with a bang having William Shatner appear with Nimoy in a epilogue of sorts and setting up the next film to be an older Kirk film, something to look forward to. I agree with the poster above that the movie should ignore Kirk's death in GENERATIONS - that was a Rick Berman fiasco, best to forget it - since we have an alternate timeline here, it wont be a problem.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Matt Damon will be the new Captain Kirk

    by feebster69

    Mark my words. xxx.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Oh, and David Bowie's in Doctor Who next season

    by feebster69

    Mark my words 2. xx.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Leonard Nimoy

    by Spacesheik

    I have complete confidence in JJ Abrams, LOST is a classic series and MI3 was a very solid actioner. The fact that Leonard Nimoy is appearing in this, in a substantial role (hopefully) is excellent news. I think the movie is gonna be great, judging by the talent involved and Nimoy's rave of the script (Nimoy, a perfectionist, doesn't usually go out on a limb and praise something unless its special work).

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    SPOCK = FUTURE GUY? TOS = A Dream? Where's Riker/Troi

    by captain_kirk

    The problem is that by making it an alternative universe..besides the fact that it copies the plot of Star Trek: That Crappy Series with Quantum Leap-dude, how will we, the audience, be truly invested in the outcome, knowing that things ultimately have turned out ok in the "real" timeline? Messing with the timeline line a T4 or T5 movie could might be neat, but I'm still quite weary. I'd be happier if the Shatz came back as James R. Kirk, the granddaddy of James T. Kirk, and a fisherman in the Iowa merchant Marine. He can fish for freshwater shrimp aboard his shrimping boat, known as the Jenny, with his trusty sidekick "Bubba" Sisko, The great great great great granddaddy of Benjamin Sisko. Oh, and the Scarecrow was there, and the tin man, oh, and you too Auntie Em...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    I'd love to see Hugh Laurie an Richard E. Grant in this

    by Spacesheik

    In what capacity I don't know, maybe as villains. Or maybe Laurie as sarcastic Starfleet instructor/officer and Richard E. Grant as maybe a shifty Romulan.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    boldy go and rip off Doctor Who again

    by jamawalk

    well this makes sense. now that doctor who has re-established itself as the only pop scifi worth a damn, paramount has to get all "me too" with their old jingoistic military fantasy. little american boys with big guns comparing the size of their warp coils. queer.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Futurama: Roswell that Ends Well

    by whitenoise27

    I am always reminded of this episode when Frye becomes his own grandather in situations like this. And that makes me happy.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST

    You don't need Shatner

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    You don't need Nimoy, either. A good, character-driven science fiction piece set in a somewhat familiar framework is all you need. Olivier wasn't the only Hamlet nor was he the best, but the play seems to hold up just fine. Connery cemented the Bond roll, but I've liked non-Sean 007 films, as well. Forget about cast! Worry about overly simplistic and soulless storytelling done only to make another buck off the old gravy train.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Time Travel

    by KnarftheIndecent

    As one who feels he lives out of his own time I must say that time travel stories blow like the winds of hell.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Oh Come On !!!!

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Instead of the usual "time travel" cop out why not go for something really daring. I'd suggest a cross-over between Trek (all of them), Kung Fu and either Mrder She Wrote or Hart to Hart. It would be a classic. Trust Me !!! Seriously, although as a long term Trek Fan I'll probbaly see this I don't really think they have left enough time between the old tired Trek and any re-boot. Give it 20 years and then go back to it. Until then RIP Trek.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Complete Blowing of Smoke

    by bigbill

    Not one word here that says ANYTHING substantive. OK, a spoiler that says there will be a time travel plot in a Star Trek movie/episode? Yup, thats about as much a spoiler as saying there will be Klingons in it.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:59 a.m. CST

    MI3 SUCKED! LOST began good but now sucks!

    by FleshMachine

    to bet aginat him is crazy?? just because he's popular doesn't mean he's any good. MI3 was idiotic garbage...lost began very good...then very quikly felt like it was being made up as it went along. im interested in this ST thingy but bny no means is the doods track record very reassuring. great CLOVERFIELD trailer though. but of course it will never live up to the initial intrigue.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:01 a.m. CST

    The whole point of a Star Tek Movie.....

    by C.K. Lamoo

    Is to get away from the After School Special mentality of mainsteam Television where every story has to have a moral and characters have to work out their problems with admiration and respect. In the end, isn't that what turned Trek into a snooze fest? Given his TV background, maybe Abrams is the wrong guy to handle this project. On the other hand, if he can make it like the last last episode of Lost, it might actually be worth watching.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    We Need a Shatner Cameo....

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    The last time he donned the Star Fleet uniform was when he went out like a punk.... Even if they get him for only 30 seconds it may go a long way to erasing the crap that was Generations...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    I'm still reading but I had to take a break to laugh...

    by Cotton McKnight

    You DO realize that you spent the first paragraphs talking about how Abrams "fucks" with things and aims high by creating big ideas, and the VERY NEXT THING YOU SAY is how this movie will be like "Back to the Future 2". <br><br>Aside from the fact that time travel has been overplayed to death in Star Trek (this is basically the plot of First Contact!!!!), Back to the Future 2 was ridiculous. I think this is going to be one of those "Han meets Chewie and a young Lando on the Millenium Falcon in Episode 1" articles that everyone laughs at next year. Come on.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Star Trek was About Kirk, Spock, and Bones...

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    At least to me it was... 3 friends who spend their vacations together, 2 of which did not know that they were friends until one of them died... That is Trek for me. It is something that the Next Generation tried so desperately to pull off with Picard and Data and whoever, but could never replicate. Why? Because they were not together for decades... Age makes a character better..... Just look at the Doctor.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST

    So this is going to be...

    by chrisd

    time travel and alternate universe, not Star Trek, crap. Great. They should throw in some Warp 10 salamanders, with babies. Star Trek is dead; this movie is the reanimated corpse.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST

    This movie needs more Wesley Crusher

    by ArcadianDS

    I'd be dissapointed if The Traveler and his trust side-kick Wonder Boy Crusher didn't somehow have something to do with this plot. I know that Wil Wheaton took some heavy heat during the mid-seasons of TNG, but two things to remember: he was a child learning to act, and he was having to learn some pretty stupid scenes. Watch, if you can, one of the early TNG Wesley eps, then one of the later eps - he clearly matured as an actor throughout the series, unlike some of his more experienced cast members *COUGH* Troi *COUGH*. This works on another level, too - since we didn't really get a solid explanation for who the Traveler really was, and what his role in the universe might be. It certainly appeared that his Travels weren't limited by time or distance.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    and besides, I keep hearing about a multi picture

    by Cotton McKnight

    deal.. but what about the fact that we know how these characters turn out? There is a fundamental problem here. Say what you want about Lucas' handling of the prequels, but it was a fascinating idea because there was mystery surrounding how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. It was a singular theme that guided those movies. What's the singular theme here? Where is the intrigue? Has anyone ever really cared how Spock became the perfectly logical character seen in the original series? Yeah I GUESS you could have a "romulan war" that leads to the birth of the federation but again, we know how it all turns out. There is no threat here, unless you use a campy device like time travel. Might work for one movie, but a multi picture deal?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    This movie needs Q.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Star Trek is Bigger than JJ....

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Again, what is wrong with TOS? I am not sure really? JJ did not like the chemistry between the 3 main characters? Or the legend that is J.T. Kirk? Or the great enemies that he made? Or the loss of his son? Or coming to terms with him getting old? Or understanding that his best destiny is to captain the USS Enterprise? I wonder what is it that Abrams wants to do with Trek?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Only Trek films worth watching...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Star Trek 2, 4, 6, First Contact. ... ... ... ... ... The only Trek films worth REMAKING: The Motion Picture. The story was fantastic. The production was, uh, B-O-R-I-N-G! When I watch it, it seems like a film from the 60s, not the post-Star Wars 1970s. I'm glad that it was before my time, though. Otherwise, I would NEVER have watched another Trek film!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Star Trek needs more time travel and multiverses like..

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    This movie needs more TIME TRAVEL and MULTIVERSES like Blue Oyster Cult needed MORE COWBELL. Sure, it is funny as a SNL skit -- but it would really tank as a film. The time travel plots are quite worn out. The multiverse idea is, borrowing from a certain vulcan, "fascinating." But the slightest error would leave Trekkies everywhere angry. It would be like changing and reworking the Bible for them!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST

    wild wild west

    by captain_kirk

    The problem with Will Smith as James West wasn't Will Smith as James West. It was Barry Sonnenfeld. The problem with Miguelito Loveless (ok, Arliss now) played by Kenneth Branagh wasn't Kenneth Branagh, but Barry Sonnenfeld. The ideas can be's the execution that's the problem. I, of course, would be looking forward to Sybok, as a youngster, joining the federation with his younger brother Spock. We can have an entire subplot where Sybok is the 10 year old-ne'er do well who never graduates from the federation, constantly throwing drunken parties in the dorm with feather-laden women like Uhura. Ooh ooh ooh-Beyonce as Uhura. That would SO ROCK!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Alt Title: Set Phasers to Fun!!!

    by 1FearlessJay

    Sorry, that title only works if the '70s-Spoken-Word-Shatt were directing. Anyway, so does anyone else here not feel like that's the most "Trek-like" premise we've gotten from a Star Trek in years? I want it to be good. As a life-long Trek fan, I can't help it. But, I have the same fears everyone else has, and if this is going to be a train wreck - it's going to be a SPECTACULAR one at the least!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Why is everyone so crazy about this Abrams guy?

    by BGDAWES

    I mean, MI 3 was okay...I guess. <br> <br> But really, how come he get's his knob polished so often after 'really' only having TV as his true claim to fame so far. <br> <br> Maybe it's because I've never watched an episode of Lost or Alias but I'm not really that impressed with this guy.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    An example of the talent of JJ Abrams

    by Stalin vs Predator Still the only thing with which I can associate his name when I hear it. Well, that and - for a few weeks - that weird new monster movie.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    re: Sybok and Beyonce

    by captain_kirk

    Of course, I meant "star fleet" when referring to "federation". So don't get on me about that. I stand behind the following casting decisions: Beyonce as Uhura. Hiro Nakamura as Sulu, Anna Kournikova as Chekov, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Elisha Cuthbert as Yeoman Rand, Keifer Sutherland as Kirk, Lucy Lawless as Nurse Chapel, Heath Ledger as Dr. McCoy (I can't quit you, Spock!), and then, finally, John Cleese as Scotty.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11 a.m. CST

    how shat could be in it

    by prime lips

    old spock succeeds. sees jim. smiles. shatner's in the movie!!!!! they go for a pint. <br> the adventures of jj alt universe continues nonetheless. <br> please shat

