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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I wanted to use the whole “I dare you to do better” speech from Pike for the headline on today’s BTS pic, but it was way too long and look at the time! I’m, like, super tired after a long day of Holiday Guide writing. I have two screenings tomorrow, but pretty much every moment of free time between now and November 22nd is being poured into the Gift Guide. No whining, no complaints, just a super lame excuse for skimping on any sort of meaningful discussion of the film at hand… JJ’s Star Trek. You love it or you hate it, it seems. I happen to find it one of the most purely fun and enjoyable tentpole films in the last 5 years.

So, today we have two photos from the making of that flick. In one Spock Prime and Young Spock are directed by Mr. Abrams and in the other we see how Zachary Quinto maintained his Vulcan eyebrows. Click either to enlargen!




If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s pic is life.

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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • Nov. 12, 2012, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Hate JJ Abrams movies

    by Wu-tan Monkey

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Love JJ Abrams movies

    by TheIceJ

    Always great fun

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Meh JJ Abrams movies

    by adeceasedfan

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 5:43 a.m. CST

    JJ Abrams movies.

    by Inspector71

    Don't know why you'd bother to comment here really if you don't like his movies. Only issue I had was using the ' I have been and always shall be your friend line' in relation to this movie. It really is something that should only be used in reference to ST2. As a huge fan of the original series I think the Abrams pic was in the spirit of the original series. It was basically just re establishing the characters in the new timeline and did so with respect to what had gone before. Any fan knows there were a couple of coincidences that were a bit hard to swallow plot wise but I think they have set it up well enough that a sequel has the potential to be something really good. Of course there is no way it could be loved as much as the classic movies given the chemistry of the original cast and the history they had together by the time the movies came around but they can at least make something with a bit more intellectual and emotional kick this time. That's my hope anyway. If not there's always the original eps and movies to watch. There's no George Lucas type denying us of the originals thank fuck.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 5:53 a.m. CST

    There's good and bad to this movie.

    by FluffyUnbound

    The first ten minutes of the film are fantastic. But moving 75% of your plot along by sheer coincidence, instead of having events turn on the decisions and actions of your characters, is really bad storytelling. But it's REALLY cheap to use that quote as your headline. Quote. Do. Not. Belong.

  • Shame on you, Quint!

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 5:55 a.m. CST

    First viewing, it was entertaining. Walking out, though...

    by Buck_Futt

    ... all I could think was, "That was some fun eye candy that made NO SENSE WHATSOEVER." Sorry, but when the writers and/or directors display outright contempt for their audience via nonsense like "red matter" and plot holes you could fly the Death Star through, they get no respect back in return.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 6:04 a.m. CST

    how Shatner couldve appeared/...


    when Kirk and Spock go over to the Narada and aboard Spock Primes ship they were basically going into the ‘Prime Universe’ and messing about with Next Generation/Prime stuff, - so i thought it wouldve been nice to have abit more resolution on the alternate universe/future (and especially Kirks as his upbringing got so screwed thanks to nero) and have it play more of a role in the conclusion e.g. When Kirk and Spock beam over to the narada and Kirk went off looking for Pike. he comes to Neros computer consol and looks at the screen – on it is an image or footage of Shat Kirk (TWOK era in the red uniform) – the explanation being Nero has been checking up on his adversary/brushing up on starfleet history (like in ‘Countdown‘)– who Kirk is/what his thinking is like etc. (it would’ve vaguely tied in with Kirk saying earlier that Nero would know what they were up to as they were part of his history so lets be unpredictable ) NuKirk looks at it perplexed – theres something familiar about this guy but he cant stick around and check up on his alternate future as hes got to find Pike and get off the ship and its then he gets attacked by Ayel/Nero leading to the ‘I know your face….’ so itd have had that sense of wanting to look at hidden treasures/info but unable to due to the danger/time running out - as in the end of any Indy movie. nothing big just a throwaway thing – abit like the Death Star cameo in Attack of the Clones or the scene in ’In a Mirror Darkly’ with Mirror Archer checking out his doppelgangers resume. kirk would catch a fleeting glimpse of his alternate future before he gets his ass kicked (he was obviously curious as he asked Spock Prime in the ice cave). they couldve used some some footage of Shatner from an out take from one of the previous Trek films or even something like TJ Hooker CGed so hes in the Wrath of Khan era uniform - so fans would be like ‘whoa never seen that b4...’ It would’ve been a fun resolution to the whole will Shatner be in the movie thing

  • And I'm one of those people who never liked Star Wars - go figure.

