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November 16, 2008

Michael Bay's Star Trek: The Awesome Frontier

Wait, this isn't Michael Bay. It's J.J. Abrams. Kind of looks like that, though.

A bootleg copy of the trailer. Watch it before they take it down.

The origin story of James Tiberius "Maverick" Kirk:

Can't wait to hear the theme song, as rendered by Aerosmith.

Dirty Harry, who found it, uses his telempathic abilities to detect possible crappiness and misfiring.

DrewM. (who tipped me) has a bad feeling about this. And Dirty Harry doesn't think it feels right for Kirk and Spock to fight. Eh, maybe, maybe not. It's important to remember we joined the original series at least a year, probably several, into Kirk's command. So Kirk, McCoy, and Spock already were sorta friends. Here, in the beginning, maybe not so much.

Although I have trouble seeing Spock himself get into a pissing match at any stage in his career.

I still have hopes, but based on this trailer, it's way too ginned up with sturm and drang and exposions and CGI monsters.

Hmmm... Thinking about it: the movie's box office won't be determined by older Trekkies, who are already a given, assumed market. It wil be determined by how many non-Trekkie teenaged boys the movie gets. So the trailer is probably cut to stoke their interest, primarily. Obviously all this stuff is in the movie, but presented at a less frenetic pace it might be good. TOS of course had a fight or a rubber suit monster before every commercial break.

Also, I guess Spock's story arc here is whether he chooses the human or Vulcan path. He might be less dedicated to subverting his emotions at this time. By the end, I'm sure he'll chose the Vulcan way, maybe because he snaps someone's neck in a Vulcan rage or something. I guess that could work.

That's a tiny bit non-canonical, because Spock was already showing the Vulcan reserve in the flashbacks to his time with Captain Pike, the Man in the Box, but 1, who cares, and 2, Spock might have been conflicted at the time, slipping between his human and Vulcan sides as whim might take him.


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