Even in retirement, the Space Shuttle Endeavor soars among the stars as the cast and creators of Star Trek Into Darkness beamed into a celestial celebration of the film’s home video debut.
Director J.J. Abrams captained the event on Tuesday at the Endeavor's home, the California Science Center in Los Angeles, joined by the film’s stars Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller and the Vulcan who was there 47 years ago when the space opera started, Leonard Nimoy, along with Emile Hirsch, Olympian Gabby Douglas, Pain & Gain actress Bar Paly, NFL star Shawne Merriman, and Paul and Mira Sorvino.
Here’s what we heard when the Trek troupe opened their hailing frequencies:
J.J. Abrams, on how his perspective has changed after two films, given that he wasn’t a die-hard Trekkie: “I've come to appreciate it in a way that I hadn't, obviously, and coming back to the second film, even more so. You're seeing the Endeavour, and reminded that it's not just a fantasy idea of traveling in space; it's something that actually is real and will continue to progress and get to a place maybe not exactly like Star Trek, but the idea of all of us working together. An optimistic vision of the future is never a bad thing.”
Simon Pegg, on his Trek feelings now, being the old-school fanboy among the cast: “I'm not a spectator anymore, I'm a participant, and that makes for a different experience. I feel very protective of it, I feel very loyal to it, and yeah, I feel like part the of the family now."
Composer Michael Giacchino, on living the Trekkie dream: “The joy of it for me is the fact that I get to still revel in these characters that I grew up with. When I was a kid I was making movies all the time, so I feel like my life hasn't changed all that much. The types of movies that I'm working on are exactly the types of movies I would have wanted to be working on if you had asked me that question when I was a kid.”
Alice Eve, on whether she hopes the tweaked Trek timeline puts Carol Marcus and Jim Kirk together, or keeps them apart: “Ask any woman who's been with a lovable rogue, and she'll give you the pros and the cons. I think that you can maybe have a good, real love, but also maybe not so much trust.”
John Cho, on his personal hopes for the next Star Trek installment: “Let's go for one more action sequence for Sulu. Let's go TWO swords. Two swords, a gun. And a wrestling match.”
Pegg, on his personal sequel vision: “I know we're on our five-year mission now, so I'd like to get out there and break out into the galaxy and come across some new stuff and maybe create some adversaries that we haven't seen before. And I'd like to see a shower scene with Scotty and Uhura – and Alice!”
Abrams – who’ll next be behind the camera for the much-anticipated revival of Star Wars – on putting a fresh spin on an established entertainment property: “There's no method. There's no system. It's just that feeling of wanting to take something and saying, ‘How do you make it into something that feels like a brand new idea that feels like it's a relevant, funny, exciting, thrilling, compelling story?’ And that's always the litmus test, however it ends up happening.”
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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home because it had a whole different tone to it that I didn't expect and it could have gone horribly wrong very easily, but was refreshingly funny and an all around great film.
First Contact is my favorite. A lot of action and one of Patrick Stewart's best performances in Star Trek.
The J.J. Abrams 2009 'Star trek' is my favorite and I have seen them all!
I like all the STAR TREKS particular the Original Cast legends and the new ones there not too, bad. smile. STAR TREK The Motion Picture with the Original and the recent new one STAR TREK: Into Darkness, that was awesome!!
Well, I think it's hard to choose between Star Trek Insurrection, wherein Data learns to play and Picard becomes a rebel and falls in love and no. 1 finally shaves that awfu beard and nails Troi at last, and The Search for Spock (which I was glad to see they referenced obliquely, along with The Wrath of Khan, in Star Trek: Into Darkness but with slightly different results -- that's fun). I'm not saying the reboot wasn't fun because it was -- and it's neat seeing all the altenative twists on what we know of the existing 'history' of the Star Trek films, especially bad-boy Kirk **not** always getting the girls, his pick-up lines often failing, and Spock getting Uhura (nice touch!!). The best Star Trek films know how to laugh at themselves.
Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Kahn, of course. It's fantastic.
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There *are* some excellent lines in that, aren't there ... like the scene in Golden Gate Park when they leave the hidden Klingon warship and Kirk says, "Everybody remember where we parked!" Or when the gal scientist mocks Kirk by saying ,"Wait, don't tell me -- you're from outer space" and he says, "No, I'm from Iowa -- I just work in outer space." Or Spock givign the obnoxious biker with the overly loud boom box on the bus the Vulcan neck pinch to silence both biker and music. Excellent! More self-mocking humor like that is needed in the reboot films.
Has to be the First Star Trek Movie, The Motion Picture, Remember Vgar? that huge entity that we (sorta) created, and through all the time since we have heard nothing from??? it achieved conciseness and has been roaming the galaxy doing what?? I'm just sayin'
While the newer movies are awesome, the best is Star Trek VI, The Undiscovered Country. Klingons, Shapeshifters, Sulu in command of his own ship, and a murder mystery...who could ask for more?
Why didn't Zoe Saldana sign the poster?
Not really interested in that since her presence and romance with Spock is the main reason I ever became interested in Star Trek at all.
It's so rare to see women of color in fantasy/sci-fi, that it was truly a treat to see her treated as an important character even if she wasn't quite as important in the movies as the advertisements for the movie suggested. The men had a much bigger role.
So, I'd like to see much more of her and her romance with Spock in the next film.
Anyway, back on topic.
I really liked Star Trek: Into Darkness; And, to be honest, it was THE BEST movie of the summer.
Everything else was absolute trash.
So... Star Trek: Into Darkness wins hands down.
The men ALWAYS had a much bigger role in the Star Trek Franchise, until Next Generation got going. Only then did you get to see more of the women and more storylines centered around them. This is an accusation that can fairly be made about a lot of sci-fi books, TV series and films. Besides, most of the scripts in Hollywood -- including at Paramount -- are still written by men. What else did you expect? That won't change until there's parity among men and women in screeenwriting and directing jobs. But don't hold your breath, 'cause that's not happening soon: the film industry is still a big, exclusionary boys' club, even if sci-fi novel writing is less so these days.
Well, of course I know that men always have a bigger role, but by no means am I going to simply remain silent. Change doesn't happen if you do that and I think speaking on it is a great first step.
I do appreciate what J.J. Abramas and the people of this move have tried to do, though, by increasing the role that Uhura has in the new Star Trek movies. So, I do want to show my appreciation for that.
And I'm just saying that with each movie, try to do better. If others see people supporting sci-fi and fantasy roles that feature prominent roles for women, then maybe these other big movies companies will do so as well.
Star Trek into darkness is the best one!!!!
Star Trek Into Darkness was my favorite :)
I only seen the J.J. Abrams movies but Into Darkness is my favorite
My favorite Star Trek movie is Star Trek Into Darkness. Lotsa drama and I like that.
My fav too
My favorite is the new Star Trek 1, the original JJ Abrams movie. I love the background into the characters and the movie is still full of action and other fun stuff.
Truthfully, I'm a big fan of all the Star Trek movies. Because I am a long-time Trekkie! But I will have to say that, for now, Star Trek: Into Darkness has become my favorite Star Trek movie, because that emotional scene between Spock and Kirk got to me! It was very well written and the acting was truly believable!
Into the darkness.
I like the 2009 Star Trek the best. I saw it 17 times in the theaters!
Wrath of Khan and Into Darkness. Khan is a great character in both, but there anger is directed to different places.
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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