NBC’s Saturday Night Live staff does it again with this hilarious segment featuring Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine (Spock and Kirk respectively) making an appearance on SNL’s “Weekend Edition” to address the concerns of Trekkers who were upset that the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster didn’t follow “Star Trek history.”
(Ha. Which includes me. Well, I was only mildly concerned, and not so much so that I didn’t enjoy the movie. It was excellent!)
At any rate, Pine starts opens with an apology of sorts and Quinto follows up by explaining how they did incorporate some well known Trek lore like the “Vulcan PonFar” ritual. Then Pine stumbles on his words while trying to explain the technology of the “Transporter” and just as all seems lost for the two new megastars, Leonard Nimoy walks in to an ovation and saves the day, expaining “Any Trekker who doesn’t like the movie is…” something I can’t print here but they can say on live television.
What’s so funny are the two “Trekkers” in costume in the audience making “We’re watching you” faces at the stars during the segment.
All of this fun causes me to wonder if we will see a “Star Trek Blooper Video” with outtakes from the film, much as we enjoyed the Star Trek Blooper Real of the past with some funny errors caught on tape as the cast of the television show was at work.
Hollywood Suprised At “Star Trek” Boxoffice
Meanwhile, Nikke Finke, who’s “Deadline Hollywood” blog is the best source for inside information on Hollywood, revealed that not only did Star Trek surprise Hollywood, earning 76.5 million for the weekend, but the audience was 60 percent male, 40 percent female, which surprised me as I expected a 70 percent / 30 percent split based on the demographics for Star Trek videos on YouTube.
To put that in perspective, a domestic weekend total under $50M would have meant the pic didn’t attract a new and younger audience and relied instead on the franchise’s older but loyal fanbase of Trekkies. It was risky for Paramount to market the movie as “not your father’s Star Trek”. But the critical reviews for JJ Abrams’ reboot are 96% positive.