Indulge me for a moment of Trek-geeking. I really like the look of this poster for the new Star Trek film. I've been trying not to get too excited about the film itself, because this franchise has delivered little but disappointment post-First Contact. The trailers look totally awesome, however. Jeff and I go to see a movie in a theater at best once a year, so this will probably be this year's pick.
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Saturday, April 4, 2009
Even if this ends up being a fabulous re-boot of classic-era Trek, I have a nagging worry that they are going to retain one of the franchise's most classic behaviors: introducing discontinuity for no good reason. I've refrained from learning too much about its storyline in advance, but I understand that there is to be a villain named Nero who is evidently a Romulan. In the first season episode "Balance of Terror" a major point was made that the Enterprise's battle with the Romulans in that episode was the first such engagement in a century since the end of the "Earth-Romulan War." Furthermore, it was established that humans and Romulans had never actually seen each other face-to-face. That's why it was a big shocker when Spock hacked the Romulan ship's com system and pulled over visual images showing, for the first time, that Romulans look like Vulcans. So I'm going to frown in dismay if this huge piece of Trek lore is ignored in a story set some years before "Balance of Terror" but obviously well after the Romulan War. If you're not a fan, this may sound trivial, but trust me: it is a big freaking deal in the history of that universe--and just the sort of thing that a Trek movie screenwriter and director would miss. Oh wait, I know how it will all be explainable. They'll use the oldest trick in their bag: time travel!Related Articles :