Now, awesome as J.J. Abrams' work on the Star Trek reboot (and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness) was, it still left a lot of old-school Trek-fans a little cold. The main reason? It took the series a long way from its roots as an idealistic science and exploration-focused series, in which the idea-of-the-week was key. Instead, it became a rip-roaring adventure more in line with Star Wars - which Abrams is, not un-coincidentally, now directing the next installment of.
With Abrams' departure from the franchise, though, and the Fast and the Furious series' Justin Lin's arrival, Star Trek looks set to set off in another direction once again.
The thing is, though:
That Direction Might Be Very Different From What We're Expecting
Specifically, it sure sounds as though Star Trek 3 is - despite the hiring of the firmly action-oriented Lin - heading back to its TV roots - and bringing the old-school spirit of exploration back to the fore.
Or, at least, that's what Simon Pegg - the reboot's Scotty, and co-writer of Star Trek 3 - recently suggested while talking to Spinoff Online:
"[W]e just want to take it forward with the spirit of the TV show. And it's a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that's where we want to take it, you know. Where no man has gone before – where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation."
Which, from the sounds of it, means we might have a whole lot more to look forward to about Star Trek 3 than we might have expected.
After all, looking back on the first two movies in the rebooted series, there are few greater moments than our first look at the new Enterprise...
So, if the new movie could combine that slice of old-school excitement with a solid mound of the bad-ass space-action that the first two movie were full of - as seen below...
...then it really could be something special.