  • From when Kirk and Spock beam on the narada - right up to the end when the Ent escapes the black hole. I thought it was too action orientated, typical of a bog standard action film like a Michael Bay film with pay off one liners, gun fights, battles, saving earth etc. Then after I kinda realised that a good few trek eps and movies ended the same way with a big fist fight or space battle and saving the day - so I tried to figure out just what I felt was missing or why I was disappointed…. Then I realised that maybe I was just too old for loud explosions, shooting and fights and wanted something abit more substantial - I would’ve probably loved the end when I was a kid but now I wanted something deeper with more meaning, maybe even a twist…(a shatner cameo as described would certainly have helped)

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 6:16 a.m. CST

    I though it was supposed to be about Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan.

    by AsimovLives


  • Otherwise, great movie. And just to harp on a point: If there's a planet, with a breathable atmosphere, withing view of Vulcan...why isn't it full of vulcans, instead of one Federation outpost? Wouldn't that be logical?\ But on the whole, I loved it.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 6:19 a.m. CST

    I have nothing against JJ Abrams.

    by adeceasedfan

    I thought Star Trek was alright, but fell asleep throughout my initial viewing. I haven't had the desire to revisit therefore my opinion as of this writing is meh. Super 8 however totally kicked ass. I did not fall asleep AND have revisited a few times. I enjoyed MI:3 as well and did not fall asleep. I also loved Alias although I don't recall if I ever fell asleep when viewing. Odds are that I did considering the number of episodes and its 9pm start time. My point is that I have nothi ng aga ins t Jj abr...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Good morning or afternoon Asi!

    by adeceasedfan

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Yesterday i was trying to explain Star Trek to

    by gerry derboven

    my seven year old son. The whole franchise. From the original tv series over the movies, TNG, Voyager, Deep Fried Space (sic) and the time i started on the latest ST movie he was looking at me like i was on some heavy duty drugs. That said, Abrams Star Trek was a very enjoyable sci-fi romp, warts, plotholes and all but this alternate timeline reminds too much of the tedious Q continuum episodes. I will always be a Star Wars fan first and foremost but i love sci fi and this is fun sci fi. Amen

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 6:25 a.m. CST

    The shoot em up ending was fine.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Lots of TOS episodes brought the pew pew pew so that was fine. Hell, Kirk resolved a few episodes by fist-fighting dudes. But TOS almost always presented the characters with a situation and required them to either think their way out or fight their way out. Having the problem be solved because you are marooned on an ice moon but JUST SO HAPPEN to bump into your future-original-timeline-best friend, who traveled across the galaxy and through time but ended up exactly where and when you needed him to be to hand you the information and tools you needed to win...That is not very TOS-like.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Helloooooooooo all good buddies!!!!!

    by ajit maholtra

    Buddies and buddies and buddies amd buddies!

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Should have gotten Tom Cruise.

    by gruemanlives

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 7:09 a.m. CST

    This grueman is so much in love with Tom Cruise. He wants to marry him.

    by ajit maholtra

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Didn't enjoy it sadly

    by photoboy

    I'm not normally a person who notices or cares too much about plotholes, but in JJTrek they were just so obvious and stupid that I just couldn't help but be distracted by them. I think it's because I hold Trek to a higher standard. While I love Star Wars, I'm not going to get upset about any silly science in it, but Trek I expect a greater degree of effort. The first 15 minutes of JJTrek with Kirk's father were excellent. I'd have much preferred Chris Hemsworth as Kirk as he really looked the part. Maybe the sequel will be better, I'm definitely willing to give it a chance and see.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Lens flares!!!!!!!!!!!

    by lv_426

    Seriously though, the biggest problem with JJ Star Trek was the script. I think his directing style (besides the excessive lens flares) for this was fine. I like the cast. Personally I'd have preferred they went with all new characters in an all new Starfleet crew, but for what they attempted in terms of bringing back Kirk and the gang, they did a good job casting it. Hopefully Star Trek Into Darkness takes all that potential and knocks it out of the park.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Plucking his own eyebrows?

    by richievanderlow

    No wonder Quinto is such an angry gay man.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Helloooooooooooo ajit!

    by adeceasedfan

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST

    I'm in the 'loved it' group

    by ATARI

    Can't wait to see what he has in store for us next.

  • This guy's performance as Spock is one of the shittier parts of the movie if you ask me. I watched season 1 of HEROES... I don't understand why this guy is such a hot actor.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Any idea when we will see the teaser...

    by Sean1701

    or trailer? I know JJ said by the end of the year, but I was wondering if it will be attached to The Hobbit.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Abrams' Star Trek was the only good Star Trek. FACT

    by BilboRing

    Great movie. All of his movies so far have been excellent IMO...which is a FACT.

  • I loved it anyway

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST

    abrams star trek sucked.

    by chainsaw autotune

    first spock strands star fleet insubordinate kirk on an ice planet which is basically an attempt to kill him. then when kirk comes back and argues with spock, spock gives him command of the ship. spock just hands command of the enterprise wrapped in a bow to an insubordinate star fleet nobody (he tried to kill) and he goes off to sulk about his emotional response. wtf. horrible. kirk shouldve had spock arrested for indangering the crew and dumped him into deep space.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Really? I wanted the Khan movie !

    by corplhicks

    gay very gay

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    adeceasedfan - That was LOL fun n... *

    by L.H.Puttgrass


  • Nov. 12, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Phaser Sounds

    by corplhicks

    totally pussy crap in recent ST movie-- ships phasers sounded like crap, like a cheap 80s synthesizer with no muscle behind it-- even the 1977 SW opening scene was "meatier" in terms of raw power. LAME Hand phasers looked like they packed a punch but also a lame sound. This needs to be better. Also the "torpedoes" are really torpedoes? with moving parts? really? Shit, how about some quantum torpedoes. On second thought how about this Gay- reboot is abandoned and make a new ST show 25 years after DS9 ends-- how about a Breen War series. Or better yet make a Romulan-Federation war-- we never really saw that except in 1 old episode.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Shit loads of behind the scenes photos from The Hobbit

    by D o o d

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Spock and Uhura's relationship was forced

    by sunwukong86

    totally pointless and served no purpose

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    @ cartmanez

    by Chris Moody

    Hey...that would have been a great idea! Abrams said that they were trying to think of a way to include Shatner, but ultimately felt that it would have felt "forced" or detracted from the story that they were trying to tell. This would have been a great way to subtly include the Shat.

  • In at least two episodes, comment was made about the Enterprise's capability to lay waste to the entire surface of a planet on its own, no special gadgets required. It just had...well, a completely believable amount of firepower given current capabilities and adding 300 years of improvements. Which also worked to explain why the ships didn't usually need to be on the screen at the same time in that era - ranges in their battles were commonly given in the tens of THOUSANDS of kilometers. But starting even with the first few movies, marketing to the 'pewpew' crowd from Star Wars saw the capabilities of the ships dialed way down so they could be seen to be flying around each other and blasting away like 18th-century galleons.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    STAR TREK XI haters...

    by Chris Moody

    ...hate to face up the idea that Spock himself -- the director of STAR TREK 3 and 4 -- endorsed the film, its plot and direction.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    I didn't care for it.

    by Dollar Bird

    Lump me in with the crowd that liked the beginning, but disliked the rest. (Aside from Bones. I loved him.) Although there were moments that seemed to ring untrue, like Spock and Uhura (yes, I know there are old eps where it looks like she has a crush on him, but still...), or the wild plot-driving coincidences, or the silly brewery, or lame humor like people being stuck in pipes or getting fat body parts. But my biggest fault with the movie is the dumb villain. Essentially a riff on Khan—the vengeance-hungry madman—but without any charisma or interesting aspects. I just didn't care. He reminded me of many villains from the weaker ST movies, especially rubber-faced F. Murray Abraham from Insurrection. Aside from the fact that he had a gigantic mining ship from decades in the future and a bone to pick with Spock, he was nothing. Just another plot device and not a character. Just my 2¢.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Yes, STXI wasn't as smart as other Trek, but...

    by 2bitkubrick

    We've had plenty of "cerebral" Trek movies. I hope the new film goes back to that, as I've always thought thats what made Trek different from Wars, but thats not what we needed. Trek had to be rebooted, and audiences (the masses, not trek fans) needed to feel like Trek could be fun and thats exactly what JJ did. Again, now that we're past that, I'd really like Trek into Darkness to get back to Trek of old that challenged you, and could get in your head. Or else, yeah, I'll just go watch Star Wars.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    How about the pic of day dares you to do better?

    by matineer

    Really no point in using a Trek 2 quote.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    @ matineer...

    by Chris Moody

    The "always shall be your friend" comment was included in the latest TREK film. Spock Prime said it to Kirk when they were in the cave.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST


    by CoachFinstock

    Thank you folks for once again making the folks at THE ONION look like geniuses:,14333/

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    I watched the first 10 minutes of this Star Trek...

    by Mike Soiseth

    then turned it off. The whole Kirk on a motorcyle doing Tom Cruise in Top Gun then barreling out just before dumping said bike over a cliff, then to the bar where he acts like nerds imagine tough guys act in bars...barf. Horrible. I could see where this was going and didnt feel the need to suffer anymore, hence off it went.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    I fell asleep during Super 8, I swear it

    by Ditko

    and it was my first date with my actual girlfriend. She never found out, too. I hope she never does.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Really wanted to like JJ's Trek but still haven't bought blu-ray...

    by Darth Macchio

    It was on regular tv not that long ago and was about as 'meh' as I remembered. Not 'meh' as in 'bad' but not 'meh' as in 'Yes, this would be a good addition to my movie collection' either. I can't figure it out - the movie didn't suck but isn't really something I care to see again. Yet I feel I should want to see it again. My bias is actually wanting it to be better and wanting to see it again...and yet I really don't. There's times when I want to get a new non-specific blu and just go looking and yet, even seeing ST sitting there, with that oddly 'non-present' monochromatic cover, I feel an overwhelming since of 'nah' each and every time. Kinda the same for Super8 altho I've only seen it once. MI3 was good but that's mainly cause I'm a sucker for Maggie Q. Plus PSH is great in everything and made for the series likely best villain. Never watched "Lost" and loved 'Cloverfield' (JJ produced it) so Abrahm's is a big question mark for me.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    @ ubermanagain:

    by Chris Moody

    Wow, you obviously didn't watch STAR TREK then. Kirk never dumped a motorcycle over a cliff. A "flashback" scene when he was a 10 year old showed him dump an old corvette off of a cliff. I suggest that you watch the film before you criticize it. Unless, of course, you are afraid that you might like it.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Once more- an easy way for Shatner to have in that movie

    by Cotton_Mcknight

    It's really quite simple: at the end of the credits, have William Shatner as Kirk reading a tale of two cities, wearing the glasses that Bones got him for his birthday. That's it. No explanation needed. Fans would have filled in the blanks as to what it meant. Perfect and simple, and it erases that awful death in Generations (because obviously, he is older than he was in that movie).

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Hey Coachfinstock...

    by Cotton_Mcknight

    thanks for the cool video. It didn't load but I got to see a stupid "Mike's Hard Lemonade" ad three times in a row. The Onion sucks.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Kirk and Bones were great

    by MustGoFaster

    If the whole movie was just Pine and Urban going through Starfleet Academy, I would've been content. The problem was the rest of the crew. The guy who played Sulu was so fucking bland he could have been an Apple store employee. Simon Pegg is a cunt, I wish he'd get run over by a truck. Anton Yelchin played Checkov like a hyperactive kid buzzed on sugar. Zoe Saldana spent most of the movie dying to give Spock a private lapdance. As for Quinto, he played Spock like a Romulan douchebag. Spock is supposed to be a Zen master, Quinto didn't get the memo.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Pine had it down but Quinto sucked.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Sometimes Pine would hit a line or a reaction shot JUST RIGHT and I would internally exclaim *Holy shit he's Kirk!* Quinto looked great in the promotional stills but they found a bit TOO MUCH emotion inside the character and brought it a bit TOO CLOSE to the surface. Dialing it back just a little bit would have helped a lot. Seriously, I've seen Maury Povich guests with greater emotional self-control than Quinto had.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    "fun and enjoyable"...

    by Detached

    ...but brain dead. poorly, poorly, poorly written. and very forgettable. if this hadn't have been based on a classic, it would have already vanished into the mists of time. this film won't age well at all. nor should it. it's just not good enough. and yeah, that headline was horribly deceptive.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Re: Speaking of Abrams, Here's Proof That Lindelof Killed PROMETHEUS ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Y'know, I was on the fence about Lindelof, preferring instead to blame the trainwreck that was PROMETHEUS squarely on Sir Ridley Scott. Then, THIS is suddenly made available to the public:</P><P></p><p> That's right, Jon Spaihts (probably sick himself of getting partial blame for PROMETHEUS) made his original draft, here called ALIEN: ENGINEERS, available for everyone to read. Read the script, then get supremely pissed off, even you Ridley Scott apologists who insist that PROMETHEUS was one of the most thought-provoking sci-fi movies of the decade. I'm not even sure where to begin with this one! In ALIEN: ENGINEERS, it's a clear prequel to ALIEN. Weyland's motivation to foot the expedition (aboard the "Magellan", not the "Prometheus") has to do with the fact that his terra-forming attempts (Mars) have failed, and he hopes to glean some knowledge from the Engineers, since it's figured early on that they "helped" with humanity's evolution (not creating humanity, as is implied with PROMETHEUS). There's a smaller crew and they're all intelligent people, unlike the cannon fodder in PRMOETHEUS. They actually go to fucking Zeta-Two Reticuli and LV-426, no cutesy "it's not the same planet and it's not directly connected to ALIEN" about it. Oh, yeah, and there's ACTUALLY FUCKING ALIENS IN IT.</p><p> I think I still have to blame Scott, who hired Lindelof and likely mandated all the changes from this version, but everyone involved really should have known better. It raises all the same questions PROMETHEUS did, and probably needed about one quick rewrite to be 100 percent, but this is a clear-cut case of either "I don't want to do a prequel to ALIEN, I'm better than that" or just meddling for the sake of meddling. Either way, this makes it clear we really got screwed out of a decent movie.

  • ...I liked JJTrek, but one way to get me to hate it very quickly is offer me the greatest scene in the greatest Trek film as a bait & switch for Zach Quinto eyebrow plucking. With that headline I need to see Nimoy and Shat, locked in a Vulcan high-five, with only a nuclear-proof sheet of plexiglass separating them. Then I cry and then feel guilty for crying again since I just watched 'Wrath of Khan' yesterday. Just sayin'.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    armageddonproductions, Thank You!

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

    Let's make everyone guess and ponder because they're all idiots anyway.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by puto tenax

    Quick question; I've not seen it but heard horrible things about Prometheus, so is it even worth a rental?

