Star Trek’s never been known for it’s monsters. While alien creatures beyond a guy with a mask/jacked up forehead are few and far between, Star Trek has always prided itself on high-minded hypothesis, scientific based discovery/exploration of the cosmos and the universal themes of humanity– IE- knobby foreheads, nerdtasticism, and a screen full of boring…
… which is why JJ Abrams, for the love of all that’s space opera, was hired to inject some directorial freshness. The trailer definitely shows lots of un-Star Trek-ey shenanigans, namely “s-e-x”, intercrew beatdowns, lots of explodin’ and colloquial sass that includes a reference to the sheep love that can’t be named. It also showed a brief glimpse of a genuine, larger than a horse, floppy-mouthed monster.
Star Trek reboot, I salute you. Monsters are (almost) always cool.
And so, with the new Star Trek franchise reboot speeding toward its May 8 release, carrying with it the hopes and dreams of a studio, a franchise and a legion of Trekkers (Trekkies? Treknicians?– I don’t know what they’re calling themselves these days), the hype machine is moving from a trickle to a torrent of hype-a-riffic proportions in an effort to stoke non-nerd desire to see this film. Part of this torrential torrent is a monster pic. The aforementioned monster has been floating around the web as a screen grab from the trailer, so it’s nothing new, but still… this is a little clearer.