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What to resent more? The fact that they're raping my childhood or that they're forcing me to use the term, "raping my childhood?"
Here you have these larger-than-life, legendary characters to work with and what are they doing? Making the Starship Enterprise look like a casting session for "High School Musical: The Pouty Prom."
The original "Star Trek" is iconic and timeless because of the characters. Yes, there was some great storytelling involved, but the best stories always involved the characters -- those actors in those roles and the warm, real, complicated relationship that existed between them. No operatic nonsense, no hyper-effects, and no WB Channel-ing can tart its way through that.
And they're messing with the mythology. In the first trailer, looking for Emo thrills, young Kirk expertly handles a sports car
. But if you remember the episode, "A Piece of the Action
," Kirk can't drive. (This matters) And how do you do Kirk without William Shatner? Shatner is Kirk. Kirk is Shatner. Why not just ask someone to do Rooster Cogburn or Will Kane or Jim Rockford or Fred Sanford? Not to take anything away from the creators, writers or directors, but iconic characters are the creation of the actor. And there's a reason Shatner's a legend. There's a reason he's been in four hit television shows, written a number of best sellers, and won two Emmys. He's an honest to goodness star, and the people who laugh at him are generally those whose careers haven't lasted a quarter as long as his.
To end on a positive note, I see Bruce Greenwood's been cast as Christopher Pike
. Greenwood's a marvelous and under-appreciated actor.
Other than that, I got nothing.