New Star Trek Clips: Meet Dr. McCoy

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star trek poster4 New Star Trek Clips: Meet Dr. McCoyToday we have two new clips from the upcoming and eagerly anticipated Star Trek. The videos give us a nice introduction to Dr. McCoy and hints at the relationship between Kirk and Spock.

First up, thanks to Film School Rejects, we have a scene featuring one of the big three original Star Trek characters, Leonard “Bones” McCoy. In J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, Dr. McCoy is played by none other than one of my favorite actors, Karl Urban.

The video emphasizes McCoy’s personality and character, and Urban truely portrays the character as he was in the original series without coming off as an imitation. This video shows that he nailed it – watch and see what you think:

I think he’s absolutely perfect for this role and I can’t think of anyone who looks and plays the part better.

Next, we have another funny scene – this one taking place where Spock first meets Scotty. Although, the funny part comes not from Simon Pegg’s Scotty, but from feeling the anger build up inside of Spock. Check it out and see for yourself:

These videos are awesome and Dr. McCoy is awesome. After hearing all the great reviews of the Star Trek from the premieres in Austin, Texas and Sydney Australia, Star Trek is back in my top three most anticipated of the year.

What do you think of the videos and will you be seeing this in theaters?

Star Trek opens May 8, 2009 and I’ll be there.

Sources: Film School Rejects, Collider

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  1. In an interview for the second Bourne movie, Matt Damon remarked that “audiences today are very hip” to what’s going on on the screen. They know what is a special effect, and irregardless of the danger the main character is in they have a good understanding how they expect the movie to end, and expect that the main character will live – not because the character is stronger, but because the actor has a three movie contract. The Bourne trilogy was written with that in mind.

    So, HOW do you write an interesting script when today’s intelligent audience KNOWS how it’s going to turn out? Misdirection.

    I place ST:TOS firmly in the same category as The Prisoner, The Twilight Zone, and the Bourne trilogy. The writing was so brilliant that you couldn’t predict what was going to happen next. But with ST:TOS, same as this Trek movie, the intelligent audience KNOWS that, at the very end, all of the main characters will be alive and the Good Guys will win. It’s a PREQUEL, after all. Kirk et al will be victorious at the end of the movie (minus a few red shirts). This, then, is the main problem of writing for a series and especially for a prequel – HOW do you write an interesting script when the audience KNOWS how it’s going to turn out?

    The answer is – misdirection. Just when you thought Kirk was going to fire phasers, he’d unexpectedly solve it with intelligence and compassion. You’d be teased with the threat of violence – you would be sure that ‘something’ was going to happen, and then – BANG! A plot twist! Does Michael Corleone hit Barzini right away, or does he wait while you scream at the screen “What are you THINKING? WACK the $%@#%!” No, Michael waits, because he then uncovers who the traitor in his family is. Then, you get to say “Ah HA!” And you realize that the character in front of you is smarter than you. But even that’s a misdirection – it’s really Mario Puzo is smarter than you. You never knew it was coming because no one never wrote it that way before.

    That is what made the original Star Trek great – no one ever wrote that way before. Kirk lets Edith Keeler die. Did you see that coming? Was that completely original? Does that scene still tear your guts out when you watch it? Were you overcome by the morality? When did you realize that the entire episode built up to that one, heartbreaking scene? And how completely unimportant was the plot hole that Edith was smart enough to predict an optimistic future, but at that moment was too dumb to look both ways before crossing the street?

    For me, Star Trek canon is not Spock’s wife’s name, or knowing what was the first ship Kirk served on, or McCoy’s service number. For me, the canon of Trek was twofold: First, the main characters all had unquestionable integrity, and second, IT WAS NOT FORMULAMATIC. Yes, scripts occasionally borrowed from Shakespeare, but in the 1960s even that was innovative.

    Yes, canon gives you consistency. Consistency builds affection, which becomes loyalty which begets loads of cash for the studio. But give me an original story any day.

    When I look at this new movie, I see formula all over the place. I see a young, roguish Kirk learn to strengthen up and be responsible by living up to the hallowed memory of his deceased father (ex: A Few Good Men). I see lower ranks suddenly thrust into high responsibility when the leaders are all dead (SiFi channel Battlestar Galactica). And I see a penultimate battle at the very end (Star Wars).

    Formula makes it not special, just common.

  2. That is my definition of brilliant writing. That, to me, is ST canon.

    I hope that this new Trek movie has character integrity, and lives up to that.

  3. Interesting points Bill, and well said.
    Overall,,,writing screenplays has changed a lot from the past. Its more about instant gratification and catch phrases these days. This all stems from the audience having a short attention span.

    I believe your assessment of the new Trek is very accurate. Paramount hired Abrams for the very point in your comment. He’s not a radical director and he lifts everything and tweaks it just enough, to get by…

  4. I LOVE Karl Urban! That is a terrific Bones!

  5. (sigh).

    Looks like some people are just easy to please, I guess…

  6. What is a “lens flare”?

  7. I have to say that Karl Urban nailed the role and has done a very fine job of paying doctor McCoy rants and all…the new star trek movie was a million times better than i could have hoped and the whole cast deserves every bit of praise they get…..and the young lady that played Uhura was wonderful and seeing Leonard Nimoy on the big screen again was a true treat.

  8. When the promo said this isn’t your grandfathers star trek it’s wasn’t kidding and watching Eric Bana play the bad guy much less a romulan was engaging and not uninteresting he’s a very talented actor and I apologize if this is viewed as insulting to Mr. Bana but it was new seeing him as a romulan and a bad guy and he’s also very handsome that’s why I said it as I did. And Simon Pegg as scotty was hilarious I loved the movie….