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J.J. Abrams Apologizes for Lens Flare, Talks About the Future of Trek On TV


J.J. Abrams wants you to know that he’s sorry for lens flare. Yes, this is real.

Asked about his penchant for the shiny by CraveOnline, Abrams took the unusual step of straight up apologizing for the approximately 12 billion flares in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness:

“I know I get a lot of grief for that. But I’ll tell you, there are times when I’m working on a shot, I think, ‘Oh this would be really cool… with a lens flare.’ But I know it’s too much, and I apologize. I’m so aware of it now. I was showing my wife an early cut of Star Trek Into Darkness and there was this one scene where she was literally like, ‘I just can’t see what’s going on. I don’t understand what that is.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I went too nuts on this.’”

He went on to say that he went so overboard on Star Trek Into Darkness that he had to get Industrial Light & Magic to remove some of the flare in post-production. “I think admitting you’re an addict,” he concluded, “is the first step towards recovery.”

I’d say this bodes well for Star Wars, wouldn’t you? Assuming he was even going to use lens flare in Episode VII. He’s mentioned in the past that he initially started using lens flare in Trek because of the franchise’s futuristic aesthetic, which is different from Star Wars‘ more gritty, worn-in look. I don’t hate the flare like a lot of people do, but after seeing it mentioned so much it became hard not to be distracted by it in a way that I wasn’t during my first Star Trek viewing.

For Star Trek fans, the joy of Abrams’ confession will be tempered by how he answered CraveOnline’s next question, which was about the possibility of a new Star Trek TV show. Said Abrams:

“What I’ve been told from the powers that be [at CBS] is that they’re not interested.”

Well fine. Rain on my parade, then.

(CraveOnline via /Film)

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  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    the lens flare doesn’t bother me, I like them, just a shame that STID wasn’t as good as its lens flares :P

  • http://bytestemplar.com/ Fortyseven

    At this point, I really hope they skip doing a third flick and just let the franchise hibernate…let the wounds heal. Then, in 2019, when some exec decides to resurrect it, just go directly to it’s roots: television. Let a theatrical release actually be EARNED next time around.

  • TKS

    I won’t go to an Abrams movie without my Dr. Horrible welding goggles.

    P.S. DID YOU ADD A LENSFLARE ONTO THE ABOVE PICTURE?

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Several, because I am a Photoshop MASTER.

  • http://bytestemplar.com/ Fortyseven

    Aye, it’s a visually gorgeous flick. If I put it on mute, it makes a wonderful screensaver.

  • TKS

    *Bows*

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    I can forgive the lens flares, they do look spiffy at times, but he did undo years of cinematography built around reducing lens flares. What’s more difficult for me to forgive is a lot of the glaring problems that I find with a lot of his movies (or anything he does), not from a “as a fan I find this wrong” sort of way, but in a pure, this just doesn’t work in my head. From the Enterprise’s saucer not snapping off at its thin neck while on a planet with gravitational pull, to the Cloverfield monster somehow sneaking up on people in the middle of a park, a lot of what he does is, to me, done for sheer entertainment value, and he doesn’t follow the common narrative flow.

    I also think the guy just has his head so far up his butt, and for some reason he thinks everything he does is better with time travel. I love time travel, but Abrams just seems to shove it in there because he thinks everyone will like it :S

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    I almost didn’t click on this, because I’m not really interested in anything Abrams has to say. And I also don’t care that much about lens flare. I do think it’s hilarious that even he felt he’d gone too far in the end.

    Also, I am glad that CBS is not interested, as long as it’s JJ asking.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe I just don’t pay attention…I’ve never thought, “Geez. Look at all that lens flare.” Maybe my brain thought it fit. *Shrug*

    Still saw a movie about space. DGAF!

  • http://adronbuske.com/ Adron Buske

    Personally, I was never bothered by the lens flare action in JJ’s ST films. To me, it’s just part of the visual aesthetic of the film, not unlike the green filter on the Matrix or the shakey cam on the Bourne franchise. Sure, overused in all cases, but not enough of a distraction to put me off. I re-watched Into Darkness a few nights ago and found I enjoyed it more post-theatrical release, now that I can compartmentalize my annoyance over Kahn retread and just take it for what it is. Is it the film I wanted? No. But I love that cast and (mostly) JJ’s vision of that universe, non-cerebral popcorn flicks that they are. It amounts to a fun sci-fi romp, and I think that’s okay – it’s just not the epic they (erroneously) attempted to emulate.

  • Raiden

    Glad to see a director admit he’s not always at the top of his A-game.

    Now if he’d just apologize for making Khan white. . .

  • Anonymous

    There are clearly times he does it just to jazz up an uninteresting shot, but the goal should be to make the shot interesting sans lens flare. As you noted, somehow, filmmakers have been making beautiful films for over a century without resorting to lens flare. I remember specifically one shot from SUPER 8 where it was just the kid descending a shaft or something and there was a massive lens flare down the middle. Was it a boring shot without it? Yes. The solution shouldn’t be “Add lens flare.” That’s as lazy as using Dutch angles all the time. Or those goddamned color filters everybody puts on everything now.

