As we end this decade, it's safe to say that the "Aughts" will be remembered for making retconning and rebooting trendy. Batman. James Bond. Superman. Battlestar Galactica. The Bush Administration. Iraq. To ever feed our short attention span in an age of instant gratification (at least in the entertainment/tech department), we have accepted the possibility of multiple timelines as long as the core elements are still there.
Like many, I was eager and skeptical about the new Star Trek film from the moment I saw the teaser trailer of the Enterprise being constructed. Rick Berman pretty much sodomized ever fan with the last TV series (though some say he started once Voyager was aired). The less I say about the last two films, the better. (It was the first time in which the Director's Cut has less footage.) Also, Abrams? I'm not a fan of Lost. I'm just now starting to view clips of Felicity--mostly for the characters of Sean and Meghan (yes, the "Goth"). I liked Cloverfield and thought that he did the best he could with Mission Impossible III and Tom Cruise's ego. (Where else can you see him getting beaten up by Phillip Seymour Hoffman?) I always thought that you needed to respect the franchise, the story, the fans and the history to direct a sci-fi or comic book film. Like I used to say regarding Baitcon: "The more people you try to please, the more likely you will end up pleasing no one." Ang Lee failed to grasp that, which was why Edward Norton was the better Incredible Hulk. Jon Farveau nailed it, which was why Robert Downey Jr. is hip again. The verdict is still out over Bryan Singer (more for Superman than X-Men).
So far, from what I've heard, I'm impressed. We still have the characters. We still have the mannerisms that we liked of Kirk, Spock, and Scotty. We don't want Chris Pine to sound like William Shatner; we want him to be cocky, bold, and adventurous. I continue to be amazed that we still SQUEE over Star Trek after 43 years. Why? Because we need it. We need to mirror the Kennedy/Johnson 60s to the Obama sense of pop-political optimism. Earlier, I remembered a scene from Oliver Stone's "Nixon" in which the title character stared at a portrait of JFK and said:
When they look at you, they see what they want to be. When they look at me, they see what they are.
JFK is Star Trek; BSG (Ronald Moore's version) is Nixon.