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Leonard Nimoy to Play Spock in Next Star Trek Movie

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the leonard-nimoy-must-be-rolling-in-his-grave dept.

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mcgrew writes "The AP is reporting that Leonard Nimoy will 'don his famous pointy ears again' in the next Star Trek movie, due out Christmas of next year. From the article: 'He greeted the crowd with a Vulcan salute. Nimoy was joined by the newly named young Spock, "Heroes" star Zachary Quinto [Sylar], who bears an uncanny resemblance to Nimoy. Both Spocks were introduced by the film's director and co-producer, J.J. Abrams.'"

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Illogical (5, Funny)

nokilli (759129) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013597)

Sensors indicate the phenomena is a form of information reference, however, scanners are unable to ascertain just what that information may be.

Spock, have you tried using Google News to find a link to the story that doesn't require registration? :::raises eyebrow not to convey fascination, but annoyance:::

Doh! The message is coming on the viewscreen [guardian.co.uk] now Captain.

--
Censored by [blogspot.com] Technorati [blogspot.com] and now, Blogger too! [blogspot.com]

Re:Illogical (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20013717)

Spock : It still won't come up
Kirk : Why won't it
Spock : Because nokilli, UID 759129 is a stupid fucktard who should go slit his fucking wrists. Until he slits his fucking wrists, I can't do anything.
Kirk : nokilli, go slit your fucking wrists fucktard.
Kirk : GO AHEAD FUCKING FLAME AWAY!

Re:Illogical (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20014115)

Jesus, fanfic sucks these days. What happened to the badly-written "slash"-type affairs between Kirk and Spock?

Re:Illogical (-1)

ivan256 (17499) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013791)

Censored by [blogspot.com] Technorati [blogspot.com] and now, Blogger too! [blogspot.com]


Now if only you'd move that text to your actual sig, so logged in slashdot users can "censor" you too. And no, I was not compelled to click through your links by your spamming.

Re:Illogical (1)

pKeogh (552105) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013969)

One fan asked Nimoy what he thought of his "replacement." "It was logical," the actor said dryly.

His one scene. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20013609)


He'll be sitting in a rocking chair on his porch, playing his Vulcan lyre and stopping only to yell at kids for walking on his lawn.

The need for money outweighs the need for dignity (5, Insightful)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013629)

In my heart, I hope this movie doesn't suck...

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20013713)

Ain't gonna happen. It's Star-trek college days.

It's gonna be animal house meet's star trek and it's gonna end with an interglactic kegger.

Basically lots of green bare breasts, Spock will discover his date is really only 14, and Kirk will be screaming for a road trip while they talk scotty into letting them use his brothers shuttlecraft.

It will all come together at the end when the group crashes the awards ceremony in the "death shuttle" with Kirk dressed as a pirate, sulu in buttless chaps hitting on all the men, and the ceremony ending in disaster.

Sulu, right (5, Funny)

markov_chain (202465) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014363)

They should hire that old Asian dude from Heroes to play Sulu's dad

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (1)

paganizer (566360) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014401)

That sounds like a movie I would pay good money to see.
I'm a old school trekkie (I watched TOS when it came out, sure I was 7, but still), but if they are going to even ATTEMPT to find someone to play Kirk, it had better be as a farce or parody.

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (2, Funny)

Stele (9443) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014611)

Bare breasts, AND they're green? SIGN ME UP!

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (1)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013749)

Re. your title:

Welcome to the real world.

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (4, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013761)

In my heart, I hope this movie doesn't suck...

Highly illogical. Star Trek has been headed by Rick Berman since the latter years of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In that time, Berman did everything possible to destroy the show. Logic dictates that a producer will actual talent could not perform worse than Berman.

Of further note, well-known scifi producer J. Michael Straczynski pitched a similar "reboot [typepad.com] " of the Star Trek mythos, suggesting that a good portion of talented scifi producers are of the same line of thought: Berman has done irreparable damage to the franchise already.

Bones: "I don't see any pointy ears on your head boy, but you sound like a Vulcan!"

wondering (0)

Quadraginta (902985) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013905)

Is Berman the one who turned it into a show for girls and SNAGs?

Re:wondering (4, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014021)

Depends. If you think that Darmok and/or Inner Light were great Star Trek episodes, then yes. Berman is to be held responsible (Especially for such atrocities as, "I can remember being in the womb. Really!") If you think that Picard was a wuss and wasn't fit to command, then you're just an elitist Original Series snob. :-P

Of course he was (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20014239)

If you think that Picard was a wuss and wasn't fit to command, then you're just an elitist Original Series snob.