    I don’t even get what it’s supposed to communicate conceptually. That we’re watching a movie? That we’re seeing this world through a camera’s eye rather than the naked eye? We don’t need lens flare for that. There should be some purpose to the effect and there just isn’t.

  • Anonymous

    There are clearly times he does it just to jazz up an uninteresting shot, but the goal should be to make the shot interesting sans lens flare. As you noted, somehow, filmmakers have been making beautiful films for over a century without resorting to lens flare. I remember specifically one shot from SUPER 8 where it was just the kid descending a shaft or something and there was a massive lens flare down the middle. Was it a boring shot without it? Yes. The solution shouldn’t be “Add lens flare.” That’s as lazy as using Dutch angles all the time. Or those goddamned color filters everybody puts on everything now.

    I don’t even get what it’s supposed to communicate conceptually. That we’re watching a movie? That we’re seeing this world through a camera’s eye rather than the naked eye? We don’t need lens flare for that. There should be some purpose to the effect and there just isn’t.

  • Anonymous

    “I almost didn’t click on this, because I’m not really interested in anything Abrams has to say. And I also don’t care that much about lens flare.”

    Is directly contradicted by…

    “I do think it’s hilarious that even he felt he’d gone too far in the end. Also, I am glad that CBS is not interested, as long as it’s JJ asking.”

    Look, if you despise the guy then fine, that’s your prerogative. But be honest, you clicked on this article because you do care and you are interested. It’s like me going in the McDonald’s, buying a SuperSized Big Mac meal but then telling the person behind the counter that I don’t care for fast food and that I think it’s hilarious that McD’s stock price just dropped by 15%. C’mon, if we’re gonna hate then let’s let our hate flags fly high.

  • Darth Amethystos

    “Assuming he was even going to use lens flare in Episode VII.” awwwww, that’s cute :)
    But in J.J.’s defense, the technique worked really well in few places. I think it was just the gross overabundance that made it problematic.

    And I’ll admit, watching the little featurette on how he shot the space jump scene resuscitated my enthusiasm for Episode VII… http://io9.com/how-star-trek-into-darknesss-space-jump-scene-was-film-1420000611

  • Nirali

    This is great. Now maybe he can apologize for all the blatant sexism in the movies.

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Exactly. I love lens flare as much as the next guy, but…there’s a time and a place for it.

    And amen to the thing about color filters. It’s funny, because I attribute Instagram’s stupid “vintage filters” to be just as detrimental to photography as Abram’s flares were to cinematography – we’ve created so much technology so that pictures could be as clear and vivid as if you were there, and here’s a bunch of filters that negate all that, just to spruce up the photo of your lunch :/

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    I don’t hate, I don’t care that much, but curiosity won in the end. And I got a laugh.

    I am large, I contain multitudes.

  • Harrison Grey

    I’m a bit more ambivalent towards the lends flare. On the one hand, in moderation, it made everything feel shiny and kind of cool, while on the other hand I think it was even worse in this movie than the first and there were scenes where the characters on screen in the middle of a conversation were partially to totally obscurred by useless lens flare.

    That said, of all the things to apologize over in this movie, this was not at the top of my list.

  • Anonymous

    “”,,,let the wounds heal.” Delusional much? In total, both films took in nearly $853 million. The second one was MORE successful box office wise. Seems like fans aren’t nearly as “wounded” as you’d like to assume.

  • http://youravon.com/rakishawhite BrooklynShoeBabe

    “but after seeing it mentioned so much it became hard not to be distracted by it in a way that I wasn’t during my first Star Trek viewing”

    I didn’t notice them until I saw all the mentions of them on the internet.

  • Melynda

    I don’t care so much about the lens flare. It’s just usually one of those things that I chuckle to myself about when I actually notice it. What bums me out is CBS’s disinterest in a new Star Trek series. Dude, the world needs it now more than ever.

  • DarthLocke4

    Hmmm did he mean that they just weren’t interested in making a TV show with Bad Robot and/or their cast/timeline or did they mean under any circumstance???

  • Anonymous

    Well, neither am I interested in a Star Trek-TV show in which Abrams or his screenwriters are involved! So, that is actually good news!

    But who knows? Maybe in couple of years after the third ST-film of the Abrams-team (even if he’s not on board anymore) has hopefully tanked and people are interested in a new TV show, hopefully with Bryan Fuller doing HIS thing, this would be interesting!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I find a lot of Abrams’ work to feel like teenage fiction. It’s almost like he channels Kirk when he writes: impulsive, intuitive, dramatic, plenty of action, but not always as concerned with the details.

    Of course, Kirk had Spock to diplomatically point out when he was being an overly dramatic idiot….

  • http://www.according2robyn.blogspot.com/ According2Robyn

    Why is intentional lens flare even a thing?

    Twenty years from now, once directors have grown bored of their obsession with lens flare, are they going to start intentionally adding a boom mic to their shots? Or here’s an idea: they could put really obvious wires in scenes that don’t even require wirework. Like, in the inevitable remake of My Dinner with Andre, the waiter could be suspended from wires, for no reason whatsoever. And for intense action scenes, why not have a grip stand at the edge of the shot, quietly eating a sandwich? That’s artistic, isn’t it?

