It’s been a while, a long while, since I last rant about Star Trek Into Darkness on my podcast for the worst film of 2013. Given time, the failed attempt of the 2009 Star Trek sequel, I am looking for redemption. Star Trek will be turning the big 5-0 next year which means they quality for a Jitterbug cell phone and lower car insurance rates from AARP. Still, there is a lot to look forward to in achieving this milestone except on the big screen. Robert Orci who was on the writing team with Alex Kurtzman wrote some good stuff like Transformers and Star Trek.
Since JJ Abrams was not coming back, Robert was not only going to write the story but also direct it. This was not a cause for alarm at first but when it was discovered that the story was going involve an undoing of the new Trek timeline and with possible Shatner involvement, I am really glad that this has been halted. We do have a new director Justin Lin, from the Fast and Furious franchise but there is no story at this time. This concerns me more than the lack of Justin’s scifi credentials. JJ was able to make the Trek franchise accessible and fun for everyone with a much needed reboot. We should this franchise go then? Insert the opening Star Trek theme… cue Kirk “Space The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise…” Let’s get back to its roots
I would love nothing more to see our space gang explore the final frontier as it is meant to do. The Trek universe has been reset but it needs to be repopulated. Paramount needs to spend the time to map out what this new new future will be. From there, there needs to be big bads or baddies that meet our crew from time to time. One two our movie is not enough to set up a villain let alone make it a compelling one. Kahn works because we saw him on tv during the Space Seed episode and then many years later on the big screen. The new Kahn failed to prove anything compelling because there was no history. The new movie needs to be about what is the new universe is about and set it up like the Marvel Cinematic Universe; it can be done. We just need another Great Bird of the Galaxy to make it happen!
There was some heartening news over the holidays for those of us who are longtime Star Trek fans. And there was some alarming news, none of which has been mitigated since.
The next Star Trek film in the rebooted franchise now has a launch date in its 50th anniversary year of 2016. It opens on July 8th, which happens to be my birthday. But there are plenty of signs of disarray, with little evidence that the 50th anniversary of one of the biggest scifi cultural phenomenons of all time has much in the way of celebration in store. This stands in stark contrast to the recent 50th anniversaries of the James Bond and Doctor Who franchises.
Star Trek, the rebooted 2009 movie that presented the original series characters living in a new timeline, provided a great renewal for the franchise. With Trek reboot director J.J. Abrams off to his first love Star Wars after a promising and exciting first film and a maddening follow-up, and co-writer and producer of the 2009 and 2013 films Roberto Orci in and out of the director’s chair, the anniversary film finally has a director. It’s Justin Lin, from the Fast and Furious franchise.