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June 27, 2006

Kirk/Spock

"Close your eyes and think of William Shatner. Now think of Matt Damon. Can you see it yet?" Reports have it that Matt Damon has been chosen to play a young Captain Kirk in a forthcoming Star Trek film set for release in 2008. I like Matt Damon just fine but this is madness. I am already imagining a hammy impersonation of Shatner's famous mid-sentence pauses. The prospect of Ben Affleck as Spock does not bear thinking about.

The fault, however, lies not in the casting but in the concept. Given the debacle that was Enterprise, I had assumed the words "prequel" and "Star Trek" would never again be conjoined in the imagination of Paramount. Worst of all is knowing it did not have to be this way. The studio has been sitting on a J. Michael Straczynski and Bryce Zabel "Star Trek: Classic" reboot for two years.

The Mystery Behind the Mission

As noted above and as established in the television history, Kirk was the youngest starship captain in the Federation... but what led to this? We know that the Enterprise was sent out to explore where no human had gone before... but if you stop and think about it for a moment, isn't that an odd assignment... to take one of the finest ships in the fleet, give it to the youngest captain in the Federation, and tell them to just go drive around and see what they can find?

It's peculiar... until you allow for the possibility that they were looking for something specific... something they had to keep secret even from the rest of the crew.

Now that is a story that deserves to be told; that is crying out to be told. All of this plus Tribbles with teeth. The only two words Paramount need to consider are "Battlestar" and "Galactica."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 27, 2006 08:37 AM