The internet is a pretty cool place (and not just for porn, as the musical ‘Avenue Q’ would have you believe). Anyone can find just about anything here – but there’s not necessarily any guarantees that what you’ll be finding is truthful or factual information. You really need to trust the site that you’re visiting in order to take what they say as iron-clad fact. Fortunately for ‘Star Trek Beyond‘ co-writer and star Simon Pegg, he trusts an online fan-run Star Trek reference website so much that he used the site to verify some of the things he wrote into the script of the new film. Yes, you’ve read that correctly.
Pegg, who portrays Scotty on-screen in addition to sharing writing duties for this Summer’s third installation of the JJ Abrams “rebooted” Trek series, was at CinemaCon in Las Vegas recently, and during a few interviews he chatted about the online experience that he and fellow co-writer Doug Jung had. Here’s what Pegg had to say:
“We had the entirety of ‘Star Trek’ history at our disposal and it’s always there online. There’s an amazing Wikipedia online called Memory Alpha. It became Doug and my resource and the place that we’d turn to whenever we wanted to know ‘What kind of weapons does an NX vessel carry?’ Memory Alpha has it. We actually wrote to the Memory Alpha guys and got them to name a certain device in the movie. I sent them a letter saying, ‘Can you come up with this for me?’ In two hours, they came back with an entire etymological history of what the thing was. It’s beautiful. It’s fantastic to have that support network.”
Interesting to note, of course, is that Pegg used Memory Alpha, which isn’t quite as “official” as the official Wikipedia website in terms of global fact-checking and information confirmation, but a Trek-specific Wikia does seem to make sense to be the place to go online if you have a question about something as specific as a piece of pop culture with a 50-year history.
‘Star Trek’ fans will also have another key takeaway from Pegg’s quote: he’s doing research on the NX-style vessel. This is the type of ship as seen in ‘Enterprise,’ the most recent televised Star Trek outing that served as a “prequel” to the stories told in the other Trek series. Does this mean that the Enterprise as the Abramsverse currently knows it – the one of the NCC variety – will meet its galactic maker in ‘Star Trek Beyond?’ While we can’t say definitely, of course, many signs certainly do point to “affirmative:” brief clips from trailers and promotional pictures do show the Enterprise taking heavy damage, with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) himself saying “We’ve got no ship” in a voiceover. Plus, as the first two Abrams films have somewhat paralleled the “classic” Star Trek films in some of their plot points, it’s important to note that the “classic” third film, ‘Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,’ did see the destruction of Enterprise NCC-1701.
Fans don’t have much longer to get the answers to these questions. ‘Star Trek Beyond’ hits American theaters on July 22, 2016.
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