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So where are things right now on STILL STAR TREKKING - Straight from JJ - and Jack Black?

Hey folks, Harry here... Ok, as you saw in the PREDATORS piece - I had received a couple of notices about JJ Abrams casting Jack Black as Harry Mudd in the next STAR TREK. Even though I KNOW that any casting on the next film will most likely begin after they've actually started to have real meetings and an outline for the next film... I wrote JJ about it anyways. Who knows what he'll say. Here's what he said:

Yes, talking to Jack Black about doing something -- but not Mudd. Bryan, Damon, Alex and Bob and I have not had MEETING ONE about a sequel. Brief, casual, blue-sky conversations, of course. But "okay, what's next for The Crew?" Not a meeting. So any character decisions, let alone actor discussions, feel like a ways away. I can tell you one thing. For the sequel? I think we should have a shitload more lens flares. Hope your summer is going well -- DYING to see The Hangover. Talk soon, Sir! JJ

Ok - so what do we take from this? Well... There's going to be a shitload more Lens Flares!!!! But the real question is this... Are the Lens Flares indicative of the Q Continuum's presence monitoring the events of the Enterprise? Are they Self Aware & Intelligent Lens Flares? Could be! And then there's whatever JJ is talking to Jack Black about... but we know it has nothing to do with Mudd - and very likely not STAR TREK related as they've made no character, actor or plot decisions yet. So bottle up those STAR TREK rumors for now, ok? Meanwhile, let me put this to you. Given the set up this first film gave us - where would you like to see them go next?

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  • June 9, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST

    I liked the lens flares...

    by seppukudkurosawa

  • June 9, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Lens Flares!

    by Lashlarue

    Thank you God.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    I dunno...

    by HBO

    Jack Black might be alright in Star Trek, in a very minor role of course. WTF am I saying? Thank God he isn't in Star Trek.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST

    How long will it take until someone takes the lens flare comment

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...serious and write something like "NOOOOO, we don't need more lens flare you fucking TV hack!" Countdown is running!

  • June 9, 2009, 2:41 a.m. CST

    JJ Abrams

    by kwisatzhaderach

    He's the new Spielberg don't ya know?!! Because Mission Impossible 3 and Star Trek are on a cinematic par with Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind!!

  • June 9, 2009, 2:42 a.m. CST

    SPock and Kirk shouldn't know they're destined buddies.

    by Se7en

    But enjoyed the film nonetheless.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:43 a.m. CST

    The movie itself was a glorified planetarium though

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Albeit a really fun one (as opposed to those proto-Windows screensavers they used to show when I was a kid).

  • June 9, 2009, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Follow ST with Spock waking up - it was only a dream

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 9, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Their relationship should grow, not dictated.

    by Se7en

  • June 9, 2009, 2:49 a.m. CST

    JJ's got more stuff in development than Spielberg.

    by Hercules

    Untitled J.J. Abrams Diamond Heist Project <br>The Dark Tower <br>Untitled J.J. Abrams Earthquake Project <br>Hot for Teacher <br>Little Darlings <br>Dark Tower <br>Mystery on Fifth Avenue <br>The Invisible Woman <br>Untitled Star Trek Sequel <br>Untitled Hunter Scott Project <p>and these are just the ones the lit agencies have leaked.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Lens flare is the new cowbell

    by bb6634

    JJ:"This scene is great and all, but you know what this needs? Lens flare!"

  • June 9, 2009, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Lens flares, FTW!!!

    by MaxTheSilent

    That's fuckin' funny! But he DID go a bit overboard with them.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Hard to say where to go next.

    by hallmitchell

    I really liked the first one. I just hope they continue the integrity and we don't get this one good, one suck star Trek rule.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:55 a.m. CST

    good movie!!!!

    by The Founder

  • June 9, 2009, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Lens Flares

    by red_weed

    bahahahha i laughed so hard i almost dropped my laptop. Oh JJ you crack me up,and always have ever since i saw your hilarious role in Six Degrees of Separation. More LENS FLARES!

  • June 9, 2009, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Yes, Herc - and quantity always conquers quality, doesn't it?

    by JuanSanchez

    Oh wait - no, it doesn't.

  • June 9, 2009, 3 a.m. CST

    Where to go next? KHAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Slavestate

    C'mon, you know you want it.

  • June 9, 2009, 3 a.m. CST

    Brittney Spears as Carol Marcus

    by Gorgomel

  • June 9, 2009, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Zach Galifiniakis

    by aint_it_cruel?

    as Mudd. Make it so.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Jesus fucking Christ- If they put Jack Black in the next TREK

    by YackBacker

    It will be the first STAR TREK movie I never see. That fucking unfunny toad is a wretched hack. I loathe the sight of this shithead. He cannot act! He's not funny! He's a sucking leech. Please, JJ... you got a great thing going here, don't fucking kill it with this disaster.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:04 a.m. CST

    WHAT I WANT!!!!!!!!!!!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by BendersShinyAss

    I want exploring strange new worlds and new civilisations<p>I want a red shirt death<p>I kirk spock and McCoy to always ALWAY be together, and when they're not together i want them to be needing to be together, and when they are together i want them fighting like the mongrels they are<p>I want spock to be in the throws of Pon far. the throws, not the depths, the throws. (maybe)<p>I want the enterprise to strut her stuff. <p>I want more Giacapachino music(awesome score!!)<p>I want more trek<p>And I'm happy with more lens flare!!<p>hardcore trekkie here. hardcore!

  • June 9, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST



    Yes he did.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST

    oh...... one more thing

    by BendersShinyAss

    Simon Pegg may act the goof... but SCOTTY is no goof. tone it down a lil?

  • June 9, 2009, 3:23 a.m. CST

    New Story for prt. 2 & Khan is a minor player

    by Tall_Boy66

    Have him and Kirk part on friendly / mildly antagonistic terms. Setup for a third movie which would be a Wrath of Khan redo, but really the only thing they should take verbaitum from TWOK is the "at the centre of a dead planet. Burried alive. Burried alive." "KKKKAAAAHHHHNNNNN!!!!!" speech. Everything else should be different and new. I just want to see Pine do "KKKAAAHHHHNNNNN!!!" and see if he can go as out there as Shatner did. And Javier Bardem as Khan! But keep him in the reserves. You can'd to Kahn in a single flick. The distance between Space Seed and Wrath of Khan gives TWOK the history it needs. He can't go from complete unknown to Major Hate On for Captain Kirk in a single flick, this has to be a two-fer, at least.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Oh and another thing...

    by BendersShinyAss

    Thanks JJ and crew. x

  • June 9, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Can Uhura withstand Pon Farr?

    by the ageless stranger

    A question that needs answering.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Tall Boy

    by BendersShinyAss

    I't too soon for Kirk to be that angry with Kahn. that was 15 years of frustration being released there. Kirk had only just met his adult son. the man was having issues. Thats why TWOK is so awesome. so many levels.<p>If kahn is going to come into play, then it's a whole new timeline with so many .... possibilities

  • June 9, 2009, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Well, that's why I say spread Khan across two movies

    by Tall_Boy66

    You can get Kirk to that level of "KAAAAHHHHNNNNNN!!!" rage if he and Khan are antagonists across two flicks. Just don't make Khan the bad guy in his first appearance. Just establish him, and him and Kirk at odds but don't go all out for a vengence of Khan style hate-on until the 3rd flick. Then I think that's plenty of time for Pine to earn the "KKKAAAHHHHNNNNN!!!"

  • June 9, 2009, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Yes, but, will Bradley Cooper be Face in The A-Team?

    by Heckles

    I hope not.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:38 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I'm with ya. But I really thought Scotty was kind of just right. Could have done without the willy wonka tube scene, but still. I really wanted a scene with him in a Jeffries tube, uncomfortable, with a futuristic screwdriver. It wasn't meant to, but that came off as slightly dirty sounding.<br> <br> "In a really uncomfortable place."<br> <br> "You mean like a Jeffries Tube?"<br> <br> "No, more like the back of a Volkswagon."

  • June 9, 2009, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Jack Black should be playing Kirk

    by smackfu

    There are sometimes when I see Jack Black's facial and vocal inflections slide into a weird brief pseudo-Shatner channeling. Most recently, in Tropic Thunder when he was explaining to the guy that he was going to go apeshit for the Heroin if they raided the drug camp...he was pure Shatner for that entire speech.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:40 a.m. CST

    just watched the original star trek motion picturetonight

    by BrightEyes

    I enjoyed it, very much so a 2001 like film, actually the closest thing in tone and feeling to 2001 I ever saw, that said The new film is so far and away better than that film.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Ian McShane as Harry Mudd

    by DarqueGuy

    With the retweaked Star Trek universe, there's no reason Mudd has to be a blowhard fool. Make him the Al Sweargen of the stars. Alpha Centauri cocksucker.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:46 a.m. CST

    HARRY! Any news on his Dark Tower please?

    by CharyouTree

    And Daniel Day Lewis for Roland

  • June 9, 2009, 4 a.m. CST

    by rivvorz

    They have to do Nazi Germany! No, not really. It would be fun to tell the beginnings of the Khan story, maybe? That's not very original, but still good fun.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Hercules you know shit about what Spielberg DEVELOPES

    by Proman1984

    So shut the fuck up. IMDb is yet to even catch up with his awesome videogame stuff. You are also an idiot since you are not counting stuff spielberg has IN PRODUCTION or PRE-Production. And don't EVER fucking use JJ's or any one else's name in the same sentence with Mr. Steven Spielberg.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:16 a.m. CST

    The Dominion..... or Q

    by Gabba-UK

    With the timeline screwed up they can do what they want.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST

    The Lens Flares ruled

    by Andy Dufresne

    Good to see a mainstream film maker trying to give a block buster a distinctive style. The future cannot be contained, it gives the movie a penmanship that films like Iron Man and The Dark Knight lacked.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Lens flares copied from Firefly/Serenity.

    by Dingbatty

  • June 9, 2009, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Isn't it time for a reboot of Star Trek?

    by Dingbatty

  • June 9, 2009, 4:41 a.m. CST

    One word - KLINGONS

    by RongoRongoMu

    Come on, this whole first movie was just a setup for a truly great Klingon war film!

