J.J. Abrams, well known for such films and programs as Lost, Cloverfield, Felicity, Alias, Fringe, among others, in 2008 signed on as the director of the reboot of the Star Trek movie franchise. Big news indeed. His large collection of genre and speculative fiction work has brought him a large fan base. When his name was attached to this beloved franchise, it sent a ripple across Hollywood.
Rather than go with one of the many series of Star Trek with their younger casts, the new franchise takes the original classic television program with its iconic characters of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy and brings them to the twenty-first century. Taking the direction of the new Daniel Craig James Bond films, J.J. Abrams pays tribute to the original intellectual and humanization messages of the beloved classic but brings in elements familiar to younger generations.
Dark Discussions focuses this latest episode on the two films. Your co-hosts talk about the new casting of these iconic characters. Also mentioned is their opinion on the direction of the series and how the screenplays bring in older elements in a new and modern way. But first you will hear the show's very first audio voice mail. Now get ready to listen to an episode that isn't just for ... nerds!