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Uhura better know fluent Klingon and Vulcan, at a minimum. The inability to communicate in nothing but Earth-speak is SO unbelievable.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | October 16, 2008 2:50 PM

Just posted these links myself a few minutes ago.

Still wiping the saliva off my keyboard.

Posted by COMTE | October 16, 2008 2:51 PM


That's what the Universal Translator is for, dude...

Posted by COMTE | October 16, 2008 2:53 PM

I'm all about this shit. It looks FANTASTIC.

Posted by Matt Fuckin' Hickey | October 16, 2008 2:53 PM

Is it just me, or does the guy playing McCoy look a little to much like Joey from Friends?

Posted by danhowes | October 16, 2008 2:57 PM

I love Star Trek. I think this movie looks terrible. Spock especially. I just can't see how this is gonna go anyplace good for the series. Looks like a giant cash cow and nothing more. Sorry to be the wet blanket, it just seems like a huge letdown to me.

Posted by ZWBush | October 16, 2008 2:59 PM

The first Star Wars came out during the Nixon depression years, I think.

Not sure when the first Star Trek movie came out.

And the Universal Translator only works if they're intelligent ... and even then, sometimes you need a Vulcan ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 16, 2008 3:01 PM

Kirstie Alley used to be pretty hot back in the day.

Posted by Greg | October 16, 2008 3:09 PM

I just don't see any good coming out of this.

Can't they just do and Ensign Ro movie. Just Ro and a some of those green skinned ladies and a hot tub.

Posted by dwight moody | October 16, 2008 3:12 PM

Though I do have my fingers crossed on the whole plot/acting/continuity thing, I fear I'll spend the whole time staring at all those jacked up hairdos. Who the fuck gave Uhura a center part?

Posted by tomasyalba | October 16, 2008 3:14 PM

all i know is the new spock is highly bangable, and i'm not sure how i feel about a sexy, sexy vulcan. that shit ain't right.

Posted by brandon | October 16, 2008 3:17 PM

ST: TMP came out in late 1979.

Roddenberry had actually been approached by Paramount to do an updated TV series, to be called "Star Trek: Phase II", as part of the studio's plan to launch a fourth TV network in early 1977, but when that fell through and following the phenomenal success of "Star Wars", the decision was made to use the standing sets, costumes, props, et al as part of a feature film instead. At the time, it was billed as one of the most expensive motion pictures ever made, but years later we found out that was because Paramount did some "creative accounting" and transferred all the money they'd spent on the aborted series into the film's production budget.

And thus endeth your "Star Trek" trivia feature for the day.

Posted by COMTE | October 16, 2008 3:19 PM

'Roldy is on the Enterprise?

Posted by Megan | October 16, 2008 3:25 PM

Star Trek is 40 years old. It's a semi-antique, on its way to Jules Verne-dom.

This is your father's future. Where is today's Star Trek? Where are the frickin' gay people, for one? It's truly bizarre.

Posted by chicagogaydude | October 16, 2008 3:27 PM

I'm not digging the black command uniform or the tattooed Romulan, but other than that it looks pimp.

Also the guy playing Bones should swap out with the guy playing Chekhov.

Posted by Dubcek | October 16, 2008 3:32 PM

@14, Stonewall was also 40 years ago -- being gay stopped being interesting or notable in your father's childhood

Posted by boldly go | October 16, 2008 3:39 PM

Yay, my favorite blog linking to my favorite blog!

Posted by Catman | October 16, 2008 3:41 PM

The guy playing Scotty and the guy playing Chekhov are actually Scottish and Russian, respectively. That alone makes it better than the original TV show. Plus, Sylar and Harold.

Posted by kebabs | October 16, 2008 3:45 PM

Can't freakin' wait!

Posted by violet_dagrinder | October 16, 2008 3:46 PM

Is this a prequel or a reboot?

Posted by Sirkowski | October 16, 2008 4:03 PM

@7: You mean the Carter Recession years. It was 1977. Nixon resigned years before that. The first Trek film was greenlighted because of the success of Star Wars, and was released while Carter was still in office, in 1979.

Posted by Andy Niable | October 16, 2008 4:03 PM

@16 Yeah, well if they had some unnotable, uninteresting background gay characters they'd be about up to speed with Clay Aiken.

Posted by chicagogaydude | October 16, 2008 4:09 PM


Technically, both.

Posted by COMTE | October 16, 2008 4:21 PM

@11: Vulcans have ALWAYS been sexy.

@20: So, a sort of "reimagining" a la Battlestar Galactica?

Posted by Gloria | October 16, 2008 4:36 PM

OMG It's Harold.

Never you mind that Sulu was Japanese and Harold is Korean. Never you mind. It's not like everyone's from Seattle and knows the difference.

Posted by K | October 16, 2008 4:37 PM


According to canon, Sulu is actually half Japanese, half Filipino. His first name, Hikaru is fairly common in Japan, but the surname "Sulu" is not of Japanese origin, given that there is no "L" phoneme in the Japanese language. The story is that Roddenberry appropriated the name from The Sulu Sea, located in the southwestern part of the Philippines, as he intended the character to have a pan-Asian representation, and so it has been presumed that his family originated from that same area.

Shit, is my inner nerd showing today, or what?

Posted by COMTE | October 16, 2008 4:54 PM

WTF? Is anyone on this ship over 30?

Posted by mint chocolate chip | October 16, 2008 5:05 PM

MCP: NO. This is kinda like L'il Trek.


Posted by mike | October 16, 2008 5:20 PM

The black uniform is a starfleet academy uniform apparently, not the command one.

They did a good job modernizing the uniforms.

I'm not sold on Kirk.

Spock will be bad-ass.

Posted by whatwhat | October 16, 2008 7:57 PM


Posted by Greg | October 17, 2008 10:12 AM

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