J.J. Abrams Talks Star Trek 2

September 16, 2009

J.J. Abrams, the man who brought us Lost and the rebooted Star Trek this past summer, sat down for an interview with the Los Angeles Times recently and gave us some insights as to what we can expect in the next film. In light of all the political shenanigans that have gone down in the past decade, it looks like a lot of that will be reflected in the sequel.

In the Times interview, Roberto Orci, the co-writer for Star Trek and one of the writers set to pen the sequel, also spoke up about what we're going to see in Star Trek 2 -- or whatever it eventually is titled:

We got a lot of fan response from the first one and a considerable amount of critical response and one of the things we heard was, "Make sure the next one deals with modern-day issues." We’re trying to keep it as up-to-date and as reflective of what’s going on today as possible. So that’s one thing, to make it reflect the things that we are all dealing with today.

He goes on to confirm that issues around torture and terrorism vis-a-vis Klingons are a very real possibility. And the possibilities really are endless when it comes to the Klingons. You don't want to mess with their honor -- or their Warbirds.

But J.J. Abrams had some of the most interesting insights:

The first movie was so concerned with just setting up the characters -- their meeting each and galvanizing that family -- that in many ways a sequel will have a very different mission. it needs to do what [the late Trek creator Gene Roddenberry] did so well, which is allegory. It needs to tell a story that has connection to what is familiar and what is relevant. It also needs to tell it in a spectacular way that hides the machinery and in a primarily entertaining and hopefully moving story. There needs to be relevance, yes, and that doesn't mean it should be pretentious.

If anyone knows how to make the Star Trek sequel a movie people other than geeks will want to go to, Abrams is the guy. So does this mean we can expect a metaphor for Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay? Are we going to be seeing Klingons torturing Vulcans? This is very interesting stuff.

Now that Orci and Abrams have given themselves a world that is fractured from the standard Star Trek timeline, they can pretty much do with the franchise whatever they want. It will be fun to see what direction they take it, and what species they will bring back from the original series -- or what creatures/species they will create from scratch.

So what political debacle of the past decade would you like to see explored within the Star Trek universe? Or should Kirk and Spock just stick to going where no man has gone before?

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