Re: Levar Burton aka Geordi La Forge criticizes Star Trek 2009
Q: Having been part of the first major Star Trek reboot, how do you feel about the new J.J. Abrams films?
FRAKES: I think itís spectacular. Iím a huge J.J. fan and I think they were wise to give him the reigns. I think that what heís done is exactly what needed to be done. Iím really excited about the second one. I visited the set, actually, and itís going to be amazing.
Without being bitter, they didnít shortchange them. The visual effects are spectacular, nothing like the original. It used to be that the ships were models (mounted) on a stick, little glued-together plastic models that they would run in front of black velvet and that would be the spaceship. Times have certainly changed.
BURTON: When youíre handed the keys to Daddyís Cadillac, you better know what youíre doing. Having said that, I think J.J. did an amazing job.
Iím really looking forward to what he has to offer this time, because I think in the tradition of all Star Trek movies and certainly all of the best Star Trek movies, theyíre actually about something. Theyíre about more than just entertainment. They communicate the intrinsic value in the human journey. In Star Trek it is the best of us out there, the best aspects of who we are. Thatís hugely inspirational for a lot of people, myself included. I come honestly to Star Trek, as a fan. I watched Star Trek growing up and it had a very serious impact on the development of my own self-identity, seeing myself represented as part of the popular culture, the idea that we could eventually live in a time, and would evolve to a place, where we had resolved all these nonsensical issues that separate us.
Just skimming over the text, but I'm not seeing anything about disquieting "things [heard] coming out of [the Abrams] camp" or citing Abrams' alleged (but as-yet-unsourced) "There should be no Star Trek except the one I make" statement. Could those have been an invention on the part of the Toronto Sun
interviewer and not something Burton ever in fact said?
"There were long green couches on the first floor that smelled like failure and
skin flakes, and no one would nap on them for fear of catching salmonella."