This week’s third Major Spoilers Podcast features a discussion of the works of JJ Abrams (look for it this Friday!) which led to me ruminating a bit about his 2009 continuation of the Star Trek series. (My friend Dusty, the biggest Trek aficionado I know, will not allow me to refer to it as a reboot.) In that film, I was really impressed by the work of Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto, both of whom created their own takes on the iconic roles of Leonard McCoy and Mr. Spock. However, the kid they have playing Kirk never quite nails enough of the Shatner to be an homage, while never quite giving me something entirely unique enough to make his portrayal a whole new beast, leaving him as a pleasant enough composite protagonist, but never quite the iconic level of capital-K Kirk.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) canna’ take th’ strain, Cap’n, asking: Are our favorite movie and TV characters successful more because of who is playing their part, or could any sufficiently skilled actor bring them to life?