Those of you who are geeky enough may have seen the trailer for the upcoming Star Trek film, which was shown before most prints of Quantum of Solace starting last week and released on the internet on Monday. I think it looks all right, though who the hell can tell from a two minute trailer? It could be terrific, or it could be utter garbage. J.J. Abrams has never impressed me as a filmmaker, but one thing the franchise desperately needed after Nemesis was a fresh voice, so I'm curious to see what he has to say.
Here's the official theatrical trailer, in case you missed it or just want to see it again in lieu of going out and making a friend, you fucking loser.
Impressive, though it has a bit of a Muppet Babies ring to me. Isn't it a little too precious to have the entire classic cast assemble for a story that's set prior to the original series? We've got Kirk and Spock and McCoy, and Uhura, and Sulu, and Scotty, and even little Chekov — Christ, didn't any of them meet after Kirk got promoted to captain? Is this the crew of a ship or a high school class?
That's not a huge gripe, though. If it's a good movie, I won't give a shit about a too-convenient premise. And unlike the Trekkies who are out there losing their minds over this, I've thought re-casting the classic crew with younger actors and telling more TOS-era stories would be a great idea for a long time. How cool would it be to film Harlan Ellison's original screenplay for "The City on the Edge of Forever"? Yeah, I know, that's one of my favorite episodes, too, but have you read Ellison's original? That is good shit, my friend.
So I'll give Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto (and Bruce Fucking Greenwood, baby!) a chance to wow me next year. I'm eager to see it. But no matter how good they are, I doubt they'll be able to match the goofy genius Shatner and Nimoy and company were able to attain in their best moments. For instance, a favorite of mine, this indescribably ridiculous scene from "This Side of Paradise":
Need I even wonder how that scenery must have tasted? Clearly, delicious.