  • RG

    I always wondered what the excuse was for the lens flare. Future aesthetic? I don’t know if I buy that, because it doesn’t really make that much sense.

    A more “logical” reason, that I just came up with, is that the Trek universe is still new during the Abrams movies. Kirk and Spock are newer too. So maybe it’s like the Trek universe is twinkling and shiny with newness?

  • RG

    But he soooo wanted you to fit the image of you in his mind.

    Won’t you please reconsider?

  • RG

    Best post ever.

  • Anonymous

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  • Cy

    To be fair, the only reason the TOS Enterprise didn’t land on planets was because it was too expensive to produce the effect. That is why transporters were “invented”. Abrams didn’t do anything that Rodenberry hadn’t already planned for the Enterprise. Granted, Gene didn’t expect the thing to be tumbling end over end in free fall but the way the ship righted itself couldn’t have been more than what it was rated to withstand.

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    I’m not so much concerned about the thing hurtling towards the ground, as I am just with the idea of the top-heavy ship not snapping in two because of weight while on a planet. I had Enterprise toys as a kid, and those things never stayed up like they did in the show >.< And there aren't any thrusters on the saucer portion of the ship…so…I dunno how it stays up correctly.

  • Alexa

    The lens flares never bothered me, but I actually prefer a scene to be lit brightly than be all dark and dank, but that’s just me. But yeah anytime something becomes a thing, and is overused it can becomes really fucking annoying. *cough*shaky cam*cough*

  • Foxfire

    Just like Transformers eh?

  • Ashe

    Laughing so hard right now.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I think the latter. When Abrams said CBS wasn’t interested the interviewer asked him if there might still be a chance for a non-Abrams TV show, like something based on TNG. And Abrams just reiterated the “not interested” response.

  • DarthLocke4

    Thanks! I wasn’t sure if he was refering to himself or CBS/Paramount, but even though I think a fresh series might be nice on TV, the guys has so much on plate right now, especially since he switched tracks with Star Wars, it’s probably for the best anyways!

  • Cy

    I’ll have to watch the movie again but I was sure I saw thrusters firing from the saucer when it was stopping the freefall. I always imagined the neck as mostly structural supports. This thing jumps to FTL a lot and that has to put a lot of strain on the neck.

    Plus the toy is a little different than the actual ship. The saucer is mostly rooms where the body houses the engine’s reactor. It would have a lot of heavy shielding.

  • http://jbsargent.wordpress.com/ TWOxACROSS

    Well, I’d have to look back at it, but…the thrusters would need to be firing at all times to make sure it stayed upright, wouldn’t they?

  • http://bytestemplar.com/ Fortyseven

    Just to keep it clear: I really enjoyed the 2009 flick.

    I’ve watched it repeatedly, having snapped it up day one on Blu-ray.

    It was by no means perfect, and I wasn’t nuts about some of the choices made, but I was willing to accept it as it was, and enjoy it on it’s own terms, welcoming this ‘New Age of Star Trek’.

    That said, ‘Into Darkness’ had a lot of potential. As a product, it’s fantastic. The audio-visual and technical side of it is astounding, and the cast is all top notch, for the most part. They did their work and did it well.

    However, the kind of gross, lazy storytelling problems that I was so willing to give a pass to in 2009 returned and brought it’s friends in 2013′s outing. Yes, I left the theater bouncy and in good spirits, but over the course of a couple months, the more thought was put into what I’d actually watched — when I realized the problems present — the lower my enthusiasm for it got.

    Everything from Khan’s magic heal-all blood, to the ham-fistedly cheesy attempt at revisiting key moments from ‘Wrath of Khan’, to the horrifyingly bad idea of returning to the now galaxy-spanning transwarp beaming formula? Hell, they couldn’t even stick to their own timeline gimmick from 2009, making Khan’s entire backstory change despite it happening LONG before Nero showed up to alter history.

    They either just don’t think hard enough about the choices they make, as authors, or they simply don’t care. Interviews with the writers seem to confirm this nonchalant approach, even getting angry with people for calling them out on it.

    I’m done with this particular branch of Trek. It felt incredibly weird to be staring at a new Star Trek film on the wall, on release day, and not wanting to buy it. Hell, it had a cool little ship bundled with it. That’s like fucking catnip to me. But I resisted. I simply don’t want to reward this crap.

    But I’m not so ignorant to know that, despite my previous wish for them to leave it alone, Paramount will probably churn these money-making fuckers out for as long as they possibly can. Just like Transformers, this version of Trek is great summer action fodder. Unfortunately, for me, even on that level it makes entirely too many intellectual compromises. (And I’m not a Roddenberry faithful. I accept that movie versions of Trek are traditionally action-oriented. ST:IV excluded.)

    Maybe the next installment will be better. I’m willing to accept the possibility. But I won’t be excitedly following production like I was with ‘Into Darkness’.

    Am I still delusional?

  • Cy

    They have antigrav technology as well. It’s possible the thrusters are used to stabilize the freefall and then antigrav keeps it stationary.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, everyone knows he’s supposed to be Hispanic.