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WonderCon 2009: Star Trek Panel

startrektrailer-111708Here are some highlights from the WonderCon 2009 Star Trek panel, including a description of the new trailer, which will be attached to next week’s release of Watchmen.

Here’s TrekMovie’s description of the trailer:

The new trailer starts off with a new shot of the young Chris Pine Kirk on motorcycle headed for the Enterprise being constructed. We then see more of the scene in the Iowa bar, with Pike (Bruce Greenwood) saying to Kirk “I couldn’t believe it when the bar tender told me who you are” and Kirk replying back with the “why are you talking to me man” line (seen in the Super Bowl commercial). Cut to image of studio logos.

Greenwood’s voice comes back over scenes of the Kelvin in battle saying “your father was captain of a Starship for twelve minutes…he saved 800 lives…including yours…I dare you to do better…enlist in Starfleet.” During the dialog we see Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk on Kelvin (for the first time), and the ‘including yours’ line was shown along with the shot of Jennifer Morrison (giving birth) scene in the theatrical trailer. With the ‘enlist in Starfleet’ line you see an image of Kirk in a very large room full of cadets. Then cut to a shot of Kirk and Spock (at Academy) with Spock saying “you will experience fear, fear of certain death,” cut to more footage on the drilling platform. Then title card with “May 8th”

Then there is a shot of Spock on the bridge of the Enterprise saying “we have received a distress call” and then cut to a planet imploding (possibly Vulcan). Then we see a close-up of Eric Bana as Nero saying “I have been waiting for this day my whole life…” cut to shot of his ship “…this day of reckoning” followed by more effects shots of battle, including Enterprise. Then cut to bridge of Enterprise with Bones (Karl Urban) saying “we’ve got no captain and no first officer to replace him” to which Chris Pine replies in a serious tone “yeah we do” as he slowly sits in the captain’s chair. Another title card.

Then more effects shots and shots of Vulcan (including Winona Ryder as Amanda Grayson) and the Ben Cross (Sarek) voice over saying “you are capable of deciding your own destiny, the question is: which path will you choose.” This was followed with another quick succession of shots both on the Enterprise and in space, then back to Nero saying “James T. Kirk was a great man, but that was another life.” Then back to the bridge with someone saying “set off your torpedoes” and then Pike ordering “emergency evasive” and a shot of Nero yelling “fire everything.” And then even more effects shots, including one from what is like a ‘torpedo cam’ spinning towards the Enterprise. There is also a shot during this final sequence of Quinto Spock hugging Uhura (Zoe Saldana). And then cut to credits.

Panel highlights after the jump.The panel was introduced by J.J. Abrams and included executive producer Bryan Burk, co-writer Roberto Orci and and actors Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Zoe Saldana (Uhura).

  • Abrams talked about how if they wanted to make a successful movie, it had to appeal not only to die-hard Trek fans, but to the general audience: “I have taken some flack for saying in the press “we are making this for future fans of Star Trek” as if we don’t care about the existing fans. That could not be farther from the truth. We love and are beholden to the existing fans of Star Trek and one of the ways we made sure this movie is going to make you happy is we had this great range of points of view with the  producers, one of whom is Bryan, who had never seen an episode of Star Trek at all…then we have got Bob Orci who is an absolute avowed Trekker, so we have this great balance.
  • Quinto: “We all [Pine, Quinto and Saldana] just saw the movie for the first time this week, the three of us. I just saw it last night and literally couldn’t speak for like twenty minutes, and I am not like that. It is such a ride. It is so exciting. I am really excited to share it with everyone, and I think we all are, but it was such a thrill and I am really proud to be part of it. It succeeds on a lot of levels.”
  • JJ was asked what inspired him to bring back Star Trek. He said he was interested “by the idea of Kirk and Spock and what they came to be.” Then after bringing in the other producers and the writers, he loved the script so much he would be “jealous” if anyone else directed it.
  • Of the script he said it was “fun and full of characters and action and spectacle.”

More panel impressions at  TrekMovie, io9 and

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  • Zoe Saldana is Uhura

    I’m curious as to how well Karl Urban will play Bones. He’s been well liked in action roles and Dr. McCoy is not that. Of course, Zoe Saldana is perfect casting for Uhura.

  • Zoe Saldana is Uhura

    I’m curious as to how well Karl Urban will play Bones. He’s been well liked in action roles and Dr. McCoy is not that. Of course, Zoe Saldana is perfect casting for Uhura.