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11 a.m. CST


    by prime lips

    right at the end, obviously

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Just do a sequel to "Galaxy Quest".

    by C.K. Lamoo

    It'll come out the same.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Hey 2LeggedFreak! They did a Kung Fu/Trek crossover!

    by Damned if I can login

    It was the ep where the Shat (who played a ship's captain..go fig) and the chick that played the Dolman of Elaas came to bring Caine a ring from one of his old masters, and they claimed the emperor was offering a pardon (with the only penalty for murdering the nephew being the loss of Caine's little finger).<p>And for once, Kirk got his ass handed to him in a big way. But what the wasn't his show.<p>Now..don't that beat the shit outta any proposed new Trek "plotline"?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    JJ Abrams is "the man of the hour" because of productions like LOST (my favorite show ever -- with Season 1 being the best season of drama on television), MI:3 (which most critics agree is the best of the series) and ALIAS. ... ... ... ... [b] If you want to know what all of the fuss is about -- just rent the first season of LOST.[/b]

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:28 a.m. CST

    This is exactly what Star Trek needs-

    by Playkins

    The original universe is so convoluted and messy anyways- restarting it is the best thing they could do next to jumping so far into the future that it would be unrecognizable.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:28 a.m. CST

    I am crazy, so I am betting against him.

    by Diagnostic


  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Didn't he write Armageddon?

    by Big Bad Clone

    I caught a rerun of Enterprise the other day on Sci-Fi and was bored to fucking tears. Enterprise sure pussyfooted around and still fucked up things. <lb><p>Bold, good or bad, is the way to go.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Star Trek is Dead Long Live Star Trek

    by commiepinko

    The Star Trek outlook on life was relevant during the cold war era when everyone thought nuclear war was a very real possibility. It also made sense when secular humanism was something of a revelation. We now live in a different world. One where the bad guys have more complicated motivations, and where our own government doesn't always do the right thing (understatement). The only time Star Trek adapted to that world was in DS9 (even if they lifted many elements from B5). I was a stone cold Trekkie (that's right I said Trekkie) growing up, but Farscape, Firefly, and BSG are all much more relevant now than Star Trek. I have mixed feeling about JJ (Lost could still go X-Files), but Star Trek needs to be re-invented to be relevant.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    make a post 24th century film, please...

    by Rindain

    Star Trek should be about moving forward, discovering the new possibilities as existence, or whatever it was that Q said...not retreading old characters. That said, this could be a really fun movie if they don't drown it in alternate timeline babble and updating the tech, silly forehead aliens, etc.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    You know what would be nice?

    by mbeemer

    If the Romulans succeeded in removing Kirk from the timeline, only to discover... that events play out very much like they did in the first timeline. Kirk had daring and pheonominal luck, but it's not like everyone else in Starfleet was a gutless idiot. The details change, but the major battles are won because OTHER people are brave and clever too.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    "Don't go on the rickety bridge, let Picard do it."

    by Calimist


  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST

    what the FUCK people!?!

    by Zeframillen

    I'm a huge star trek fan, have been ever since TNG started. I just cant understand all the fucking negativity EVERY TIME a new piece of informmation comes out about this movie!!<br><br>I think this sounds like a great idea, and even if i didnt, i'd give it a fucking chance. Every piece of casting, every little tid bit for some reason fucking sets every one on fire and it's pissing me the fuck off

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Simon Pegg as Captain Kirk! Nick Frost as McCoy!

    by DoctorTom

    Well, it would definitely send the signal that things were going to be different. One thing we know, though - we certainly don't need to heed feebster69's 'mark my words'. He's already been proven wrong on the David Bowie in the next season of Doctor Who as both the BBC and David Bowie refuted that rumor. It probably won't be Damon either.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:13 p.m. CST

    i'm a giant TOS fan

    by yassoo

    pure geek in every way. as much as i'd love to get excited about a new trek movie/franchise, seeing other actors portray the big three just doesnt do it for me. how is this star trek? b/c of the uniforms and the ships? i dont know about you guys, but none of this excites me in any way.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Finally someone is talking sense

    by konar

    Commiepinko -- perfect summation of why it would be not so good to worry TOO much about what's come before. But obviously the creative team behind the new movie realize that it is about relationship, not plot (although we don't really want a French film, do we). Zef -- also well put...I have to take medication every time I read these boards! I'm looking forward to being surprised and blown away. It's been a long time since anything in the Trek universe has really done it for me. Captain_Kirk -- "I can't quit you, Spock!" -- classic!!!!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Re: Regarding Henry

    by SBconnection

    Jesus, Mori, how can you hate that movie and like the Tenacious D piece of crap?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    I don't care how good Abrams is ...

    by Itchy

    and I think he's good, myself ... but if the plot involes anything having to do with time travel, I'm out. Star Trek's use of "traveling through time" is ridiculous, and so full of holes it makes me laugh every time they drag out another time travel plot. First Contact, ST:IV - it all blows. He should just do a movie and just reimagine it - not try to explain it all away.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by Fawst

    The difference here is that if they were to use time travel as a catalyst, it would be just that. There wouldn't be an overarching plot to reverse the effects of said event, not the way I interpreted this. It would fully embrace the absolute change and complete shift in all that was before. Sort of a Trek "What If...?" Interesting concept, that.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    If I have to sit through three years of revised TOS

    by C.K. Lamoo

    continuity, seven years of Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, the movies and what have you just to massage JJ's ego, then please just let it die now. Better yet, if you're just going to play with continuity hire Jeph Loeb to write the thing.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Will they have lightsabers in it?

    by kirttawesomio

    Cause that would be hella tight.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST

    That guy from Law & Order who's running for Pres

    by kirttawesomio

    He should be Bones.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Zeph, it's not exactly negativity...

    by Damned if I can login's more pragmatism. As the comic book writer's creedo states:<p>"Those who visit the same creative well too often will find it has run dry."<p>And no one can deny that the time travel scenario has been done to death in the Trek universe.<p>And despite all the naysayers compaints, one can pretty much guarantee that 99% of 'em will either see the film in the theater or buy the DVD...and many will do *both*....and that certainly qualifies as "giving the project a chance".<p>So I wouldn't get overly bent on the fanboy "shitfest" comments. Besides...half the fun (or more) of posting in these talkbacks is seeing who can come up with the funniest smart-assed comment...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:56 p.m. CST

    As long as their's massive amount of HIP HOP

    by kirttawesomio

    and hells tight chick like Beyounce' is Uhura I'm hella down.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Jamie Fox as ...

    by kirttawesomio

    Captain Kirk. No doubt, no doubt.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Memories of Murder...

    by SBconnection

    Great argument, considering Tenacious D was the worst piece of cow dung on the planet. I'll take Oscar bait any day over self indulgent distasters like the D.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 1:03 p.m. CST


    by Samuel Vimes

    IF true, then this Abrams TREK reboot will be what Marvel and DC did to ignore the already-set-in-stone continuity for their comics universes--- an Alternate Universe to allow new creators to ignore the canon established for the familiar characters... <br> <br> And should this 'TREK Begins' film be successful, then PARAMOUNT's gonna have yet another STAR TREK movie franchise in place along with the "Classic" and "TNG" films--- like the Ultimates line for MARVEL. And if it tanks, then it'll be relagated as a one-off experiment--- like the Elseworlds line for DC? <br> <br> A LOT is riding on Abrams on this. "Ultimate Classic TREK" does sounds strange--- but I'd like this reboot to continue as a series if only to see what the Ultimate "Mirror, Mirror" universe will look like!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    The writers of Transformers and Armageddon

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Somewhere Nicholas Meyer is laughing and shaking his head.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 1:26 p.m. CST

    so the story is...

    by rollin2001uk

    old spock vs young spock? is young spock possible part of hit squad? I know you said romulans not vulcans but dramatically would be cool, would spock kill himself effectively to save kirk and the enterprise???

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Shat needs to Teach the New Kirk ONE THING!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    He needs to teach the new kirk the double handed bash. Also that music they played when engaged in hand to hand combat MUST stay.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    bad move ... dont fuck with amrican history ....

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST

    One MF'n letter: Q

    by Heckles

    Bring in that silly bastard, have him snap his fingers and there is your new universe for JJ to play play. The most popular character from TNG and he's yet to be in a movie. Instead let's have F. Murray Abraham play some assneck who gets face lifts and wants to live on a planet that makes you live forever. Wow.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by sirbroiler

    Please no more damn time travel. And if JJ uses that retro design from the original series - it will be unbelievable as hell. Just reboot it. Who gives a shit about canon already? And keep Shatner where be belongs - buried under a bunch of rocks on that freakin' planet where Picard left him.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 1:47 p.m. CST

    300 Klingons go back in time...

    by kinanswer

    "Madness? THIS IS QO'NOS!" "TONIGHT...WE DINE..IN 10 FORWARD!" etc. etc.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Star Trek IS DEAD!!

    by Redfive!

    Let be honest this franchise has been dead for along time.Id say around 10 years since that movie with the Borg came out in 1996. Then I heard there were 2 more and even before then I think the Whales was the last of the regular ones. To start over an alternate Universe is WHAT HAS TO BE DONE. Theres what 10 movies,Wrath of Kahn,The Whales and The Borg are the only good ones. Star Treks last hope is Abrams and he should be given free reign to start over,thats what he;s doing anyway.and just wait till it comes out to judge.Sounds like a bad idea but it might be good.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Time travel, reboots and alternate timelines?

    by Meglos

    These are some fascinating NEW concepts to be used in the Trek Universe! Color me zzzzzzzzz....

