Sunday, November 16, 2008

Stomach Noises

A day of mostly sitting around and watching things, today. First, the Bond film (was pretty good), then a couple of episodes ofFringe on Hulu. That's not so good. The thread running between them? The trailer before Bond was for the J.J. Abrams directed Star Trek reboot, and I have to say I might be less enthused than before. Yesenia seems to think it will be good - "I like the action," she says - but I've now fallen back to a wait and see posture.

Me, I like the action, too, but I've always thought "The Trek" (as my dad calls the whole franchise) is a unique style unto itself. Quotes Abrams has made about it - not so much a fan of the show, wanting it to be more visceral (like the Star Wars films, which he loves), etc. Not like I think the talky Trek works so great, but some kind of balance has to be made.

But mostly, the red flag is that The Trek always has a strong internal logic, even when it's complete twaddle. Abrams has no idea how to do logic, so he throws everything else in the playbook at us - but, if Fringe is any evidence (and it's the brainchild of not only Abrams but the scriptwriters for the new Trek), those other stylistic elements are thin and will fail.

I'll still see it. But color me concerned.


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