  • June 9, 2009, 4:49 a.m. CST


    by The McPoyle Clan

    He could be OK if he's not playing Jack Black. But all too often now, too many of these actors, seemingly mostly comic actors, who play themselves in films instead of the characters.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Shooting & editing for the small screen

    by Mr Gorilla

    Star Trek is another film that is edited and shot for the small screen. That is NOT a criticism. Most of us will see it many more times at home than we will in the cinema. But here's the thing: all that shakiness etc is fun but does take away from the grandeur somehow. I always used to sit in the FRONT ROW in the cinema - from whence one could drink in every detail of every shot, and really be immersed in the world. But if there is shaky camera and fast editing, one simply can't do this - it's confusing. The recent release that REALLY suffered from this is Quantum of Solace. At home, on Blu-Ray, it is perfectly clear, easy to follow, and incredibly stylish. But in the cinema, it was plain confusing - LOADS of people complained that you didn't know what was happening.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:52 a.m. CST

    They should all go back to school

    by Symposium

    and quit with the lightspeed promotion of Kirk bullshit

  • June 9, 2009, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Who shoots for the big screen these days?

    by Mr Gorilla

    Gotta keep going on this one. First up, it's worth saying that ALL those filmd shot in the 50s look PLAIN AMAZING on the big screen. I am always surprised how impactful they are. But on to the question: who really shoots for the big screen in Hollywood these days? What do you think? Well, Lucas did in the Star Wars films he made. no juddering there, unless, you know, the Falcon was juddering. Also, Zemeckis. Remember the amazing pull-back at the start of CONTACT? And the one in BEOWULF. Pure big-screen magic. Hmm, who else...?

  • June 9, 2009, 4:56 a.m. CST

    I loved the Lens Flares!

    by DC Films

    Honestly, they were beautiful - gave it some realism too in my humble opinion.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:59 a.m. CST

    I wonder if JJ regrets...

    by DC Films

    ...Not putting that bloody great trailer music in the movie!

  • June 9, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Where to go next? For me, there's only one answer...

    by DeeboShanks

    Remember "The Paradise Syndrome" when they found the obelisk that belonged to the Preservers? That was a storyline they never ever tied up in the original time-line. They brought it back briefly in TNG's "The Chase", but honestly, I kinda loved the idea of a massive film-style plot dealing with the creators of all humanoids we know... More than anything--more than bringing back Kahn or Harry Mudd, I would love to see some -actual- exploration, some weird-ass planets with bizarre creatures that really show us that this crew are going where no man has gone before. That's what I would love to see. J.J., if you're reading this, I would love to help write the next film;-)

  • June 9, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST

    They already had a "red shirt death"...

    by BatPsycho

    well kind of. in the part where Kirk, Spock and the third guy are free falling to the platform on the bottom of the laser drill thing the third guy who didnt open his shoot on time and was killed was wearing a red jumpsuit. i took that as a throwback nod to the "red shirts" being expendable characters.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:45 a.m. CST

    No matter WHERE JJ goes from here...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...He'll have a previously trustworthy critic swallowing his gravy and begging for seconds.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:48 a.m. CST


    by The InSneider

    Oddkins by Dean Koontz. Discuss.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

    by ShiniGamiSan

    Or some shit like that. Have Kirk find out he passed out in a bar, and fathered a Giant Tribble. Scotty can't get the Engines on-line because Microsoft Window 2301 erased itself and all data, Uhura is a drag queen, Bones tries to find out more about his Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandson, Doogie Howser, Checkov has to go to detox from swilling too much Acturian Vodka, and Spock is attacked by flesh eating bacteria, and has to get ear tip replacements. That would be cool for the 1st 15 minutes.

  • If they really make 7 movies Roland won't (even in the best case scenario) reach the Tower before 2018 and we all know fucking earth will get destroyed 2012. At least I have to live long enough to see the cyborg bear and Blaine, the Mono in Dark Tower 3 - The Waste Lands.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:51 a.m. CST

    now not no.

    by ev1ldead

  • June 9, 2009, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Klingon War!!!!

    by vadakinX

    It's pretty fucking obvious. Vulcan is gone, thus weakening the Federation, giving the Klingons their opportunity to attack (with some secret encouragement from the Romulans) and of course the Enterprise is on the front line. <p> Rather than being a Trek war movie though,..have Kirk and co unravel the Romulan conspiracy that led to war in the first place....wait, did that happen in TNG? Never mind then...still...KLINGON WAR!!! <p> Fuck reason whatsoever to do him again. He's been done twice...TOS, and of course the movie. It's a new timeline now so let's do something different...KLINGON WAR!!! <p> What do you mean that's not something different? Have Kirk be captured by the Klingons, and he meets Carol Marcus in prison, she's already been ravaged by the entire Klingon army and the only way to prevent her from having a half-Klingon child is for Kirk to plant his superior man seed in her, thus destroying the weak Klingon sperm and impregnating her with a fully human son. He shall be known as Douche. <p> KLINGON WAR!!!

  • June 9, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST

    have them go to a world

    by TheExterminator

    where they all fall in love...make it a rom com and hire kate hudson and matthew mchonanananayy

  • June 9, 2009, 6:23 a.m. CST

    BALE for KHAN!!!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    He could bare his beefy chest and scream at Kirk better than any other actor. Apart from Sam Worthington.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST


    by rfid

    Do you mean "throes?" If he's in the "throws" of pon farr, that sounds painful.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:33 a.m. CST

    If they're going to make changes for the sake of making change..

    by grampageezer

    If they're going to change everything simply for the sake of change - how about have Earth blow up? Kirk decides he's actually Gay? Spock and Uhura continue their romance and have a little Vulcan baby named Tuvok? Sulu finds out he's actually straight? the Borg attack and is led by Darth Vader? Chekov turns out to actually be a Communist spy who sabotages the ship? The ship is destroyed so Paramount can design another one to sell toys? The crew gets lost in Space with the evil Chekov and a sarcastic robot? Spock laughs and finally reaches puberty so his voice drops? And that creepy little kid in the Corbonite Maneuver played by Clint Howard has grown up and is now a creepy adult and joins the crew.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Now we want an epic trilogy! Don't we?

    by wowseruk

    They done a great job of kick starting the old girl.. now let's make an epic story which spans the entire star trek universe and centres on the enterprise and her crew.. we've just received the star trek we've all been waiting for since the cage.. now let's get the epic star trek story we've all been waiting for to shed new light onnew worlds and new civilisations.. or maybe not?

  • June 9, 2009, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Jack Black for Welshie!

    by Spyhunter

    Personally, I'd like Antonio Banderas as Khan.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Lens Flares on the Enterprise....

    by SickPuppy

    are like Flames on Optimus...

  • June 9, 2009, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Hopes 7 dark tower movies back to back ?

    by kingoflight

    No side projects in between just pure dark tower goodness. They need steven king as involved as possible on that movie even when he's in it they better not cut him out of it. Personally i could deal with a TV show of the dark tower as it would really help develope the characters and the world. 7 seasons from say 16-36 episodes.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Klingon War/Harry Mudd/

    by Packy McCracken

    I agree that the current political structure of the Federation minus Vulcan really screams for a Klingon offensive of some kind. But I can actually see that the destruction of Vulcan actually bringing the Romulans back to the table. I always felt their resistance to the Federation was based on their relationship with Vulcan. With Vulcan gone, the Romulans might see this as an opportunity to expand their influence by joining the Federation. An uneasy alliance against the Klingons. The Klingons never become Federation allies, because let's face it, they are just not "team players". Worf never dons a Starfleet uniform. As a smuggler, Harry Mudd would be a natural source of information as to what is really going on behind the scenes. Could be a recurring character and I think Ian McShane would be perfect (whoever suggested him). "Feed those cocksucking Klingons to Wu's pigs." I don't think they should even get into Khan. If these guys were going to do more than 3 movies, maybe. What made Khan legendary was ST II and they'll never get that far into it.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:54 a.m. CST

    No retreads please!!

    by lprothro

    No retread of past material, please. I'm surprised to see all of this interest in re-doing "Khan" and "Kling-ons". That's old hat and done to death. Seeing them explore some new planet with weird new creatures would be far more interesting and innovative, something that incidentally, was never done in the actual films. Outside of that, I'd like to see the Gorn done with modern-day special effects. I think that the prospect of seeing giant, talking lizard-people would spark an even greater wave of interest in the sequel amongst the masses.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:03 a.m. CST

    I have a feeling....

    by The Amazing G

    if they really do make Dark Tower movies it will be EPIC! wanna bet a remake of The Stand will happen eventually?

  • June 9, 2009, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Kingon nipple twist

    by Franklancer

    Actually I'd like to see mudd or even cyrano jones, and klingons, not lobster heads, take the whole thing back to the original "watched at all levels" cold war russian klingons, with the original look.. star trek II.1 the wrath of Kang has a ring to it.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:05 a.m. CST

    What he needs, really, is a bigger ego

    by twogunjames

    JJ doesn't have a big enough ego. Clearly he thinks of himself as a good guy, and only seems interested in making fun of himself and being open and easy going about his own flaws. THAT doesn't fly in Hollywood mister. How in the hell did someone like this get to be successful?

  • June 9, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST

    and another thing

    by twogunjames

    Nice guys finish last JJ. Look at all the assholes on the talkbacks, they can make your movies better than you can!

