Sunday, October 18, 2009

Star Trek Technobabble

On the day of Star Trek's 2009 official release, J.J. Abrams answered 10 questions provided by Memory Alpha's community of Trekkies. I found the first answer heartwarming especially the bit about J.J. embracing and honoring what came before i.e. Star Trek TOS which is nice.

But then Director J.J. admits freely he isn't a Star Trek fan by default, (which was a surprise to me) in fact he has confessed his Star Wars dark side sins to Comic Con fans ages ago. This was a clever move because it removed much speculation about who would be directing Star Trek 2009. Mr Abrams has set the record straight without messing too much with the Final Frontier.....I suspect Paramount will get him again to make the next Star Trek movie. Perhaps its the dark side of the force making J.J. describe Star Trek's detailed canonicity as archaic!!! meaning ancient, primitive or earlier.

So I've done a little digging and found some of these "archaic details" for you to have a listen to. Is Star Trek cannon really so confusing with detailed technobabble, alien docking procedures, isophasic signatures and quantum singularities that its too hard to follow?

Q1 When rebooting a franchise, fans of the original tend to be alienated due to the attempt to draw new fans in. How did you address this when making this film? Henshin86

Answer: J.J. Abrams: The obvious challenge was that we wanted to make our own brand new thing, and at the same time embrace and honor what had come before. As a director who didn't know and love the world of Star Trek by default, I ended up telling a story for people like myself that love fun movies but are not necessarily familiar with the archaic details of Star Trek canon. However, both of the writers are huge Star Trek fans; one is a massive fan. Because of this I knew that we would be safe and on solid ground. We all did our homework before shooting.

Live Long and Prosper, Trekkies and Trekkers!


Mauricem said...

Awesome blog man. I love that video since I always try to listen to the technobabble and eventually get lost. LOL

demonpack said...

And J.J did just that, but I think he stayed true to a lot of Star Trek's past. Really looking forward to another ride from him!

Spacerguy said...

Thanks guys, technobabble can confuse the cogitative powers of deduction in highly astute lifeforms such as yourself Mauricem, it is not logical but often true.

JJ Abrams is a talented director and he'll produce a royal flush someday.

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