Star Trek 3: Boldly Going … Where?

    July 14, 2014
    Mike Tuttle
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Space … the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: To explore strange new worlds; To seek out new life and new civilizations; To boldly go where no man has gone before!

Star Trek: The Original Series, started in 1966, and ended its run in 1969. That’s only three years out of its intended “five-year mission”. Here in the real world, the space race was well underway, but no one had set foot on the Moon just yet.

For the films that followed the original series run, as well as the Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine and all the attendant films since, the duration of the series has been left open-ended. The Next Generation announced a “continuing mission”, and ran from 1987 to 1994, a full seven seasons. Voyager started with the understanding that it could take 75 years for the crew to get back home. It, too, ran seven seasons.

But the notion of that “five-year mission” is still part of the Star Trek lore. And now, with the Star Trek reboot movies, we just may be visiting that mission once more, with Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu, Chekhov, and a handful of redshirts to round out the away team.

Actor Zachary Quinto, who plays the role of Spock in the new movies, told attendees at the Television Critics Press Tour:

“I think the five-year mission will be a part of this next film in some way. We’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic sci-fi series in entertainment history, so it’s inherently an ongoing story. But I do think that we’ll feel some sense of evolution in these characters that’s been building through the first few films.”

Since the conceit behind Star Trek (2009) and Into Darkness (2013) is that this Trek universe is an alternate timeline to the original, the construct of a five-year mission could easily be filled with old, familiar characters and species (e.g. Klingons, Romulans, etc.), as well as things that weren’t encountered until the Next Generation (Borg, Bajorans, etc.). And, of course, there is always the possibility of all-new encounters.

“The script is being tightened and polished and finished,” Quinto said, “and I imagine that the phone will be ringing in the next few months to see when we’ll go back into production.”

Robert Orci is set to direct.

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  • Robert Kalani Foxworthy

    I want to see it cross over with alternate timeline version the next generation.

  • Milo

    Who cares, It’s Star Trek-light, also known as JJ-Trek, also know and watered down Star Trek for people that never “got” the original 45-year-old version of the franchise, also known as Star Trek for Star Wars fans.

    The problem with JJ-Trek is it’s clear that none of the powers that be behind it ever “got” Star Trek and what made it special, so they slap a soulless corporate version together and then wonder why fans like myself hate it? Go twist the knife in another fan base Orci and leave us Trekkies alone!

    • ExJax

      Ya, because only Milo’s opinion and his 8 bucks should matter. Only he should be happy with your product not other people.

    • Capt Steve

      Not that MILO needs defending, but ST TOS was first a Gene Roddenberry lesson on humanity, its strengths and weaknesses and second, a sci-fi indulgence. There was more to think about than phasers and photon torpedo’s. And the CGI at the time limited the AWE. Do you guys know who Beal is? Did you watch “City on the edge of forever? What was the message in the life and death struggle with the Gorn? That was Trek. What we have now is entertainment, of varying success, and that is all.

    • William H. Nelson

      I have no idea what you’re talking about. I’ve been a fan since I was 5 years old, have seen every episode of every series multiple times, plus all the movies. I LOVE the new films. I completely ‘get’ the originals; the new ones are incredible in their own way. Now we’ll finally get some new movies and a brand new TV series to watch. What the heck are you complaining about? Do you want to sit in your basement and watch re-runs until you die? I embrace the new time line and all it’s future possibilities! You, sir, do NOT speak for all Trekkies. Good day to you.