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Please no time travel

    by Jaka

    Please. It's been done to death in the Trek world.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    ENTERPRISE seasons 3 and 4 were fantastic

    by Spacesheik

    fanboys need to rent some DVD boxed sets and stop hating Trek

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    clint howard as james t.kirk

    by the_man_from_Rio

    either him, carrot top or lorenzo lamas...fandom, it is time to choose!!!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as Captain Kirk

    by glodene

    It's only logical. B.O. drawing power. Charismatic, tall, viral, commands respect. All the alpha-male qualities it'll take to command The S.S. Enterprise. In the sequel they can cast Jennifer Lopez as the green bitch and let Big Willie give her the ol' savage in and out.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Moriarty's taste in films

    by Ray Gamma

    Moriarty's taste in films is very dubious. </P> <P> He says above that he doesn't like "Regarding Henry", but that he loves "Alias" and "Lost". </P> <P> Moriarty, what the fuck?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:47 p.m. CST

    its an interesting idea

    by Automation Overlord

    i just don't like the fact that its dismissing everything about post enerprsie trek that we know, i mean fans already feud over which captain was the best, don't tell me i'm now going to have to listen to nerds debate with universe is better. I don't hte the idea of going back to TOs days, but just give us a TOS story that can fit into existing continuity, or play with the mirror universe for a few movies, fans love the mirror universe and its pretty much free range in terms of what to do with characters and stories, just look at the 2 parter enterprise episode, those were some of the best enterprise eps and all because it was fun to see that world and it didn't mess with continuity because we knew so little about the whole mirror universe thing

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:48 p.m. CST

    A fine line

    by matineer

    If this alternate universe is used just to "canonize" changes, that's probably not going to work because it will create another whole universe of trek. Once you make that break, what's left isn't the same "real" universe we know. Better they make their own TOS era crew or create something new. As of now, they're just stirring up the pot without the main ingredients. And City on the edge of forever covered this territory completely already. If they're out to save Kirk, they should just do it somehow without the cosmic complications and flashback immediately to first day, first hour, second five year mission (we never saw) and go from there. Of course, it could still make money.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:52 p.m. CST

    I don't see whats wrong with a TOTAL reboot

    by IndustryKiller!

    I figure even hardcore Trek fans (which admittedly I am not, although I have a great affection for the series) have got to admit that as far as the current incarnation of these characters have gone, the actors are now older and it's time to start again. It's not like a comic book where you have timeless, ageless, pictures with 40 years of canon that MUST be adhered to. Characters in a classic television franchise are perfect for rebooting. All you need to do is keep the spirit of what Shatner, Spock, Kelly, and the others created all those years ago. Make sure not to change the characters actions or have them do anything wildly out of who we know them to be. It's also important to keep the tone of the series itself, not making it to dark and gritty for an "edgier" young audience but retaining the spirit of adventure and wonder, something the current genre landscape could use dearly. Other than that its all up for reinvention. Alien species, planets, whetever, make it fresh. I don't see why you would need to do some alternate timeline stuff and complicate the whole matter.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:58 p.m. CST

    I've heard this before...

    by wato

    not tryingto be a dick here (I like JJ and am looking toward to a shake up in the Trek-verse) but isn't this the same plot as the Star Trek Experiece @ the Vegas Hilton? Also...I really would have loved to have seen JMS' Trek treatment become a reality.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST

    It's not like ULTIMATES, It's not like ELSEWORLDS...

    by RyaSKre

    It's CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, people... Get your comic references straight.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by TheDohDoh

    Seriously, the hypocrisy is so blantant here with all due respect Moriarity. Here we have a director JJ Abrams who could possibly send a shock wave through the Star Trek series, creating a parallel world where things are dramatically different - OBVIOUSLY THE BIGGEST SAFETY NET EVER IN WRITING A STORY, AKIN TO MAKING IT BE 'ALL A DREAM'- and you accept it if that's the bogus direction Abrams goes in. But then you, Moriarity, rip Rob Zombie for reenvisioning the original Halloween, while keeping the story's basic tenets entact. At least Zombie has the BALLS TO TAKE A RISK AND PUT IT OUT THERE AS TOTALLY HIS, BLAME AND ALL --- not teleporting Michael Myers to a parallel dimension where he's a 6'8" psychpath who likes KISS, and telling us all that the original Halloween universe is still intact, see my Halloween universe exists before Carpenter's and Laurie is actually his mom. HAHAHA. C'MON. GIMME A BREAK.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Enterprise Season 1

    by PVIII

    was one of the worst steaming pile of turds I've ever seen. There was no emotional bond between that cast, no stories to bind them together, and shoddy acting to boot. Pretty CGI and flashy sets do not make up for the entire lack of chemistry. Neither do the rub-down scenes (they almost do).

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Future Kirk played by the Fighter that pops ...

    by SkeletonParty

    in the Combacks trailer, or Charlton Heston. <p>Future Kirk travels back in time to warn Past Kirk of his death just so Future Kirk can kick Present Kirks ass. Right when Future Kirk goes to slug Present Kirk, Present Kirk gives him an uppercut to the chin and he pops.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Ray Gamma what's wrong with Alias!

    by glodene

    Oh! Seasons 3 - 5 - Nevermind.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST


    by TheDohDoh

    Go see it. Then you'll see the risks. Jesus Christ. I don't think I've talked to one person who is ripping this that has actually seen the new Halloween. Die Hard 4 = I understand the judgement with the pussy PG13. But this is a whole nother animal. Go see it, then snark all you want shuttlepod.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST

    So the new movie will be

    by slder78

    Crisis on Infinite Treks? Hmmm. Ok, as long as it's better than Nemesis.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Not worth explaining in a two hour movie

    by ebolamonkey

    They're gonna blow 15-20 minutes explaining how this fits into the existing Trekverse. Just throw it all out the window and give me 15-20 more minutes of great filmmaking. Clean slate, don't try and rationalize it. Two hours is way too short for a mythology this large, you've gotta jettison the dead weight. No one is going to believe the original series with it's dated sets and effects followed this new stuff anyway. I want to see all new tech, all new makeup, all new sets, all new ships.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Trek Needs New Ideas, So JJ's Going To Do Time Travel?

    by JaySmack

    Every fucking episode of this show for the last thirteen years has been time-travel. It was the crutch Berman, the talentless hack, used when he began to massacre Trek back in '94. Everyone is familiar with the time-travel fetish Berman put Trek through, and that's the main thing that drove peolpe away. How can anyone feel that Trek's any good if every episode says loud and clear, "This franchises' best days are behind it. We won't even try to make anything original!" If Abrahams wants to reboot Trek, then do what Manny Coto did the last season of Enterprise --return to good storytelling, Trek that people will actually give a fuck about! But trying to reinvent Trek won't help, no matter how radical the changes, because the problem isn't Trek, it's what it degenerate into under Berman's reign. Abrahams little experiment in douchebag sci-fi is doomed to faliture before it even shoots, not because of fanboy ire, but because Abrahams refuses to fix the problem --bad stories! Fuck, how dumb are these smart people? Pretty fucking dumb!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Oh, and....

    by ebolamonkey

    all male characters should have moustaches in the Abrams Trekverse.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Where's that Warp 11 guy?

    by JAGUART

    He was always doing this...;

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:18 p.m. CST

    If I held the auditions...

    by JAGUART

    You bet your ass the contenders would have to perform a shoulder roll, two-fisted punch and the classic flying leg-kick.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by ebolamonkey

    Spock can fly. Yes, he has a moustache, as well.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST

    that's not spoilers or sourced rumours

    by flipster

    just speculation...slow news month aicn?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Jamie Bamber for Kirk aka

    by zooch

    Lee Adama aka Apollo on BSG

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Sounds fucking great.

    by mr.brownstone

    It makes the Kirk/Spock relationship even more moving, intense and EPIC. I love this idea.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by ebolamonkey

    Kirk has a super-intelligent robot parrot that sits on his shoulder and that he names "Beep-Boop-Beep-Boop".

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Great idea for a Trek reboot

    by JAGUART

    They should take the new cast, put them in a shuttle pod and for the first twenty minutes have them glide around an immense bust of William Shatner as it gets a hairpiece refit.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:41 p.m. CST

    i agree, reboot

    by occula

    is it old news that i read in the mirror that james mcavoy is going to play scotty? they'll need somebody way stronger than that dude from that tv show as spock if that's the level they're going for. i'd let that guy do me in the wrong'un!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST


    by occula

    i mean mcavoy. doing me in the wrong'un. not that guy from that tv show. poor grammar. sorry.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Damned If I Can Log In

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Hey I remember that King Fu episode. I still think having Jessica Harper or Jonanthon and Jennifer (+Freeway and Max) would add something to it. Only other thing I'd like, building on Shuttlepod_10's comment is that the first person to quote Shakespeare (to show how intellectual the actors are) gets a full "phasers on kill" from the much abused Red Shirts,

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Best result of a complete Re-Boot....

    by tritium

    Make it so that ALL the Trek shows that followed the Original Series (INCLUDING the Next Generation) become non-existent. Don't even acknowledge them. Make it the new adventures of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty. Fuck everything else!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:59 p.m. CST


    by And Nicolas Cage as Fu Manchu

    WHy don't they just do a straight reboot? The time travel stuff sounds way too confusing for the average audience and it runs the risk of being retconned like the ending of Enterprise (It was all a simulationn...) Just do a full reboot. Make Sulu an asian girl (every geek loves asian girls) and you are all set.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:12 p.m. CST

    "Jamie Fox as Capt. Kirk" THAT WOULD BE PERFECT

    by future help

    perfectly hilarious. I GOTTA' see that!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST

    I don't think it is that complicated, I think...

    by FreeFingers

    What I think doesn't require any time travel stories. I just think that the old spock is the narrator of the stories about the young spock, thus putting them both in the movie. A lot simpler. I dont think the first movie of a partial reboot should go into some crazy ass time travel bullshit to start some equally crazy ass alternate universe. I want a movie about the crew of the Enterprise, not the crew of the alternate universe Entertprise. It's OK if they fudge the cannon just a little bit if it overall helps the story. It's not like anyone would notice or be angry about it. Well, I guess fat basement nerds might get angry. But as long as they keep the important cannon, fudging around in the less important stuff is fine by me. Just make a good Star Trek and make it about OUR characters, not alternate universe crap. LANDA? CAN YOU HEAR ME?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Also, how are these rumors?

    by FreeFingers

    You say you've been hearing some rumors but then in your actual post it seems completely composed of your own personal speculation. Where are the rumors? Where are you hearing these things?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Alternate timelines?

    by TinkerTIW

    Just visit our old friend the Guardian of Forever. Problem solved.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    this just sounds stupid.

    by Gabba-UK

    While I have faith that JJ can come up with an interesting story, he IS dealing with Star Trek. All I'm saying is that if he push's to far in the wrong direction some nutjob trekker WILL kill him or at least try to.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Send this to the Writers


