|"Beam me up Chewie...or whatever..."|
Well, his Star Wars movie was called Star Trek even though it bore only a passing resemblance to the source material. Sure it had Spock and Kirk and all the beep-boop noises on the bridge of the Enterprise were there but when you got down to it was Star Wars with phasers:
Farmboy with a destiny: Check.
|Luke Skywalker grew up on a moisture farm...|
you know, farming moisture or something.
|James T. Kirk grew up on a farm in Iowa,|
apparently growing starships.
|Grand Moff Tarkin blew up Alderaan because Dantooine was too much of a schlep.|
|Nero destroyed Vulcan because future Spock failed to single-handedly prevent |
a super-nova (a natural phenomenon mind you) from wiping out his home
planet of Romulus...in an alternate future...that hadn't happened yet...
|Either dusting crops is exactly like piloting a star fighter,|
or the Rebel Alliance needed some cannon fodder.
|You can either earn command of a Starship through decades of |
hard work and sacrifice or you can be the guy with a famous daddy.
|"Ok J.J, we're all counting |
on you so don't fuck up."
Abrams's Star Trek was cool, but it never really felt like he and the writers understood what Star Trek was supposed to be. I mean it's right there in the title: Trek. They did zero trekking in that movie, they just chased Eric Bana around while things exploded...it was like a space war or something. In fairness, that last couple Trek movies kind of sucked, so it's not like anyone else was getting it right...Anyway, I know it's down right anti-Roddenberrian to put my faith in J.J. Abrams based solely on Disney's desire to make good on an investment, but for real, unless he actively sets out to destroy Star Wars, the sequels will be better than the prequels.