We all kinda scratched our heads when Paramount suddenly changed gears and announced that Roberto Orci was out as director, while still hanging around as a producer for Star Trek 3. The Internet blinked, and then we’re off and running with short lists of possible replacement directors. What wasn’t really revealed was why Paramount and Orci decided to go separate ways in regards to his directing career. Now word around the Internet Water-cooler has a possible reason, James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Wait… what… Guardians of the Galaxy?
Badass Digest‘s Devin Faraci is reporting that one of the major issues between Paramount and Orci was that Paramount wanted Star Trek 3 to be more like Guardians of the Galaxy.
They want the third film to be huge, and they want it to be huge overseas especially. They look at Rocket and Groot and then they look at Keenser and they wonder why he doesn’t have more of a role.
Who’s Keenser? That’s Scotty’s little alien sidekick.
It’s not like Star Trek doesn’t have aliens in the mix already, but mainly they are minor supporting characters or just background scenery. The only aliens that have really gotten any development in the rebooted Star Trek franchise so far are the Vulcans, because of Spock, and those aliens playing the villains like Nero the Romulan. Even the Klingons were used as props to further Khan’s storyline. The rest are just backdrops to life in space or used for minor comedic bits with a main cast member.
Should Paramount be trying to add characters like Rocket and Groot to the Star Trek Mythos? Yes, but not the same way that Guardians used them. Let’s face it, Star Trek is about the bridge crew of the Enterprise with everyone else besides the villain of the day taking a back seat as far as character development goes. To suddenly bring in, or beef up an alien character’s role would mean that one of the other main characters development would suffer. I can just imagine the Paramount suit saying something like this:
You want to see more Sulu, Scotty, or Chekov? Sorry, we’re gonna shoe horn in this new funny alien guy. You’ll love him, he’s quirky. His name is Alf and he eats cats.
Interesting side note, Chris Pratt was up for the role of Kirk and Paramount didn’t go with him. I think they made the right choice in Chris Pine, why try to backtrack now and make Star Trek more like the movie that will end up propelling Pratt to Super-Stardom?
Wanna know what it might be like if Paramount follows through with making Star Trek more like Guardians of the Galaxy? Here’s a fan made mash-up to give you the idea.
Yeah, that is fun, but is it Star Trek? Why try to make the next Star Trek something that it’s not? Why alienate fans while trying to get new fans? Star Trek already has plenty of humor in it. If you want to bring in an alien character to join the bridge crew why not one of the series favorite animated characters M’Ress?
I still don’t know why this character wasn’t introduced in the first two movies, at least in passing in the background on the bridge. Why showcase other unknown aliens when just giving this character 20 seconds on-screen would have captured long time Star Trek fans hearts.
What do you think? Do you want more Guardians of the Galaxy in your Star Trek?