  • June 9, 2009, 7:12 a.m. CST

    "shitload more lens flares"= awesome

    by FamousEccles

    fuck the haters

  • June 9, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    No Khan

    by bgpanda

    We don't need to see a remake of the best Star Trek movie ever. Do something new. What would be interesting is if they took one of the better TOS episodes and expanded on that. Have Pine-Kirk split in two by a transporter and one of them is young and meek and the other is old and evil-ish. Welcome to the cast William Shatner.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST

    A Klingon story would be most logical

    by Xian042

    We didn't even get a glimpse of one in this movie, only a mention. We need to see Klingons, lots of nasty mean awsome Klingons. And hot Vulcans procreating.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Separate Timeline

    by houndog

    Since they created a new timeline with this film they can go wherever they want and don't have to follow any of the previos series plots. Go JJ!

  • June 9, 2009, 7:31 a.m. CST


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  • June 9, 2009, 7:32 a.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to that moment when...

    by ScottinDC

    people realize Jack Black isn't funny. Did no one watch Shall Hal? One of the worst pieces of trash ever. Nacho Libre? How does this fat fuck keeping getting roles? Who finds this useless teabag entertaining? "Am I taking crazy pills?"

  • June 9, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    As long as we're speculating...

    by Kid Z

    ... here goes: Our intrepid crew comes across a godlike intelligence who interferes in the lives of countless humans throughout their lives by meeting them at various points in their lives via time travel. He then arranges to have them stranded as castaways on a strange, extradimensional prison that exists as a beautiful, but dangerous tropical island. This strange cosmic superbeing needs help from the Enterprise crew because he is in a losing struggle against another being similar to himself who has recently tricked him and caused his discorporation from his physical form. The being captures the Enterprise and threatens its destruction unless Kirk and crew help him. He says his name is Jacob.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:36 a.m. CST

    I'm Pretty Sure That Saving Whales...


    ...counts as "destiny". Actually, Classic Spock can warn them about the whale's extinction and The Probe...and every other threat from the past (like Khan) that wouldn't have been changed by Nero. So Starfleet can prevent ALL that shit. Even V'Ger.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST

    It will never happen

    by InActionMan

    but, I vote Ron Jeremy for Harry Mudd. He wouldn't even have to act.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Squire of Gothos

    by shutupfanboy

    He would be a good fit for that role even though Harry Mudd is the role he should play. I do expect a Klingon war due to the fact it is what they would logically due, yet they did lose over 40 ships fighting Nero, so they maybe in the same boat as the Federation. I think we done with the Romulans as a major threat and Gothos could lead to the new worlds theme and civilizations which has been lost since Inseruction. I have heard Khan a number of times as well, but I think that would be better served as a cliffhanger for the third then as the second movie. I do think we will say Data's creator and very young Picard at some point. I just hope we get a few more films with this crew or at least the rumored series. Also good on JJ for acknowledging his own mistake with the lens flares. Not many people would do that.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST


    by cutest_of_borg

    Please, JJ - film this thing for HBO. Oh, and...HUGH JACKMAN IS ROLAND!!!

  • June 9, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Klingon War

    by nagrath

    Is a pretty likely possibility. But what if, post-Vulcan-destruction, the Romulans offer much to the Vulcan diaspora? The fresh blood will prevent a genetic bottleneck. So lots of Vulcan-Romulan procreation for you guys, and a crazy Fed/Rom alliance against the Klingons (old AND new style! Perhaps a REAL and entertaining explanation this time). I think it would be both fun and turn certain things on their head but perhaps not as much as it seems, depending on how it all pans out. Just my 2 quatloos worth.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST

    I would like to see the crew go...

    by radruss001

    back to the original timeline where Spock does not cry and his mom is alive and the Enterprise was not built in Iowa and... ... ...

  • June 9, 2009, 8:02 a.m. CST

    And people criticise Hollywood for lack of imagination

    by filmcoyote

    I don't know all you get day-in day-out in the talk-backs is people complaining about remakes and tv-show spin-offs and unnecessary belated sequels, lamenting the lack of originality and imagination in Hollywood. And then asked for suggestions for the next Trek what do you see endless redo Khan comments, or revisits this episode etc! Surely this franchise's very essence is supposed to be "to go where noone has gone before" so why not have the next film, oh i don't know, feature planets, villains etc that have never featured before? Call me nuts, i'd like to see some fresh imagination in a series about exploration.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Lens Flare = This year's Little Miss Sunshine

    by Se7en


  • June 9, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST


    by Youngdog

    Great shout regarding the sequel. A Klingon/Romulan pact vs. The Federation would kick arse. Nagrath's idea of the federation needing the Romulan's help rebuilding the Vulcan race could create a schism the Klingon's exploit.<P>The tense battles and potential for galaxy wide genocide would obviously demand a LOT of lens flair filled scenes as well - maybe more than the first one - so thats another box ticked as well!

  • June 9, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Lens Flares

    by Pogue__Mahone

    My eleven year old nephew said - and I quote - "That was awesome but I thought all the shaking and flashing was gonna give me a seizure!" That said, we both loved the movie. Looking forward to another.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    No Tribble At All

    by trekdaddy

    I could see Jack Black as Harry Mudd, :Stella.....dear". Or may be as Cyrano Jones from Trouble with Tribbles. Don't know if either could fuel an entire movie though. Maybe as a subplot.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST

    I love how JJ fucks with the talk backers...

    by DoctorWho?

    It would be like James Cameron emailing in and saying "one thing for certain is, in Avatar there will be a great deal of 'eyeball fuckery' going on."<p> Mayhem ensues.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Buzz Maverik Has More In Development ...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...than JJ! A partial list:<p>Untitled Project.<p>Untitled Buzz Maverik Project.<p>Untitled Laundry Project.<p>Untitled Kid's 4th Grade Project -- we'll probably build the San Gabriel Mission.<p>Untitled Projects Project -- it's about growing up in the projects.<p>Untitled AICN Project.<p>Untitled JJ Abrams Project.<p>Untitled Oil Change Project.<p>3000 Miles -- see Untitled Oil Change Project.<p>Untitled Project In Development.<p>Development Hell -- see untitled Project in Development.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    so, let's take this rumor somewhere else...

    by unami

    how's "jack black as eddie dean in dark tower" ? and, while we're at it, viggo mortensen as roland.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Since there are only a few thousand Vulcans now...

    by zacdilone are they gonna repopulate the species if they only get funky every seven years? The next film should be about a scientist who discovers the Vulcan equivalent of Viagra, then holds his horny patients hostage until the Enterprise swoops in and blasts everyone with Scotty's improvised "love ray." Just show Kirk and the others staring in disbelief at the viewscreen and kick in the "boom chicka wow wow." That would entertainment on the highest level.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST

    JJ should worry more about the script

    by animas

    than casting. But sadly he will not. ever.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:02 a.m. CST

    JJ Abrams

    by Fortunesfool

    Needs to fuck off back to television with Kurtzman and Orci and leave big movies to people who understand how to make them. There's a bus leaving soon, Peter Berg's driving and its filling up with shakey-cam hacks masquerading as film-makers.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST

    No fuckin' big-screen versions of TOS tv shows.

    by Royston Lodge

    Here's how you do an AbramsTrek sequel:<p> The story is something new, not specifically related to any TOS sequel.<p> However, events are directly influenced by the fact that crucial events from TOS NEVER HAPPEN.<p> Stuff like, "since the Enterprise wasn't there to pick up the S.S. Botany Bay, how does that affect how Kirk & Co. deal with this crisis."<p> Ok, that may be a bad example, but you see where I'm going with it.<p> This idea plays to Abrams' strengths since the influence of the "missing event(s)" can be subtle. No need to mention it with some corny piece of dialogue. Keep it all unspoken. It's in the production's "bible", but it doesn't necessarily have to be in your face in the script.<p> It gives the long-time trekkers a Lost-style mystery to figure out and nitpick over.<p> "Why did [story element x] happen? Why did [story element x] happen this particular way? Doesn't this contradict [episode y]? But, wait, [episode y] never happened, which means [character z] wasn't saved by Kirk so the [monster q] ended up eating [character z], leading unavoidably to [story element x]. Whoa. I need another hit of Romulan Ale to let the implications sink in!"<p> Totally the best way to keep with the "true to TOS without being a retread of TOS" theme that Abrams seems to be going for.<p> No need to see Khan.<p> No need to see Mudd.<p> No need to see any Tribbles.<p> Yadda yadda yadda.<p> If a specific TOS episode MUST be Abramsified, then Journey to Babel seems like the best candidate for Abramsification. It's one of the few TOS episodes to involve galactic diplomacy and intrigue, it's got plenty of aliens, and it involves Sarek.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Ian McShane as Mudd is brilliant

    by Movietool

    Here's another idea: Jeffrey Tambor. Either one of those would be a much better fit than Black.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Anna Torv as Carol Marcus

    by JacksBloatedPayroll

    He likes keeping things in house. And while we're stealing Fringe casties, get Walter something in the film as well.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST

    J.J - if only the lens flares were all that were wrong

    by Professor_Monster

    How about having a shit load more crappy writers - or a shit load more bad direction?

  • June 9, 2009, 9:21 a.m. CST


    by cyberskunk

    I was going to suggest gorns, but lprothro beat me to it, so I'll just agree.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Silly Star Trek

    by Sappers Forward

    I laughed my ass off at the closing scene to Star Trek. All the new bootie recruits at the helm of the flag ship. Really? They didn't have any salty dogs in line to take over? That was, for the lack of a better term, fucking retarded. Also, did we just have a momentary lapse of reason when they wrote the scene introducing Spock. Just happened to be there...Lame. And what the fuck were the crew of enemy ship doing for like 25? I did like the lens flares...

