You know why it sucks that we're giving away an "Observe and Report" skateboard? Because I obviously can't win, and that sounds like a great prize. I want a freakin' "Observe and Report" skateboard, damn it.
You know, I've been fairly optimistic about "Star Trek" so far. I liked the 25 minutes or so that they showed us last year. I think that new trailer is all sorts of awesome. I'm not some rigid intractable Trekkie. But there's a controversy brewing today that threatens to derail my affection for the film before I've even seen it. I am talking, of course, about the way they managed to take Diora Baird, cast her as The Green Chick, and yet somehow turned this easy geek slam dunk into a disappointment by making her look... lousy? The fine folks over at Film Drunk ranted about it with pictures this morning, and I think they make a strong case. Diora Baird is indeed one of the most startlingly beautiful women in film right now, a throwback to the sort of sex kittens that made the '60s and '70s great, and The Green Chick is one of the most immediate images of SF sexuality. The combination of the two should have people in the streets throwing spontaneous parades, not wishing for a Brillo pad and some soap and water. Party foul on JJ.
Even with this hiccup, though, the "Star Trek" team seems awfully confident. Signing Kurtzman, Orci, and Lindelof to write the sequel before the first one's even in theaters is a bold step. My question about sequels hinges on a slight spoiler for the film coming out next month. It's not a reboot so much as it is a way for JJ to honor previous continuity while also releasing this franchise from any obligation to what has come before. Because the world has changed, anything can happen after the first film. They could reintroduce any characters they want from the whole history of "Star Trek," and the stories can play out in totally different ways now. I have to think that's part of the plan, and we'll see Tribbles and Klingons and Harry Mudd in the future. Most importantly, I hope we're going to see Khan again, and if we do, I'm afraid I have to insist... Javier Bardem will be playing him. I will accept no arguments on this point.
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