    I've had a Trek time travel concept in mind for a while. In a nutshell. When Kirk's Enterpirise crew was back in 1960s Earth, a transporter echo left a copy of a crew dude on Earth. After the "Generations" movie time travel fiasco the Federation decides to outlaw time travel and implement a "temporal prime directive," But before they do they have the messy business of removing the trouble maker that got left in the 60s (maybe he used his advanced tech to somehow become a major political figure who causes a lot of shit - hmm U.S. President that should not've been maybe?) When the crew covertly goes back to the 60's to extract the meddlesome redshirt, mayhem ensues and a lowly beatcop accidently gets taken back to the 23rd century to spend 6 months in heavy starfleet action until they can jury rig the transporters for a oneshot temporal transport to return him safely to his time. Now get this... big reveal at the end - in an emotional goodbye scene, an aged Trek regular thanks the young beat cop is has performed so admirably as a fish out of water. He puts a hand on his shoulder and says - wait for it - thank you GENE. roll the credits. Whataya think? Pass this along to someone who can use it.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Great, more Time Trek and Vulcan goes Krypton?

    by Drath

    So he DOESN'T blow up Krypton, but DOES blow up Vulcan? See, only a retarded casual observer of both Trek and Superman would find that exciting or automatically confuse the concepts with good writing. In context they might be interesting, but certainly I have had it up to my eye sockets with time travel in Star Trek and it makes me sick that it's going to be used yet again.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Here's how Spock saves the time continuum:

    by Scar Gordon

    He activates the Omega 13 in time to save Colm Feore's skullbone allowing him to throw Vin Diesel's soul into the Underverse where he becomes one of the brainless toadies of David Warner who has taken over as the Evil Genius and is plotting revenge on Malcolm McDowell for sending him traveling through time without the machine. Warner "activates mind control" on Kenny Baker to sabotage young Skywalker's pod racer, thereby erasing the continuity errors associated with pre-sequels and foiling JJ's plot to kill Kirk before he gets a chance to grow up and bust McDowell in the kisser a couple of times before he blows up.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:56 p.m. CST

    My Trek Idea - Please Get it to the Writers


    I’m not arrogant or even smart but this is a little bit of genius I want to give the world to make it a more magical place. I've had a Trek time travel concept in mind for a while. But thought noone would use it. Now that there toying with this time travel shit again. IT MAY BE TIME. Could you get this to someone who could make use of it? I know you guys are connected. In a nutshell - when Kirk's Enterpirise crew was back in 1960s Earth (remember that episode), a transporter echo left a copy of a crew dude on Earth. After the "Generations" movie time travel fiasco the Federation decides to outlaw time travel and implement a "temporal prime directive," But before they do they have the messy business of removing the trouble maker that got left in the 60s (maybe he used his advanced tech to somehow become a major political figure who causes a lot of shit - hmm U.S. president that should not've been president maybe?) When the crew covertly goes back to the 60's on one last time travel mission to extract the meddlesome redshirt, mayhem ensues and a lowly 1960’s beatcop accidentally gets taken back to the 23rd century to spend 6 months in heavy starfleet action until they can juryrig the transporters for a oneshot temporal transport to return him safely to his time. Now get this... big reveal at the end - in an emotional goodbye scene, an aged Trek regular thanks the young beat cop who has performed so admirably as a fish out of water. He puts a hand on his shoulder and says - wait for it - thank you GENE. Roll the credits. I have much love for you guys and what you do. It would be cool if this element got worked in. It effectivel creates the spooky notion that trek is real oooo-eeee-oo Fun no? Keep up your fantastic work guys. Dave

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6 p.m. CST

    Anyone else's brain

    by Scar Gordon

    work like that when you're still at the office at 7pm?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Trek needs a re-imaging

    by Larry of Arabia

    After DS9 the stories began to become played out. After 6 series, 726 episodes, and 10 movies they were starting to run out of fresh ideas, stories, and surprises in this universe. I'm sure they won't mess too much with the overarching principals and dynamics of the old show, and if the changes are done well they open up whole new worlds that can become it's own cannon without destroying the old cannon. Trek already has an alternate Universe. Why not add another?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Chemistry is more about actors than characers

    by Larry of Arabia

    They will not be able to get the same chemistry that the original actors has. Even if the parts are perfectly written the actors have to inhabit the roles in just the right way. The originals were lightning in a bottle, and it won't be duplicated here.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST


    by Paul T. Ryan

    I think this whole sort-of-prequel idea is utterly pointless. Abrams should be taking Trek forward, not rehashing old ground.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I smell a Superman Returns scenario

    by Mattyboy122

    And I liked that flick, I just realize that a lot of people also detest it. But you had Singer paying too much of an homage to Donner and it seems like Abrams is trying to stick too close to the original series (keeping Nimoy in there). But Singer mixed it up with a controversial aspect (the kid, who I hated, as well), and Abrams could mix it up with his time-travel bullshit. I think this Star Trek will have a lukewarm reception in the same way Superman Returns did. That's just the vibe I'm getting.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Star Trek Reboot

    by mrsheldrake

    Moriarty, I guess I'd find all these ideas breathtaking if most of them hadn't already been done in fan fiction or the like. Star Trek is one of the most worked-out ideas in the history of literature of any kind. For example, in IN HARM'S WAY, the STNV episode, Pike's Enterprise and the Planet Vulcan were destroyed. In STII, Spock died. Everybody came back. It's science-fix-tion. It can always be fixed. If the things you've listed are true, I'm afraid it's possible that JJ, after all the promise of the blue and gold shirt advertisement, will just get in line as one more guy who didn't get Trek and fucked up the franchise. Because the spectacle of killing Kirk, or of blowing up Vulcan--it's not that their bad adventure story ideas, but that they're not Trek. Trek TOS on TV should be the reference, and the first movie: that was Trek at its noblest, a vehicle for telling stories about man facing the unknown, mixed with some realistic stories about man in space. Other than the original Organian episode, Trek really got off track (off trek?) when it started worrying about Klingons and alliances and all that other crap. The reason that stuff was there was because we were in as cold war with China and Russia in the 60s--but the main POINT of their being there was that Trek could be used to talk about real things that were happening to us. The movies have, so far, except for the first film utterly abandoned that idea. Everyone got sos caught up with the idea of the troika of the three characters and of their near-queer passion for each other (anyone remember the K&S Chronicles)--Star Trek at its best is not about a story-universe painfully examining its own innards, like a self-obsessed neurotic. it's about going...out THERE. And finding whatever we find. It's about echoing out the words--something only the first movie got--that space is final frontier--and that it's a frontier-- --and edge-- --the place you go and find new adventures when ordinary experience has been exhausted. About the weird--the strange and the inexplicable... ...and the small size of man against the backdrop of it all. Mr. Sheldrake

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:37 p.m. CST

    The Original Captain of the Enterprise

    by mrsheldrake

    By the way, was Robert April.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:39 p.m. CST

    If anyone can resurrect STAR TREK...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm would be JJ Abrams! I thought that MI:III was the BEST of the entire Mission Impossible series! It was better than most James Bond films! I want a Star Trek that resembles Khan

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Doc...Not Doc Brown

    by messi

    You only have to say Doc and everyone will know who you are talking about.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Marvel's ULTIMATES was a major fuck-up, NOT a reboot..

    by Monkey_King

    and this major fuck-up has trickled over into our animated movies and Live Action features where we have a black Nick Fury in a Favreau-directed IRON MAN film, organic webshooters in Raimi's SPIDER-MAN films and a huge black King Pin in Johnson's DAREDEVIL. What other fanboy clusterfucks are planned by dipshits in Hollywood? Hopefully not ruining TREK continuity as well.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:07 p.m. CST


    by messi

    how could you like Superman Returns, even without shittyness like paying homage to donner and the kid and the fact it's not superman and the fact smallville made it look like an absolute piece of shit on a tv budget. The film itself, is not a good film, i mean you could pay homage and have a kid and make a good film but this was so badly paced and cut together, what a slopfest and waste of money.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Having a lot of trouble unpacking this, Moriarty

    by Mahasamatman

    I just can't follow this, or get any real sense of things. So Old Spock will go back in time or something because Romulans go back in time and kill Kirk. And either Old Spock going back or the Romulans going back creates an alternate universe--but, uh, alternate from what? Did Old Spock stop them, and for what universe? Where's the original? Or is it just another universe? Are there two or three? Where's old spock at the end of his time travels? Back in the old universe or watching over the new one or...I can't really follow any of this, and I love the Original Series and know it well and...well, what happens again? See, if I'm confused on this little bit of information, how is it gonna play on the screen? Worse than Superman Returns, and you won't find a bigger fan of the first two Superman movies than me...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Monkey_King what's yo' problem with having

    by glodene

    a black Kingpin or Nick Fury?..Afterall, their being black or white (or any race-specifics) to my knowledge didn't have anything to do with character or motivations. Or does black men of power brings out your insecurities?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Gene Roddenberry spent time in the 23rd Century


    He was the cop! That's why we have Star Trek! This is the plot device that needs to be there. Also the Federation figures out that all the time travel is a a result of this guy being left behind in the 60s they figure if they can stop it from happening it will stabilize the continuum and all the events leading to future time excursions will not happen. They are force to bring the cop to the future - the cop goes back to 1960s - the cope ends up being Roddenberry who ends up writing Star Trek - Where's the Love nerds!!!???

