As someone whose only firsthand experience with the Star Trek franchise comes by virtue of J.J. Abrams‘ two Trek films, I know I’m in over my head when the topic presents itself. When you mention Trek, you’re referencing (either directly or indirectly) a rich legacy filled with peaks and valleys, genre-defining characters and moments, and an international fanbase that rivals any of pop-culture’s most enduring titles. And yet here I am, with two films under my belt (both of which I enjoyed), talking about it. Obviously, I have nothing at stake with regards to Star Trek Into Darkness. Whether you like it or dislike it is of no consequence to me. My only aim today is to extend a humble word of caution to the Trek fans who have years of equity built-up in their beloved franchise: be careful not to dismiss or begrudge it solely because it’s trying to appeal to the largest possible audience. Abrams’ Trek films aren’t above reproach, but they also aren’t void of redeeming qualities. Try to at least acknowledge some of those qualities when tearing into them or risk coming off as someone whose real issue is that a bunch of people now enjoy this thing that you once considered yourself unique for liking.
All preachiness aside, this week’s Top 5 includes several interviews from Star Trek Into Darkness, rumors surrounding Christopher Nolan being approached to direct James Bond 24, the first trailers for Marvel’s new ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a new trailer for Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, and new photos and a video from the set of director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
1. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Interviews with J.J. Abrams and More
In case you couldn’t wait to hit the jump to read what else I have to say about a franchise in which I have very little investment, you’re going to be disappointed. I’m going to refrain from any further Star Trek musings and simply introduce this week’s Star Trek Into Darkness coverage: check out Matt’s review, TV interviews (courtesy of our partners at Omelete) with J.J. Abrams, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto, and print interviews with Karl Urban, Damon Lindelof, Simon Pegg, and producer Bryan Burk.
2. Rumor: Christopher Nolan Approached to Direct JAMES BOND 24
I’ll admit that I’m not one to rush to the theater to check out the latest Bond film just because it’s the latest Bond film. I need something to entice me each and every time around whether it be positive critical reaction or Halle Berry in an orange bathing suit. That said, a Christopher Nolan-directed Bond film? Yeah, that would fall under my list of “Compelling Reasons to Pay for a Ticket to the New Bond Film”.
3. First Trailers for Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
Will ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. become my new favorite show next fall? Maybe, maybe not. Regardless, it only takes about 40 seconds into this full trailer (link includes 16 images too) for that classic Joss Whedon, self-aware humor to kick in and I’m already willing to give the series a fighting chance as a result. For a quicker dose of Whedon-infused goodness, check out this 30-second promo for the series too.
4. New Trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM
I’ve been wearing my excitement for Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim on my sleeve for some time now. Its got giant robots (Jaegers) taking on equally giant creatures (Kaiju) in a fight with the fate of humanity at stake. What’s more, it’s a Del Toro film which means the visuals will be stunning, the action will be plentiful and skillfully played out, and the odds of there being racist caricatures included with the hopes of getting a cheap laugh out of the “totally not racist” members of the moviegoing audience are slim. Just check out this latest trailer and tell me you’re not excited to see Pacific Rim play out on the big screen.
5. New Set Photos and Video from ROBOCOP Remake
Honestly, I had almost forgotten of director Jose Padilha’s RoboCop remake until these new set photos and set video from the pic surfaced online this past week. As I’m required by my own conscience to state every time I write about the film, Paul Verhoeven’s original is an all-time favorite of mine and I remain skeptical about this remake just by virtue of that fact alone. Nevertheless, the suit showcased here is quickly growing on me and I remain hopeful that I’ll enjoy film and/or at least it will help introduce a new generation of moviegoers to the original (see, I’m trying to take my own advice and look for the positives in a remake of a title I care about!).