Khaaaan!

I’m waiting for the new Star Trek movie.  It’s apparently being filmed, but the producer and director are keeping everything tightly under wraps — the better to surprise us when the movie is finally released, they say.

So, I’ll have to wait a while to see the new Star Trek 2 — whatever it might be called.  In the meantime, I’ll just have to enjoy the original Star Trek II:  The Wrath of Khan, with one of the greatest William Shatner as James T. Kirk scenery-chewing scenes of all time, as an agitated Kirk screws up his face before bellowing his anger out to the universe beyond:

Alien Love

Casting is underway for the next Star Trek movie.  According to the BBC, a British actor named Benedict Cumberbatch — and was there ever a more British name than Benedict Cumberbatch? — has been signed to play a role.  Cumberbatch is rumored to be playing the villain, and will join the actors who will reprise their roles as Kirk, Spock, Scotty and others from the last movie.

I don’t know Cumberbatch or his work, but I’m hoping he plays an alien.  Why?  Because we desperately need a good new Star Trek alien.

I’ve loved the Klingons, the Romulans, the Gorn, and the Borg.  I’m talking about aliens with large, throbbing veins in their heads, aliens with squiggly, snapping spinal columns that get inserted into machinery, and aliens that are wildly implausible from an evolutionary standpoint.  I want to hear the back story about some weird culture where aliens communicate solely by rhythmic slapping of their rear ends or children are required to fight to the death from the age of three.

I don’t want overdone computer-generated images, either.  I want an actor to sit in the make-up chair for hours to achieve the appropriate alien appearance.

It’s been a tough few years for the humans on Planet Earth.  Star Trek, give us a new alien to distract us from the concerns of our own, weary world!

Trek On!

Last week a story cropped up about a leaked email purportedly from Paramount Studios indicated that the next Star Trek movie is a “go” and will begin filming next year.

Unfortunately, there’s not much real news about the sequel, such as filming schedules, confirmation of cast members, and so forth.  The only thing Star Trek fans can bank on is that Hollywood likes money and likes franchises, and Star Trek scores pretty well on both fronts — the 2009 movie exceeded $250 million in domestic box office receipts, making it the fifth highest-grossing movie of the year, and Star Trek has legions of devoted fans.

Right about now, the world could use another dose of Star Trek — with its optimistic vision of a future in which humans are united on some great quest and have overcome racial and religious differences in the process.  Let’s hope the sequel gets made on schedule.