Vulcan’s Peak

Geeking out, Trek style

November 18, 2007 11:25 pm

This was awesome.
I went to the encore showing of the remastered version of “The Menagerie” on Thursday. The theater was about two-thirds full; certainly there were no lines or costumes, although one audience member was handing out DVDs of his fan film! I took one, but I haven’t watched it yet — am planning to save it for Pug’s visit over Thanksgiving. There was lots of laughter for the best lines (often from McCoy), and the digital update of the special effects shots looked really good — but was also unobtrusive. Certainly nothing like the make-over that Star Wars got when it was re-released in theaters about ten years ago.

(Yeah, it really was ten years. Elf, didn’t we go see at least one of them together? I could be mis-remembering, but it sounds plausible for ten years ago.)

Next item, let’s look forward to the next opportunity to see Star Trek on the big screen! I’m talking about the potentially spoiler-icious link posted on Nodwick yesterday. Yes, ladies and gents, behind the cut is Spoiler City…assuming, of course, that the source is actually in the know. Which we don’t know. But just in case, you’ve been warned.

Down the rabbit hole we go. Potential spoilers…

Yup. If you must tell a Starfleet Academy story, it’s gotta be how Kirk beat the no-win scenario. However, I don’t think this is an Academy story because they’ve cast the entire Enterprise deck crew. And to reveal that all these people happened to know each other at the Academy (and, moreover, were all there at the same time, which just doesn’t work) starts to sound like a Trek version of A Pup Named Scooby Doo or Muppet Babies (“All the same relationships, but cute and little!” I exaggerate. And for note, I adored Muppet Babies when I was about five. But that isn’t the point. Moving on…).

I’m also skeptical that the actors who have been cast would have been chosen if the characters are supposed to be Academy-age. I know these things are fluid in Hollywood, but that’s my hunch.

So I suppose there could be a part of the movie that involves the Academy and the Kobayashi Maru, but I think most of the story will take place on the Enterprise.

I also think a storyline that depends on the assumption that Kirk’s absence would change Federation history would have to be handled very, very carefully — (A) it sounds too much like things that were said in Enterprise about Archer and it got old, and (B) worshiping your main character is just kind of tacky. I don’t deny that his absence would change Federation history — I’ll spare you the list; you can make your own — but that’s entirely beside the point.

However. Incorporating the Guardian of Forever would be awesome. Brilliant! Fantastic!

Futher movie news: Appearing at some point in the movie are Kirk’s father and Spock’s mother… played by actors who are about the same age as those who are playing Kirk and Spock, so maybe we’re flitting all over time. Huh.

2 Responses to “Geeking out, Trek style”

Crunch wrote a comment on November 19, 2007

Is it possible to “geek out” in style. Aren’t geeks and style mutually exclusive?

Odette wrote a comment on November 21, 2007

Nice try. And I probably should have hyphenated “Trek-style.” But I wield the American Heritage Dictionary:

style (stīl) n.
1. The way in which something is said, done, expressed, or performed: a style of speech and writing.
(and then we have to come all the way down here to find…)
6. (a) The fashion of the moment, especially of dress; vogue.

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