Monday, May 17, 2010
The difficult thing about taking on such a well known formula, whether it be from the perspective of a director or an actor, is remembering to stay true to the formula while shaking up enough that you don’t fall into the traps of what came before you. If push comes to shove, when you boil down what the critics of Abrams Star Trek have to say is that they are upset that it deviated in style and tone from the series they remember. My rebuttal to this would be that if the formula, style and tone had been working then it wouldn’t have been changed. Abrams was brought in to breathe new life into the Trek franchise and that’s exactly what he did. As someone who never got caught up in arguing about the difference between a Trekkie and a Trecker he could do what so many couldn’t; together with his creative team he was able to take five decades of plot and characters and sift away at it – allowing the chaff to blow away into the breeze and be left with the real meat of concept.
I am waiting to see what a sequel to Star Trek will bring to the plate. I hope that Abram’s take on the franchise will be more than a one-note wonder, but only time will tell.
Spock: I would cite regulation, but I know you will simply ignore it.
Kirk: See? We are getting to know each other.