  • June 9, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST


    by snowtires

    Jack Black is the worst "actor" in Hollywood. I don't understand why people think that one character he plays is funny. You know, the one he has played and will continue to play in every single movie he does, because he has absolutely no range, whatsoever? Although, I guess JJ is pretty smart for recognizing that Jack could get more target demo people in the seats- it's thanks to you fat, 30-something, still living in your parents' house, leader of your own World of Warcraft clan nerds that anyone like him could somehow turn an inability to act into a viable acting career.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST

    The JJ - Jack Black connection is for HEAVY METAL

    by zillabeast

    Take that to the bank.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Goddamn lens flares...

    by Logan_1973

    Normally I love the effect, but ST just had waaaay too many. I could just hear McCoy from FRONTIER: Get that damn light out of my face! Besides Harry, I think JJ was pulling your chain.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Banderas as Khan!?! McShane as Mudd?

    by SkidMarkedUndies


  • June 9, 2009, 9:33 a.m. CST

    If we're going to have Losties in Star Trek...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...then Terry O'Quinn HAS to play a character whose last name is "Pressman".<p> Even better, make this "Pressman" a redshirt and have him killed almost immediately.<p> Damn, that joke would be SO inside-baseball!

  • June 9, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Eyebrow dewd

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    is not entertaining<p> The only reason he ever got a break is because of his freakish looks, not his skills

  • June 9, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Dr_PepperSpray: It's much worse than you think.

    by Royston Lodge

    What if, because of this changed timeline, the Enterprise isn't available to stop V'Ger from destroying the Earth?<p> Vulcan's already gone. Maybe a running gag for AbramsTrek could be the destruction of planets that are vital to the Federation.<p> Could the end-game for AbramsTrek be the demise of the Federation itself?

  • June 9, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I trust in JJ.

    by Azlam Orlandu

    He made the most entertaining summer flick in ages.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST



    It's just been cast a role in 'The Expendables'.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Is Harry Mudd supposed to be a good thing?

    by StarWarsRedux

    Gee-zus. I'd take Jar-Jar any day over that.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Terry O'Quinn As a Bad Guy/Mysterious Guy


    In the next film. I'd love that film, pretty much just because of that.<br><br>Lens flares: too many, and will also tremendously date the film in its own weird way, which is kind of cool. It's groovy to be able to "own" something that serious dates a film (and will probably be ripped off in a dozen cheap/straight-to-dvd sci-fi ripoffs over the next several years).

  • June 9, 2009, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Tripods are good, too!

    by krylyyk

    Great! More lens flares. Now if we could just get the intentionally shaky disorienting camera movements gone, it'd be perfect. As for Khan, this is really out there, but I'd love to see Zac Efron as Khan. Sure, he'd have to do a touch of a Spanish accent, but he'd be an unusual and yet fun choice. He's charismatic, smart, fit, and it's very against type.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Harry Mudd

    by mara69

    If you insist on a Harry Mudd character how about Oliver Platt? And there were already tribbles in the last movie.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Liam Neeson as Abe Lincoln!

    by Logan_1973

    Abe was in the original series. Why not? It's not like Spielberg is getting that project off the ground anytime soon. After that you just cast Sam Worthington as Apollo and now you've got something...

  • June 9, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Daniel Day Lewis = Roland

    by CharyouTree

    and he has the horn of jericho from the beginning so it really could be Rolands final journey this time and Hugh and Viggo would be good but Daniel would be a BEAST

  • June 9, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Genesis Device: The New Vulcan


    That would have to be done in, like, the fifth or sixth movie if we don't do the time travel thing. But young Spock could have useful data from old Spock that tells him how to stabilize the genesis matrix so the new Vulcan doesn't go boom.<br><br>Next movie might hinge on tension between Federation and Romulus, given that a time-traveling Romulan murdered, what? 8 Billion vulcans? Some of the remaining Vulcans--and certainly there must have been many thousands of Vulcans off planet, if not hundreds of thousands, some of them already conflicted or quirky (like Spock) who might have a bone to pick with Romulus.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Zac Effron as Kahn?


    You must want to get J.J. Abrams stampeded to death by a horde of raging, obese fanboys.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Ben Linus Would Be a Great Bad Guy


    Make Micheal Emerson a difficult and deceptive Federation officer or adviser who, for some mysterious reason, has Madea's ear. Then have the head of starfleet start cross-dressing and hitting people with her purse. Also, have Hugo Weaving show up as an all-wise Vulcan ancient who heals Kirk and Frodo from the deadly blasts of the Morgul phaser rifles. And work in a Wookie.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Needs more shit acting and dumb script.

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    They need to make sure to have a prequel comic to fill in all the gaps for the poorly written script. <P> ALL PRAISE jarjar abrams "THE NEXT SPIELBERG" AND HIS GAY WRITING DUO <P>

  • June 9, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Who is Harry Mudd?

    by JohnRyder

    really, I would like to know

  • June 9, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Lliam Neeson Should Play an Elder Teacher


    Wise in the ways of the force, he teaches young Kirk to stay away from the dark side of the force. After a tragic dilithium crystal accident, his face is scarred beyond recognition, but thanks to an order of Oriental mystics in some mysterious mountains in Asia, he develops a plastic putty that allows him to assume the identity of other people, and then he fights crime.<br><br> Meanwhile, Dr. McCoy ends up strangling Dr. Jack Shephard, who he meets as he falls out of a time portal onto a candy machine in an empty stadium, because he won't stop talking about how connective spinal cord tissue resembles angel hair pasta.<br><br>Damn, the sequel pratically writes itself.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Claire Danes as Carol Marcus...

    by Logan_1973

    The destruction of Vulcan has inspired Dr. Marcus to begin work on the Genesis device. Chances are it took 15 years to develop the damn thing anyway...THERE's your Kahn setup. Not to mention Spock's future...

  • June 9, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Harry Mudd was a Pimp


    Or the Star Trek's universes version of one. Plus, he smuggled contraband animals. Mostly fat, horny gerbils.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST

    CharyouTree: The Horn does *not* mean it's the final trip

    by chrth

    The only purpose of the horn would be to say "This is not the book's cycle". The one major indicator that it's Roland's final cycle is if Robert Browning is in it instead of Stephen King. Roland must earn the title 'childe' first, and I believe he does it in the final cycle.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Kirk and Carol Marcus Need to Get It On


    If he's going to have a son he doesn't know about so he can get killed by one of Kahn's flunky about five minutes after you find out Kirk had a kid.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST

    The Menagerie

    by Iblis56

    At the end Pike is in a wheelchair, but for a different reason. They could redo The Menagerie.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Take it back to TV

    by Noctifer

    As much as I loved the movie, it just made me want to tune in next week for the next episode. I'd love to see this gang in a regular series, done much in the fashion of X-Files, with a periodic feature-length movie while the series is on the air. I think Trek fans are even at the point where they'd be willing to see many of the plots of the original series re-written and rebooted for a series. And its not like Abrams doesn't have experience producing a successful TV series... I know its not likely, but this is my personal dream.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    He should've controlled the tone/use

    by veritasses

    of the flares better. The flares were used to add emotional emphasis to a particular moment (and the sheer number sort of speaks to JJ's approach to the movie). Removing the lens flares would've created a different feeling movie, so I do like that he used them. However, more subltle use in a few of key scenes might've kept the same energy level throughout the film without the effect becoming overpowering/distracting.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Spidercoz: Right You Are! Damn.


    I just realized it's been, like, over 20 years since I've seen much/any of the original series. I do not have my Star Trek canon straight.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Um, JJ's just fucking with the fanboys, fellas.

    by gruntybear

    How obvious was that? JJ clearly got his jollies watching his paid-for guerilla marketing droogies inundate the TalkBacks with variations of the same line over and over and over again: "I never liked Star Trek a-fore; and now that they made it just like Star Wars, I loves it more than I loves any other moovees. I'll now call it 'George' and go see it 14 more times." The Jack Black thing is pure nerd-rage bait, through and through. (Although I'd positively love for him to be cast in a cameo in that clusterfuck of a series, "Lost," just to see the holier-than-thou Losties' heads explode. I still can't wait to see the tsunami of rage that will attend the sure-to-disappoint finale of that time-travel-on-the-cheap cheat of a show.) Plus, I find it hilarious that all those "Dawson's Trek" devotees apparently didn't bother to go see their beloved masterpiece a second time. Had they actually done so, you would think that the box office total would be far and away above the mid-$200M that it seems to have stalled at recently. Make no mistake about it: "Dawson's Trek II" will try to cram too many villains and too many re-hashes of old Trek stories into its 90 minute run-time. Like I've said many, many times before, "Dawson's Trek" is the gold-plated remake machine. JJ was given carte blanche to re-film the original series - a task that normally would send the fanboys into a teeth-gnashing frenzy of apoplexy, screaming "NO MORE REMAKES!" But for some reason, with this flashy shit-stain on the 40-year Trek legacy, the fanboys can't seem to get enough. Whatever. STINO II really doesn't deserve the obsessive speculation. It'll be crap, just like the first one. Guaranteed.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Jack Black as a Klingon


    Remember Chrisopher Lloyd's turn as Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: We're Sorry We Killed Spock, We Take It Back? Jack black as a wild, fat Klingoln who has a strange interest in the human practic of Mexican wrestling. It just makes sense.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Dawson's Trek


    So clever, Gruntybear just can't stop saying it, or reminding us that he's the one who said it, because it's so clever, so we should know it is Gruntybear saying it.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    gruntybear: what the fuck are you talking about?

    by chrth

    Star Trek had a typical if not respectable 42% drop after its first weekend, and it's still a top 5 film, outgrossing Terminator Salvation and Angels and Demons last weekend (even though both are newer releases). And it's the highest grossing film of the year.<p> Criticize quality, storyline, whatever. But there is not a single metric that says Star Trek wasn't a major hit in the box office. Trying to claim otherwise just makes you sound like a whiny fanboy at best and an idiot at worst.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    The rest just better be something I've never seen before. Dump everything that came before. Do not touch on Khan, Tribbles, Mudd, and any such nonsense. The slate is clean, use it.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Jack Black/Cyrano Jones?!

    by Ferd Philbie

    Why not? We've already seen a tribble.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed Star Trek but

    by Castlemonster

    I wish they'd reset the time-line at the end. It'll look bad if they break down and do it in one of the sequels. They'd better do it at the beginning of the next one and not put off that painful inevitability any longer. As has been pointed out, Spock and Kirk knowing they are supposed to be friends is not right. Neither is Vulcan being gone and Spock and Uhuru being an item. I'm afraid the first movie will be remembered as something of a bust and thoroghly disposable. Either way, I wonder how this franchise can thrive now.<p>I hate to say it, but in my opinion that script should never have been green-lighted. How did they ever shrug off Kirk's astronolically implausible meeting with old Spock and Scotty on the ice planet. At the very least they should have dreamed up a solid explanation for how it could have happened.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Nice to see someone agrees, Cyberskunk

    by lprothro

    ...and since the Gorn never really got an extensive background storyline ("Arena" only featured one of their "captains". The story could still be a completely original one while using a familiar creature from the Trek universe. Let's hope we at least see one of them somewhere down the line, anyway.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    No Remakes of Old Stuff!