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by Bob of the Shire the only reason I'm even remotely interested in this project. Star Trek is a not a franchise I'm very fond of, but if he can put a cool spin on it maybe I'll get sucked in.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Shatner will be in Star Trek XI


    You heard it here first.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Randy Spears as Kirk

    by Ye Not Guilty

    That would be cool.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Nick Fury and Kingpin

    by geodesigns

    I don't mind them being racially cast against type, as long as the personality is portrayed correctly. Especially in the 21st century where you have to look at the reality of our culture, that we're a racial mix. When Fury had his own series he was a protagonist. Kingpin was always a villain and essentially a character second to the protagonist, but the character cannot carry his own series. In the Daredevil movie, everyone was white. That worked in 60's Marvel comics, but you have to look at viewers today that see comic book movie's- it's a racial mix. Why not have a racial mix in characters if their race does not have anything to do with the character. <br> <br> An example of racial retcon: Old Avengers racial lineup= Cap, Iron man, Giant Man, Wasp, Bruce Banner, Nick Fury, Thor= all white, especially Thor being an Uber-White God . Now Ultimate Avengers Retcon = personalities= Cap (White square), Iron Man (White drunk), Giant Man (White wife beater), Wasp (Asian), Nick Fury (Black general) and Thor (Uber-White God Greenpeace Hippie). <br> <br> Same with JLA- which had all-white central and background characters, now we have Superman (white), Batman (white), Wonder Woman (clay-spawned gods-powered Amazonian), Green Lantern (Black), The Atom (Asian), Flash (White), Martian Manhunter (er, Martian)and finally Black Lightning (guess?- his race didn't change from the Bronze Age). In this day and age, a racial mix is important as it is relevant, and so far I see Marvel and DC make wise selective choices. Good job guys- I respect your choices, and you send a positive message of diversity; very important -- and will influence your next generation of readers.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Agreed-another Trek time travel story is questionable

    by NoHubris

    There other ways to accomplish the same thing such as bringing back the Krenim "temporal incursions" Time-Ship from VOYAGER'S Year of Hell arc (or something like it). That would allow them to change time in the present without going back in time (allowing him to a story about altering the timeline without using the played out time travel cliché).<P>Also, if JJ is going to deal with the whole first captain thing he might as well re-introduce Pike.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:09 p.m. CST

    what good is a reboot going to do?

    by jccalhoun

    Who is a reboot going to appeal to? Are there that many people out there who aren't Star Trek fans that would go see a Star Trek movie regardless of what it was about? I just don't see how a reboot is going to get any more people in the seats than a movie that does something with the combined casts of Next Gen, DS9 and Voyager. Call me crazy but a Trek movie where lots of galaxy altering things happen and some long running characters die would be more interesting than a reboot...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:15 p.m. CST

    so they go back in time

    by dr.bulber

    and mate tos klingons with horseshoe crabs. then they beam bob dylans all along the watchtower out into space.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    and make james t kirk a woman.

    by dr.bulber

    who still gets all the women. lots of new trek fans.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:31 p.m. CST

    I'll buy this idea IF...

    by Bob Cryptonight

    The time travel "accident" has to be just that-an accident...none of this "sling-shotting around the sun" crap that they have been doing for years where, somehow, they can calculate where they end up AND THEN RETURN AGAIN. If it's just a freak accident and then "the Romulans" decide to take advantage of the situation, fine. But this ain't DR. WHO, after all. Limit the time travelling crap.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Like...There's this

    by skydemon

    Spatial Anomaly or something that causes all kind's of timelines and... Yea!! I'm liking the way this is going. CoOl!!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:47 p.m. CST

    yeah get Nathan Fillion for Kirk

    by kafka07

    he seems to fit in well with shitty space shows. And keep us posted on those mass trekkie deaths.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST

    make Kirk a hermaphrodite

    by kafka07

    yup, just had to throw that in there.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Spock's Brain

    by RKO Classic

    As someone with access to the highly confidential goings on at "the Studios", I can inform you that J. J. Abrams and his team have decided to remake the classic TOS episode, 'Spock's Brain'. The extended length of a feature will allow for further exposition. Certainly, I like so many fans, will be delighted to see robo-Spock return.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Just cause Sherm needs another shout out....

    by jimbojones123

    I love Ackles (sp?) in this role. I don't watch Supernatural mainly because of him. He was HACKTACKULAR in Supermanville, although the bleeding eyeballs thing was cool... no wait, that was Ian Sommerhalter. <P> I really think Jason sucks though. But for this -- inspired casting. Don't know why, but I love it. Keep up the good work Sherm. Hope to see you if we ever get a Supermanville talkback again.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Hate time travel stories......but....

    by Gorrister

    ...I remember reading the synopsis of an old TNG storyline that, for whatever reason, Paramount decided against using. It would have ultimately been a Sarek story. Somehow, the Enterprise (with Sarek aboard) would get thrown back into the early history of Vulcan and, somehow, cause the death of Surak before he could lead his 'Logic' revolution. Long story short, Sarek would assume the identity of Surak and remain in the past to make sure Vulcan history stayed on course. This was to be Sareks big good-bye to Star Trek but the story was dumped and all he got was a lousy off-screen death instead. What is worse, this story was bastardized in a DS9 2-parter where Sicko assumed the role of a historical figure who died a few hours before he could affect history. Just didn't have the same flair as the original idea did. All in all, though, I feel Time Travel has been done to death in Star Trek (along with transporter accidents, holodeck bugs, the Borg, Klingons, and endless proslelytizing).

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:39 p.m. CST

    oh, what the f*ck...let's talk Supes Returns

    by captain_kirk

    Here's the thing..when Superman Returns came out, I was uberpsyched. I hadn't anticipated a movie that much in SOOOOOO long. I was eating, sleeping, and dreaming superman. Superman was a let down because in trying to make a homage to the original movies, Singer couldn't escape them. That and Supes was SOOO GAY. Not that there's anything wrong with that! But he was a metrosexual superhero. Anyhoo, the problem was that Singer felt that Supes had to be tethered to a backstory and origin that just didn't have continuity with the new story. He needed to escape it more, I felt, in order to succeed. The kid subplot doesn't work because we don't yet by Routh and Bosworth as Reeves and Kidder. And a lot of people don't recall Supes II or the amnesia-kiss. Of course, I could digress and point out that even Supes II wasn't so close to established canon because heck, since when can Superman fling giant cellophane "S's" at his villains? Or, for that matter, do the Douglas Quaid/Hauser hologram watch trick, without, of course, the watch? Now, where was I... Oh yes. That being said, controversial as the choice was, the kid was awesome in Superman Returns, and I'm looking forward to Superman Returns His Kid's Overdue Library Book. The movie was a beautiful homage to superman. It was visually stunning, and though dark, the plot worked on a lot of levels, uneven though it was. JJ faces the same problem..tethering trek to a backstory or canon that he's afraid to "really" alter. Of course, one could say that Rick Berman, the great DODO BIRD of the Galaxy did exactly that and FLUBBED THE SERIES UP CIRCA ST: VGER by forgetting about the Eugenics war, etc, by using ST III era Klingon costumes in Star Trek: Quantum Leap. I think JJ needs the balls to say f*ck it all. Let's go for broke. The best of Star Trek, we all agree, was when Spock died. Yes, the ending was re-shot and vo'd. However, it was real. It was, at the time, more or less final. It was drastic, but not gratuitous, and it carried great resonance with the series. The flip side to killing Spock was killing Data. That pathetic story line copied the Spock/katra thing to a T. So when Data died, we all knew that there would be no emotional resonance to it. We knew he was still alive in his "memories" and in the increasingly paunchy and aged "B-9" in pancake makeup left behind. Start over. The fans deserve it.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Time travel in Star original...

    by Bong

    Wasnt this supposed to be a fresh new look at things? Time travel has been beaten to death in the series yet they still go back to it.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:13 p.m. CST

    All you Time Travel bitches...

    by wonderllama

    Perhaps, and I know it's difficult for some of you to fathom...but perhaps there's a story or angle involving time travel that YOU haven't thought of??? Worth SHADDAPPP!!!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Kevin Smith loves Regarding Henry

    by BrowncoatJedi

    There's a Dinner With Five episode with JJ Abrams and Kevin Smith and Kevin told JJ he thought Henry was great. And he was serious!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:24 p.m. CST

    The Romulans hire the Cloverfield monster to kill Kirk!

    by MrMysteryGuest

    But Sydney Bristow goes to the future to protect Kirk (who wears an Ethan Hunt mask to throw the Romulans off his trail) and both of them kick the monster's ass, while on the island, Jack is transported to the 23rd century and witnesses the whole thing, affecting Jack so much that when he's rescued, he wants to go back, and kidnaps Felicity for ransom! In the meantime, Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise come to the present, and save Earth from a rogue Texas-sized asteroid. Kirk saves Felicity and orders the ship to blow up the island! Gunshot victim Henry (a coerced Harrison Ford) uses whatever memories he has left and represents Jack at trial! After Jack cries after apologizing, he's acquitted and lives a somewhat normal life with Kate! The End (of a most F'd up JJ Abrams story ever to hit the big screen!)

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST

    UH OH...I SEE V'GER!!!


    Hey if JJ can revamp the franchise and bring it out from under the the wreckage that was ENTERPRISE and NEMESIS, what do we have to lose.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Time Travel Destroyed the Trek Universe

    by bswise

    They had already done it wayyyyyy too many times by the end of TOS. Even if ST IV, The voyage Home was kind of fune in a sir-shat'n'spock-save-the-whales kinda way, by the time they got to ST: First Contact, the whole universe lay in space-time temporal distortion shambles, and still we had to slog through Voyagers endless timetrips to planet bullshit. Some were fun, but by the time Future Janeway was out-shrewing Present Janeway, the time travel thing had long been caught in a loop of jumping the shark again and again and again and again....

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Guess who's writing G.I. JOE now!!!!!

    by moto

    Taken from Variety: Paramount Pictures has tapped scribe Stuart Beattie to bring Hasbro's toy soldier G.I. Joe to the bigscreen. Studio has fast-tracked the Stephen Sommers-helmed "G.I. Joe" in the wake of the success of Paramount/DreamWorks' "Transformers," which is also based on a Hasbro toy line. Paul Lovett & David Elliot and Skip Woods are among the writers who penned earlier drafts of the long-gestating project. Pre-production is expected to begin in the fall, with the studio eyeing a February production start and a summer 2009 bow. Lorenzo di Bonaventura ("Transformers") will produce alongside Hasbro's Brian Goldner. Sommers and partner Bob Ducsay are also aboard in a producing capacity. Story is set at Brussels-based G.I.J.O.E., an acronym for the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, and revolves around an international co-ed force of operatives who use high-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil org headed by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer. Beattie's credits include "Collateral" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Nerdy Question

    by bswise

    In First Contact, if everyone can go back in time as easy as zipping your fly, why did the Borg go back to right before the big historic first warp drive flight and lob a few pathetic laser blasts?! Oooh! The ship got damaged and now Jordi has to fix it. Why not take the whole f'ing region out with some megatonage, or go back BEFORE THERE WERE PEOPLE and poison the whole planet?! I'm just askin'...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Romulan and Federation peace

    by Gorrister

    Forgive me if this has been mentioned, but this movie WOULD be a re-boot, despite what they are trying to tell us. It's bad enough the Nemesis decided to ignore the fact and the Federation and Romulan Star Empire made peace with each other at the end of Deep Space Nine, but Nemesis ended with their own version of a new Federation/Romulan peace. Now Abrams is erasing that peace yet again and deciding that the Romulans want to completely destroy history by killing Kirk and thus eliminating every Universe-saving effort he made? (ie: V'Ger, Doomsday Machine, The universe-devouring-one-celled-organism, N.O.M.A.D, Gary Mitchell, etc, etc etc). This rumored storyline just doesn't make any sense whatsoever (so it must be true, considering what Paramount has become in the last ten years)

