I remember rather enjoying JJ Abrams first bite at the Star Trek franchise, the reboot was a little over the top for me, but interesting enough to see what happens next. Unfortunately for this writer, the sequel Into Darkness was enough to turn me away from this rebooted universe altogether.
One of my issues, and there were many, was the re-imagining of Spock’s emotional death scene from The Wrath of Khan. Well, now Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer has commented on the ‘homages’ to Wrath of Khan in an interview with Midnight’s Edge. Meyer said,
It is, on the one hand, nice to be so successful or beloved or however you want to describe it that somebody wants to do an homage to what you did and I was flattered and touched. But in my sort of artistic worldview, if you’re going to do an homage you have to add something. You have to put another layer on it, and they didn’t. Just by putting the same words in different characters’ mouths didn’t add up to anything, and if you have someone dying in one scene and sort of being resurrected immediately after there’s no real drama going on. It just becomes a gimmick or gimmicky, and that’s what I found it to be ultimately.
You know, this is exactly the way I felt about it myself. Instead of providing a neat twist on a classic formula, it instead cheapened the classic scene for me. It felt forced and cheesy whilst also removing all of the drama by fixing it all through magic Khan blood.
This was the movie that made me worried most when Abrams was selected to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens. My concerns were that he would just copy things from the OT in less interesting ways. Looking back now, I kinda feel that whilst he delivered an entertaining movie, it really was just a copy of A New Hope with a few shades of other OT moments. so you can imagine how thrilled I was when he was brought back for Episode 9. Still, it’ll be the first time I’ve seen him try and finish a story he started, so that’s worth a look alone.
What do you think of Meyer’s comments, do you agree with me, or did you feel the scene worked? Beam your comments down in the comments section below until “She canny take any mare, Captain”.