Spock is here, Spock is everywhere.

Three Spocks

Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy has confirmed a story-point for the story of the upcoming JJ Abrams prequel/reboot. The actor revealed to CBS 2 in Los Angeles that the film actually features not one, not two, but THREE Spocks.

“I am Spock, and there is another Spock and there is another Spock. There are a total of three Spocks in the movie and that is all I will say about it”

While at face value, this might seem light a major spoiler, it likely just confirms our previous speculation that a young Spock will also be featured in the film. And I don’t mean Zachary Quinto, who is playing the character as a young adult.

When the announced the casting of Winona Ryder as Spock’s mother Amanda Grayson, I commented on how she was too young to play the part. Ryder is only a few years older than 30-year-old Quinto. I speculated that Ryder must actually be featured as part of Spock’s origin story (ie birth), as part of a flashback to his childhood, or part of a time travel storyline. While time travel elements are rumored to have a part in the new film, I don’t think this is part of it. One thing is for sure, a younger child or baby-aged Spock will be featured in the new film.

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Video Review: Star Trek New Voyages: Word Enough and Time

Title: Star Trek New Voyages: World Enough and Time

Genre: Fan Film, Internet Video

Episode: Star Trek: New Voyages, World Enough and Time

Website: Star Trek: New Voyages

Director: Mark Scott Zicree

Cast; George Takei, Grace Lee Whitney, Majel Barret Rodenberry, James Cawley, Jeffry Quinn, Andy Bray, Christina Moses, Lia Johnson

Plot Synopsis: In a transporter accident, Sulu spends 30 years on a planet and has a daughter. Now he is found but saving the ship may mean losing his daughter.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review:

Ok, lets start of with an admission, I am a huge Trek fan and have been for 30 years. That said, I am also very protective of the franchise and very critical of how it has been managed over the last 10 years, so I hope I can be somewhat objective in my feelings for World enough and time. I say this because this review will sound like the ravings of a rabid fan boy, but in reality it is the joy of a long starving man searching for table scraps, and finding a 7 course gourmet meal instead. World enough and time is THAT good!

The labor of love that is Star Trek: New Voyages has long been appreciated by fans as what it was, an armature production with some great redeeming qualities. In many cases the acting, particularly that of James Cawley as James T Kirk, has been awkward or even cringe inducing. The production values have been spotty, but with moments of brilliance. The direction and writing as well as the delivery of the online downloads have been rife with problems. Still, what did you expect from a group of fans making a production out of the sheer love of the source material.

The previous episode, To Serve all my Days, was easily one of the best fan films ever made. Quality writing, by professional Trek veterans helped to give the show a solid foundation. Still, even excellent effects and a good performance by original series actor Walter Koenig could not bring it out of the realm of a ‘fan film’.

World Enough and Time changes all of these things. From the first moment of the episode as you follow a shuttle as it flies by a beautifully rendered USS Excelsior, you feel like you are watching an actual episode of the show, or even one of the films. The Excelsior bridge scenes with Takei and Lee Whitney could have been lifted straight out of Star Trek 6.

Back with the original Enterprise we have an action packed, space battle that comes very close to any of the battle sequences on Voyager or DS9. After a bit of very Trek like techno babble puts the Enterprise in danger once more, and brings Sulu back from another multidimensional temporal anomaly, we are given the joy of meeting Christina Moses, a fantastic young actress who plays Sulu’s daughter Alana. Moses is simply a treat to watch and manages to exude both childlike wonder and playful seductiveness with equal ease.

George Takei as the aged Mr. Sulu is very good with only a few moments of rust showing during a mind meld scene with Jeffrey Quinn’s Mr. Spock. The rest of the cast show that they have grown into the characters and put in fine performances. James Cawley as James Kirk shows marked improvement as he finally stops doing a William Shatner impression and takes ownership of his own version of the Captain of the Enterprise.

The ending of the episode has been called sappy by some, but I will admit to a little ocular moisture, something I have not experienced in Star Trek since the first time I watched Spock’s death in The Wrath of Khan. As it stands, this is one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek and stands deservingly among my favorite trek episodes from any of the series. I would have to say that I consider it to be in the top 10 of my favorite TV Sci Fi episodes of all time. I was really that moved by it.

If you are a fan of Trek, you should love this. If you are a fan of Sci Fi at all, you should find a lot to like here. I only hope JJ Abrams has watched this, because this is what ST:XI should aspire to be, a wonderful continuation of the Legacy of the Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek.