And so the hype begins. The second Star Trek XI trailer is out and probably like many Trek fans I can't get enough of it. Moment to moment you see J.J. Abrams rewrite the lore of the original tv characters with a Tom Cruiseish Captain Kirk, a violent Mr Spock, phaser beams galore and monsters. Legions of articles on the internet are dissecting the trailer down to the second to figure out what it all means. It all points to a movie bent on delivering excitement on an interplanetary scale while also possibly jettisoning the sentimental Gene Roddenberryisms about the advancement of mankind. In other words, it is shaping up to be a fresh 21st Century look at the 23rd Century. No time for sentiment, just action, action, action.
Too soon to tell if Star Trek XI will turn out to be a great film. The only part of the trailer I took exception to was the very beginning of it where a kid version of James Kirk drives what looks like a Corvette off a cliff for no apparent reason. It just reeks of Phantom Menace to me. If the kid Kirk starts yelling "Now that's what I call Podracing!" or "That's Wizard!" I'm going to be one unhappy camper. Otherwise the trailer looked like fun.
Now that the hype has started we have to wait until May of '09 to see this thing. Does Abrams have the goods or is it all a bluff? As a Vulcan scientist once said, there are always...possibilities...
Star Trek XI trailer