Four more character shots were revealed at VegasCon ’08: Our first official look at Sulu (John Choo,) Scotty (Simon Pegg,) Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and McCoy (Karl Urban.) Like the Comic-Con posters, the four come together in the shape of the delta emblem. Trekmovie also reports that a screening of the movie’s first cut went very well.
The cover story of the latest EW features Watchman, the adaptation of the classic graphic novel whose trailer debuted yesterday. Also in the issue? ComicCon giveaways for JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, four posters that unite to form a one-sheet – and feature our first official look at some of the cast. Also in their SDCC slideshow: Peeks at Dollhouse, Terminator Salvation, an Ender’s Game comic, and Fringe.
So Paramount continues to try to reignite the enthusiasm of the Trek faithful (and hopefully some of the not-so-faithful) with the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, this past weekend.
StarTrek.com has posted blogs from Thursday and Friday, so far. And while it seems that all the special guests proclaim their excitement about the new movie, the biggest buzz was generated by a piece of paper: notably, the next teaser poster.
Still, doubt remains that JJ Abrams can overcome the odd number curse and get things going again for Trek. We’ll see!
The official website, StarTrek.com, hasn’t provided much in the way of detail, other than to quote other interviews in which JJ Abrams discusses how wonderfully emotional the script is. (Will the official site ever provide anything that’s original? Don’t go complaining about StarWars.com!)
”On the one hand, for people who love Star Trek, the fix that they will get will be really satisfying,” he says. ”For people who’ve never seen it or know it vaguely, I think they will enjoy it equally, because the movie does not require you to know anything about Star Trek. I would actually prefer [that] people don’t know the series, because I feel like they will come to it with an open mind.”
Good call, my man. Good call. Hardcore fandoms are the ultimate mixed blessing: Yes, we know all (or most) of the scary little details and just try and keep us away on opening night, but there’s also the arrogance that comes with only socializing among ourselves that often overwhelms fan chats and forums.
For Star Wars fans, for instance, it’s important to remember that most of the people you saw Revenge of the Sith in the theatre with probably don’t even know that TheForce.net exists, let alone that there are at least a dozen people there who will spend hours arguing over the physical features of a ship seen onscreen for five seconds. Or, for old-school Jaders, people who have spent hours arguing over the love life of a character who shares no significant screentime with any female not somehow related to him. (Not that I would know anything about that, nor have spent a good chunk of my junior year of high school doing so. Nope.)
Not that I would automatically discount all comments and complaints made on fan forums. It just pays to remember that the loud voices aren’t always the only ones out there, and that some things simply can’t be done away with. The key is striking a balance.