    • Sean

      One of the best Onion movie reviews ever was the 09 Trek, something like…..Trekkies hate the new “decent and watchable” Star Trek

  • Jim Nightshade

    To Me, Milo, I have enjoyed every incarnation of Trek so far..None of them were perfect by any means which I am sure you know….Treks best media is tv because of having more time for character depth etc…but the powers that be are only interested in trek as a summer action movie so that’s what we get…I think there is enough characterization, depth and story in both movies so far…and I for one have always dreamed of seeing Trek on the Big Screen with the money behind it, yes Trek looking as good as Star Wars…and now we have it….JJ Orci and all have not disappointed me…they have kept my favorite Franchise alive and given it new life…if they can turn more non fans into Trek fans more power to them….Its a very difficult task they have to keep us long time fans happy enough and yet win over people who thought OUR trek was boring on tv….I don’t know what is next for Trek but I am glad JJ n company revived our Dead Franchise….It sounds like you and the other jj haters would rather have NO trek….so you can feel superior….hell even now trek fans some hate voyager, some say only classic trek is good, some only like TNG etc….Me Ive liked them all….and continue to….

    • robertwi

      Well put, Jim.. Your logic is flawless.

  • bydefault

    Ugh, who would have thought that the 50th-anniversary Star Trek movie would end up being directed by 9-11 “truther” Roberto Orci, along with two “devout” mormons as his co-writers? Beam me up, Scotty – there’s no intelligent life here.

  • Ancient Internet

    The ST writing team in CA and India have been reviewing Freeway5.com very often. I believe the new ST movie will refer to something in it.

  • klunkerboy

    “He’s dead Jim! You grab his tri-corder, I’ll grab his wallet”

    I just hope they don’t rehash any more older plotlines. Into Dorkness was OK but they need to come up with original story arcs.

    Q: Why is the Starship Enterprise like a roll of toilet paper?
    A: Both orbit Uranus looking for Klingons!

  • http://www.sherrielynn.com Sherrie Lynn

    I always wanted to see a ST motion picture that provide an over view of the series with at least 3 different issues to solve like worp out solve mission come back to earth dealing with on going storyline then back to work worping out to solve another problem etc.

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  • Al

    With today’s technology for film, I’d love to see a movie about Voyager or a ship beyond that. Like voyager, a film about getting lost on the other side of the galaxy or even Galaxy such as Andromeda where the crew would have no clue where to go what to look in reference to getting back. You could create whatever you wanted for a script.

  • Victor Nawrocki

    harcourt fenton mudd

  • Carl Mennare

    An average TV series needs 100 episodes in order to be picked up for syndication, I wonder how soon before Paramount packages all of the movies together as 1 bundle and syndicates them as a TV show?

  • PhilipE1951

    In the last movie, Kirk meets Dr. Carol Marcus, the mother of his son in the original series/movies. So I’m thinking the next flick she’ll be pregnant, and we find out whether she keeps the child secret, or tells Captain Kirk in this universe that he’s going to be a Daddy. That would put a different spin on the Captain’s womanizing that ran rampant through the TV series. It would also give us another chance to see Alice Eve in her underwear.

    • morning_in_america

      Whatever on the former, but I vote yes for the latter.

  • Anthony C Paul

    It would be nice to see the new better 3D view I know asking a bit but that’s what beaming up scotty said make her so

  • DAnno45

    I am sick of star trek. Maybe the enterprise will get blown to hell by a supernova and will save us from more crap movies with the title “star trek” slapped on it.

    • abanksx1

      Why the hell are you reading about Star Trek if your sick of it? You sound like a dumb ass child DAnno45

  • Edo Edo

    “Star Trek 3: Let’s Get Proactive”
    The opening sequence begins with the crew of the Enterprise apprehending Harry Mudd before he finds the planet full of android women. After the opening credits, we’ll see Kirk & Co. head deep into uncharted space to send the V’ger code so the Voyager probe can transmit its data to Earth before it gets close, then move further into space and transmit some whale song to keep that probe from getting too close to Earth. The movie ends with the Enterprise crew setting up tachyon detection grids along the Romulan border to prevent the outposts there from being destroyed.
    (Let’s face it, if old Spock is going to start giving away the future of Khan to young Spock, he might as well give ALL the secrets away…)

