Star Trek 11 is an official go. Click this for the Full Monty… http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/news/article/45415.html?page=1 . Needless to say Christmas Day of 2008, after opening the presents and digesting the turkey I believe a trip to the local multiplex may be in order.
Abrams said, “If there's something I'm dying to see, it's the brilliance and optimism of Roddenberry's world brought back to the big screen. Alex and Bob wrote an amazing script that embraces and respects Trek canon, but charts its own course. Our goal is to make a picture for everyone — life-long fans and the uninitiated. Needless to say, I am honored and excited to be part of this next chapter of Star Trek.”
Amen. That is what has been missing from Trek for the last ten years.
WARNING: before you read this blog entry any further; 1.) You will need to understand and care about the basics. Trek 101 is a prerequisite. 2.) There are spoilers here lads and lasses. Ye’ve been warned.
Still here, gentle reader?
While any new Star Trek will always catch my weary geek eyes; there hasn’t been a decent Star Trek movie since “Star Trek – First Contact” (Star Trek VIII, 1996) and J.J. Abrams will be fighting an uphill battle to win back ground that has been lost. Abrams has a story and a direction that will “embraces and respects Trek cannon.” As well it should. When one creates a universe one is also bound to the history that exists there. To muck about is sloppy storytelling. When I first heard about a young Kirk and Spock at Starfleet Academy I was skeptical but it sounds like Abrams is going about it the right way. Trek 11 is a go.
What about Trek 12? Abrams has not called me concerning what direction the Trek after this one, Star Trek 12, will take. When he does here is what I’m going to tell him. The Next Generation deserves a big screen send off. You cannot leave such a well-written & realized property to languish as they have been. “Star Trek Nemesis” (Trek 10) ran afoul with both old and new audiences. The franchise, the actors and the fans deserve better. In “Evil Chicken’s Trek 12”, “Q” will return. John De Lancie will reprise his role; in fact all of the regulars would. This will include Brent Spiner whose character, Data, died in the last movie and Wil Wheaton whose cameo was cut out of the last flick. Not to boor you gentle reader (although since you have read thus far I can only assume you read and agreed to the WARNING that was posted), but here’s my quick outline for bringing Star Trek back to the masses.
An aged and all too human Data begins appearing at places where the ex-executive staff of the starship Enterprise – D (& E for that matter), has set up shop. The Klingon High Counsel for Ambassador Worf, Earth for Geordie (who has gone into the field of Positronic research by the way), the Enterprise – E since in my movie Riker is the Captain and Troi is still his wife & Ships Counselor and to Duridian II, where we find Beverly Crusher and Jean-Luc Picard. The two have been married for quite some time but Jean-Luc is suffering from the effects of his Irumodic syndrome and his life is coming to an end. Why Duridian II? I like the sound of the name. Any way, Data who is now resurrected and human is the harbinger of Q. Data, for some reason, has to give his life to revive Picard. Why? Well, you see, the Q Continuum is about to crush in upon itself and only the crew helmed by Picard can save the day. Picard and company rush to the aid of Q and save the day but in doing so everything returns to how it was at the beginning of the movie. With Picard’s Irumodic Syndrome he is practically a vegetable and under constant care, waiting for the mercy of death. Q offers him another chance to boldly go where no one has gone before – he offers him membership in the Continuum. He accepts and Picard becomes “P” – the latest and destined to be one of the greatest omnipotent beings the universe has to offer. “The Human adventure is just beginning”, would be the tagline – again.
Yeah, good times, good times…
So Mr. Abrams, let me know what you think. Trek 12 is only a few years off – you know it will happen, so if you want to make some magic together just let me know. Please make checks payable to Evil Chicken, Swamps of South Jersey.