Sunday, May 17, 2009

Abrams Talks Sequel, New Universe Possibilities

The new Star Trek movie created a new parallel 2.0 universe that leaves the TOS Prime universe intact. JJ Abrams talked about the sequel story possibilities with MTV including williness to William Shatner in the movie assuming the story makes sense for it. Since Shatner doesn't do cameos, I am not holding my breath.
"The fun of this [new alternate 'Trek' reality] is that the destiny of these characters is in their hands — it's not constrained by the pre-existing films or TV series," the "Lost" mastermind explained. "Believe me, whether it's William Shatner or Khan ... it would be ridiculous to not be open to those ideas."

"One of the reasons we wanted to break with the original 'Star Trek' timeline was it felt restrictive," Abrams said of the plot device that could conceivably fuel the venerable series for another five decades. "The idea, now that we are in an independent timeline, allows us to use any of the ingredients from the past — or come up with brand-new ones — to make potential stories."

"It'll be fun to hear what Alex and Bob are thinking about Khan," Abrams said of their impending meetings to discuss sequel plotlines. "The fun of this timeline is arguing that different stories, with the same characters, could be equally if not more compelling than what's been told before."

"[Khan and Kirk] exist — and while their history may not be exactly as people are familiar with, I would argue that a person's character is what it is," Abrams said of the notion that his Khan could be just as evil, even if Kirk never stranded him on Ceti Alpha V. "Certain people are destined to cross paths and come together, and Khan is out there ... even if he doesn't have the same issues."

"I wouldn't rule out anything," Abrams said of a possible flash-forward that could make up for Shatner's near-miss inclusion in the new film. "The point of creating this independent timeline is to not have the restrictions we had coming into this one. And one of those restrictions was that Kirk was dead."
Personally I think the Kirk vs. Khan dynamic was done to perfection in Star Trek II and a new villain and challenges should be explored rather than treading old ground.


  1. Okay, I just want to say this and be done with it.

    There is no competent authority in the UNIVERSE which will hand over command of its space fleet's flagship to a junior officer who just graduated from the Academy!

    None! Zip, zero, zilch, nada!

    Oh, and one more thing...

    Nero least impressive Sci-Fi villian EVER!

    (Thanks, I feel so much better now!)


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  3. Hindsight is 20/20 and maybe a few minutes should have been given to a scene where Spock (Sr.) presents the case to Star Fleet that he has already witnessed the great accomplishments Jim Kirk is capable of and that command of the Enterprise should be given to no one else. Back in the real world here on Earth, people can relate to the struggles we face everyday with hiring and organizational decisions. Certainly I would listen to someone from the future, if they could help me with the maze of close choices faced in my world.

  4. Hey A hole! Im in the real fleet the u.s navy fleet and there have been young captains of ships. If u know ur history like david g faragut the first u.s admiral. Im on the uss farragut now. Ive seen xo and captaind in 8 to 10 years. Hell thats standard to make Lt cmdr.Lets not forget kirk aided in saving the federation capital. In the navy we call ift a battle field commission or medal of honor.. Lets not forget star trek was based on u.s naval traditions