Star agrees, new Star Trek should be more original
After Star Trek Into Darkness (Filmstalker review) I was rather annoyed about how much it was continuing to go back to the original films and use their plots, characters and indeed scenes and dialogue. I wanted something new. They've created a whole new universe to do what they want so why don't they go off and do it?
Now it seems that one of the stars of the new franchise is, or has been, thinking the same way I have and is calling for the franchise to find its own way.
I was seriously annoyed when I watched Star Trek Into Darkness (Filmstalker review) to find that they had plundered one of the greatest scenes between Spock and Kirk there has been and did very little to change it, trying a far from clever twist to show it was in an alternate universe but keeping the action and the dialogue almost identical. It was lazy, especially considering they worked so hard to create this alternate universe and make it work for the audience and die hard Star Trek fans.
I'm not totally annoyed that they did use a character from the films for the main plot, at least there they had the grace and intelligence to change a lot more than just a few superficial things, but still it's all being copied from the original films.
"In Star Trek Into Darkness we took one of the most revered and loved adversaries of the Enterprise and put him in there, and did a story that had all of these wonderful nods to films from the past, and episodes from the past. I really think that what we should do from here, in my personal opinion, is strive to be original. Strive to be something different and new."
Exactly! That's what I've been saying, although to be fair Urban hasn't been as vocal against what that film did, after all he's a star in it and sounds like he rather enjoyed it. However he says that they should move on from the revenge films and return to the basics of Star Trek, the exploration of the unknown.
I'd be happy with that, as long as the writers didn't decide to take a storyline from a previous Star Trek about space exploration. Come on, find a new one in that alternate universe.