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Roberto Orci Interview

Roberto Orci Interview

Roberto Orci recently sat down with (gasp, j/k) and talked about the writing process for the new film as well as easter eggs and klingons.

Were there any things you wanted to avoid as you were writing the script?

There's a responsibility in Star Trek to try and reflect the time that Star Trek is being made, which has always been part of its legacy. The original Star Trek came in the middle of the '60s with the Women's Movement, Civil Rights, the Cold War, and all those things are somehow reflected. Audiences, I think, are a little bit resistant to that, so we wanted to make sure that Star Trek has those things; they're subtle. They go by in a way so fast that you have to really think about it, instead of have it hit you in the face. And that was a fun challenge.

A Klingon fleet is mentioned, but we don't see any Klingons in the movie. Was it difficult not to pack the movie with every kind of well-known Star Trek race/species/character there is? Was it hard to hold back?

Knowing that we were fans of Star Trek we made the giant list of the things that we could put in. Then after we learned everything about Star Trek again, you kind of forget about it and try to tell a story. When you go through the story you find all the organic places for the things on your list that you wanted to see. There were lots of things we could cram in there that we purposely did not.

But you also have a nice selection of Star Trek Easter Eggs in the film like Archer's beagle mention, and the tribble on Scotty's desk. Who made the decision to have an R2-D2 Easter Egg?

You try to put in as many Easter Eggs as you can. The tribble was one of my favorites. So many people have seen the movie twice and still couldn't spot it. The R2-D2 Easter Egg wasn't my idea. I suspect it was J.J. and Damon.

Having Leonard Nimoy appear both on Star Trek reprising his role as Spock, and on Fringe as William Bell, -- and having them both play with the idea of time travel and parallel realities -- is an interesting crossover. Why did you want him to play such a pivtal role in Fringe?

It's an idea that Bryan Burke had when we were screening Trek in Austin, and we were there with Leonard Nimoy for a day or two. And Burke thought that the character of William Bell that we'd been building up on Fringe should be Nimoy. We already asked him for so much, and J.J. emailed him and he was interested. There's a certain logic to it. Bell is supposed to be one of the smartest men in the world; like Bill Gates meets Howard Hughes. So Nimoy's credentials as one of the smartest characters in the history of the world is already established through Star Trek. It's interesting to see him as a potential ambiguous, evil figure.  (source

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