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Trek was dead before this movie...

    by Jay

    The TNG movies were no more. Enterprise was cancelled. The ST Experience was closing down. There wasn't even a comic series. Trek. Was. Dead. ...Until this new movie came out. And I hated it the first time I saw it. I've grown to find the fun in it, but there's still aspects I dislike. It's not one of my favorites. But I don't care. It single-handedly resurrected Trek. Do you honestly think Paramount would be spending millions to re-edit and re-composite TNG for HD, therefor future-proofing it? There's even talk about re-doing DS9 when TNG is over. NONE of this would be happening if it wasn't for the well recieved success of this movie. Trek costumes for kids are in Christmas fucking catalogs again! They made Trek cool! Regardless of how much you whine about the film, show some fucking respect for it bringing the franchise back from the dead. This isn't like Star Wars, where even after the prequel backlash, the brand was still one of the biggest money-makers in every other venue. Trek was nothing. Sadly, the Onion really nailed the whining online with their video.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Decided to show my kids ST:TOS for the first time tonight.

    by adeceasedfan

    Starting with The Man Trap. My 7 yr old is totally loving it.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    PS We didn't fall asleep.

    by adeceasedfan

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    My big problem with JJ TREK (spoilers):

    by CountryBoy

    Nero comes back in time to avenge his planet's (and mostly his wife's) annihilation. But why not come back a little earlier and save them? Did I miss some explanation for that most gargantuan of plot holes? He was obviously able to control when he came back, right? Or was it just ANOTHER amazing coincidence that he landed in a time where he could go after Spock? Other than that, it was a pretty entertaining movie. The first 10 minutes were indeed the best part. And I wish Abrams had used subtitles when the Romulans talked among themselves; then the sudden English line "Hi Christopher, I'm Nero" would have brought the house down. (I know, the studio wouldn't stand for extensive subtitles...)

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    god what a bunch of trekkie nerds troll here

    by Jack Desmondi

    So he took a quote from Kaunas so fucking what if it is from a different movie

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    @adeceasedfan- My kids LOVE Star Trek TOS...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...the two that like it are 5 and 3. I'm guessing it's the psychedelic cinematography, over-the-top make up, and old fashioned, ham-fisted acting. Watching it with my kids, and seeing their enjoyment, I couldn't help but realize how cartoonish (in a good way) it is compared to TNG, or even the original Trek films. Hope yours find as much enjoyment! Live long and prosper.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST


    by Crobran

    I own this movie, but haven't watched it in a while. However, if memory serves, Nero didn't have any control over what time he went back to. They wound up back at a time when Spock was just a little kid in training on Vulcan. Somehow, Nero was able to calculate when OldSpock would arrive on the scene, and they knew it would be 25 years later. At some point in the movie, Ayel says something to Nero along the lines of "alright, we've arrived at the coordinates you specified. What do we do now?" Nero responds "We wait, just as we have waited for the last 25 years." At that moment, OldSpock emerges from the wormhole and they capture him. Still, I concur that this movie was chock full of amazing coincidences. Cool coincidences, but a bit incredulous.

  • I guess it comes down to whether you had any FUN watching this. I loved Karl Urban's McCoy, and while the guys playing Sulu and Chekov could have looked more the part, I was just having too good a time to nitpick. Even so, you have TONS of problems. Kirk "finding" Spock is one, but I always thought that Spock Prime wasn't physically seeing Vulcan destroyed so much as he was experiencing an Obi Wan moment ("It was as if billions of voices screamed out at once and were silenced"). Regardless, does anyone realize that Spock Prime could have ended the whole movie if he just sacrificed himself when Nero captured him and detonated the red matter once on board the Narada? Or for that matter, Spock Prime is responsible for not just getting Romulus wiped out (due to being a little late for giving their star some red matter treatment.... not to mention: do Romulans AND Vulcans NOT have thousands of spaceships to do things like EVACUATE their populace? Sheesh! You think they wanted to die), but Spock Prime is also responsible for allowing Nero to destroy Vulcan and almost destroy Earth, as well as all of the living beings on all of those federation ships. Man, Spock Prime is a royal bastard! And yes, having a beer factory sub as a starship's engineering room is retarded. Not to mention: there should be a rule that in no circumstance should those vertical meat locker plastic doorway panels EVER be used in anything other than a horror movie.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    You're an asshole, Quint.

    by Rhuragh

    Thanks for making me click a link on Jar Jar Trek by making it seem like it was a BTSPOTD from Wrath of Khan.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by adeceasedfan

