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I thought Star Trek was all but dead until I heard the news that J.J. Abrams is making a new version with a new cast playing the original characters. It seems an odd choice, given that previous versions of the show have moved forward, except Star Trek Enterprise, in that particular universe. To go back to a time prior to the original series (assuming the internet rumours are true) seems strange. Also, the script is written by the guys who wrote Transformers (a movie I hated – sorry Procasto – although it has more to do with my seething hatred of Michael Bay than the script itself) does not sit well in my mind.
A cast reboot is not a new idea, however. Prior to the development of Star Trek: The Next Generation, plans were afoot to bring back Star Trek using new actors in the Kirk and Spock roles in a new weekly series. It would incorporate state of the art 1980’s design into the classic 6o’s show. Kirk would wear a skinny neck tie and Spock would sport jeri curls, for example.
The ship looks like it’s going through a redesign of some kind but nothing so major as to render the ship unrecognisable. The question of how this will be reconciled in continuity with the original series, however, is easily answered: you don’t. It’s a TV show.
On paper, this whole idea looks like a spectacular failure. But I’d rather see that than most of what aired on Star Trek: Enterprise. So, of course I’ll go.
UPDATE – Here’s the official teaser.