Dec 15, 2015
Star Trek Into Darkness was kind of a drag for fans of the original series. Or fans of any Star Trek. Or fans of movies that make any sense whatsoever. Into Darkness was even labeled the worst Star Trek movie ever in one poll - yes, even worse than that time Picard got trapped in a spacey wacey Christmas card and rode horses with William Shatner. "God needs a starship," beat Spock screaming, “KHAN!”
But, look, Abrams treating Trek like it was his Star Wars training wheels aside, there are some real problems from Into Darkness that hamper the stakes in the Trek universe.
Like, for example, the fact that Khan’s blood can basically bring anyone back from the dead. Or that the Federation now has the technology to transport people so far across space as to make starships nigh obsolete. Kinda takes the ol’ wind out of the sails, doesn’t it?
Well, fortunately, Star Trek Beyond’s, Justin Lin seems like he wants to get beyond (hur hur) those problems – by ignoring them. In an interview with Birth. Movies. Death. Editor-in-chief, Devin Faraci, Lin was willing to cop to cautiously find a way to admit he didn’t like some of Into Darkness either. You know, just without using those actual words.
"Simon and Doug and I have spent some time on that. Star Trek has been around for 50 years, and every filmmaker that comes on has a different point of view, and it’s a universe that can support many points of view and journeys and adventures. I embraced what JJ has brought - without him this whole group wouldn’t be together - so I’m definitely very appreciative of him. At the same time, do we address it? No, but we don’t discount it. We don’t sit there and say it doesn’t exist, it’s part of this universe now."
And, if you were annoyed by the Kirk's ogling of randomly shirtless Carol Marcus, you can rest easy.
"We pick the crew up about two and a half years after Into Darkness. There were many iterations where we did go and explore [Carol Marcus], but we figured it was two and a half years...it was something we talked about and worked on, but in the presentation of this film it didn’t quite fit in. It’s there with the transporter and everything."
And, let's be real -- that white alien with the tattoos(at least I think those are tattoos) has kind of got "Kirk's randomly colored alien liaison of the week" written all over her. I'm not saying she won't have depth or character notes, but when she and Kirk transported together in that trailer, Jim was definitely giving "the look".
But never mind my spexulations, how do you feel about Lin's take on moving forward with Trek? Relieved? Reviled? Resigned to whatever?
(via Birth. Movies. Death.)