One of the strongest and most endearing aspects of Star Trek's Original Series were the relationships between Kirk, Spock and McCoy. Both Spock and McCoy were used to convey Kirk's logical and emotional sides and he would seek their sage counsel before making a command decision. Both were friends with Kirk and, at least early in the series, it seemed that Spock and McCoy were always at loggerheads and not friends in their own right.
Over time, each developed what seemed to be a grudging respect for each others abilities, and out of that grew a genuine friendship. Polar opposites, great humour and sometimes great pathos was extracted from situations where they would end up goading each other.
That dynamic has been missing from the recent reboot movies. You could argue that in the alternative timeline, the three characters haven't known each other long enough and been through enough life and death situations for those relationships to blossom.
The new movies have concentrated on on the burgeoning friendship between Kirk and Spock and poor old McCoy has been left on the sidelines with little of real consequence to say. That's a shame, as Karl urban is the best actor among the ensemble cast. Casting him as McCoy was a very good move though I don't think he's quite nailed down the character yet. That's partly down to bad writing and dialogue and possibly bad direction. But the potential for him to be the real McCoy (so to speak) is certainly there.
Zachary Quinto was interviewed by the Telegraph newspaper (UK) recently about his new movie, Agent 47. But he also dropped a few hints about the upcoming Star Trek Beyond movie. And among these is that Spock won't be spending much time with Kirk in this movie; most of his time is spent with McCoy.
Those characters are so diametrically opposed that it’ll be nice to see them interacting.
After J.J. Abrams moved on to directing the new Star Wars movie, Fast & Furious director Justin Lin stepped in as the new Trek's director. Quinto spoke to MTV News about the different vibe that's on the set with a different director in charge:
Invariably there’s going to be a different vibe when you remove someone as gregarious and outgoing and talented as J.J., but Justin has come in with this really interesting and confident energy that’s a little bit more reserved and a little bit quieter, but also very powerful and really sure-handed. He knows exactly what he wants this movie to look like and that’s really exciting.
And Quinto was also very complimentary about Simon Pegg's role behind the scenes as co-writer of the Beyond script:
It’s been incredible to have Simon be so integrally involved in the story because he knows us all so well and he knows our characters all so well, we don’t have to walk very far if we have any questions or concerns about stuff in the script!
It will be interesting to see how the feel of the franchise changes with a new director at the helm. Of course, pretty much all the previous Star Trek movies (dating back to 1979) had different directors and each brought something different to the franchise.
Incidentally, both Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have been signed for Star Trek 4 (no working title). Whether or not a 4th movie will actually be produced relies heavily on how Star Trek Beyond fares at the box office. But at least Paramount are looking beyond the third movie.
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