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I’m sold.

After 17 years, is it possible we just might get one more good Star Trek film?

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Two Minutes from the Jan. 21 Season Premiere of LOST

Thanks to Ain’t it Cool News

Color me cautious, but after the phenomenal comeback staged by the showrunners last year, I would hate to see the show lapse into the same drugery that ruined the first half of season three. 

Serialized dramas, for want of milking out 100 episodes so the network can earn back its investment in syndication, fall into the trap of repetitive episodic melodrama instead of moving the story along.  Last year, with the exception of one episode (an early Juliet-centric hour of wasted time), each installment steadily built momentum, offering clues, and answering some of the mysteries with the promise of more answers on the way. 

I do not want to obsess over a two-minute teaser without at least some hint of context, but it suggests that the writers might have chosen to fall back on reliable old traits to propel the narrative.  Kate’s on the run. Again. Should I feel tingles of excitement and anticipation? Or the dread of more of the same?

“You always had a hard time finding your place in this world, haven’t you?”

The new Star Trek trailer:

I’m a little mixed here.  I like it, and yet…

Portions of it looks like it could suffer the same challenges J.J. Abrams and his screenwriters failed to overcome with Mission: Impossible III – separating it somehow from Alias.  Action, explosions, sex and violence, stern words and furrowed brows.  Even the hammy lines (I like this ship, its exciting!), and the catch-phrases banter (Buckle up!).  Nothing there to convince me this rises above anything we’ve seen a hundred times before. 

Christopher Pike’s (Bruce Greenwood) narration as a young Kirk (Chris Pine) stares up at the Enterprise under construction breathed new life back into the mythos, if only for a moment. It hints at the possibility that Abrams was serious when he said he wanted this film to inspire the kind of awe he felt first watching the original Star Wars.

If Abrams can reacquire the magical sense of adventure, including the dynamic chemistry of the three leads, then we may just have a success.  Trailers mislead as much as they excite, so I am witholding judgement until I see the credits roll and the lights come up. This Trekker wants to come out of recovery.

Let’s see what she’s got…

The Enterprise that Abrams built, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly (via Peter Chattaway):

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I have to admit, I expected something a little more innovative.  But judging from what images the filmmakers have let us see, it follows Abrams’s apparent approach to make the look of the Original Series hip again.

Still hard to get excited after getting burned for so many years.