Brand new Star Trek prequel pics and trailer
What on Praxis were Paramount thinking
The eagerly anticipated new Star Trek film is set to enthrall some and enrage others with a young, spunky cast, vicious fights and sex scenes.
A new trailer and new pics from the forthcoming film were released online earlier this week, further fuelling the excitement of Trekkies around the world ahead of the film's release on May 8 next year.
Directed by JJ Abrams - the man behind Lost and Cloverfield - Star Trek XI will detail the early days of James T Kirk and his crew and will chronologically sit after the TV series Enterprise, starring Scott Bakula.
These pics, in essence make up the fast-paced trailer, which features snippets from the childhoods of Captain James T Kirk, played by Chris Pine and Mr Spock, played by Heroes star Zachary Quinto, lending an insight to the men they grow up to become.
Young reckless Kirk leaps from a car before it plummets into a ravine, just to prove how reckless he really is
The trailer starts with a Corvette speeding through the desert being pursued by someone on a hover-bike. The car goes flying off the side of a canyon, leaving the young driver clinging onto the rocks for dear life. The pursuing driver, who appears to be a robot cop of some sort, steps off his bike and asks the youngster: "What is your name?"
To which, the boy replies in a bold, brassy manner: "My name is James Tiberius Kirk."
The trailer then moves on to a slightly more grown up Kirk, this time speeding through the desert on a motorbike, before stopping by a futuristic factory - possibly the San Francisco shipyards where the Enterprise is being built.
Actor Bruce Greenwood, who plays early Enterprise Captain, Christopher Pike (as we all know is destined to sit in a black chair and go "Beep"), talks as a voiceover: "You always had a hard time finding a place in this world haven't you? Never knowing your true worth."
"You can settle for less in ordinary life - or do you feel like you were meant for something better? Something special?"
The action then switches to the Vulcan and centres on a young Spock looking inquisitive before moving to an older Spock, played by original Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy.
The older Spock is seated with his human mother Amanda Grayson, played by Winona Ryder, who gazes into her son's eyes. A mystery voice says: "You will always be a child of two worlds and fully capable of deciding your own destiny."
"The question you face is, which part will you choose."
USS Kelvin: The ship that was captained by Kirk's father George Samuel Kirk during the battle with Romulan villain Nero
The background story now established, we are introduced to Spock, as a young adult (Quinto) and his colleague Kirk, standing on the re-worked Enterprise bridge.
Taking Trek in a different direction.
Ok, I am a big Trekkie, I have ALL of the DVDs and even had a uniform when a was younger. Been to the Star Trek Experience (RIP) in Vegas twice (I'm from the UK). I think you get the picture.
But I am looking forward to this film and hope it does not try to mirror the Star Treks before it. Enterprise was quite good, but as someone said earlier it sometimes fell over when it tried to fit into the jigsaw of holes that the other series' has made.
I really wouldn't mind a complete re-boot of Star Trek, using the same concepts but not stuck too ridged to the other story lines. And you do have to use your imagination... the design and effects used in the 1960s came from the 1960s, they look really out of date today "Toggle switches on Enterprise contol panels... what happened to touch screen". Thats why the technology seems to run in reverse!
I also understand that JJ Abrams is trying to recruit (forgive the phrase) the next generation of Star Trek fans. So this film has to apeal to a greater audience. Enterprise was cancelled because it wasn't very popular even amongst Trekkies. Hopefully JJ will generate enough interest in Star Trek as a whole and keep Star Trek going for another 50 years.
Who knows whether the next series will be based on the original crew (like this film) or will be set after Voyager. But it will be a lot of fun when it comes!
I have seen some of the New Voyages stuff and I must admit I was surprised how good it was coming from fans with too much time on their hands. Of Gods and Men was brilliant. Although the guy who plays Kirk in New Voyages is really annoying. Get rid of him (and the corny lines that they recycle from the TOS) then it will be worthy is Star Trek cannon imho.
I also wouldn't mind seeing a darker side to Star Trek. A horror film perhaps set in the Trek universe but will a real scary story and a few deaths (a-la Event Horizon). They have never really done that on Trek (although First Contact could be scary).
Deep Space Nine the Movie
That's what we all want - make it an 18 - and let's have some Bjoran on Trill action.
Obvious joke time
The previous captain was called Pike?
(I know, just couldn't resist)