Western Perspective

Star Trek XI - Back to the beginning...

By Rob Anderson, in , posted: 23-Jan-2008 15:11


Watching NightLine on TV3 last night, I caught the teaser trailer for the new Star Trek movie. It looks brilliant!!?!

JJ Abrams is the producer (Lost, Alias, MI3, Cloverfield), and he has signed up Chris Pine as Kirk, and Karl Urbane as Bones, among others:

Abrams taps Chris Pine, Karl Urban
Chris Pine (
Just My Luck) will play a young Captain James T. Kirk and Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings) has been cast as Dr. Leonard ''Bones'' McCoy in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek movie for Paramount. Pine has been in talks for the role for some time, but he was also negotiating a role opposite George Clooney in Joe Carnahan's White Jazz. Both films were shooting at the same time, and Pine ultimately chose to do Star Trek over Jazz. Just last week, Abrams cast John Cho (Harold and Kumar) as Sulu, Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz) as Scotty, and Eric Bana (Hulk) as the villain Nero. Also on board are Zoe Saldana (Guess Who, Drumline) as the young Uhura, Anton Yelchin (Hearts in Atlantic) as the young Chekov, and Zachary Quinto (Heroes) as the young Spock. Original Spock Leonard Nimoy will also appear in the movie. Little is known about the plot other than it will probably chronicle the Enterprise crew's early days at the Starfleet Academy. The character of McCoy, originated by DeForest Kelley, didn't trust advanced technology and frequently sparred with Spock in debates of logic vs. emotion. He was responsible for several Trek catchphrases, including ''He's dead, Jim'' and ''Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a ...,'' ending in a profession in which he had no training. (Hollywood Reporter)

Simon Pegg as Scotty should be a larf!!

Back to the early adventures of Kirk and the gang sounds like a great way to:
a) Avoid dealing with the demise of Data in Nemesis, and
b) Avoid dealing with the aged and dead (RIP James Doohan) members of the original cast.

Difficult to tell just from the trailer, but it seems quite a bit darker and atmospheric than other Star Trek outings - I hope so!!

The trailer can be seen on YouTube and on the official web site.

We will have to wait until Christmas Day 2008 to see it - I know what I want as a Christmas present!!?!

I sincerely hope that it is done well. I haven't seen Cloverfield yet, enjoyed Alias and couldn't stand Lost. Maybe I should rent MI3 to see how JJ delt with that little twerp Cruise.
If I can coerce, bribe or threaten my family into going to see it, then I hope they really enjoy it, they might lay off the Trek-bashing that goes on in our house. I live for the day when one of my boys says to me: "Wow dad, Star Trek is actually pretty cool!!", but hey I'm a realist, I probably won't hear that until the boy is over 40.

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Comment by Chris Doohan, on 24-Jan-2008 04:00

Thanks for the "RIP James Doohan". My father would be very happy to know that Simon Pegg is playing the role of Scotty, as he has great comedic timing and will lend much needed levity to the role. Scotty was always good for a one-liner, or two. I too will be in the film, so keep an eye out for me.

Sincerely, Chris Doohan

Author's note by Wob, on 24-Jan-2008 11:34

Wow! that was unexpected.

"We're not worthy!! We're not worthy!!"

Check out the link from Chris's name, some Dilithium crystals would look great on my desk.

Can you give us a hint as to where you will appear in the new movie Chris? I know that you and your brother were in Star Trek, The Motion Picture, so it's pretty cool you being in Star Trek XI.

Comment by Douglas Rea, on 1-Aug-2008 16:58

MOBILE TREK (Because In Space No One Can Hear You Dial), is a humorous look at Sci-Fi and call centres and is currently available in e-book form from www.ereadable.com. For anyone who ever had to phone a "call centre", or worked in a call centre, and thought they were connected to some spacecraft in the distant future. USS Cellforce 1 is an intergalactic mobile phone call centre, in which Captain Pilchard battles the call centre's of the Krapulans, defeating them and forming a communications alliance. From there they battle the Bornagain and defeat them by crippling their international roaming rights. They go on to negotiate with the Phoebians over their ability to transport any object via a mobile phone to anywhere in the universe, which they call 8G. Through all this Captain Pilchard dreams of retiring to his ferret farm in Edinburgh with Dr. Heavenly Nutsacraken.

"Anything resembling anything living.....isn't"

Kind Regards,

Douglas Rea.


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Rob Anderson

Ex Telecom Radio Technician, still in the industry working for everyone except Telecom.

Had enough of the cold, upped sticks and moved to Perth, WA.
Now working for NBN Co on Australia's largest infrastructure project ever.

Samosa lover.