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Time Travel and originality

    by Gorrister

    People like Wonderllama would be right, IF the writers of Star Trek had shown any originality in their Time Travel storylines in the past. Ever since 'City on the Edge of Forever', Star Trek has re-told endless versions of that story over and over again. This movie is yet another incarnation of that same story.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:50 p.m. CST

    I Like the Idea

    by Antz

    Maybe even kill off one or two of the better known supporting cast to make a point, or destroy Federation HQ and San Francisco, or even the whole of North America to really make the point.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Not a huge Trek Fan

    by krushjudgement

    I like the first 4 movies. I will go see this. From someone who isn't in love with the cannon (But respects it) I'm excited.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Gotta love it...

    by Damned if I can login

    Geezuz, this has gotta be one'a the best talkbalks I've seen in a looooong time!<p>Especially since I ain't seen a single mention of Owen Wilson...wup, I went and did it! Sorry....<p>And hey, who the frag said we don't need no singin' in this new..."epic"?<p>Come, cheer up, my lads, 'tis to glory we steer, To add something more to this wonderful year;<p>To honour we call you, as freemen not slaves, For who are as free as the sons of the waves?<p>Heart of oak are our ships, jolly tars are our men,<p>We always are ready; Steady, boys, steady!<p>We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again.....

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:05 a.m. CST

    You People Don't Know Anything!!!!

    by SakeDickens2006

    Does anybody remember a little known series in the early 80's by the name of T.J. Hooker? Well it was on for 5 seasons whereas Star Trek only lasted for 3, well I know which series I'd bet my money on...yeaaaaaAAHHHH!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:10 a.m. CST


    by Gorrister

    Just trying to mess with Damned-If-I-Can-Login's head. LOL

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Well Gorry, ol pal...ya got me...

    by Damned if I can login

    Me head's a'reelin...

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:23 a.m. CST

    I think everyone needs to relax.

    by bobbo32

    While I am skeptical about JJ messing with original series Trek characters and storylines, I have confidence in him as a filmmaker and he seems to be at least trying to bring some big ideas to the table. That's more than you can say for the last couple of Next Generation era films. That being said though, I'm not quite ready to throw my full fledged support behind this one quite yet.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:49 a.m. CST

    'Ultimate' Star Trek?

    by James Westfall

    I just lost all enthusiasm for this project. Marvel's Ultimate line is a steaming pile of crap - there's nothing in me that wants to see Star Trek get Quesada'd.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:49 a.m. CST


    by wonderllama

    Gorrister, are you feeling okay? You disputed my point without abusing me...I'm not used to people doing that here. Anyway, I hear what you're saying, but aren't we dealing with NEW writers? Gone are the Berman's and the Braga''s a chance for someone with some new ideas to step up to the plate and go BAM!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Paramount would NEVER allow Fillion to play Kirk

    by polyh3dron

    They look at things like box office takes and the like when they cast big roles like this. Firefly got cancelled, Serenity flopped, Slither flopped and Drive got shitcanned so quick that most people don't even know it existed. Add all that to the baggage he brings with him already having played a notable sci-fi ship captain and there is absolutely no way Abrams would get Paramount's blessing to cast Fillion. To a suit, he's simply box office poison.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Y'know what's worse than saying "FIRST!"?

    by Shermdawg

    Bitching about it 289 posts back in the thread.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:52 a.m. CST


    by BrandLoyalist

    So Silver Age Trek is starting eh? (I think that finishes off the DC multiverse gags.)

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Ultimate universe a steaming pile of crap?

    by BEEK

    What? I guess everyone has there opinions. I would call BSG an Ultimate version, but I suppose that sucks too. How about just waiting to see it. I think taking the time to post on a web site to proclaim your not going to see something reeks of an over exaggerated self opinion probably stemming from from low self esteem. The ultimate universe is the worst thing to happen to marvel? Are you guys kidding? Maybe it's time for some of you to realize that you have either outgrown comics or maybe they have outgrown you. While it's not perfect numbers don't lie. All the Ultimate Titles in my store equal or outsell the top titles at DC, Dark Horse etc. My biggest worry about Trek is JJ will start the project and lose interest half way through like he did with Alias and Lost.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:39 a.m. CST


    by Dangerousapple

    What I like about this idea, is that it allows JJ to change whatever he likes (which I hope means 'things that always kinda sucked about Trek'), without erasing the entirety of Trek lore and continuity. This offers a way to erase Kirks lame death in Generations, but also let something as cool as DS9´s storyline relatively intact. What always was disappointing about most of the Trek movies was the lack of any kind of epic conflict. The only notable exceptions being Wrath of Kahn, The Undiscovered Country and First Contact. But the rest of them? I mean, I love The Voyage Home for its quirkiness, but did we really need a story about saving the whales? And even in the exceptions, the story was mostly confined to the Enterprise and just one antagonist. Why only one borg cube when you can have a borg war? I know the Trek movies were only ever meant to have a thematic arc, and not one big sweeping arc. But when you compare the accomplishments of 10 Trek movies to that of 6 Star Wars movies, or 5 Harry Potter movies or 3 Bourne movies - it becomes clear they could have used the screen time for something much grander in scale. JJ might give us this.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:39 a.m. CST

    So basically Moriarty was raped in exchange for info...

    by PurityOfEssence

    How else did his pants end up on him backwards?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Michael Giacchino's score has been rejected!

    by Musicballs

    I have it on good authority that Michael Giacchino's score has been rejected. The replacement composer is a gentleman named Klaus Badelt!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3 a.m. CST

    Alternate Universe Captain of the USS Enterprise 1701

    by Darth_Gonz

    Jack Bauer! Watch as the Enterprise crew constantly sets up faulty perimeters around the Neutral Zone, and has to find the mole within Starfleet before it's too late!!!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:08 a.m. CST

    JJ-- Tray and wrestle Star Wars from the evil hands of

    by cromwell1666

    Lucas. The worst Star Trek film is better than any part of the Episodes 1-3.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Tray? I think you mean "try"

    by cromwell1666

    Learn to spell you fucking cunt!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:32 a.m. CST

    I dunno who came up with "Ackles for Kirk"

    by Harold The Great

    a few talkbacks ago, but it's genius. Ackles finally made me stop watching Smallville (I thank his horrible acting for that) but then I got to love him in Supernatural, where he excells. Wierd. But whenever I imagine him as Kirk I have stupid, giddy smile on my face.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Vulcans should've been weak, not strong.

    by wintocha67

    Same with Cmdr. Data. They're smart, nerds, not supermen with a kung fu pinch. And imagine the stories if Data had been a flimsy but brilliant android, solving problems with science and logic.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Doesn't this mean they CAN bring back Shatner...

    by 11dayempire

    ...since in the JJ Abrams Trek Universe, Generations never happened?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Go-go boots and miniskirts

    by John Emdall

    Im all for timetravel if that means highheeled go-go boots, miniskirts and awesome hair. If not dont bother.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:51 a.m. CST

    uhhhh, Mory

    by boogy110

    You hated Regarding Henry and Like Alias? I'm not the biggest ST fan, but I know that every little portion of the ST universe is supposed to blend together seemlessly. I don't see how they can do this without having millions of REAL geeks commit suicide.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST


    by SirSpike

    You know, I was pretty excited about this new Star Trek. I kept thinking, "Okay, J.J. Abrams...not my favorite, but he deserves a chance. Hell, anyone can do better than Rick Berman, right? And, besides, this actually sounds interesting...taking it back to the pre-TOS days with a fresh cast, fresh story...yeah, okay, I'm back onboard the Trek bandwagon." Now, they're pulling THIS garbage. "Oh, you know that exciting new vision of Star Trek we've been talking about? Guess what! We're going to turn it all into one big retcon! Yeah, see, we don't want to pee in the corn flakes of the Trekkies, so we're going to throw in time we can turn it into an alternate universe so established canon won't be damaged. Oh, and because you Trekkies don't experience orgasms too often, we'll put Leonard Nimoy in the movie as an older Spock to neatly tie it all together and make you all happy." FARK YOU, stupid, farking idiot. You just buttfarked all the people who had any hope for you breathing new life into the Star Trek franchise. Good work, my man. Oh, and, a nice, hearty FARK YOU to the whiny, bellyaching, selfish Star Trek fans who drove him to that awful decision. What, you haven't had enough crappy TREK recently; you just had to have more? Didn't ST: VOYAGER or ENTERPRISE teach you ANYTHING? You HAD your Star Trek...40 YEARS' worth, okay? The beast has breathed its last. For the love of all things holy, let someone else try something at least kinda sorta new, okay? Your precious continuity isn't going to amount to a pile of steaming shiat if nobody gives a rat's arse about it besides you. Oh, and don't give me your "if you don't like it, don't see it" B.S. either. You know what? I am going to see it, and I'm going to heckle every last one of you crybaby Trekkies like you were Carrot Top at the Apollo. It's the least you deserve for what you've done, you selfish pricks.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:44 a.m. CST


    by SirSpike

    Can you tell I originally posted this on FARK? Hehe...cut-and-paste...the lazy poster's friend.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:50 a.m. CST

    William Shatner

    by Bono Luthor

    William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner William Shatner That is all.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST


    by Gorrister

    Yeah, I'm cool. I never intentionally slam anyone just because they voice an opinion. (Hell, I once had someone flame me alive on here a few years back after I AGREED with his opinion. LOL). Yeah, we are dealing with new writers, but Star Trek has had several writers in the past who have followed the "City On The Edge of Forever" format all too faithfully. I would just love to see more time-travel stories (if we MUST have them) that do not involve having to either restore the future or avoid changing the future. There are only so many ways to tell that story and it's already been done to death. Even the late-great Gene Roddenberry lobbied for year to get a time-travel story filmed about Kirk and Spock trying to restore the future after JFK somehow survived his assassination (and Spock ended up being the second gunman). It's still basically the same storyline. (Not to mention Red Dwarf made an episode with the same plotline....and Kennedy traveled back in time to be the second gunman and, effectively, asassinate himself.) I just don't have much faith that we'll find originality in the time-travel genre anymore. Especially if this plot 'rumor' turns out to be true.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:06 a.m. CST

    No Need to Start Over......

