Read a kinda disturbing interview with Bryan Burk, the producer of Star Trek Into Darkness, who seemed to be threatening to morph the whole thing into a sort of loud, tedious Transformer franchise. It kicks off with a qoute that reads: "'There are those who like Star Trek and those who think people who like Star Trek are insane... I was one of them".Sure, he pulls it back by explaining that he and Abrams are trying to open up the world to a new generation of believers, and I think the SMH piece did him no favours in the way it was framed. I mean, seriously, they cited A Good Day To Die Hard and The Hangover 2 in the first couple of pars, the justification being that "Hollywood something something sequels, yeah."Burk thinks this Star Trek will be more accesible than the last one, which didn't seem to me to have particularly high barriers to entry. ''People who have avidly avoided Star Trek will be pleasantly surprised that this isn't what they were expecting.''None of it sounds promising. And then you get the trailer, with all the bright shiny and the splodey and the loud noises and you think, WTF, this is gonna be great anyway.
I'd embed the Star Trek vid, but for some reason, every time I do that it totally fucking borks the entry.
Or just watch it in the post directly above.
Ironically, or coincidently, or whatever, shortly after I saw the Star Trek trailer, Murph tweeted me a link to an old fan film on Youtube. Well, old in Internet years, anyway. It's called Something Real and is based on the Culture novels of Iain M Banks. My initial reaction was "Awesome!". My next reaction was "Oh no, this is going to suck a bag of dicks." I imagined GSV's made out of duct tape and cardboard boxes, and old Star Wars toys repurposed from droids into drones. A million light years away from the truth. Something Real is a high spec, professional effort.
I wonder if it was made as pitch to try get something bigger up? I was going to run this second vid later today, probably this evening, but having watched both I was taken by how different they were, even though both are telling SF stories. There's very little splodey in the Culture film, although what there is has been handled beautifully. It's mostly an exchange of ideas, which, when you think about it, is what the original Star Trek was all about; coating interesting ideas in a sweet, sweet bon bon of SF chocolate. In that way, Something Real is probably closer to the Star Trek ideal than Into Darkness. I'd still watch and enjoy both, however.