How many green chicks did Picard bang? None.

Hell, there was the one episode where the #2 in command was being hit on by the hot brunette, and he did nothing. Even Sulu would have been in there!

Re:wondering (0)

Ucklak (755284) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014787)

Picars wasn't a wuss. It's that Troi was only fitting for eye candy, LeForge was useless but likable, the whole ensemble would have run in fear of the Mugato and the Horta.
TNG didn't get watchable until the Borg showed up and NONE of the TNG cast can hold a candle to the screen presence of Shatner.

I'd have Kirk watch my back any day.

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (4, Informative)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014025)

Highly illogical. Star Trek has been headed by Rick Berman since the latter years of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In that time, Berman did everything possible to destroy the show. Logic dictates that a producer will actual talent could not perform worse than Berman.
Let's be fair here. Berman did a lot to get rid of the corny Roddenberryisms of ST:NG. The problem became evident when it was clear that he had nothing beyond what he had done for ST:NG, so just kept going down the same road, endlessly repeating the plot lines with ever-decreasing effectiveness. It was tolerable during the ST:DS9, mainly because the writing was reasonably good and the characters sufficiently interesting to hold our attention. He probably should have walked away, or been pushed out at that point, because Voyager was an absolute load of crap and Enterprise was just godawful.

I still think it's too soon after the Enterprise debacle to be doing anything. I think a good decade ought to pass before anyone lights the fires again. Let some new talent in the door. But this idea in particular is just stupid. I know the underlying notion is to try to get old and new audiences to show up because it will have Kirk and Spock, but have it in their younger years, so as to be hip to the whole new scene, man...

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (5, Insightful)

hardburn (141468) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014275)

The problem became evident when it was clear that he had nothing beyond what he had done for ST:NG, so just kept going down the same road, endlessly repeating the plot lines with ever-decreasing effectiveness. It was tolerable during the ST:DS9, mainly because the writing was reasonably good and the characters sufficiently interesting to hold our attention.

Both the late-TNG and DS9 have heavy influence from Ronald D. Moore (who now does Battlestar Galactica). Berman and Moore had a falling out during the first season of Voyager. The fact that Star Trek went steeply downhill just then can't be a coincidence.

Personally, I think Moore's gritty style makes for good stories, but ones that aren't necessarily appropriate for the utopian vision of Star Trek. This is particularly evident in DS9's Dominion War arc, with episodes like The Siege of AR-558. OTOH, the same style works really well for BSG.

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (5, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014535)

The utopian notions of Star Trek were dumped after ST:NG. There may have been a bit of lip-service paid to it, but by the time of Star Trek: Insurrection, the Federation as the goody-goody government had been ripped out of the plot line. In fact, I view that entire film as something of a requiem to the last vestiges of Gene Roddenberry's vision.

Still, that might very well have been something that a new batch of writers could have worked with. The sketchy idea of Riker commanding a starship that has mutined against Star Fleet as the Federation plunges into some sort of vague, self-serving dictatorship or even civil war might have been very interesting. You could have kept the Roddenberry-esque ideals alive, kept a good chunk of the longest-running and arguably most popular Star Trek cast (I'm a huge TOS fan, but still, the fact is that more people probably identify with the NG cast now), had plenty of opportunities for battles, espionage, idealism and even exploration. I know we would have had to do without Spiner's Data, but I really do think the character had totally run out of steam anyways.

Hell, barring that, I think there was a damn good argument for going with a movie with Captain Sulu. His all-too-brief glimpses in the Undiscovered Country make me think that at least a good action movie could have been found in there.

So many missed opportunities while Berman was permitted to rotate tired time travel and Borg storylines until even many diehard fans just said "fuck it" and turned to more interest fare. The movies became repetitive and dull (just look at the last couple of movies to see how even the actors had clearly lost any enthusiasm, it was clearly "we're doing it for the money" situation). I think everyone knew the franchise was going down the tubes, and wanted to milk it for whatever was left.

I dunno, maybe the movie will be really great, and won't be some sort of Animal House in Space like so many of us think it's going to be. It's difficult to judge something that isn't even in any kind of meaningful production yet. Still, there's many reasons to figure it will be a disaster, and damn few reasons to think it will revitalize what was once the most successful franchise out there.

