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J.J. Abrams says "Star Trek has to be sexy"

Apr. 26, 2013by:

Everything about J.J. Abrams take on STAR TREK was sleek and modern, right down to the young, sexy cast-members. As a big budget summer movie, STAR TREK was not going to cast a bunch of mediocre looking actors to fill these roles. They wanted the reboot of the classic franchise to take a step away from geekdom and one into the mainstream. I felt that STAR TREK bridged both perfectly and enjoyed the hell out of it. With STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, that sexy factor is going way up with the addition of Alice Eve.

Many are likely complaining that STAR TREK is not meant to be sexy because it is a more intelligent take on science fiction and should not be bogged down in T&A. Well, J.J. Abrams disagrees with you and gives a pretty good argument why in the latest issue of Playboy:

Star Trek has to be sexy. Thats in keeping with the original spirit of the series. In the 1960s they were limited because of the time, but so much was insinuated. Part of the fun of our first movie was playing with the idea that Uhura and Spock were a couple. This movie takes that further and asks how thats possible. Why would she be interested in that kind of guy, and why would she put up with him? Its obvious what he would like about her. I mean, its fucking Zo Saldana.
And its always fun playing the womanizing card with Kirk and seeing him in bed with girls who might not be completely humanyou know, green skin or whatever. Nobodys going to force Kirk to be a romantic and settle down. That would feel forced and silly. Kirks a player. We like him that way.
We also have Alice Eve joining us; shes an incredibly wonderful, versatile actress and definitely in the sexy category. Shes a great complement to Uhura. Hey, it wouldnt be Star Trek if there werent some hot young actors, women and men, in various moments of either undress or flirtation.

I would contest that STAR TREK has always been sexy, just like Abrams said. I grew up watching old episodes with my dad and kept thinking that William Shatner was a badass that he got every single type of woman in the galaxy. I was originally annoyed by the Uhura-Spock romance, but with subsequent viewings it bothers me less and less. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS looks darker and grittier than any previous film based on Gene Roddenberry's creation and still manages to squeeze in that shot of Alice Eve in her bra and panties. Bless you, J.J. Abrams.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS opens May 17, 2013.

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9:42AM on 04/27/2013
Star Trek (all the series) HAS dealt with the topic of sex. Whether its between Data and Yar, Picard and Dr. Crusher, Archer and..whoever, the topic was there. However, none of the series was ever trying to be "sexy" in its actual characteristics of the show. It dealt with the topic but wasn't in your face about it for more than an episode or two. The fact that Abrams actually thinks that the reason why the lack of it on TOS was because of time constraints is idiotic. Kirk kissed girls but name
Star Trek (all the series) HAS dealt with the topic of sex. Whether its between Data and Yar, Picard and Dr. Crusher, Archer and..whoever, the topic was there. However, none of the series was ever trying to be "sexy" in its actual characteristics of the show. It dealt with the topic but wasn't in your face about it for more than an episode or two. The fact that Abrams actually thinks that the reason why the lack of it on TOS was because of time constraints is idiotic. Kirk kissed girls but name me a single episode where you see him actually in bed with a woman. Abrams really has no idea what hes talking about and will try and find things to justify his raging hard on for the women he's working with.
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7:22PM on 04/28/2013
T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) and 7 of 9 (Jeri Ryan) were both on the show for their sex appeal. There was no denying that the show made a point of emphasizing how "sexy" they were. And, by the way, there were certain limitations regarding what they could show on television in the sixties, so Star Trek (The Original Series) showed what they were allowed (and Star Trek: The Next Generation has a lot more sex, particularly with Riker). Kissing was sexy and they had to imply sex rather than show it.
T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) and 7 of 9 (Jeri Ryan) were both on the show for their sex appeal. There was no denying that the show made a point of emphasizing how "sexy" they were. And, by the way, there were certain limitations regarding what they could show on television in the sixties, so Star Trek (The Original Series) showed what they were allowed (and Star Trek: The Next Generation has a lot more sex, particularly with Riker). Kissing was sexy and they had to imply sex rather than show it. Star Trek had sexy elements in it, and it's not like JJ Abrams is putting in excessive sexual content. Alice Eve in her bra and panty and Zoe Saldana in tight clothes is on par with some of the sexy content Star Trek had.
6:41AM on 04/27/2013
So he justifies it by saying: "In the 1960s they were limited because of the time, but so much was insinuated." Yeah, 'insinuated', not blatant. This makes him sound like a stereotypical misogynist studio exec.
So he justifies it by saying: "In the 1960s they were limited because of the time, but so much was insinuated." Yeah, 'insinuated', not blatant. This makes him sound like a stereotypical misogynist studio exec.
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7:28PM on 04/28/2013
I think "limited by the time" means "limited by the standards and practices of the 60s." There were limitations to what they could show back then, so they had to imply sex rather than show it. As Star Trek entered an age where sex was given more freedom on television,the shows featured more sexy elements, with Deanna Troi, Seven of Nine, and T'Pol all wearing tight clothing for obvious reasons.
I think "limited by the time" means "limited by the standards and practices of the 60s." There were limitations to what they could show back then, so they had to imply sex rather than show it. As Star Trek entered an age where sex was given more freedom on television,the shows featured more sexy elements, with Deanna Troi, Seven of Nine, and T'Pol all wearing tight clothing for obvious reasons.
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11:23PM on 04/26/2013
It seems that's the only thing anyone knows when it comes to films, bands, etc. It always comes down to "hot women" or "hot men." Hence why I limit my conversations about these things with most people because that's all that ever seems to matter. I tend to enjoy things on a much deeper level than that if sheer aesthetic value.
It seems that's the only thing anyone knows when it comes to films, bands, etc. It always comes down to "hot women" or "hot men." Hence why I limit my conversations about these things with most people because that's all that ever seems to matter. I tend to enjoy things on a much deeper level than that if sheer aesthetic value.
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3:23PM on 04/28/2013
Guys, keep in mind that this was an interview with Playboy. What's Abrams going to talk about, the special FX??
Guys, keep in mind that this was an interview with Playboy. What's Abrams going to talk about, the special FX??
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12:42PM on 04/27/2013
Can Star Trek be sexy? Sure. Does it need to be? Not really. But what it does need is intelligence, something this reboot has sadly forgotten.
Can Star Trek be sexy? Sure. Does it need to be? Not really. But what it does need is intelligence, something this reboot has sadly forgotten.
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9:35PM on 04/26/2013
My penis approves
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9:01AM on 04/28/2013
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4:08PM on 04/26/2013
100% agree with Abrams. Yes it's an incredibly intellectual show/film series but any Trek fan is kidding himself/herself if they think that the show hasn't always tried in various ways to have a "sexy" appeal (Orion slave girl...hello!). Just look at every single major female cast member of any of the shows or movies. 7 of 9 was brought onto "Voyager" cause the ratings were diminishing...do you think the ratings were bad afterward? I'll let you guess. :)

