Saturday, July 28, 2012

Star Trek 2: The Beauty of Not Knowing

Captain J.J. Abrams and his Star Trek Crew

        We live in an age where nothing is kept secret for long.  Footage of movies gets leaks out online, that annoying kid in Barnes and Noble screams the ending of Harry Potter, and sites are dedicated to sharing spoilers for shows, movies, books, and any other form of media you can imagine.  I'll admit that sometimes I like knowing things ahead.  It's a powerful and addictive thing, but it often robs me of the fun of being surprised.  That is why, for now, I'm alright with not knowing very much about Star Trek 2, the answer to J.J. Abram's phenomenal deep space adventure.  Abrams is big on the old school notion of not revealing all of his story's secrets.  His secretive tactive made  Super 8 much more powerful and unique, sending the audience to a simplified, less over-stimulated and informed experience.  When watching the first Star Trek, I didn't know what to expect and was utterly impressed.  The movie reaffirmed my geeky love of Abram's works, making me trust his stories and enjoy not knowing how they would end. I am excited about fresh blood like Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) coming to play in the new movie, but for now, I'll simply accept that he may or may not play the main villain of the movie. Okay fine,  I am not promising I won't spoil secrets eventually, for now, I trust that Star Trek 2 will be a great experience, and made even better by not knowing.  Here's hoping I can make it until May 2013.

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