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (3, Interesting)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014209)

I hate to say it but I think Star Trek is a case of "Been done to death".
I really liked DS9 because it was frankly so different from STNG. There are so many ways that they could have gone with new Star Trek shows that would have been interesting. What was it like to be a normal person at that time? What was happening on Earth? What would it be like to be a settler on a distant planet? Frankly in the original Star Trek Earth was portrayed as almost a Marxist eden where everybody could just sit around being fat dumb and happy while a few brave souls went out and explored the universe. I loved it as a kid but frankly as an adult I see how it could be very boring to live in a world like that.
Oh well I think it is time for a new Space show. Why not one based on the works of Larry Niven?

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014291)

Oh well I think it is time for a new Space show. Why not one based on the works of Larry Niven?
A Ringworld movie would be verrrrrry kewl, but anything from the Known Space series would be pretty neat. I think Peerson's Puppeteers would be a kick-ass alien race.

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (0)

ajs (35943) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014315)

Star Trek has been headed by Rick Berman since the latter years of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In that time, Berman did everything possible to destroy the show.
Berman... Berman... oh! You mean the guy that isn't involved [ign.com] in this movie?! Yeah, take another look [imdb.com] .

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014687)

I know. They fired his ass. [youtube.com] Isn't it great? :D

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (4, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013843)

That's been Shatner's motto for decades.

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013877)

Of course it will suck. It's "Teenage Starfleet Cadets". Maybe they won't have exploding toilet seats, but I'm not even that hopeful.

I know they're hoping this can resurrect the franchise, but it was a moronic idea when it was first floated in the early 90s, and it's still a moronic idea.

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (1)

MalleusEBHC (597600) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013997)

In my heart, I hope this movie doesn't suck...

Using a super advanced statistical technique I like to call "mod 2", I'm afraid it's a statistical certainty that Star Trek XI is going to suck. Sorry, try again with XII.

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014067)

Sure, "odd-numbered-Star-Treks-suck" is a good rule of thumb, but that doesn't mean they uniformly suck. For example, The Search for Spock (3), in my opinion the best of the odd-numbered films, was better than Nemesis (10) even though Nemesis was even-numbered.

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (1)

paitre (32242) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014099)

And yet, even the worst of the best is better than almost all of the worst.

The rule still stands, despite the on oddity.

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (1)

jx100 (453615) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014213)

I believe the modified rule is:

mod 2 = suck
mod 5 = ultra-suck (think of star trek 5 and 10)

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014183)

In my heart, I hope this movie doesn't suck...

      It certainly won't have any "teeth" to it. Of course it will suck. Or eat shoup.

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (1)

BunnyClaws (753889) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014449)

In my heart, I too hope it will not suck. The reason being, I will end up watching it whether it sucks or not. I am still in therapy for having watched "Nemesis." This will be an odd numbered movie so it should suck in theory. However, "Nemesis" was the worst Star Trek movie I have ever seen so things can only go up from here.

Re:The need for money outweighs the need for digni (1)

Sandbags (964742) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014491)

So if this movie includes "young Spock" does this mean it takes place or at least flashes back to Captain Pike's time, or even the first Enterprise (though Spock didn't serve on that ship in any story I read). The founding of the Federation would make a good story, lots of characters and political views of the world, but few ships and an young federation means not much space battle, so they wouldn't be able to waste too much on special effects and can actually write a good story for once.

Personally, I'm looking more forward to Babylon 5's upcoming flick than this, but we'll give it a shot anyway.

Dude (1)

markov_chain (202465) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014533)

Vulcan Nerve Pinch, say hello to Vulcan Craniotomy and Vulcan Encephaloextraction

Bringing out my inner nerd... (5, Interesting)

lantastik (877247) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013643)

I am really looking forward to this flick. J.J. Abrams pretty much has the midas touch when it comes to producing and directing on television. Love it or hate it, Lost and Alias is/was huge successes. Let's see if he can carry that over to this film.

Re:Bringing out my inner nerd... (2, Insightful)

exley (221867) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013741)

Just because something is "successful" doesn't mean it's good.

Re:Bringing out my inner nerd... (4, Insightful)

shinma (106792) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013869)

And sometimes, just sometimes, something can be successful BECAUSE it's good.

I wish it wasn't cool to be a curmudgeon.

Re:Bringing out my inner nerd... (0, Troll)

Sunburnt (890890) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014361)

And sometimes, just sometimes, something can be successful BECAUSE it's good.
That's true, but it doesn't hold for the instances highlighted (Lost and Alias, although your mileage may vary), so I don't get the relevance of your comment.

