Here is an article. about the 2009 movie.
11 photos from the movie--see the new cast of characters.
To me, the long and the short of it will be the writing. Is it good science fiction? Are the characters well-written?
If it wouldn't make a good novel, it won't be a good movie, either. Special effects and good acting can't make up for a poor plot or poor characterization.
The guy playing Spock is the villain from "Heroes."
So I'm nervous from the get-go!
I remember when Star Trek was on in first run. So I will be biased out of the gate. The new cast will have to be stellar to sell me on their performances.
And the new costumes?
It is always a big mistake to remake a classic. They tried it with Planet of the Apes - and the new version was rubbish!
Fans of the original Star Trek series have been enjoying further adventures of that crew, mostly from novels, for many years. I love the characters. The conditions of the early series (the weapons, the speeds, the recurring Kingons and Romulans) feel like a boot that has been broken in. If the situations and dialogue are well-written, and the acting well-done, it won't trouble me that the actors are not identical. I even think it possible that another actor could play a better Kirk; Shatner, himself, has said that, looking back, he finds fault with his performance.
Shatner may well have found fault with his own performances, what artist hasn't? He will still be James Tiberius Kirk to all fans and any "Imitation" will find it very difficult to fill Shatner's, or Nimoy's et al's shoes. I've read many "trek" novels that fulfill the ideals of Star Trek without having to use the known, and loved, characters. It would still have been as good it if had been "Star Trek - New Worlds" starring xxxx as Captain YYY YYYY of the Star Ship Whatever!
Speaking of remakes - I have only just caught up with what they did with 'Omen'! What was the point of remaking that? The original was brilliant,
the casting was great, and the air of menace about it was really shiver making. The new version, while it uses almost the same script/dialogue, is
pale and pathetic by comparison. It is badly acted and about as menacing as a wet lettuce.
I wish 'they' would leave great classic films alone!
The new Star Trek is the latest in what Hollywood calls a "Reboot."
The plot details are being kept very much under wraps. But J.J. Abrahms (Of "Lost" and "Alias" fame) has said he is taking the basic premise of the series and reimagining it.
He has even gone so far as to say he doesn't care if "Trekkers" like it. He is making a movie for the Sci Fi movie goer who may know nothing about the history of the franchise.
This story was in the NY Times just Monday. Judge for yourself.
So, yeah, I'm very, very nervous about this one.
The article has me worried, as well. If the writers were committed fans, true to the original, Abrams may not have harmed it. But I agree with several of those who posted reactions, keys to the good episodes were the characters and a positive, optimistic view of the future.
Oh dear! If he is truly "not a fan of Star Trek" then he should not be allowed anywhere near a remake. OK. so the originals may not have had the
most perfect plots/scenery/special effects, when they began - but they evolved. The audience 'grew' with the characters. The concept was new,
exciting, and very different from any other series at that time and, love it or hate it, it became compulsive, as record viewing figure will testify.
I am certain that if one were to surf world TV channels then Star Trek would be found, alive and well, still saving planets.
Maybe we have reached saturation point with spin offs such as Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Next Generation etc., but surely that is the same point at which to say 'Goodbye', and move on to something else.
Enterprise, being the last of the "Trek" series, but pre-dating TOS was killed off owing to flagging interest. It was, at least, an attempt to create a new generation of Trek crew to know and love. By attempting to re-create TOS in this movie is a disservice to the Original cast and fans, and the current cast and potential fans. About the only thing going for it at the moment is the discussions over the re-make, let alone the plot!
Star Trek originally was unable to attract enough viewers in a network time slot to survive. A show with low viewership is often shuffled to a
timeslot when few people are watching, anyway. When Star Trek was put on Fridays, when many young people attend football or basketball games or
social events, it spelled doom.
Then, when Star Trek rerun episodes were syndicated (permission to broadcast them was sold to individual statons, where they could choose the time), it became a hit--each station put them on at a time that was best in their schedule for attracting an audience. (I used to come home from school and watch an episode every day, Monday through Friday.)
"Enterprise" was a network show, and could not attract enough viewers in its timeslot--the same problem that the original Star Trek had. If it had been syndicated, I believe it would have been able to hold its own. It had a problem with its writing, insofar as it got involved in long story arcs about the trans-temporal war (similar to the war problem with Deep Space Nine--some of the creative people involved with the Star Trek franchise must think that space war is exciting and will boost ratings), but the writing and characters did improve over time.
Another Star Trek show set at the time of the first Star Trek or shortly after, but featuring a different crew and ship, and following Roddenberry's formula: rich characters and dialogue, optimism and humor--could again be a hit. And, like the third season of Star Trek, it could be written so as to be doable cheaply. Throwing in lots of high-budget special effects is a problem when they serve to sensationalize the story, distracting from the necessity of good writing.
You'll get no disagreement there scholar, I've read those analyses, too.
Okay, I'm starting to feel a little better.
Hmmm - not convinced, but will keep an open mind! LOL
I'll have to wait until my box is happy again. Currently I'm logged on using an Ultimate Boot CD as my windoze was getting flaky. I may be in for a system reload. Aaaaaarrrrrgggghhh!