Sunday, November 23, 2008
BOLDLY GOING WHERE OTHERS HAVE GONE BEFORE
While even a cursory glance at the trailer for the new "Star Trek" film (dropping May 9, 2009) tells you some liberties may have been taken, it however still promises to be an action-packed thrill ride. While no filmmakers have covered these early years of the "Star Trek" crew, much of this is nonetheless well-trod ground and it will be up to director J. J. Abrams (ALIAS, LOST, Cloverfield) to give the franchise a fresh take.
After watching some of these clips, I fear an injection of "hipness," which rarely bodes well for already-established franchises (just Google the upcoming X-Men films). However, I've liked much of what J. J. Abrams has done in the past and he has a good eye for characters: keeping them contemporary without being insufferably hip. I am, however, saddened that the sole shots of Lt. Uhura are of the silent-but-naked variety. It would seem a step back in time, to reduce female roles to micro-skirts and cat-eyes; The Pussycat Dolls go to space, as it were. And what's with the Enterprise being built on the ground? I thought it had been well-established that it don't fly through the air too good. We'll have to wait and see, I suppose...