But the terrific thing about "Star
100% agree with Abrams. Yes it's an incredibly intellectual show/film series but any Trek fan is kidding himself/herself if they think that the show hasn't always tried in various ways to have a "sexy" appeal (Orion slave girl...hello!). Just look at every single major female cast member of any of the shows or movies. 7 of 9 was brought onto "Voyager" cause the ratings were diminishing...do you think the ratings were bad afterward? I'll let you guess. :)

But the terrific thing about "Star Trek" is it always had beautiful women...with brains. Dr. Crusher on TNG was one of my very first crushes (no pun intended) growing up and her character was always independent and intelligent yet very attractive and feminine. "Star Trek" started that trend as a science fiction series and every other franchise has just copied it since.
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4:26PM on 04/26/2013
Explain Nurse Ratchet.
Explain Nurse Ratchet.
8:59AM on 04/28/2013
I kissed Gates (Dr Crusher) right on the smacker too at a Trek convention in Australia and she gave me an autographed First Contact chocolate bar. It was delish...... The chocky bar that is. I planned to not wash my mouth ever again but through fear of my mouth falling off i changed my mind. :-)
Oh yeah and I agree with you 100%.
I kissed Gates (Dr Crusher) right on the smacker too at a Trek convention in Australia and she gave me an autographed First Contact chocolate bar. It was delish...... The chocky bar that is. I planned to not wash my mouth ever again but through fear of my mouth falling off i changed my mind. :-)
Oh yeah and I agree with you 100%.
12:41PM on 04/28/2013

