Okay, first thing that surprised me: I think Leonard Nimoy is sort of the star of the movie. I think a lot of this movie is about Spock. Nimoy-aged Spock, mind you.OK, so this is how they are going to re-design the franchise? Just re-write it to however they want it by throwing an alternate reality twist into it?
How? Okay... you know the scene in BACK TO THE FUTURE 2? Where Doc Brown explains alternate timelines? Well, this is sort of... ummm... TREK TO THE FUTURE, I guess you would call it...
Picture an incident that throws a group of Romulans back in time. Picture that group of Romulans figuring out where they are in the timeline, then deciding to take advantage of the accident to kill someone’s father, to erase them from the timeline before they exist, thereby changing all of the TREK universe as a result. Who would you erase? Whose erasure would leave the biggest hole in the TREK universe is the question you should be asking.
Who else, of course, but James T. Kirk?
If Spock were in a position to change that incident back, and then in a position to guard that timeline and make sure things happen the way they’re supposed to, it creates... ...
well, what does it create? Because evidently the plan is to use this second timeline as a way of rebooting without erasing or ignoring canon. These new voyages of the ENTERPRISE, they’re taking place in whatever timeline starts with this story. Maybe this timeline features dramatic differences. Like... say... if Vulcan were to be blown up. If the Vulcans in the series were suddenly the last of their kind, alone in the universe, it would change who they are and maybe even redefine their strict rejection of emotion in favor of logic.
Lame fellas. Really really lame.
And yet, at the same time, the idea of going back into the past and killing the father of your enemy is a pretty decent idea.
I imagine the producers sitting around the boardroom with the writers saying something along the lines of, "OK, we cant really write in the style that those obnoxious, rabid fans want us to, so lets just forget the 30 some odd years of iconic television and film storylines and just come up with something totally different because that is what the franchise needs to stay afloat. "
Anything in the name of money, I guess.
Since the film is scheduled to be released for Christmas of next year, we are betting that the film will probably go through several revisions before the first frame of film is even exposed. However, this scenario described has the potential to really uproot the whole Star Trek universe and launch the franchise into a completely different direction.
Whether or not its going to be a good direction and accepted by the over-zealous fanboys is still up for debate. And debate it they will.