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    What would be the point of creating "new" versions of these characters and giving them a "new" universe to play in, and then redoing stuff from 20-40 years ago? <br /><br /> I would like to see "new worlds and new civilizations". The Klingons have been done to death and you don't want the Romulans to become overused as well. I wouldn't mind them referencing old episodes in a casual teasing way, but trying to reboot the Khan story or revisiting Harry Mudd would just give the haters more ammunition.<br /><br />This is going to be the most successful Star Trek film ever made. There are brand new fans who weren't even BORN when the original crew quit making movies. They shouldn't have to watch everything we've watched to understand the plot of a new movie. Give them new stuff!

  • June 9, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    No Time Travel - but if Shat insists...

    by cartoonman

    Someone could zap Pine with an aging ray. Then Scotty tries to reverse it with the transporter, turning him back into Kid Tiberious Kirk. Call me, JJ

  • June 9, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • June 9, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    No Q, No Shatner, No relationship with the old universe

    by Keeper Of Chimps

    New universe - new stories - new encounters. Lets have a new badass, or let Nero come back and become Kirk's nemesis. Thats the problem with old Trek. Except for Kahn, Kirk has no continuing nemesis. Give him one. Maybe make it Spock!

  • June 9, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    lens flares are the new cloverfield monster

    by Obscura

    im seeing them EVERYWHERE!!!!

  • June 9, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Worldwide Gross of $334,672,399


    31 days in release. Then there's second run, DVD sales and rentals, Pay Per View, iTunes, cable and then network television . . . the overall value of this movie to Paramount is a billion+. And movies like this have a much longer money-making shelf life than other properties . . . Sure, they would have loved to have something that cleare $500 million in world wide box office, but I expect everybody whose got a finger in this pie is happy.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • June 9, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Get a good script

    by Liveforfilms

    I enjoyed the film, but you could tell it had a few rewrites and could have done with a bit more polish in the last third. For the sequel they need to go where no man has gone before and do totally new stuff. No Klingons, no Khan, no Q, no Borg, just a totally new threat. They just need to make sure the script is spot on.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    No Q: God, I Hated Q


    Worst part of Next Generation, and introduced with the first episode. Nothing against the actor or anything, just introducing the all-powerful God-like race that is mysteriously obsessed with what the ants on some backwards tail-end-of-the-galaxy planet are doing . . . and in the first epsiode. Next Generation almost lost me after that first episode. Instead, I hung on until they dumped Wesley Crusher. Not that I cared about that, really, that's just when I stopped watching. I apparently missed over 100 great episodes all set in the holodeck, 90 of them where something goes wrong and they become stuck in the holodeck!<br><br>Still waiting for the inevitable "Startrek: Holodeck" film.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    BSB: Zaphod Beeblebrox?


    That'd be an interesting permutation to the Trek universe.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST

    chrth good point

    by CharyouTree

    however that doesn't mean that it can't be the last cycle with the horn as doesn't the Tower say next time would be different? and i don't believe it needs to have the connection to the poem<p> and i think King would want the movie version to break the movies 4th wall and not necessarily the books for instance they would maybe visit the director JJ instead or aswell as King

  • June 9, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Bring Back the Coms and the Yangs


    William Shatner reading out the constitution at the end of the episode is just priceless.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • June 9, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Spock Prime *SPOILER*

    by MrCleanAZ

    Only a SPOILER if you haven't seen the new Star Trek...<br><br>At the end of the movie we learn Spock Prime is helping the Vulcan's rebuild their society. Can he (or would he) let the Federation know of possible future events or would he feel it's better to not influence this future? If he did mention a few 'big' events they could avoid these storylines without the 'why didn't ____' occur?<br><br>For example: Spock Prime tells the location of the Botany Bay, the impending threat from V'ger, etc...

  • June 9, 2009, 10:56 a.m. CST

    I Think the Dark Tower Movie


    Should just completely avoid the 4th wall thing. No references to J.J. Abrams or Stephen King. The Decemberists should score it. I really don't care how it turns out, as it is the Stephen King work I like least. "IT" being a close second.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    BSB: The Walking Penis Monster


    Cameo by Peter North? Brianna Banks can play Yeoman Janice Rand. Interesting.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Pike's Fate *SPOILER*

    by MrCleanAZ

    Again, only a SPOILER if you haven't seen the new Star Trek...<br><br>If this has been discussed I apologize in advance. At the end of the New movie we see Pike in a wheelchair. Is he just injured or has he been paralyzed from the spinal insect thing?

  • June 9, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    We may come up with ST 2 yet.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    I love to see the Borg

    by OccamsIndecision

    I'd love to see the Borg again, but without a queen or central mind to make them weak. The original Borg, the Borg that had a true hive mind were one of the most alien, and most frightening enemies I've ever seen.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    jack black as evil twin kirk!

    by alice 13

    or tralaine dude.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Top Five Things I'd Like To See In The Next Star Trek, "But I'm

    by DeltonParker

    1. Enterprise Vs. Planet Killer Vs. Borg. 2. Enterprise vs. Pissed Off Klingons 3. Kirk Splits In Half and Fights Himself - That Happened 100 times in the original series 4. Kirk and Spock fight Alternate Universe Baddy Kirk and Spock - They did Time Travel in the First One So Why Not. 5. Where No Man has Gone Before - Enterprise Goes to the edge of the Galaxy and Bad Stuff Happens. Why No Kahn? - Kahn is still floating around in his Little Ship in this alternate universe and wouldn't really be a threat. Also, why redo an awesome Kahn story from STIITWOK?

  • June 9, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    The Horn

    by cutest_of_borg

    I always thought the horn implies that this trip through will be Roland's last. At least I hope so. And maybe Oy doesn't freaking die this time! And King (cgi'ed ala Prof X) must show up in the film/mini series.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    The Borg Produced V'Ger


    And due to variations in the timeline, the Enterprise ends up intercepting V'Ger much closer to the Borg home planet. Then, Yeoman Janice Rand is attacked by a giant penis monster.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by cutest_of_borg

    I like Lewis - I can see it. He is by far the most accomplished actor on the short list. Of course, Hugh can sing and dance as well. :)

  • June 9, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Hot Vulcan Chicks Reduced to Stripping for Credits


    Ex-pats from Vulcan reduced, by harsh logic, to prostitute themselves for credits after the destruction of Vulcan. Kirk subsequently comes down with the Vulcan Crotch Pinch. Then, Yeoman Janice Rand is attacked by Testikular, the scrotum creature from planet Bukkakum. This is gonna be a *great* movie.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by DoctorWho?

  • June 9, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Kevin Pollock as ...

    by DoctorWho?

    ...young Kirk's voice inflection/body language coach. You know, part of Star Fleet's mentor program for young inexperienced punks in charge of starships.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    the Vulcan car-bombings begin...

    by Castlemonster

    And just go to any convenience store. Who's behind the register? That's right: a gawt-dam Vulcan.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by NinjaChampion

    The sequel needs Klingons and more Bones. But like the Vulcans, the Klingons got hit hard by Nero. He destroyed 40-something birds of prey. So not sure how ready they would be for war. Maybe establish a few characters that could come back later. Give them a reason to hate Kirk so they could come back in part 3 and want revenge.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Borg origin story

    by redshirt

    I am still waiting for a movie to explore the beginnings of the Borg. I am leaning towards an Iphone app gone horribly wrong!

  • June 9, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Kirk's a Jedi, right?

    by kabong

  • June 9, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by odysseus

    He was horrible in Kong, and he'll totally take viewers out of the story universe. Stay with relative unknowns!

  • June 9, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Turns Out, The Borg is a Hybrid


    Of Terminators and Transformers that, while fighting in space, crash landed on the planet that the Aliens from Alien come from. And they crashed because they both got blind-sided by a Predator. Who had recently partnered with the Cylons. Also, because of the time-loop, more than one mining ship went back, inclduing one that tore the moon out of earth orbit back in 1999, resulting in the loss of Moonbase Alpha. Which also caused Buck Rogers to go into cryogenic stasis, somehow. And, just two short years later, the moonbase alpha crew discover a large black monolith . . .

  • June 9, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Kirk Is Indeed a Jedi


    Trained by Lliam Neeson in the ways of ignoring the collective wisdom of the Jedi Council, now headed up by Tyler Perry's Madea.<br><br>"Set light sabers from stun to kill!"

