December 13, 2012

Indie Film: 'Into Darkness' fine fodder for flippant fans

An extended 'Star Trek' trailer will be shown before 'The Hobbit.'


The twittersphere (interwebs? blog-o-tubes?) is all aflutter with the news that an extended trailer of the upcoming "Star Trek: Into Darkness" movie will be shown before Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (which is causing its own share of fluttering).

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Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana in “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

Paramount Pictures




Friday: "Hitchcock." Maybe the fat suit's a little distracting, but this behind-the-scenes biopic about the making of Hitch's "Psycho" features the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson.

To gauge what effect this news is having on the "Star Trek" geek on the street, I reached out, via that kooky Internet, to some of Portland's most accomplished nerds. (Don't worry -- it's a compliment.)

First up, gentlemen -- do you consider yourselves Trekkers? Trekkies?

Boo Leavitt (local rock god [Covered in Bees]): "I'm a proud Trekkie."

Zack Handlen (writer at the AV Club; has reviewed literally every episode of both the original series and "The Next Generation"): "None of the above. I just like 'Star Trek.' "

Samuel James (Portland blues legend and movie smartypants at Videoport): "Trekko, please."

Are you going to see "The Hobbit," and, if so, is the trailer part of the reason why?

Tristan Gallagher (of Coast City Comics and the Fun Box Monster Emporium): "I'm going to 'The Hobbit' and I'm psyched to see the trailer, but I'd go no matter what."

Boo: "I will not be seeing 'The Hobbit' just to see the 'Star Trek' preview. It will be online shortly after it hits theaters, and at home, I don't have to wear pants and snacks are cheap."

Zack: "I'm going to see 'The Hobbit' with my dad. I didn't even know there'd be a preview until I got this questionnaire."

Sam: "Yes. It was zero, but now that I know, I would say 4 percent."

What are your thoughts on the "Star Trek" re-boot in general?

The Fuge Ouellette (comedian and with Leavitt, part of The Geek Chorus, which makes fun of bad movies): "It was nice to see Enterprise kick ass. I always hated the wussy little laser beam line. Laser bullets are much cooler. I like my sci-fi FUN! I don't care if it's not scientifically correct."

Sam: "I like it. Somehow, it's good for nerds and non-nerds alike."

Tristan: "I loved the first reboot. You can't recreate the original, so they didn't try."

Zack: "Great cast, neat look (apart from the lens flares), mediocre script that really needed some tightening/focus/other drafts. Lots of fun flash, but the story's a mess, and a lot of the humor falls flat."

What are your expectations for "Star Trek: Into Darkness"?

Sam: "I think that the only real problem J.J. Abrams has as a filmmaker is that he doesn't really know how to end his stories, but since this is a franchise, I foresee no problems."

Boo: "If the new film is half as good as the first film (I cried tears of joy three times while watching the first one), I will be VERY happy. The 'Star Trek' universe that they have created is wonderful; if the filmmakers are allowed to maintain the Roddenberry-ness, I can't see how this film will be anything less than magical."

Tristan: "It will be slick and explodey. I'm psyched. Also, it looks fun, so I know a lot of Trekkies are going to hate it."

Zack: "I look forward to seeing the ensemble from the last film again, and I'm hoping the script is sharper. Also, it'd be nice if we could get some cool aliens. Maybe a Gorn?"

Dennis Perkins is a Portland freelance writer.

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