T'schwing!

T'schwing!

Being a Star Trek dork, I was intrigued by io9.com's promise of a double-secret behind-the-scenes tidbit on Star Trek casting. Who will the villain be? Will there be time-travel? (Please no.) Will they resurrect an old plot from the original series? I'd pay double to see them revisit "The Doomsday Machine," which seems a no-brainer to me. Well, here's the post, with the part in quotes taken from the New York Times. Yes, it's worlds within worlds. 

Did a New York Times article just give away a massive character spoiler for the Star Trek sequel? Judge for yourself. The article talks about how Roberto Orci brought his iPad to a meeting where the creators were planning the next film:

"Mr. Orci, meeting with the producers J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk, and his fellow writer Alex Kurtzman, jump-started the discussion with an iPad slide show, showing stills from the first film, snapshots of potential locations and a photo of a suggested actress for one of the roles. On the woman's photo, he had used his iPad to paint on a Vulcan ear."

So what actress do you think they're talking about? And is it true that they're looking to cast a female Vulcan? If so, who would it be? (Saavik, presumably, is too young, but there's always T'Pring. Or, just as likely, a new Vulcan character.) What do you think?

That's it? THAT'S IT? Stop the presses: there might be a Vulcan in the next Star Trek movie. Bah. If it’s T’Pring, that means they’re doing “Amok Time,” also known as the “Spock has to get his jiggy on, or he dies” episode. That one worked well at the time, because Spock was famously emotionless, and it was fun to see him throw soup at Nurse Chapel and talk about how his blood burned for love. New Spock has already has his emotional moments, what with the Kirk-choking in the first movie. No, do the “Doomsday Machine,” and everyone will be happy. Do not bring back Khan. Do not take us to the planet where the Tribe of the Bronzer-wearing Extras fed vegetables to Baal. It’s pretty simple, really. Does the episode take place mostly in space? Do things blow up? Is there an enormous peril that came from outside the galaxy but managed somehow to be headed directly for the infinitesimally small object called Earth? Then that’s your episode to remake.

 Okay, then. We’re in agreement? That I’m a dork, I mean.

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