Space: the final frontier…

Space, the final frontier… These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise; her five-year mission to seek out new life and new civilisations. To boldly go where no man has gone before…

I’ve been cynical and wary about JJ Abrams’ new Star Trek movie – if you haven’t been following developments the Alias, MI-3 and Cloverfield creator is taking the series back to before the beginning, with the early days of the classic 60s Trek characters (Zachary Quinto – Sylar in the brilliant Heroes series – plays a young Spock). I have no problems with Abrams’ storytelling abilities but I am wondering if I can possibly accept other actors in these roles, even essaying younger versions than we saw. After all I grew up on the original Trek – repeats of that and Pertwee then Baker era Doctor Who were my 1970s televisual SF fixes in those old, three-channel days – and I’m not sure I can take anyone else in those roles. Nonetheless this glimpse of the original, classic 60s style Enterprise under construction is pretty exciting to a geek like me; I especially like the way in the bigger version you can see inside the ship where the hull plates haven’t been fixed yet; this looks like the original ship being ‘born’ and there’s something romantic about the big ships, fictional or otherwise.

Trekmovie also had a link to this low quality YouTube someone uploaded of the teaser trailer being shown with the opening of Cloverfield in the US. Little to see except flares of light from welding torches as the camera pulls back to reveal the Starship Enterprise in drydock, being completed for her five year mission. The soundtrack is a mixture of speechs from the glory days of the Space Race, which again appeals strongly to my geek heart (I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up; I still do), from Kennedy’s inspirational speech to Armstrong’s “one small step”, culminating in Leonard Nimoy (who returns to play the older Spock) uttering those immortal words, “space, the final frontier…” Despite my wariness the geek hairs on my neck stood up…