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I got an early glimpse on Sunday of the nine-minute prologue for "Star Trek into Darkness" in IMAX 3D, followed by a meet and greet yesterday at director J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot studio in Santa Monica. Abrams additionally screened the new trailer that will go online next week along with special footage that will be kept under wraps until much closer to the May 17 release. The prologue will screen in front of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" beginning Friday at select IMAX theaters What's definitely reinforced is that Abrams now owns "Star Trek" in much the same way that Chris Nolan took possession of Batman. In fact, if Abrams' popular origin story/reboot was "Star Trek" on steroids, then the prologue is more like "Star Trek" on super steroids. Abrams not only captures the dramatic essence of the original series (in which Kirk, Spock, and McCoy represent the ego, »

- Bill Desowitz

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