Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Star Trek Trailer...Trek Babies?
We're all about the Star Wars here at Geekanerd... but we're willing to give the other guys a chance too. There were other Star franchises long before our favorite conflict in a galaxy far far away. Now if you weren't aware of the new Star Trek trailer that "dropped" on Monday-well then you've been living under a nerd rock... or maybe a cool rock? A jock rock? Anyhow, we'd love to get your impressions on the trailer...
I have a limited knowledge of the original series-seen a bunch of episodes-enough to have a deep respect for the series, but not enough to be fully immersed in Trek lore. So I may be at a loss, but I was under the impression that Kirk worked his way up the Federation ranks till he was finally rewarded with the Enterprise... this trailer almost has us thinking he drives up on his cool Brando-esque hover bike in his teens, and declares "yeah, I'll be the captain of that bitch!" And so he was. I'm sure there's more to it then that, but I don't have hope for much more. I've never been a big J.J. Abrams fan-never saw the appeal. And I fear he may take down a franchise to prove that to everyone else. If there's anyone who can nuke Star Trek's seemingly un-nukable fridge, it's Abrams.
More screen shots, more bitching, and the full trailer after the jump!
Now here I'm genuinely confused... It seems Spock's overall arc through the entire series (shows and movies) was a gradual shift from his cold-logical-emotionless Vulcan half to his more feeling, generally-less-kickable human side. So you'd think baby Spock would be super robotic and stiff... well not on the Baby Bridge! Here he's some sorta space lunatic. Either that or Kirk is a Raging dick... which isn't out of the question.
Ok, this one's less confusing and just more offensive. Sulu has been praised as being one of the first truly non-stereotypical Asian characters in American media. He wasn't a scheming fu-manchu wearing villain... or a dopey asexual sidekick. George Takei himself has talked about how he was proud of the character; particularly that he never saved the day with karate or any of that BS (paraphrasing of course). So here we see John Cho as Sulu... as some sort of freaking Space Samurai! Come on! He's even fighting a guy with a space katana... which, I'm afraid, looks very much the same as a land katana. Its the future! If someone comes at you with a sharp metal stick, you blast them with a laser! Done.
Anywho, below is the trailer in question. If you haven't seen it yet, watch it and let us know what you think. And if you're a bonafide Trekkie, please feel free to correct any of my surely numerous inaccuracies. And then we can debate about how Vader would kick the Borg's ass.