  • June 9, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    CharyouTree and cutest: re: Horn and Last Cycle

    by chrth

    I'm not saying the Horn can't initiate the last cycle, just that it doesn't guarantee it. What we do know (or at least is heavily hinted) is that Roland's ultimate success is based on Browning recounting his story instead of King. Since the "central" world only moves forward, that means Roland has to complete the cycle earlier. Where's the biggest time gap? When Roland palavers with Walter (we'll ignore the bullshit King later added about Walter/Flagg faking it -- heck we'll even ignore the bullshit that Walter is Flagg. WTF was King smoking?). That happens because Roland sacrifices Jake to catch Walter. So the Horn could work here: Roland uses the Horn to scare off the zombies and doesn't have to drop Jake to reach Walter.<p> But frankly, I don't think that's it. I think Roland "wins" because he *chooses* not to drop Jake, instead of not having to choose (which the above scenario posits). And if that's the case, I don't see how the simple addition of the Horn helps. I think there's more that has to happen, that the Horn will help him obtain. Eventually Roland has to choose Jake over Walter, and with that choice the game is won.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Green-blooded bastards...

    by Castlemonster

    Some dick blew up their planet and now they're all reduced to ranting freak-jobs taking it out on the whole galaxy, hijacking freighters and what not. Whattya gonna do? What do you say to them? "Oh, I'm sorry all the other pointy eared freaks got imploded by another pointy-eared freak?" And now where are all these bleeping "Romulans" coming from, wiping out half the fleet in one swoop and leaving the Federation in the hands of mutinous children? And we're supposed to believe they aren't in cahoots with the Vulcans? I don't know about you but I can't tell 'em apart! I guess they're like the Hatfields and McCoys or something. Whatever... I'd be happy just to see someone shut that jabbering old geezer "Spock Prime" up. Where does he get off, anyway? And we find out he's from the future? Okay, Coo-Coo! That senile greenie has issues. If he can be trusted to keep the peace I'm a Denebrian slime-devil's uncle.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by Kaladrax

    Wouldn't the Romulans be a bigger threat now that the Federation and Klingons lost a whole bunch of ships fighting Nero? Romulus and Remus will not be destroyed until a hundred years into the future and if they have any inkling of that happening then they will be going expansion crazy all over the Alpha Quadrant.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST

    I say the next film is another prequel!

    by chrth

    Enterpise! Scott Bakula gotta eat!

  • June 9, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I gotta Fevah and the only thing that can cure it.....

    by theycallmemrtibbs


  • June 9, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    To JJ and AintitCoolnews peeps.

    by DougHatten

    Long time reader – never posted before. I grew up with Kirk, Spock and McCoy. I was a huge Trek fan, (not the dress up in a costume at conventions kind of fan, but I did go to one convention) And I loved the Next Generation too - never missed an episode. Then Deep Space 9 came along, and I watched… for a while, after that hit and miss. It wasn’t really Trek for me. Trek is about exploring and moving … “wagon train to the stars.” These folks are stuck in one place, dealing with one basic culture (along with their enemies, friends, religion, traditions) it just wasn’t the same … then we had Voyager. Yes! We exploration again! But then, having them perpetually exploring a different part of the galaxy completely isolated from the rest of the federation also didn’t fit well with me. Trek needs balance. It needs the familiar in the background, along with the new and strange in the foreground. You need to explore new worlds, but also have to deal with the bureaucracy of Starfleet. With Enterprise, I had mixed feelings. I felt they began to hit their stride and hit the mark in the 3rd season, but it was cancelled… still, Star Trek had lost its magic for me for some time. A once huge fan stopped thinking about or dreaming about Star Trek. I grew up and moved on. When I heard JJ was doing a Trek reboot … I thought, “Ummm. Ok. I’m not going to stress about it. I have my fond childhood memories. Trek was already kind of screwed up for me anyway. I had stopped caring that much. It would be nice if it turned out good, but I had a hard time imagining that he would really pull it off. I didn’t want him to try to reproduce the same old stuff and play by all the same rules, “please no” we needed something fresh, but it needed to carry the spirit of the original. The time-line change idea seems like another terrible Trek plot device, but in this case, it was genius. It needed to happen. It’s the only way you could do a prequel, without all the trappings of a prequel. Now, anything can happen. We can live whole new adventures, without being restrained by the Trek Bible, which has now grown ponderously heavy. It was hopeless trying not to contradict it at some point, since it contained so many contradictions itself. It is now the Bible of an alternative universe, and can be referenced and used to bring forth entertaining little things in the backdrop of future stories, but without having to be ruled by it. I saw a new trailer for the film, which allowed me to dare believe. I saw reviews. It got great reviews. I saw it on opening night. I saw it two more times at the theater. Something I haven’t done in years. I loved it. It was funny, Entertaining, FRESH ... but definitely had the spirit of the original series, and I rejoiced. What do I want to see in the next movie? Klingons? Yeah… but as the main story plot? No… well, maybe anyway. I agree with what some had said. Don’t dredge up Khan, or Mudd, unless they are in the backdrop, and not the main story element. Do what was done in the first movie. Show us something new, but frame it in the familiar, and pay tribute to those things we love. I am so excited; I think I need to help come up with the next story. I will begin brainstorming and thinking up ideas, and find some way to get them to JJ, just because I love what he did with my childhood heroes, and I want to help in any way I can. Is what I just suggested totally unrealistic? Yes! But that’s just another sign that what JJ has done with Trek is good. It has made me young again.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Abrams should chop his own dick off

    by RobertBaron

    if he casts Jack Black in any role.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    DougHatten: paragraph breaks are made by typing

    by chrth

    < p > (remove spaces)

  • June 9, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Doomsday Machine

    by Yesspaz

    1. Ricardo's Khan is an icon. Don't go there. 2. It should be an original story, but if it is something that echoes back to TOS, then the way to go is another Doomsday Machine, or a fleet of them. It might be slightly redundant to have planets destroyed in consecutive movies, but what from TOS would be better for the big screen? Tribbles?

  • June 9, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    And bring back the original crew to play their aged selves. It'll be the perfect closer/wraparound for the original guys. Everyone gets what they want. Just make Scotty & McCoy immune, and Yenten do his very first Checkov scream. Christ it almost writes itself. Get on it, JJ!

  • June 9, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Some TOS stories simply can't be realized

    by Castlemonster

    Just because they are scientifically or logically unsound. But think of what they could do with stuff like the Gamesters of Triskelion and Shore Leave. The Galileo Seven assault would be brutal. So much of the original series is at least inconceivable today and frequently downright face-palm ridiculous. That doesn't stop the nit-picking over the "canon" today, of course. I think those geeks should be strapped to a chair, made to watch the original series and administered an electrical shock every time they can't explain how something on the screen doesn't jibe with the canon. Best use of the Agonizer that I can think of.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Fitting, since there wasn't much in the way of character or plot

    by Darksider

    Finally, JJ will bring Trek back from obscurity with the dramatic cred of Jack Black. It all makes sense now.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    The Palnet eating snow cone Of death weapon

    by Mr.LordBronco

    Khan should be a Federation senator in part one-get's defrocked by kirk in part one Part 3 should be Wrath of khan-no that's stupid... Want some old school villians frankly the borg, Q and all the later villians are stupid for one reason or another... Let's have that nasty wandering space weapon messin stuff up-that was are great episode. javier Bardeem as Khan ftw! -MLB

  • June 9, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Jack Black is the Wallace Beery of our time.

    by Castlemonster

    If there was a Star Trek in the 1930's, Wallace Beery would have been in it, possibly as a Mexican wrestler.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    A red shirt who gets god-like powers and goes insane...

    by Mr.LordBronco

    Has to be put down like a mad Dog, but not before he forces Spock to have emotions... and, yes, a planet where everybody is based of of holotapes from the Roman empire... hmmm, that oughta do, JJ- get crackin! -MLB

  • June 9, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    If JJ is going to redo more Trek...

    by conspiracy

    AMOK TIME. Hard R style with Zoe in a group scene.</p><p>Orci has already walked us down the Hip/Simpleton Trek path...might as well run down it now.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    No to Jack black

    by Mr.LordBronco

    Gawd, everybody said... Kung Fu panda-it's really great...blah blah blah so i DVR it, and...Oh Christ it's JB vehicle, couldn't even force myself to watch past the first 20 minutes... My one idiot buddy who is JB in real life said it was really good-of course he would say that, the twat... After JB screwed up the tencious D movie-i died a little on the inside just goes to show you how a wife and kids turns you into a brow-beaten, wimpy pussy! -MLB

  • June 9, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Where Should They Go Next?

    by Mazzer

    To a good "high concept" science fiction story, just as the best TV episodes did. Most of the movies (including the new one) have just done the "villian of the week" thing, which worked for some light entertainment, but it's not solid Trek and it sure ain't good science fiction. Please, no more time travel, and they don't event need to mention the "changed timeline" thing -- you've dealt with that, now move on to a good story next time please. Come on, JJ, you can do it!

  • June 9, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    "Hip/Simpleton Trek path"

    by Mazzer

    Yeah, that's so true. It's sold a lot of tickets, but let's PLEASE use that momentum for a compelling story next time.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack


  • June 9, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    oh yeah...

