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Old October 24 2008, 03:04 AM   #1
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Greenwood On Pike And 'Star Trek XI'

Canon may be broken a bit in Star Trek XI as far as Christopher Pike and Captain Kirk are concerned.

As reported by UGO, Bruce Greenwood shared a bit about working on Star Trek XI, where he plays Christopher Pike. "Well, Iím literally sworn to secrecy in many ways. So I canít give you any story points at all," he said.

But Greenwood was able to talk about the strict security measures taken to keep Star Trek XI details secret. "I can tell you the security was so tight that not only do we sign these massive telephone-book-sized disclosure agreements, but even when we were on the lot at Paramount, they put up a big fence around all the trailers," he said. "And then after we got into our costumes, we had to put on these huge massive ponchos with hoods, then scurry into a tented-over golf cart, that while on the lot was driven to a plastic garage off the stage. Then we were escorted quickly onto the stage from the curtained golf cart. It was just crazy."

Canon may have been tweaked a bit as far as interactions between Pike and Kirk are concerned. In The Menagerie, when Kirk was asked if he had ever met Pike, he responded with "We met when he was promoted to Fleet Captain," and it seemed like the implication was that the meeting had been brief. But when asked if he had worked with Chris Pine on some of the scenes, Greenwood said, "Oh, yeah. I worked with all the kids," adding that "Chris is fantastic."

Preparing for his role as Pike meant doing some homework for Greenwood. "I went back and watched all the Jeffrey Hunter stuff," he said. But Greenwood drew the line at recreating Jeffrey Hunter's hairstyle. "Iím not going to look like him. I havenít got that kind of 'do going on."

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Old October 24 2008, 02:26 PM   #2
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Re: Greenwood On Pike And 'Star Trek XI'

Well, this was something I'd been wondering about for a spell, ever since I learned that Pike was more than just a bit of a supporting character in this. Though I personally don't have any problems with the notion that Kirk and Pike met well before Pike's promotion to Fleet Captain, I know that a lot of other folks around here will most likely be howling with frustration. There will no doubt be much wailing and moaning and gnashing of teeth around these parts come next May.

OTOH, it's also possible, given that the movie is to take place over various time-periods, that the interaction between the two E captains takes place very close to when Kirk IS promoted to captain (assuming that we really get to see that happen in this movie).

Or, we may also decide that Kirk doesn't want to recall his first encounter with Pike, hence the comment he makes in 'The Menagerie', where it seems that they met once, very briefly.

As I've said many times, I expect changes in this new Trek but as long as it feels like TOS and honors the source material, then I'll come away pretty happy.
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Old October 25 2008, 03:05 PM   #3
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Re: Greenwood On Pike And 'Star Trek XI'

If there is some kind of interaction with the past from the future (i.e.future Spock) then wouldn't that change numerous events in the past therefore Kirk & Pike meet sooner, maybe interact more than in the original timeline.. kind of a 'many worlds' point of view. As soon as the present interacts with the past you've created a new timeline.. waddya think?
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Old October 25 2008, 06:53 PM   #4
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If that's the kind of canon minutiae they're fretting about, I think we can forget the fear that this is any sort of "reboot."
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Re: Greenwood On Pike And 'Star Trek XI'

Thanks for the article and link; I'm a fan of Bruce Greenwood.
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