Getting Too Excited For My Own Good

November 16, 2008

So I went to see Quantum of Solace with a handful of friends Friday night, and towards the end of the previews comes this kid zooming along in a red sportscar, which he then bails from just before it flies off a cliff.  His name?  James. Tiberius. Kirk.  There was a nice bit of applause after that–not to mention an Enterprise you probably don’t want to mess with.  While I didn’t dislike Quantum of Solace (which was fun, but no Casino Royale), I left more excited than I had been letting myself be about that new Trek film.  (Yeah, I’m a nerd.)

But Ross Douthat has now gone and poured a healthy bucket of skepticism on it all.  The problem is, if recent history is any indicator, he’s right to be.  Not to mention that I also hate time travel.  (And the whole Mirror Universe sidetrack that DS9 indulged in.)

However, this proposal for a re-booted series following the original 5-year mission sounds… AWESOME.  Which means it’s a damn shame they won’t be doing it.

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One Response to “Getting Too Excited For My Own Good”

  1. Will Says:

    I’ve taken a crack at this elsewhere, but beyond a plot reboot, I think a Starfleet/Federation overhaul would go a long way towards restoring the franchise’s credibility. Starfleet as an institution just never rang true to me. Too wishy-washy, too focused on exploration and science, and far too removed from its military roots. I thought the best Trek films – “Khan,” “The Undiscovered Country” – downplayed this in favor of a more conventionally “naval” approach, and I think that works a lot better than the TNG/Voyager conception of Starfleet.


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