    Mine are 7 and 4 and we watched the 1st two Kirk eps. They were transfixed. The funniest thing happened while watching Charlie X, Charlie the psychic boy makes a red shirt vanish and my 4 year old says he just got wished into the cornfield. I LOL'd! Look at Little Miss Twilight Zone. I'm raising geeks. Full disclosure: I'm no hardcore Trekkie, so this is catch up for me. I mean I've seen my share of TOS and watched TNG religiously, but fell away during DS9. I've seen probably half of the movies. Wrath of Khan in the theater btw. (That left a mark.) Today's Trek talk was just the spark I needed to try this experiment. And I think it's going to make for a fun bonding experience.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST

    The remasters (TOS, particularly, but even TNG) are worthy, indeed

    by dderidex

    They really did an amazing job with the TOS remastered episodes in fixing the one glaring complaint about the series - the effects were AWFUL. Even bad for the period (Original Series Trek was roughly contemporary with Kubrick's '2001'). They definitely address at least that point. The plots can still be a bit heavy-handed at times, and certainly occasional over-acting, but by and large this was solid entertainment.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Yeah, red matter is hokey...but protomatter is okey-dokey.

    by Gary Makin

    If the original cast movies (and the original Star Wars films) had been made in the era of the internet, you people would've nitpicked them to death just the same.

  • Kirk picks up a lifesign on his tricorder and diverts to the ice cave. One line of dialog and problem solved.

  • Just like this site needs an edit function.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 3:46 a.m. CST

    JJ's Star Wreck was watered down bullshit for mall-dwellers

    by kwisatzhaderach

    It's just a total joke.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Re: puto tenax/dderidex

    by ArmageddonProductions

    puto tenax: PROMETHEUS is just terrible. Aside from the fact that you can see Ridley Scott's directorial prowess/attention to detail in every frame (which somehow makes it even worse), it's a botched effort from beginning to end. The script I linked to (and now, AICN has apparently linked to) is astonishing in the fact that, while it's essentially the same story, it would have made a fifty times better movie. Not sure why they had to ruin it on the story level so badly, or why they couldn't see they'd run off the rails as badly as they did, but having a lot of experience in that area, I can say that it happens all the time. Hollywood is an economy that deserves to die.</p><p> dderidex: Just started watching them (TOS) on Netflix streaming. For the most part, they did a great job, but I kind of wish they'd augmented a few of the FX that they obviously couldn't have, like the transporter stuff or the phasers. I can see why they chose not to, as the stuff they did fix was subtle enough not to be overly distracting. And the actual HD remastering is awesome.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST

    AAhhhhh it needs garlic

    by Micah

    the only way to eat campfire bat

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    The problem with red matter...

    by Darth Macchio

    It's all around us. Everywhere. You can see it out your window, or on your television. You see it when you go to work. When you go to church. When you pay your taxes. Red matter is indeed all around us... Red crayons (crayons are made of matter). Red fruit punch (liquid but still made of matter). Red fire engines. Red football jerseys. Little red corvettes. And so on. All made of matter and all red.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    My own kids and TOS

    by shran

    So, here's the deal. My kids didn't pay too much attention to my TOS DVD's until I went and bought the remasters. Then it became ritual to sit with dad and enjoy some Original series Trek. I think that when I was a kid the FX were fine, or just good enough to support the rest of my imagination. But kids today have movies and video games with mind-blowing visuals so those old episodes needed an upgrade in order to translate. Anyway, it's been some years now and they still like to pull out the remasters to rewatch favorite episodes or ones they don't remember as well. And they have developed their own geek tastes. They love Doctor Who (I'm not as into it) and are avid readers. And even though they occasionally like to watch the Trek movies they never pull out '09 trek to watch. I ask them why and they just say "it isn't Star Trekky enough". From the mouths of babes.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Was never a Trekkie, but admired Abrams' take on it...

    by Darkness

    Even look forward to..."Into Darkness". Hopefully he will deliver something that will compliment the original.