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    I am not arguing that TOS was perfect. But It was very very good. People are so into the reimagining shit because they think that the product is going to be as good a Galactica. The problem with that is that the original Galactica was shit, with glimmers of potential. TOS is not crap. It has a history and is not bloated a la Next Generation timeframe. Some things like Escape from New York, SW, Godfather, Scarface, simply do not need reimagining because the original vision and execution were so good in the fist place!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Let's Reimagine LOST......

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Where the show actually answers the questions that they pose, before asking new ones! I wonder how Abrams would feel if some outsider tinkered with his baby?!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Let's Reimagine LOST......

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Where the show actually answers the questions that they pose, before asking new ones! I wonder how Abrams would feel if some outsider tinkered with his baby?!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Actually, Robert April is NOT canon...

    by The Ape Giggins that was established on the Animated series which was disowned by Gene Roddenberry. And anyway, how would going back to kill Kirk change who the first captain was? If you go back in time to kill President Taft, Washington was still the first...

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST

    According to SCI-FI Wire Zoe Saldana..

    by glodene

    has been offered the role of Uhura. I would've preferred Meagan Good, but Zoe is sexy enough with legs long enough to wrap around you twice.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    My problem touches many...

    by Monkey_King

    Call me a Comic purist, but Nick Fury should not have been the ULTIMATES version. David Hasselhoff played a decent Fury 5 or so years ago. It wasn't perfect, wasn't great, but it was Nick Fury. I'll refer to Favreau's film as ULTIMATE IRON MAN from now on. But I'll still post my 2 cents.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    The casting is obvious:

    by KazamaSmokers

    Kirk: Robb Wells McCoy: Mike Smith Scotty: John Paul Tremblay Spock: Jonathan Torrens Chekov & Sulu: Corey Bowles and Michael Jackson It would be the greatest Trek movie ever.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST

    KazamamaSmokers, you raise an interesting....


    ....if accidental point, which is: Why isn't Michael Jackson cast in more sci fi movies? He has some acting chops and he's only getting more and more alien by the breath. Hollywood (or maybe even Bollywood) should take advantage while he's here.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Make Trek what it should have been and Wrath of Khan...

    by Lemming

    ..was. Hunt for Red October in space. Those ships should be tight-ass submarine style things and constantly trying to broadside each other with proton torpedos and phaser fire, with crazy manuevers named after captains. Fuck all this soap-opera next-gen bollocks. At least in ENTERPRISE the ship was right.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Ape Giggins

    by the ageless stranger

    Robert April is canon according to many sources, listed here: He may have only appeared in the animated series, but his existance is solid fact. Besides, the only picture of him is Gene Roddenberry's face in a Captain's uniform, I don't think you can get much more canon then that......

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Monkey_King why hate on Fury

    by jimbojones123

    Is it because he's black?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by MortGuffman

    I like the idea of JJ messing around with Trek's premise--ie, the Vulcans are the last of their kind, etc. I think it raises the stakes. do a whole convoluted "alt universe storyline" to get there is just silly. "Battlestar Galactica" didn't do that. They didn't have Richard Hatch show up and go back in time, etc. And in regards to "Doctor Who," no, they didn't do a reboot but you look at that first season--you didn't have to be vested in 40 years of Doctor Who lore to enjoy it. Hell, my wife HATED Doctor Who until she saw the 2005 version, and now she's hooked. Why? Because the show is accessible to her.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Whine whine Star Trek piss Time Travel moan moan moan

    by DoctorTom

    Sure, Star Trek's done time travel before. They always like hitting the reset button too. Doing something that causes changes would be fine by me. All this complaining about the time travel plotline and such reminds me of how people were in such an uproar about Spidey's orgainic webshooters - until the the time the film actually came out and people saw it was a good movie.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Doctor Who 05 Still Honoured the Timeline

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Hence we start with the 9th Doctor, not a new 1st.... The show is good to the novice viewer, but even better for the veteran fans who know about the Master, Rassilion, et al

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Do you even proofread your work, Moriarty?

    by Mazzle

    I love that this sentence: <br> <br> "He’s going to make radical decisions, and they might work, or they might backfire, but they’re going to be bold choices." <br> <br> is immediately followed by: <br> <br> "I think M:I:III was a warm-up. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t really reinventing the wheel."<br> <br> *boggle*<br> <br> I guess if you consider the meta-meaning of kissing Abrams ass, it's consistent.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Monkey_Kings' enjoyment of Nick Fury/Kingpin

    by glodene

    is obviously predicated on race... Even though these two characters aren't really race specific...So ultimately (pun not intended) those are bricks that he/she has to carry.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:06 p.m. CST

    The whole timeline stunt plot of Star Trek

    by glodene

    shows just how flimsy a story/concept Star Trek is as Sci-Fi. How many timeline stories have they done so far? As I posted a year ago when they announced this re-boot - "Just take it out to pasteur and shoot it in the head and move on". It such a cliche that geeks still get their coochies all hot n' bothered regarding the dead and bloated corpse that is Star Trek.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Who says...

    by Inquisition

    anything has to be changed? This could be simply a prequel. Sure, the Nimoy/Spock somehow overseeing events in the past could lead you to believe that this will be some "reboot" (overused in this thread) but it could just end up filling in the blanks between "Enterprise" and TOS. By the way, I liked the Superman movie. It seemed very much like an homage to the original. I had a tear in my eye when I heard the reprise of the original theme song.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3 p.m. CST

    This is going to SUCK

    by Dokkalvar

    I'm not just being glib here :D. Don't say I didn't warn you up front. This is going to end in nothing more then heartbreak or if they play their cards right, it will be merely forgotten. Why? Because time-travel is already a cliche within that universe, and the fans love Trek so much they won't be able to see anyone else play those rolls. That simple. Those who aren't fans won't be interested because it'll look like scholocky old trek just made up a new. Not enough explosions or "Cool shit" to tickle their fancy. Nothing about the rumors gives me hope for this project, or makes me believe that they are placing their bets on a good gamble. If they want to really impress, do something different. Fine, it can be StarTrek but show us something we've never see before. Don't focus on Kirk and crew, focus on someone else. Maybe it a Starfleet movie, or ANYTHING else. ANYTHING. Make it an enterprise era flick with new Cadets coming out of starfleet. Give the Klingons a war of the worlds type story that sets off a war. Make the Klingons two different species and explore the politics with other alien races. I dunno, just do anything else besides what you're going to do. Cause what I'm hearing is not only a complete groaner but it's kind of insulting.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Not THAT Michael Jackson.

    by KazamaSmokers

    No, not the beer one either. The other, other Michael Jackson.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:08 p.m. CST

    OMG, it's AU fanfic!

    by AnnoyYou

    Well, I have to give Abrams points for audacity, if not originality. This is a motif that figures largely in all fanfic communities, the whole "what if?" AU fiction. And mark my words: the fanboys and fangirls are going to scream bloody murder about this one, if it indeed comes to pass. Fascinating stuff, Mori.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Mr Fillion

    by aynatal2000

    A total reboot would be the best thing to happen after the last few years of Drek...oops! Trek. We should remember a little show that was a western in space and that asked some serious questions ... and really kicked ass! Mr Fillion was the captain of the Firefly and while he may be too old to play young Kirk he would make a hell of a Chris Pike! If they are gonna do a time trip and have an older Spock narrating who better than to be speaking to than Pike and his caregivers, those aliens who had such a skewed view of humanity but who were like Spock humane? I don't want them to spoil the canon of Trek - but will they do any worse than Voyager or Enterprise for that matter? (Enterprise was fine until they forgot that they were the map, the bridge to the original and introduced plots that did not delve into the mysteries of the original or elaborate on them.) I hope this doesn't end up being a Pam from Dallas moment, when it was all a bad dream ...or should I say a bad Trek?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:57 p.m. CST

    And just like that, Abrams' Trek turned into a....

    by J-Dizzle

    steaming pile of manure. Seriously, do we really need a reboot? Of course not! Why doesn't Abrams do something original with the Trek universe? How about do a movie based on Captain Sulu's ship?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 7:02 p.m. CST

    time travel = characters explaining

    by futureman3000

    Dumb time travel movies always need characters explaining what is going on, and they always need one thing taken care of to make sure everything is ok, but that one thing is always in peril. Make sure Kirk doesn't talk to the murderer or he will be murdered. Oh here somes the murderer and I can't stop him because right now I'm in a glass box. Boring.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:25 p.m. CST

    "You’d have to be crazy to bet against him"

    by Big Dumb Ape

    You're kidding me, right, Mori? Why would we be crazy?<p>REGARDING HENRY was truly hack-like sentimentality of the lowest order... FELICITY was groan AND vomit inducing tripe, a show that was so lame that it actually celebrated being a love-lorn stalker... ALIAS started off well, but then completely crashed by becoming flat out boring and in true Abrams form posed more questions to keep you hooked than it ever had any intention of answering... LOST has since done the same and proved again that that actually is the now standardized Abrams formula... you can then toss in how awful his "reimagining" of SUPERMAN was going to be... and in moving back to the big screen with larger stars and a bigger budget, MI:3 was terminally boring and quite frankly a crappy action movie on all levels.<p>Which brings us to TREK and this latest rumor, which seems more like something I would have expected from the dim-witted duo of Berman & Braga, something right out of their creatively bankrupt play book regarding the whole fucked up "Future man" idea from ENTERPRISE and alternate time lines and changing history and all that crap.<p>You'd be crazy to bet against him? Sorry, but I'd actually take that bet. So far I've yet to hear much of anything that gives me any hope that this TREK reboot won't be a walking abomination that (as others have noted as well) really will be the final nail in the TREK coffin...

