Monday, February 2, 2009

2-2-09 30 Seconds and KRAD

Well - $3 million and 30 seconds later, the second Star Trek trailer has been released. So far the response is pretty positive. The Trekkies seems to be pleased. The non-Trekkies that I’ve heard from also seem to be excited about the film. And apart from a couple of emails that made me think twice – I’m also pretty happy with the new trailer.

I’m glad to see that somebody got to use the skydiving idea that wasn’t able to be used from Generations. I’m also glad that they played up the excitement as opposed to the sex.

I’m still a little worried about the script. One of my favorite Trek threads has heavily harped on Kirk’s “Why are you even talking to me, maaan” line and I have to admit, at first it didn’t bug me, but after reading pages of people ragging on it, I’m more amused than anything. I lost it entirely when someone compared the line to Zoots from the Muppets.

We’re getting close to the three-month mark now. The advertising blitz is just beginning to roll, so I’m sure there will be plenty of fodder for us to chew on shortly.

In the meantime, I’m going to delve back into the world of Star Trek literature and see if I can force myself to finish Star Trek: A Singular Destiny by Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Don’t get me wrong. KRAD remains my favorite ST author…but damn – since the end of the Destiny Trilogy I’m finding the actual story-lines to be more and more painful to get through. Not because I can’t handle the power of the story-lines, no, because I’m really beginning to think that the people who have been fired by the dwindling soap opera markets have flocked to Simon and Schuster and have invaded PocketBooks with an incredibly whacked sense of story-telling that completely obliterates Trek idealism.

Well – I will finish the book and will review it for TrekUnited. Unless things turn around in the plot of this book, don’t expect me to be happy with it – but I will be happy with KRAD’s style. I always am. He can get me to love a character in one paragraph. (I never fall in love in the first sentence.)

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