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Star Trek 13: Guardians of the Federation

Dorkpool December 17, 2014 User blog:Dorkpool

I'm a Trekkie. I may have mentioned it before, but I'm saying it here because it has some bearing on the news I'm going to report, and what I'm going to say.

Anyway, Paramount wants the upcoming Star Trek movie (technically the 13th one, but it's presently being called Star Trek 3) to feel like Guardians of the Galaxy. I'll admit, I haven't seen Guardians, but I've heard it's great, and I'd like to see it. I've just been too lazy to see it. But from what I know of it, it's a comedy sci-fi movie.

Star Trek has done some comedic movies: the critically acclaimed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and the critically bashed Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. However, Star Trek hasn't really done a full-blown comedy movie after those.

Now, comedy and Star Trek do go together pretty well, especially with characters from the Original Series. Granted, this is an alternate timeline where the bridge of the Enterprise looks like a freaking Apple store, and Spock yells, "KHAAAAAAN!", but the main banter between the characters is still there. So, Star Trek as a comedy could work.

But for some reason, this strikes me as a follow the leader like move. Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge hit, and it seems like Paramount wants to take advantage of that with Star Trek. And I'm not too comfortable with that. Granted, Star Trek has done a follow the leader a few times: Star Trek: The Motion Picture came about because Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind were hits, but for the most part, Star Trek is pretty unique. It's, at its heart, as sci-fi show that takes contemporary problems and themes and examines them in a futuristic setting. It's well known for that, and it's somewhat unique in that regard. And Paramount trying to imitate something using Star Trek just feels wrong to me.

Oh well. It could be worse. At least they're not letting Shatner direct. Or trying to redo Wrath of Khan.

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