TDQ Investigates: Help Me, J.J. Abrams, You’re My Only Hope

Trek Wars

The world must come to grip with the fact that it is one time-travel plot device away from a Star Wars/Star Trek mash-up.

The texts and e-mails started pouring in to us here at The Daily Quarterly as soon as it seemingly became official that “Lost” co-creator and “Star Trek” reboot director J.J. Abrams had signed on to direct the next “Star Wars” film, “Episode VII: Let’s Hope This One’s Better Than the Last Three.”

When news broke back in October that Disney had paid George Lucas just a bit more for the “Star Wars” franchise than Han got for rescuing Princess Leia, Abrams denied that he would be directing the next movie, since he had already directed “Star Trek,” and everybody knows you have to be invested whole hog in either one or the other, not both.

But now that he’s changed his mind, we obviously have to weigh in here. And here is the official TDQ position on this: cautiously optimistic, we are.

I mean, it’s not like Abrams can do much worse with the next trilogy than Lucas himself did with the prequel trilogy.

Now, full disclosure, Karl hasn’t watched “Lost,” whereas I own every episode on DVD, and was “thoroughly satisfied” with the “Lost” finale, when plenty, plenty of other people either hated the way the series ended, or left long before the last episode.  

That being said, we know clearly not everything Abrams touches turns to gold. We never watched “Felicity,” but from what we know about it, we’re desperately hoping nobody in the next movie has hair like Keri Russell from season 1. And in many ways, “Alias” lost its footing midway through the series’ run only to find itself again at the end.

But he’s got more hits than misses in his career, and we’re willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. (“Alcatraz” never got a fair shake, we think.) And, if he can come up with a hot female lead character anything close to Sidney Bristow or Olivia from “Fringe” (Again, see: “Alcatraz”), that alone could be worth the price of admission for the next “Star Wars.”

Just please, please, please, J.J., don’t throw in any time travel in the next “Star Wars” flick. There’s a time and a place for time travel, but a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away isn’t it.

You are now informed. Go and do likewise.

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