I wish it wasn't cool to be a curmudgeon.

How is it curmudgeonly to point out a truism of art? (See: Art History, Roman Theater through Carrot Top.) Or is the meaning of "curmudgeon" in the 21st century "someone who doesn't share my tastes in pop culture, and must therefore be a sourpuss about said culture in general?"

Re:Bringing out my inner nerd... (3, Funny)

Myopic (18616) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014487)

I wish it wasn't cool to be a curmudgeon.

Oh yeah? Well I wish it *weren't* cool to misuse the subjunctive mood.

Re:Bringing out my inner nerd... (1)

profplump (309017) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014717)

Not on TV.

Well, if you're trying to keep your "nerdness"... (1)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013891)

...on the "down low", you certainly couldn't have picked a better forum.

Re:Bringing out my inner nerd... (3, Interesting)

UrinalFresh (580973) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013919)

don't forget Felicity and Mission: Impossible III! Those were brilliant productions as well!

Quinto was 2nd choice (5, Funny)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013671)

The first was Gary Coleman.

"Wha'chu livin' long and prospern' about, kirk?"

Re:Quinto was 2nd choice (4, Funny)

conspirator57 (1123519) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013757)

Nothing good can come of this.

Re:Quinto was 2nd choice (1)

coren2000 (788204) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013793)

Actually Quinto was 3rd choice. Second was "the Rock"

Can you smell what the Spock is cooking?

Re:Quinto was 2nd choice (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20014773)

He's got a pocket full of pressed milk curd and a garden full of arborous flora.

Re:Quinto was 2nd choice (0, Offtopic)

chill (34294) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014203)

+5 Informative?

Is it free crack day for moderators on Slashdot? Did I miss something?

Re:Quinto was 2nd choice (1)

Sunburnt (890890) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014531)

+5 Informative? Is it free crack day for moderators on Slashdot? Did I miss something?
Yeah: the past five years of Slashdot, I'm afraid.

Re:Quinto was 2nd choice (1)

moosesocks (264553) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014365)

+5 Informative?

Come on guys... it's a joke [wikipedia.org] !

That said, I can see Quinto doing a great job with the character. He's fantastic on Heroes (as is most of the cast, come to think of it...).

Seriously (1, Funny)

Corpuscavernosa (996139) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013701)

Kirk: What's that smell?

Spock: That smell is eminating from my adult diaper into which I've recently and uncontrollably evacuated my bowels.

Re:Seriously (0, Troll)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013839)

Troll? Man I wish I had mod points, I laughed when I read it.

Re:Seriously (-1, Flamebait)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013983)


Poo-poo jokes are ageless. The current mods are a bunch of humourless fucking cunts.

Re:Seriously (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20014571)

+1 Troll

It Depends (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20013931)

oops. sorry

What about Scotty? (4, Funny)

EveryNickIsTaken (1054794) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013759)

I'm certainly hoping he does not get replaced by Welshie.

Re:What about Scotty? (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013809)

At least Welshie can yodel.

Re:What about Scotty? (1)

andrewd18 (989408) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013895)

I'm still holding out for Custodian Willie to get tapped for the role.

Re:What about Scotty? (1)

WhoBeDaPlaya (984958) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014295)

Oh God, not the yodelling!

The Search for Spock's Depends (1)

Leroy Brown (71070) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013867)

Will this be taking place from a nursing home, with Spock reminiscing about his earlier years?

It wouldn't be very logical of him, but he is half human.

Nimoy had better watch out (4, Funny)

shrubya (570356) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013871)

Quinto will come to the inescapably logical conclusion that the best way to enact his part with a truly Nimoy-esque Spock character is to go psycho hack saw on Nimoy and EAT HIS BRAIN.

<homer> Mmm, brains... </homer>

Re:Nimoy had better watch out (1)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014555)

Brain and brain! What is brain?!?

Fuck yah Bitches! "Nah Noo Nah Noo" Here we come. (-1, Troll)

Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013875)

Mork from Ork and his pussy hot Rainbow suspenders!

Roll em up you tripple dickers! Snootch.

So, What's It Gonna Be? (4, Insightful)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013887)

If young Kirk/Spock and old Kirk/Spock are in it, this movie will either be about flashbacks or time travel.

AND, we all know which is more likely...

