We admit it…our imagination was piqued by the official trailer, now visible at the Apple website. The terrestrial scenes and youthful bonhomie are fresh territory for the venerable franchise, and Zack Quinto makes a convincing young Vulcan.
Cinematical weighs in with 10 things you should know about Star Trek, but our phasers went to stun at the very first item:
Fact #1: Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry modeled the show on Gulliver’s Travels, wanting each episode to be both an exciting adventure and a social parable. The show tackled all kinds of 60s social issues — feminism, racism, ecology, religion, the Cold War, and Vietnam. Perhaps the biggest hurdle facing Abrams’ film is whether or not it can attain that same level of social awareness. Will the new Trek film make a commentary on anything, or will it be nothing but empty action in the name of rebooting?
Huh, wasn’t it supposed to be based on WAGON TRAIN? Anyhoo, fact #8 was a bit more debatable:
Fact #8: At first glance, the trailer seems to suggest that the recast Enterprise crew are a bunch of rebellious and wacky characters who will be forced to come together — an image at odds with their peaceful and orderly 60s versions. But really, the Enterprise crew was always willing to go against authority, particularly in the later movies where they stole the Enterprise and broke all kinds of Starfleet rules.
Let’s face it, the Enterprise crew is a bunch of certifiable badasses! They are special people for whom rules — or even directives — are so much wet cardboard. Break on through to the other side, and do it at warp speed!