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:28 p.m. CST

    God, this sound slike bullshit.

    by Doctor_Sin

    Just make a goddamn "early Trek years" thing and screw this whole retcon/alternative/cockstroking obsession with continuity and just make a fucking movie.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Will Smith and WILD WILD WEST...

    by Grinning White Skull

    Smith is always great. A star. And that among a million other bad choices killed that version of WILD WILD WEST. West was a secret agent traveling the West in a crude, brutal and racist world. Gee, logic (from a writer's standpoint, not a producer's) would dictate if a black guy came into a western town (right after a civil war fought for many reasons but basically to keep black people as slaves) and tried to talk to certain white people, much less snoop around as a secret agent, he'd get the shit kicked out of him by a mob or worse, lynched by one! But let's look at what could have been done with Smith and kicked the movie's story into higher gear. What if Smith had played Artemis Gordon, the scientist/make-up artist/character actor genius? A Booker T. Washington living on a government-financed train where he's allowed to come up with wild gadgets and devices ...because no company would hire him. Imagine a character FORCED BY HIS TIMES to devise chameleon-like personas, altering his appearance to SEEK THE KNOWLEDGE denied him by the color of his skin? A man who could be black, white, yellow, red or brown depending upon the need or desperateness of the situation. It could have been both poignant and fun and enlarged upon the TV series in a way that only movies can. And it would have made perfect sense! And it would have allowed Smith to really ACT. But of course, he was hired to be a star his and the movie's ruin. But I can tell you first hand (because I knew the producer who originally got this deal rolling) there was no one with an ounce of intelligence nor with a respectful heart working to take THE WILD WILD WEST to the next level and at least give its concept a shot at making a decent or maybe even great film series. And so it goes... (see Drew's knowing rant about today's film execs/producers having no balls in his HALLOWEEN piece).

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 8:26 a.m. CST

    I 'second' Ryan Reynolds as Captain Kirk, Party Liason

    by pokadoo

    And Burt Reynolds could be McCoy!

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Just spit it out you stuttering twat!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    So, is Kirk in it or not? If he's not it'll be another Superman Returns - a huge flying turd.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 3:57 p.m. CST

    this will be a good

    by Deak the Geek

    yes you heard me, this will be good and star trek will return from the ashes as it did in 1979 and in 1987...ALL I ASK IS A TALL SHIP AND A STAR TO STEAR HER BY...

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Resolving the FutureGuy arc on "Enterprise"...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    That was one of the frustrating things that they never wrapped up on "Enterprise": The identity of FutureGuy. So it would have to be up to another Trek show to work it in somehow for an episode or two. Now it sounds like that JJ Abrams may have done a lot of research -- watched all the Trek shows, including "Enterprise" -- and wants to (though indirectly, perhaps) tie or imply a connection to that show. Maybe it is Young Spock who is FutureGuy.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST

    The State of Star Trek

    by DeeboShanks

    Holy shit, with every new rumor that comes out about this movie, I'm either horrified or elated. It's like the classic "Frogurt" Treehouse of Horror scene: And now with this rumor, I have to simply stare at the strange old Asian man in confusion, waiting for him to say, "That's bad". Can I go home now?

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 5:41 p.m. CST

    This will not work, and it seems illogical to me...

    by Johnno

    To me...<br><br> TO MMMEEEEEEEEEEE....!!!!!!!

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 7:17 p.m. CST

    The Ultimates analogy is flawed.

    by Johnny Smith

    It's more akin to what Erik Larsen did a number of years ago to reinvigorate The Savage Dragon (around #100, if I recall). Also, since if you examine things closely, Voyager and Enterprise (as well as Insurrection and Nemesis) are not actually in continuity, this should be the beginning of the Mirror Universe. Get me a goatee-wearin' Quinto, stat!

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Hey, Shuttlepod, nice one...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    I still think this thing is going to suck extra hard, especially after hearing Mori's rumor, but I have to say I like your idea of Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) as the new Scotty. I hadn't thought of that before. That would actually be a bit cool. I could actually see that one.<p>Which brings us to the biggest question of all: while story rumors are all fine and good, who the hell actually IS the odds on favorite at this point to become Kirk? There were so many names being tossed around at one point that I lost track. Is there actually anything concrete on that front? I figured that once they named Spock, Kirk wouldn't be far behind. Hell, for that matter, I thought as a big, big press event that they'd unveil them (and the new McCoy) all together at once...

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 2:39 a.m. CST

    NO F'ing Time Travel

    by Yamato

    Time travel was the death knell for Star Trek. Well, time travel, Voyager, Enterprise, Star Trek IX and X.

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    ROTFL Laserbrain...

    by skoobyx

    My friend's a hardcore trekker and I'm worried he'll go Owen Wilson after this. <p> This TB is the funniest thing I've read in forever.

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 2 p.m. CST

    show respect...

    by lynxpro

    Ryan Reynolds as Kirk was my suggestion. Although Jensen Ackles also works.

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST

    The Mirrorverse concept would be entertaining

    by glodene

    With all the in-fighting and ship politics would be more fascinating as a re-boot than repeating what has already been done. Just to see Uhura cock-teasing Sulu and then reject him with a knife to his throat would be cool. I loved that episode.

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by wonderllama

    Hahaha...That Red Dwarf episode was excellent. I suppose Quantum Leap did that same thing too in a way. Well, we shall see...but perhaps there's a good way of incorporating it into the story without resorting to the wanky "I killed my grandfather so he wouldn't start World War 8" type thing... The other reason they may be doing it this way is that perhaps the "Early Years" of Spock/Kirk etc just aren't that interesting without it! Of course, that brings up the why do it at all comments...urgh!!!

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 5:46 a.m. CST

    It's a good plot - I have no prob with it

    by Spacesheik

    star Trek films or tv episodes with time travel or mirror mirror timelines are among the most succesful and entertaining (i.e. Voyage Home, Enterprise's Season 4 episodes) I am sure JJ Abrams will pull this off, he's aware of all the cliches associated with time travel etc and will probably put a new spin on this or make the time travel aspect a plot point and not a theme (as in First Contact). I am happy this is a Spock-based film with Leonard Nimoy getting a substantial role. I don't understand the hate here.

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by DeeboShanks

    The hate, one assumes, would come from the mere presumption that someone else could or should play these classic characters. That seems to be the biggest hang-up for most people. Time travel was shoved up our collective asses too many times already, and while I enjoy a good time travel tale, most of the Voyager-induced yarns were merely implemented as "what ifs" to allow the writers a reset button since they never actually had the balls to do anything to our "beloved" characters. First Contact was a very nice movie, so it does show that time travel isn't completely dead if done RIGHT. I never had a problem with the way any Trek series did Time Travel EXCEPT for Voyager and Enterprise. I am excited about Quinto and Nimoy. I am... intrigued about these rumored plot points, and am anxious to see what comes next... I'm not a fan of Ultimates, but understand the motivation behind its creation, as I would understand the motivation for an alternate universe movie line. By the way... Ryan Reynolds as Kirk would be terrific! As for Jensen Ackles... Hh. MEH. Send him back to Days of Our Lives where he belongs.

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by lonewritertx

    Trek has been plagued with time travel and I don't want to see any more. I'm not even sure about this whole alternate universe crap. I say they start over and go past DS9/Voy era to the 25th century with a whole new Enterprise and crew.

  • Sept. 4, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Captain Cannon.

    by Shazzah

    Depends on which "cannon" you go by...sometimes the original captain is Robert April, sometimes Chris Pike, sometimes Kirks father, sometimes Captain Archer.

  • Sept. 4, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    ABRAMS CAN'T DIRECT: Just look at M:I 3

    by TrueBatman

    Okay, so everyone's on JJ's jock. But has anyone noticed JJ doesn't know how to direct a feature film? Did anyone see Mission Impossible 3? It was directed like a TV episode. He starts the friggin' film with a TEASER, as if he's directing a TV script. And not only a teaser, but the teaser from the Act II turning point -- the most tense scene in the movie. Then, he succeeds in being the only director who makes Tom Cruise look SHORT on camera. I know Cruise is not a giant, but the way Abrams framed his shots it was obvious. And you wonder WHY he wants to direct Star Trek? Answer: because he thinks he's making a TV show. I'm so sick of these studio execs (who are in reality the L.A. 30-something happy hour crowd bankrupt for ideas and so they keep regurgitating their childhood icons) giving these hack directors millions to churn out crap.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST

    MI3 was miles better than the Woo shit MI2

    by Spacesheik

    Great setpieces in China, Vatican in Rome, Miami etc - fast moving and a return to the 'team concept' of MI1 - the only thing lacking was the climax. It was a good, solid film debut. If you are worried about TV credentials or tv intimacy, then look no further than STAR TREK II, which was an intimate but highly rousing film, made with mostly tv production crew - it was still the best in the series.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Re: MI3 was miles better than the Woo shit MI2

    by TrueBatman

    Dude, You just proved my point about the lack of taste in this town. MI2 may have lacked story but MI3 lacked basic film grammar, structure, coverage, etc. Anyway, to each his own...

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    This sounds retarded.

    by Zug

    I was mildly psyched about this movie until I read this. I can't believe that Paramount would let him go ahead and make this abortion. Trek needs a real, BSG-style reboot, not a ridiculously complicated story that makes Crisis on Infinite Earths seem simple. Abrams can't be this big of a retard, can he?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST

    It's Q isn't it...

    by Boober

    It's ALWAYS Q. PS I hope species 4279 (or whatever random, stupid number the superfleshers are)breaks into our dimension and kicks the living shit out of the borg for the final time so we don't have to see compressed junkyard metal flying throug space ANY timeline.

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Why not use Roddenberry's Kennedy plot?

    by Damned if I can login

    Might as well. Can't recall which one of the tell-alls this was in, but they talked about Gene continually pushing some time travel plot where the gang was back in '63, and Spock ended up being Kennedy's assassin just to keep the ol' time line straight.<p>I mean, what the fuck? From what we've been reading it doesn't sound like it would be any worse.<p>Unless they bring back Ed Begley Jr. as Edward Starling. And then he and Rauol (I mean Chakotay) go to the dominatrix's (I mean Janeway's) apartment, but then Neelix bonks Begley on the head with a fryin' pan. Oh, and they smoke a little Thai stick they found in Begley's pocket...yeah...that could work...

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    What the hell are they thinking?

    by Child of the Sixth Sun

    Time travel? Alternate universes? A story that might involve Kirk dying? Desperate attempts to fix the bone-headed continuity errors that were made during the TOS-TNG transition? Wow, these ideas don't sound like Star Trek at all! Seriously. I'm only pissed about 2 things: (1) My 10-movie 20-disc Trek boxset will be obsolete soon. (2) It won't have a 3-way with Kira, Dax, and Seven of Nine. Dammit, when will THAT one finally be made?

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST

    3 way with Kira/Dax/7 of Trek idea I've

    by just pillow talk

    heard. Ever. Make it so.

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