Re:So, What's It Gonna Be? (5, Funny)

dctoastman (995251) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014005)

Flashbacks of time traveling. :D

Re:So, What's It Gonna Be? (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014141)

The fact that it's going to be called "Star Trek, the Assisted Living Years" is also a big clue. Nurse! NUUUUURSE!!!

Re:So, What's It Gonna Be? (1)

Sunburnt (890890) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014453)

Sorry, but "In Living Color" already made that movie. [youtube.com]

Let it Die Already (1)

Goofy73 (1075725) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013893)

I love the old Star Trek's and a few of the movies. But the series of remakes and the later movies, IMHO, have been bad at best.

Before they are done with their remakes Spock will be rolling out in Christopher Pike's wheelchair. Now wouldn't that be exciting.

Re:Let it Die Already (1)

Satan Dumpling (656239) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014097)

Greatest Futurama episode ever :)

Re:Let it Die Already (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014121)

I love the old Star Trek's and a few of the movies. But the series of remakes and the later movies, IMHO, have been bad at best.
I agree, although I do think that ST:NG, after the first really awful season, did put out some interesting episodes. The big story arc in DS9 was also pretty good, though it brought Star Trek awfully close to being a soap opera. Of course, once they got into Voyager and Enterprise, it was a soap opera.

The movies are an extremely mixed bag. The Motion Picture actually is pretty impressive now, and I think now that three decades have passed since the troubled production began, it stands up fairly well. Wrath of Khan was brilliant as an action flick, but after that I think things took a bit of a nose-dive.

Re:Let it Die Already (1)

fyngyrz (762201) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014609)

The original trek was a cheese-fest just above the level of Dr. Who (though given the time is was produced, some of that was inherent in the format. I did watch the show.) I liked ST:NG fairly well, about in proportion to how well they kept that annoying kid out of the episodes; can't remember his name anymore, must have blocked it for the pain... Crusher's son, anyway. Enterprise, as far as I am concerned, was by far the best of the bunch. That doesn't seem to be the consensus here, but still, that's my take. I'm not saying it was perfect, not by a long shot, but it was better than any of the other series. IMHO. Better story lines, better humor, a lot more interesting and visible interactions with other species, and of course lots of eye candy, both CGI and female. I found the captain to be pretty wooden, but the other characters made up for a lot of that, at least for me.

[50+ year-old synapses fire belatedly] Wesley Crusher, that was his name. Man, was that child ever annoying. Just another example of the awful things that can happen when people forget their birth control.

Re:Let it Die Already (1)

theskunkmonkey (839144) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014695)

That wheelchair always bothered me. They have all that uber cool technology; transporters, phasers, space travel, and the best they can do for this guy is hook up a light that blinks once for yes and twice for no?

Skunky

I can only say this: (1)

fyrie (604735) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013899)

of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human.

Re:I can only say this: (1)

kidcharles (908072) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014349)

of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human.
Jeebus I'm a Trek geek. I read that, remembered the scene, and started to tear up. I must have Bendii syndrome, yeah, that's the ticket.

Re:I can only say this: (1)

Sunburnt (890890) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014579)

of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most...[... ... ... ...] human.

There, fixed that for you. It is Shatner, after all.

Prequels suck (1)

prakslash (681585) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013921)

The fact that JJ Abrams is involved is good. I have enjoyed the 'Lost' tv show.

But, the fact that this ST is going to be prequel is bad.

Other than 'The Godfather', I can't think of one prequel that was good. I hope this doesn't turn out to be a movie version of Animal House set in the future.

Re:Prequels suck (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014479)

I think the real problem with prequels is the tendency to make established characters important. The problem with this is that the first time we saw the characters doing exciting things it was a transition for them, from being run-of-the-mill individuals to being exciting.

Even JMS fell into this trap with In the Beginning. He needed Sheridan to destroy the Black Star, but he didn't need him to meet Delen. He especially didn't need him to go on a mission with Dr Franklin, because when they met later on Babylon 5 there was no sign of recognition.

A prequel that exists to tell a story from a character's past is hard to do because you have to make sure you don't contradict established continuity. A prequel that exists to tell of an important event will usually work better with new characters, but it's always tempting to bring in the names all the fans know and love.

Re:Prequels suck (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014607)

A prequel that exists to tell a story from a character's past is hard to do because you have to make sure you don't contradict established continuity. A prequel that exists to tell of an important event will usually work better with new characters, but it's always tempting to bring in the names all the fans know and love.
Hence the stupidity of C3PO, R2D2 and Chewbacca in the Star Wars prequels.

