J.J. Abrams Star Trek

Star Wars, on the other hand, excelled when it was playing the space-cowboy routine in its original trilogy. A desire to appear smarter doomed the prequel trilogies to dry discourses on intergalactic trade routes and federation squabbles between …

Sorry, I dozed off for a minute there.

Where was I? Oh yeah, Abrams and Star Wars. Much like Watercutter, I’m convinced Abrams was the perfect person to return Star Wars to its place at the Big Boy Table when it comes to summer-action thrills. I don’t think those who disliked Into Darkness complained about its set pieces. The director can deliver on action, which is what the prequels lacked.

You still need convincing? I have one argument. Star Wars has Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt in its corner, where Trek had Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It’s a matter of taste, of course, but that superficially pits the writer behind Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine against the team that brought us the Transformers series and Prometheus. Which do you prefer?

My prediction? Star Wars producers Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas know that they have too much at stake with the next Star Wars movie, because if it fails, it will directly affect the future of planned spinoff features, television properties and novelizations. I think the creative team will pour every ounce of energy they have into making Episode VII a massive hit, and it will please casual fans and die-hards alike, the same way that Star Trek stimulated audiences in 2009.

Then we can all start worrying about Abrams’ ability to deliver on Episode VIII.

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