Contributed by Wil Wheaton
You may know Wil Wheaton as Gordie in "Stand By Me," or perhaps you know him as Wesley Crusher from "Star Trek: The Next Generation." We however, know him as a nerd god, who's a walking encyclopedia of "Trek" and "Watchmen" knowledge. That's why we invited him to the taping of our new movie show "Spoilers" (airing this Saturday at 8pm EST!), to see "Watchmen" and "Trek" footage. You can read Wil Wheaton's thoughts on "Watchmen" here, and "Trek" below.
It was all stuff that I've seen already, but it looked cool and everyone in the theater loved it. You know, a lot of my fellow Trekkies are all worked up because the trailer shows all this action stuff, and I keep hearing people dismissively calling it "Star Trek: 90210” just because there are young people in it or something. I really hope those guys can take a step back and realize a couple of things: these trailers and previews aren't aimed at us; they're aimed at teenagers, so they have to be presented in a language that they understand.
The damn kids today have grown up in a world where sci-fi is mostly action, and if you show them a lot of intense dialog scenes or quiet character moments, they're not going to be interested. It is in all of our best interests to get them into the theater, so they can be introduced to "Star Trek," get excited about "Star Trek," and keep the "Star Trek" universe alive.
I also hope these guys will realize that this is based on the original "Star Trek," which was pitched by Gene Roddenberry as a Western in Space, or "Wagon Train to the Stars." It was originally about simple morality tales where the good guys wore white, the bad guys wore black, and the hero always got the girl. Or, um, several girls.
This is not to say that the "Star Trek" movie is all mindless action, or style over substance; I can't tell you why, but I know that it isn't. I also can't tell you why, but I also know that it's pretty goddamn awesome.
I guess what I'm saying is, relax, people. This isn't "Dukes of Hazzard" or "Land of the Lost."