The Original Series Was Sexual

C'mon! They had women in bikinis, inter-species sex and female officers in mini-skirts with their panties showing on the original show. So, to include those elements in the film re-imagining of the original series is fine. Now, I understand people feeling that Star Trek is not sexy. Clearly, the Shatner films were not as sexually charged as the 60's show. Also, ST: TNG was pretty non-sexual as were all the other series that followed. TNG was about humans being more evolved than ever, so to be
C'mon! They had women in bikinis, inter-species sex and female officers in mini-skirts with their panties showing on the original show. So, to include those elements in the film re-imagining of the original series is fine. Now, I understand people feeling that Star Trek is not sexy. Clearly, the Shatner films were not as sexually charged as the 60's show. Also, ST: TNG was pretty non-sexual as were all the other series that followed. TNG was about humans being more evolved than ever, so to be blatantly sexual like on the original show was unnecessary. This doesn't mean there were no sexual elements in any of the Star Trek projects since the original series. It just means that it was handled in a more subtle way than the original series did it. Basically, as Abrams' new films are based on the 60's show, those sexual elements are going to be more overtly portrayed. Which is coolbeans in my book.
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8:07AM on 04/28/2013
I agree, 'Star Trek' does need to be sexy. Judging by the trailers, it looks like the next film will not only mix the 'sexy'..but mix in intelligence (And fun! Remember, 'Star Trek' has to be fun, something it wasn't for a LOOONG time before the 2009 film). Kirk seems to learn some humility as he goes up against the villain, John Harrison, something he didn't do in the first film.
I agree, 'Star Trek' does need to be sexy. Judging by the trailers, it looks like the next film will not only mix the 'sexy'..but mix in intelligence (And fun! Remember, 'Star Trek' has to be fun, something it wasn't for a LOOONG time before the 2009 film). Kirk seems to learn some humility as he goes up against the villain, John Harrison, something he didn't do in the first film.
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9:21AM on 04/27/2013
As long as it's not too blatant and not the focus, sure. The 60s series is plenty sexy--I've been rewatching it and man, Kirk's hitting on a new woman every episode, the man's a total pig. But it was never the point. Sadly, subtlety is not JJ Abrams' strength. I liked his first Star Trek plenty and expect to like Into Darkness as well, but if he keeps the focus on the surface elements and has no interest in the depth that made Star Trek truly great, then his movies will never reach the
As long as it's not too blatant and not the focus, sure. The 60s series is plenty sexy--I've been rewatching it and man, Kirk's hitting on a new woman every episode, the man's a total pig. But it was never the point. Sadly, subtlety is not JJ Abrams' strength. I liked his first Star Trek plenty and expect to like Into Darkness as well, but if he keeps the focus on the surface elements and has no interest in the depth that made Star Trek truly great, then his movies will never reach the level of the series or the best films.
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11:24PM on 04/26/2013
It seems that's the only thing anyone knows when it comes to films, bands, etc. It always comes down to "hot women" or "hot men." Hence why I limit my conversations about these things with most people because that's all that ever seems to matter. I tend to enjoy things on a much deeper level than that if sheer aesthetic value.
It seems that's the only thing anyone knows when it comes to films, bands, etc. It always comes down to "hot women" or "hot men." Hence why I limit my conversations about these things with most people because that's all that ever seems to matter. I tend to enjoy things on a much deeper level than that if sheer aesthetic value.
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9:37PM on 04/26/2013
Hopefully in terms of sexy we'd get to see Alice Eve and Zoe Saldana in bikini about 2/3 of the running time :]
Hopefully in terms of sexy we'd get to see Alice Eve and Zoe Saldana in bikini about 2/3 of the running time :]
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11:24PM on 04/26/2013
It seems that's the only thing anyone knows when it comes to films, bands, etc. It always comes down to "hot women" or "hot men." Hence why I limit my conversations about these things with most people because that's all that ever seems to matter. I tend to enjoy things on a much deeper level than that if sheer aesthetic value.
It seems that's the only thing anyone knows when it comes to films, bands, etc. It always comes down to "hot women" or "hot men." Hence why I limit my conversations about these things with most people because that's all that ever seems to matter. I tend to enjoy things on a much deeper level than that if sheer aesthetic value.
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10:13PM on 04/26/2013

Just lost a lot of respect for Mr. Abrams.

This year has been so great for the portrayal of women in media, and I was hoping Star Trek Into Darkness would further that. But these comments from JJ Abrams are worrying me a lot about that scenario. As long as the female characters are still strong and have powerful roles, I guess it's not a bad thing. After all, there is a level of sexualization that is okay. But if he kicks the cool stuff that the girls do, in favor of them being purely sex objects, then I am severely disappointed in
This year has been so great for the portrayal of women in media, and I was hoping Star Trek Into Darkness would further that. But these comments from JJ Abrams are worrying me a lot about that scenario. As long as the female characters are still strong and have powerful roles, I guess it's not a bad thing. After all, there is a level of sexualization that is okay. But if he kicks the cool stuff that the girls do, in favor of them being purely sex objects, then I am severely disappointed in JJ Abrams for that decision.
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2:36AM on 04/27/2013
Alice Eve is indeed sexy & even Rachel Nichols in the first one as a green alien (sorry if thats not the proper term), but while I have nothing against Zoe Saldana as an actress, i don't really find her to be all that sexy.
Alice Eve is indeed sexy & even Rachel Nichols in the first one as a green alien (sorry if thats not the proper term), but while I have nothing against Zoe Saldana as an actress, i don't really find her to be all that sexy.
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5:03PM on 04/26/2013
I'm all for Star Trek being sexy. I was unfamiliar with the original series and subsequent TV shows but really love JJ Abrams' take on it with Star Trek '09. While some stalwarts may disapprove, I think the new approach really reinvigorated the franchise and made it exciting and contemporary while not disrespectfully upheaving what went before.
I'm all for Star Trek being sexy. I was unfamiliar with the original series and subsequent TV shows but really love JJ Abrams' take on it with Star Trek '09. While some stalwarts may disapprove, I think the new approach really reinvigorated the franchise and made it exciting and contemporary while not disrespectfully upheaving what went before.
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4:28PM on 04/26/2013
Sounds like Spock is show-er, not a grow-er . . .
Sounds like Spock is show-er, not a grow-er . . .
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4:11PM on 04/26/2013

yes...

Zoe issssssss so beautiful :) I am stoked as fuck for this. :)
Zoe issssssss so beautiful :) I am stoked as fuck for this. :)
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5:10PM on 04/26/2013
I have no problem with this. Sex it up all you want Mr. Abrams.
I have no problem with this. Sex it up all you want Mr. Abrams.
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