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Old May 6 2013, 03:58 AM   #1
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How Much Does JJ Abrams Know About Star Trek

Clip: http://www.ign.com/videos/2013/05/05...bout-star-trek

IGN did an interview during the Sydney premiere, while most of the clip is rather irrelevent (quizzing Abrams on TOS facts, despite his obvious discomfort as it's tangential to his goal of promoting STID), the last question and several seconds covers the question of "Who invented the Warp drive?" The answer is baffling. Abrams states that Scotty invented it and Spock gave him the technology. In STXI it's clear that Warp drive (and first contact) occurred as seen in the Prime universe and that the technology Spock provides is from the trans-warp beaming.

My guess is that Abrams used the question just as a lead in to plug STID, but the interviewer stated that he answered correctly. Any idea what's going on here? Are they really trying to say that Scotty invented the warp drive hundreds of years after it happened in the prime universe?
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Old May 6 2013, 04:06 AM   #2
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I'd say they're both thinking of traswarp beaming...which I now realize JJ just spoiled something for me. Fudge!
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Old May 6 2013, 04:07 AM   #3
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Who cares? That stuff's for us to care about (and maybe the writers), not the guy who makes the movies.
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Old May 6 2013, 04:10 AM   #4
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Screenwriters are the ones who should do that kind of research, where necessary. The director says if he likes the script and shoots it. He's not expected to be an expert in such minutia, especially if it's not germane to the story.
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Old May 6 2013, 05:13 AM   #5
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I say JJ knows enough about Star Trek to have made 2 good Star Trek movies
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Old May 6 2013, 05:54 AM   #6
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I say JJ knows enough about Star Trek to have made 2 good movies
Oh, I know this. What is Armageddon and.... and.... oh I give up. What's the other one? It's either Super 8 or Gone Fishin'.

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Old May 6 2013, 06:11 AM   #7
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Hey Cos, I loved your albums, but Armageddon was directed by Michael Bay. Though you got one right.
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Old May 6 2013, 07:04 AM   #8
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My sig would seem to sum it up.
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Old May 6 2013, 08:37 AM   #9
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All JJ knows about Star Trek is he's made a lot of money off it.
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Old May 6 2013, 08:51 AM   #10
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JJ knows enough about Star Trek to make two summer shoot-em-up blockbusters with the Star Trek moniker and characters, just like the latter tng and tos movies to be fair.

He probably does his research as do the writers, but he's a director. I doubt most directors of previous Trek movies/TV or even Bond movies give a crap about the source or franchise, they just direct.
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Old May 6 2013, 12:22 PM   #11
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How Much Does JJ Abrams Know About
Star Trek?
Enough to have made one very enjoyable Trek movie. Maybe two, I'll find out in 71 hours and 30 minutes.

He saw all the original series episodes and classic movies prior to making Star Trek. IIRC he said in an interview four or five years ago that he'd never seen Nemesis. That Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto auditioned by reading lines from Prime Directive by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Spock's World by Diane Duane suggests he even read a couple of Trek novels. He may not be a fan of classic Trek, but he definitely did some research prior to taking it on.

He's got a die-hard Trekkie on his staff in writer/producer Bob Orci. He goes so far as to collect and read the novels. Any changes made to Trek in these films are at the very least, informed ones.
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Old May 6 2013, 12:34 PM   #12
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JJ has told the story that his first exposure to ST was when his Dad took him, as his +1, to the gala world premiere of ST:TMP at the Smithsonian Institute. JJ was just a kid and he was bored silly by the movie only a few years after loving "Star Wars".

I was 21 when TMP premiered, and I knew random episodes of TOS and TAS. I was at the right stage in my life to fall for the whole ST phenomenon. I met many TOS fans who hated TMP, and many SW fans who preferred SW to ST.

In recent interviews, JJ gushes about the TOS-related characters. He fell in love with them while making the 2009 film.

Does he need to know any more than that to direct a ST movie? Certainly he knows more than Stuart Baird did about TNG.
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Old May 6 2013, 12:47 PM   #13
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R. Star wrote: View Post
My sig would seem to sum it up.
As primarily a DS 9i fan i like J.J.
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Old May 6 2013, 01:01 PM   #14
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How much did Nick Meyer or Harve Bennett know about Star Trek when they made The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock?

Face it, most people behind-the-scenes don't eat, drink, sleep Trek like we do.
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Old May 6 2013, 01:14 PM   #15
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He knows enough.
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