    by DougHatten

    Thanks chrth for enlightening this newbie on the paragraph breaks.<p> And I just remembered something else I wanted to say.<p> I have grown tired of the Star Trek plot where this one really huge terrible villian is out to get Kirk, or the Enterprise, or whatever, ...great in Wrath of Khan, getting over-used. Some things with a great evil, all-powerful force that is out to destroy the earth, or the whole Federation - was great with the Borg. But again .... its over used. Instead of earth or all of mankind being in jeopardy every movie, I think it is sufficient to worry about the crew of the Enterprise, or maybe a few members of the crew, against a villian.<p>It doesn't always have to be a threat of epic proportions. Sometimes the best villains are ones that simply threaten you, or your friends, or your ship, or a critical mission you are on. <p> Also, not every villian needs to be all-powerful, with weapons and technology that totally out-match the Enterprise. Sigh! Some of the best things about the original series was the Enterprise WAS INDEED the flagship of Starfleet and could kick butt. It doesn't have to be helpless to have drama. A plot can involve them having to use restraint in using their power. Remember the original series when oponents on a planet would acknowledge that the Enterprise could lay waste to the whole surface of the planet if it wanted to? But they knew they wouldn't... perhaps because they held crew members captive, perhaps because they knew the doctrine of the Federation, not to interfere in another culture, or to not kill innocent people. <p> Anyway - just some thoughts.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Jack Black will play every Klingon

    by Toilet_Terror

    and they'll fall over and scream a lot

  • June 9, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    What's Next

    by ian108

    I want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed 'Star Trek' and am glad that it's making a fortune at the box office. Some things I'd want to see in the next Star Trek movie: It irked me at the end of the movie that cadets were now in control of the Enterprise. The second movie should address the aprehension of some of the older crew members that this group of kids is now in command. Don't bring back Kahn or Mudd or try to remake any of the stories of the old timeline. This would amount to a plot that probably wouldn't be all that interesting: "Wow, isn't that Ben Stiller as Kahn? Oh...he's taking over the Enterprise? I never would have seen that coming." Train Chris Pine to capture more of the overacting, over-enuciation and arrogance of the Shat. It was so-so in the first film but could improve tremendously with proper 'guidance'. Offer him way more money than the other actors and allow him to steal lines, especially from the guy playing Sulu. Now that all the main characters have been introduced, begin an epic storyline worthy of a film or better yet, a film trilogy. Some giant threat to all existence/the Federation or an intricately crafted plot of an evil force trying to take over. I liked someone's idea of the Federation being completely wiped out or decimated. Good v.s. Evil is always interesting...I usually prefer it over a pissed off villain who somehow got screwed over in the past. Please, no more time travel or alternative realities/dimensions. Have actual exploring of new worlds and new life forms. Go to places that haven't been seen or alluded to in films/tv shows. Make the Klingons into great villains again (as they were in the original series). The dude playing Spock needs to capture more of Nimoy's east coast/Jewish accent. At times, he sounded way too WASP-Y. I hope this helps the producers/writers of the next film. If you need me, I'll only need 4 points off the gross.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Khan is not spanish

    by ShabbyBlue

    Reading thru this talkback, I see people suggesting people like Antonia Banderas or Javier Bardam cast for the new Khan. But as I recall, wasn't Khan a genetically-enhanced dictator in the MID EAST? Even his name suggests someone of arabic origin. Therefore an arabic actor seems more logical to play Khan, and its somewhat timely (if not a bit cliche now) in our current culture to make an evil arabic dictator the main villain. Regardless of cliche, it seems more accurate than casting another spanish actor.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Said it elsewhere, will say it here...

    by wookie1972

    Philip Seymour Hoffman as Mudd.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Where's the damn spell checker?

    by ShabbyBlue

    Sorry for the typos on the cast names. Antonio Banderas and Javier Bardem. Ugh.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Also, please stop spelling it "Kahn". That's Jewish. Christ, people.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Harry. He was being sarcastic...

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    Hes already said he wish he didnt have so many flares.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    ditto BSB

    by wookie1972

    His full name, Khan Noonien Singh, suggests he is a Sikh. There are a few good East Indian actors (Kal Penn anyone?). But Isn't Khan kind of overplayed anyway?

  • June 9, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Philip Seymour Hoffman would be a great Mudd!

    by ShabbyBlue

    I agree with the post above. And he already has a previous working relationship with JJ thru MI:3.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Kal Penn is too busy working for Obama now

    by ShabbyBlue

    Which is why he quit a great show like House.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    The Bridge Looked Too Much Like a Japanese Dance Club


    Or something. A little more of a nod to the old gunmetal gray-painted cardboard would have been nice.<br><br>Bring back the Talosians. That was an alien race that Star Trek needed to revist, and never, ever did. Ever.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    How bout a good villian?

    by Audio_of_Being

    Nero was probably one of the lamest, boring villains I've ever seen in a movie. No fault to Eric Bana, it was just poorly written that way. It felt like a minor subplot to "Ohhhh... look how the original crew got together!!!"

  • June 9, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Hey Herc. you forgot the LOST movie.

    by Yoda's Ball Sack

    You know its coming....

  • June 9, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    The bridge is an Apple Store

    by ShabbyBlue

    It's already been said many times by other Trek fans, but that critical observation is right on the money. One of the few things that really bugs me about an otherwise great film. At least the Enterprise tv series made it look a little more realistic -- like a submarine bridge. That seems like what NASA or other futuristic Earth space programs would develop for interstellar travel.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    If Kal Penn joins cast w/ John Cho...

    by DoctorWho?

    Will they smoke a doobie on the bridge and plot a course for White Castle? Punch It!

  • June 9, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    The Star Trek Genius Bar


    Kirk in the black turtle neck. It all makes sense now. If they had just been using iPhones instead of communicators, I would have seen it.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Nero Wasn't as Lame as His Ship


    It was a mini-V'ger, and entirely not credible as a "mining ship" . . . what the hell kind of mining ship would look like a giant space porcupine/squid thing? I would have preferred something like a Bird of Prey with a much bigger body for "mining storage", or at least something consistent with previous Romulan starships. Just me.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST

    PUNCH IT!!!!

    by BringingSexyBack

  • But to learn about it you'd have to read that lousy drivel, so just ignore it

  • June 9, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Nero's ship

    by LukeVader

    I believe in the prequel comic it is alluded to that Nero's ship is upgraded using Borg technology, after Romulus is destroyed.<p> Of course this makes no sense by just seeing the movie as it's never explained

  • June 9, 2009, 3:11 p.m. CST

    by LukeVader

    Beat me to it!

  • June 9, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST

    I SAID, PUNCH IT!!!!!

    by BringingSexyBack

  • June 9, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    The only way to make these movies look any more fucking obviously CGI is to use those fucking fake-ass lens flares! How about letting us fucking SEE WHAT'S ON THE SCREEN FOR A FUCKING CHANGE, OKAY?!?!? Maybe take the ADD-coke-addled-jittery kid off the fucking Avid and let someone who understands action choreography take the editing on! Forget you ever saw TRANSFORMERS! Make it great - not FAST! And for fuck's sake, enough with the fucking lens flares!<P> STAR TREK is a great example of how a reboot CAN be done well. But if I had just ONE criticism, it's those fake-as-fuck lens falres. The only way to make it look any more like a next gen video game would be to add fucking Gungans. JUST SHOW THE ACTION ALREADY!!!

  • June 9, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    I'm down BSB!

    by DoctorWho?

    Light em'up! Don't bogart that Romulan ganja!

  • June 9, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Fail it will

    by spud mcspud

    Story! Plot! A reboot needs not these things.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Book it: Tom Hanks as the "Romulan Commander"

    by victor82

    Hanks will reprise his role as "Captain Miller" from "Saving Private Ryan" and play against type, only this time as the Romulan Commander from "Balance of Terror". <P> Included will be a subplot where Spock and Uhura are shagging in the Jeffries tube. <p> JJ brings Gaila the green Orion slave girl back to be Pine's "Janice Rand" so Kirk can get Green Onions every Saturday night. The excuse will be that she made it to the escape pods when the fleet was destroyed at Vulcan. <p> Trust me on this. Gaila the Orion Whore has become a sentimental favorite amongst the Trekkies. If she isn't brought back, we're marching on JJ's house and cutting his wee Johnson off.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I would guess HEAVY METAL is the connection too

    by Darth Kong

    Good call zillabeast

  • June 9, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    every other ST flick is supposed to suck

    by I am the most horrible

    the curse continues

  • June 9, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    For as much crying as there is...

    by Sithtastic

    I honestly don't mind JJ trying something "new" with old tropes, simply because he's does something different with an all but sacred canon and does it well. So why not Klingons? Heck, why not tribbles?

  • June 9, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Jack Black as Cyrano Jones?

    by MrMysteryGuest


  • June 9, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Strange New Worlds perhaps?

    by Stevely76

    Call me old fashioned but perhaps a Star Trek movie that 'seeks out new worlds and civilizations'... and maybe even 'boldly goes where no one has gone before'... i'm sure it's never been done. Oh and maybe Nick Frost working in engineering...

  • June 9, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I liked the idea someone above had...

    by Dr.DirtyD

    ...regarding high ranking members, or older crew members, being uncertain about the young Kirk in command decision. Pike did say his view of what a Captain should be was a minority view at the time. <P> They should send Pike along to "hold Kirks hand" on this next mission. That way he can get his face bitched up at some point in the film. <P> Send them all to Talos IV

  • June 9, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Another Prequel . . . This time, Robert April


    With first officer Christopher Pike. Make it old school. And include some of those aliens from the animated series. And do the mysterious force field space suits.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    They Should Go To A Planet Where They Discover A Energy Being


    Who has mysterious powers. Now, that would be breaking new ground.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    The sequel should be in "Flare-D", sunglasses required.

    by Flim Springfield

  • June 9, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Shia LaBeouf as Charlie X

    by MasterShake

    Kirk can give him pick-up line lessons.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by pokadoo

    It's a re-do, so the crew have yet to meet him. Love to see a space seed/Wrath mash up. Antonio Banderos as Khan, complete with Rubber Chest."He tests me!"

  • June 9, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Ryan Reynolds for Mudd

    by Drath

    Seriously, give him some balding make up, fake the fat, he'd look so right!

  • June 9, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    organic webbing still sucks,

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    and so did JJ's Star Trek. I kinda wish the movie had been about the crew of the Kelvin. The Captain that Nero impaled seemed kinda intense. But I wanna know how the arrival of Nero changed the timeline to where James Kirk's older brother didn't exist.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST

    oh god no....

    by br1947

    I actually like Jack Black in somethings, but this? Please no. My biggest complaint about JJ Trek was the 'comedy'. Swelling hands, Jar-Jar-esque Kirk, and flushing Scotty ruined an otherwise pretty cool movie. Adding Jack Black would be adding more of what made it bad. Why not just do an all out, hardcore all out Klingon war movie? It would have the explosions the average public likes plus keep us geeks happy too

  • June 9, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    'seeks out new worlds and civilizations'

    by dioxholster

    one word: stargate

  • June 9, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Stalked by a mysterious force on a tropical island

    by Castlemonster

    What does a smoke monster need with a starship?

