I really enjoyed 2009′s Star Trek reboot. I know that goes against the feelings of a lot of Star Trek fans as the new timeline doesn’t quite line up with established Original Series canon (Checkov’s age, the building of the Enterprise, etc.), but I liked how they got to that timeline. By taking Spock Prime from the future of the TNG/DS9/VOY era and tossing him back in time, it didn’t completely wipe out everything that happened before as a different reboot would. They even address that in dialog in the movie by saying that everything happening in this timeline is a separate universe and things may not happen exactly the same way as they did in the original timeline.
I thought the cast was perfect, with Karl Urban somehow gaining DeForest Kelly’s Katra to bring Bones back to life, and they got a good Kirk to lead the crew. When the movie ended and the entire crew was together for the first real time in uniform on the bridge; I was eagerly awaiting a sequel. I wanted to see where they would take this new timeline of Star Trek and what direction the old stories would take in an alternate universe.
Now we’re finally getting a sequel, and as is his nature; JJ Abrams is being his typical secret asshole with such key details as who the villain in the movie is. I really think that secrecy could potentially hurt the movie among non-fans. Star Trek fans will go see the movie blindly without knowing who the villain is, but the average movie-goer is going to want to know what threat Kirk is facing and by keeping them in the dark they could pass up the movie for something they know more about. These days, you can’t ask a movie-goer to fork out $15 for a 3D movie and keep the whole thing secret from them. Imagine keeping the Joker a secret in a Batman movie, it’d backfire.
To try to shed some light on possible story elements, we went frame-by-frame through both released trailers to see what we could gleam from Abrams secrecy. Click through to the next page to start.
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