Hooray? (-1, Troll)

HitekHobo (1132869) | more than 7 years ago | (#20013955)

Somebody wake me up when they start making Firefly movies.

Re:Hooray? (4, Funny)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014075)

Somebody wake me up when they start making Firefly movies.

Start? They've already stopped!

Re:Hooray? (2, Insightful)

paganizer (566360) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014511)

Surely you are not saying this is a good thing?
Firefly with Whedon is the closest thing to a spiritual heir to TOS that I've seen.

Re:Hooray? (1)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014759)

Well, there is an infinitesimal chance that another Firefly will be made. If I remember correctly, the deal left the option open for 2 more movies, -IF- the studio thought they would be viable. Yeah, I know, I know. At least it went out with a heckuva movie.

Re:Hooray? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20014155)

Perhaps you missed the Firefly movie that came out in '05.

Perhaps you mean to say "when they start making more Firefly movies", in which case, amen, brother...

Not so sure Nimoy's playing Spock (1)

olclops (591840) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014073)

There's a chance the writer of that article is confused. I read another write up of the same event that said Nimoy would be in the movie, but made no mention of his playing Spock again. I got the impression is would be more of a cameo role - a nod to the fans.

Re:Not so sure Nimoy's playing Spock (1)

toganet (176363) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014241)

I got the same impression -- though I think from a rumor site somewhere. My notion is that Nimoy would play another Vulcan, perhaps related to Spock? I'm not enough of a Trekkie to know whether Spock's grandfather was ever named or introduced, but that could make sense.

Especially as they would need to explain why Nimoy and Shatner have aged at roughly the same rate, while Vulcans are supposed to age more slowly.

This can only mean (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014131)

it is a time travel story! NOOOOooooooo.....
Or spock is telling the story from the academy days.

Quinto looks like Nimoy? (3, Interesting)

amigabill (146897) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014145)

An uncanny resemblance between Nimoy and the Sylar guy? I don't see it.

Re:Quinto looks like Nimoy? (4, Insightful)

Drachemorder (549870) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014281)

I didn't see it either. Although there's another guy on Heroes I thought looked like a Romulan. And then there was another one who looked an awful lot like Sulu. Then I realized ... he WAS Sulu. And his license plate said NCC-1701. Gotta love a show made by Trekkies.

Re:Quinto looks like Nimoy? (1)

Duncan3 (10537) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014481)

They look NOTHING alike, at all. Maybe with enough special effects?

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Let it die! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20014193)

There are other creative venues to be explored. Let Star Trek die gracefully!

Sadly, because we still retell the Odyssey and Iliad, I can see this going on ad infinitum.

Where *is* Spock these days? (3, Interesting)

fm6 (162816) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014217)

The last time we heard from him, he was going underground on Romulus [memory-alpha.org] . No update since then. Like a lot of minor TNG, characters the writers just forgot about him.

Re:Where *is* Spock these days? (5, Funny)

kidcharles (908072) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014399)

Maybe we should search for him...

Yes! (1)

jshriverWVU (810740) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014253)

Does happy dance!

Another Trek film? (1)

GBC (981160) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014273)

Take it away, McCoy:

It's worse than that, [it]'s dead, Jim.
Dead, Jim.
Dead, Jim.
It's worse than that, [it]'s dead, Jim.
Dead, Jim, Dead.

Re:Another Trek film? (2, Funny)

Goofy73 (1075725) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014469)

It's life, Jim, but not as we know
Not as we know it,
Not as we know it,
It's life, Jim, but not as we know
Not as we know it....

Re:Another Trek film? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20014669)

There's Klingons off the starboard bow
Starboard bow
Starboard bow
There's Klingons off the starboard bow
Starboard bow, Jim.

Um... (1)

pauk_11 (452462) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014297)

Wouldn't this only be news if he WASN'T the one playing Spock?

Further proof! (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014335)

This only adds to the tons and tons of proof that Spock rocks!

JJ Abrams plotlines... (2, Insightful)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014411)

There's a high probability that the movie will start somewhere in the middle, like most of the episodes of ALIAS and MI:III. A "cliffhanger" beginning...or something like that. Personally, I'm a little interested to see the monster film that Abrams is cooking up (trailer was just before Transformers...and the movie doesn't have a real name yet.)

That's a shame (4, Funny)

niceone (992278) | more than 7 years ago | (#20014427)

That's a shame, because he's been wanting to play Kirk for quite a while now.

New autobiography... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20014779)

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