  • June 9, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Lo-Fi Borg

    by Gigabrian

    I wouldn't mind seeing a good early Borg story. Stumbled upon the Enterprise Borg episode yesterday. It was the first time I lasted longer than 5 minutes with that show without wanting to kill myself/change channel, and I think in the hands of someone like JJ it could be amazing. It could be Trek's 28 Days Later. What I love about Abrams-era Trek is that I know new Klingon/Romulan/Borg etc. scenarios will be how I had always wanted to see them. If they go in a new direction with new alien races and stuff, so be it. JJ=Legend

  • June 9, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Jack Black, Star Trek & Lens Flares

    by MegaBeth

    I like Jack Black. He is one of those actors that you just gotta like (Unless you are a bitter AIC poster). I never enjoyed Star Trek. I was too young to get into the Next Generation and honestly I've never been a Sci Fi girl. However I really really enjoyed JJ's Trek. What exactly is a lens flare? Is that when the screen sort of white's out during a scene? Like when a huge explosion occurs? Just curious.. Thanks for playing.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Next Destination for This Crew....

    by brakula

    Banana Republic and a day spa.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Next stop... TALOS IV

    by Chariowalda_Barbarossa

    with Pike aboard. Nuff said.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Jack Black is William Shatner!

    by Castlemonster

    as Truman Capote portraying Paul Williams in The Louie Anderson Story!

  • June 9, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    lens flare

    by dioxholster <p>

  • June 9, 2009, 6:47 p.m. CST

    JJ took the most boneheaded complaint

    by MattmanReturns

    that talkbackers have about Star Trek and threw it back in their faces with a smile. Good work.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    the original star trek

    by dioxholster

    was a little boring for most. stargate fixed that

  • June 9, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Diox... that was actually funny

    by MattmanReturns

  • June 9, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Diox... that was actually funny

    by MattmanReturns

    I'm not sure if you meant it to be...

  • June 9, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Do "tribbles" in a Snakes on a Plane style

    by Logan_1973

    Kirk's nemesis from the Academy days, Finnegan, smuggles a gaggle of tribbles on board the Enterprise, complete with whacked-out phermones. Chaos ensues. You can even have Uhura get her nipples bit off in a turboshaft scene with Spock!

  • June 9, 2009, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Jack Black casting

    by JacksParasites

    Jack Black might make a good Horta...or maybe he can be the Gorn or maybe he can play all of the Tribbles cause while one Jack Black is entertaining, there's nothing more troubling than a ship full of Jack Blacks.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Jack Black casting

    by JacksParasites

    Jack Black might make a good Horta...or maybe he can be the Gorn or maybe he can play all of the Tribbles cause while one Jack Black is entertaining, there's nothing more troubling than a ship full of Jack Blacks. But on a serious note, the suggestion of Jack Black as Kirk's academy rival Finnegan is actually decent.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Kahn should be played by...

    by BendersShinyAss

    the bishop dude from angels and Demons <p>Cosimo fusco ....<p>google him<p>Cosimo fusco<p>Cosimo fusco<p>KAHN!!!

  • June 9, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Why not Q in the Star Trek universe?

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    That would make him the only character to be in all 4* series. <p> </p> <p> *That's right, 4 series. Enterprise can suck it. </p>

  • June 9, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    lets not confuse TV with Film

    by BendersShinyAss

    Insurrection, generations & Nemesis all suffered from the same problems - they were tv episode stories. <p>feature films need feature film stories. <p>that said, I'm always watching the simpsons, laughing my balls up saying to myself "why wasn't this in the film"?

  • June 9, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Made it seem like the future is so bright, it cannot be contained.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Liam Neeson as Flint...

    by crankyoldguy

    TOS people get this right away

  • June 9, 2009, 9:44 p.m. CST

    iamnicksaicnsn: you're a mo-ron, for two reasons

    by chrth

    1) Enterprise's 4th season was better than any of Voyager's seasons and I would even say it was better than the first couple seasons of TNG. (Disclaimer: that abortion of a series finale by Berman and Braga never happened)<p> 2) Q is in the original show ... according to Peter David's Q-Squared. And I don't just mean Trelane being part of the continuum; Q himself makes a retro appearance. Since Q-Squared is so good everyone deserves to read it, I won't spoil it.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:46 p.m. CST

    JarJar is doing what he's paid to do: Star Wreck

    by kabong

  • June 9, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST

    JJ, please, lay off the SHAKEY CAM

    by shogunshin

    the only thing that kept star trek from getting an A from me was the stinking shakey cam. its stupid. have any american directors ever watched a hong kong action flick OR an MGM musical? imagine if the camera was shaking hysterically as chow yun fat mowed down the thugs acrobatically? imagine if the camera was shaking while gene kelly was singing in the rain. we are in a movie to SEE a movie, not see confusion.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Jack Black as... ROLAND THE GUNSLINGER....

    by Seph_J

    ....please God (Abrams).... no!!!!!!!!

  • June 9, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Due to the space vacuum destroying Vulcan, and the altered timel

    by Fryman86

    ...The Borg become interested in Earth much sooner...

  • June 9, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Fuck Star Trek

    by SryBoutTehBlood

    Watch a real Star Wars..

  • June 9, 2009, 11:45 p.m. CST


    by vettebro

    It's easy. Like ST:2 Wrath of Khan, they should reboot the coolest villian ST ever had. Now that would be cool! Seriously, think about it.

  • June 10, 2009, midnight CST

    Get Chow Yun Fat to play future Sulu....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    That'd be pretty neat...

  • June 10, 2009, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Get Samuel Jackson to play Kahn......

    by GibsonUSA Returns


  • June 10, 2009, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Kimbo Slice as a Klingon....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    ..and future Sulu needs to sit at a bar talking about stuff with the bartender (played by John Woo).

  • June 10, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST

    They should NEVER redo Khan...

    by Trancer

    But if they did, there's one guy who'd be perfect: GENE SIMMONS. He can play stone-cold bad-ass like nobody's business, and he definitely looks the part.

  • June 10, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    These posts have gained you some respect back, Harry

    by Tokyo_Drifter

    It's nice to see you doing some actual reporting work and debunking/downplaying some stories that would be a sure bet to spread like wildfire. The quality of this site has declined recently, I'll be honest, but you definitely gained a lot of respect back doing this, big guy.

  • June 10, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Dioxholster and Kimbo Slice

    by MegaBeth

    Thanks for the link.. now I know. Kimbo Slice would be an awesome Klingon.. It's not like Kimbo would have to speak English. He could just grunt and look scary.

  • June 10, 2009, 1:52 a.m. CST


    by dioxholster

    The Simpsons movie sucked ass period.

  • June 10, 2009, 2:03 a.m. CST


    by dioxholster

    think about it, they already had one stargate atlantis actor cast in star trek so why not go crazy and make The Enterprise battle Apophis after discovering a stargate. pretty cool right?

  • June 10, 2009, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Tholians and Gorns

    by eXcommunicated


  • June 10, 2009, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Sequel? Hmmm...too soon

    by Darth_Tarantino

    After wonderfully rebooting Star Trek with the new film - and finally making the franchise FUN again - I think it's time to sit back and come up with an excellent follow-up story. Don't rush in, guys. I'd rather wait and have something as good as/better than Star Trek 2009 than get a sequel by 2011 and it be a pile of shite.

  • June 10, 2009, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Reply to yeah i'm a jerk!

    by Darth_Tarantino

    Jim Kirk's elder brother, George Kirk, is seen in the new Star Trek film. Kirk drives past him in his step father's car, waves and even shouts 'GEORGE!!' Or was that not a big enough clue for ya?? For further reference, read the Alan Dean Foster tie-in novel.

  • June 10, 2009, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Reply to yeah i'm a jerk! (the remake)

    by Darth_Tarantino

    Jim Kirk's elder brother, George Kirk, is seen in the new Star Trek film. Kirk drives past him in his step father's car, waves and even shouts 'GEORGE!!' Or was that not a big enough clue for ya?? For further reference, read the Alan Dean Foster tie-in novel to find out WHY George Kirk is hitch-hiking down the road (it's not that exciting an explanation though)

  • June 10, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Borg Tribbles.

    by jarnevic

    Tribbles covered in metal and wires. Think "Critters" combined with "Terminator."

  • June 10, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Just watched STAR TREK again tonight

    by spud mcspud

    Even better the second time round. Definitely saw flashes of The Shat in Chris Pine's performance - he's a good Kirk. But those goddamn lens flares are FUCKIIIING DISTRAAAAAAAAAAAACTIIIIIIIIIIING!!!

  • June 10, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Cut the Star Wars Tropes!

    by logotrope

    Wherever Abrams takes it next, he should stop injecting Star Wars crap into the Star Trek universe. Everything I disliked about his version of Star Trek took its cue from Lucas: Sending Luke, I mean, Kirk down to the Ice Planet, Scotty's little Ewok buddy, the Deathstar blowing up Alderaan, er, Vulcan. C'mon, J.J.! You're dragging yourself down!

  • June 10, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Screw this SHIT!

    by leftofcentristdotcom

    We need new villains, new worlds, new confrontations. We do not need to revisit Khan or Mudd. Perhaps a planet of sentient beings made completely of lens flares.

  • June 10, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Hunter Scott: Ice on the San Andreas

    by BrandLoyalist

    There, that takes care of 3 of his untitled movies all in one shot. <br><br> Maybe Tenacious D is just doing the opening credits? Jack Black as evil Kirk, lol! But please, not Trelane, augh! May they never (again) resort to the old omnipotent superbeing device in the movies. Jack Black as a Klingon? Now yer talkin.

  • June 10, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    reply to darth tarantino

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    James Kirks older brother was named Sam. Watch the episode "Operation Annihilation" if you need clarification. If he yelled George, it didn't register with me because of this. I haven't read Alan Dean Foster's adaptation. Maybe I will, but I already see a disregard for continuity.