Though it may have irked a few original fans along the way, J.J. Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek series has become a bona fide hit—but at least one former Trek star thinks the flashy new flicks are missing that special "something."
Former Star Trek: The Original Series star Walter Koenig, who portrayed Pavel Chekov, said in a recent interview that he thinks the new Trek film depends a little too heavily on special effects. He said the primitive state of technology when they made the original series actually helped the show's storylines, as they couldn't depend on flashy effects (or lens flare) to carry a potentially weak concept.
"The (new Star Trek) film is evocative of this time, in terms of technology that is available. The different way of making films—a lot more CGI, a lot more eye candy, a lot more dependence on technology than we had. I think possibly we were compelled to make the story a little bit more personal and a little bit more human and a little bit more character-driven because we did not have the technology to fall back on."He pointed to the finale of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as an example, and said he believes it hit a lot harder than the finale of Abrams' Trek.
"It was not a visual, sensory experience. It was a very emotional ending—the death of Spock, Kirk's reaction, all of that. It was devastating and left you with something more than you've got when leaving the new Star Trek movie."
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