  • Jim Nightshade

    Yes I hope they come up with a NEW story as well…my main beef with Into Darkness is that its too much like the first movie….they have to show some of the five year mission exploring…..I also understand what they were trying to do with the Kirk Death and same words being said by different characters…its like the future has to follow certain guidelines which because of the divergent universe wont have the same consequences….also nice they showed that spock finally understood what friendship and bromance with Kirk really was…but I think their degree of success doing this wasnt what they hoped or expected….I suppose if no one knew about wrath of Khan all of that would play fine and they probably thought us fans would like the connections noticing the epic history and ebb and flow continue somehow…to compare to star wars….Loved the first one….characters great lived in universe etc….then Empire Strikes back was even better the story continued instead of repeating like most sequels…then Return of the Jedi cam out..Ewoks….a bigger death star….a badder villain than vader blah blah….too similar to the first two movies to me….well now trek has done two similar movies…lets see something exploring please….kinda like the first ten minutes of Into darkness only longer hahaah

  • dallasdawg2010

    All of the Trek tv series were great(including Enterprise), although DS9 was my favorite. The next movie will most likely explore things we’ve seen in the shows as well as new things to come. I just want it to go on forever. And bring back the shows and start with the children of all of the shows(new actors) on a new ship designed for intergalactic travel and Wesley Crusher as captain(and someone new, not Wheaton).

    • abanksx1

      You started off sounding good until you said Wesley Crusher.

      • dallasdawg2010

        I know what you’re saying but check this out. Wesley Crusher(non-multi-dimensional, remember the “Traveler”?) as captain of a ship that he had commissioned with a command crew that he has chosen from previous shows, made up of those special “Star Fleet Brats” all grown up-with the exception of Ben Sisko’s daughter(she’s gotta be special-child of the Emissary-Celestial Prophet) whose a teen and her big brother Jake(he’s an author AND a section 31 spy now), Ichep and Naomi Wildman and guess who is the first officer? Nog. This ship called “Lineage” is the first to travel from galaxy to galaxy. I’m talking ALL NEW ACTORS playing old familiar roles. Wesley has been there and back and knows exactly what’s going on and what crap is headed for the Milkyway, but has lost the ability to travel. Maybe a miniseries. Oh yeah, you have to throw an O’Brien in there somewhere.

    • morning_in_america

      HOw about Wesley Crusher meets Breaking Bad…Crusher as the next Harry Mudd.

  • Cat Springer

    So. Well. A 5-year mission condensed into a 2-hour film. That ought to flesh out the characters and give us a thoroughly mapped-out continuity. Or, not.

  • WrassliNerd

    Please don’t take 4 years to release another film again like what you guys did with Into Darkness!

  • @RichVee1

    I think it’s ridiculous that everyone always forgets the last TV series (which I liked better than Voyager and DS9), Enterprise.

    • morning_in_america

      Yes I liked Enterprise….but it was a flop as a business enterprise.

  • hurleypatrick

    I’d like another TV series. Having said that, a movie would be ok. Of all the TV crews after Kirk/Spock, and then Picard. I wanted a Voyager movie crew. As an ensemble they were my favorite, but that has passed.

  • Joe de Souza

    Paramount missed a golden opportunity to bridge the TNG with the TOS when the rejected the idea of creating a series around Sulu and the USS Excelsior. He displayed amazingly notable talent in the scenes of the Undiscovered Country.
    Rebooting TOS was just a fashionable trend in Hollywood fused with a bit of JJ Abrams ego. How else do you get a ship named the USS Kelvin, but named after his own family member? The new movies negate a rich canon of historical characters that made Trek as diverse as the IDIC it postulated. Now it is condensed into a brief allotment of characters that fit a 2 hour movie time frame.

    “You don’t know who Christine Chapel is, do you?”
    – Carol Marcus, Into the Darkness

  • Anthony Evans

    The klingons in star trek III better look like Klingons… and not like gangsters

  • morning_in_america

    PLease, please, resist the urge to reboot Khan again. First off, Ricardo Montalban was so superior as Khan that it is laughable with the replacement Khan. How about some good ole space amoebas. Antibodies, Bones! Antibodies.