'Star Trek' Writers Reveal Their Most Controversial Script Decisions And Why They Made Them

Roberto Orci and Alex KurtzmanThey say that knowledge is power. If that’s the case, well, our readers must be some powerful “Star Trek”-loving mofos right now. Centering on the film’s huge opening and the sequel plans already underway, we’ve spent the last week leaking formerly top-secret info on the Captain Kirk scene that was never shot, revealing answers to the film’s burning questions, and running through things you may have missed while watching the movie.

Now that we can safely assume that most of you are past spoiler-warning territory (if you haven’t seen “Trek" by now, um, why?), here’s a few additional tidbits we were holding back. They come courtesy of “Trek” writers/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who recently told us about what they consider to have been their two gutsiest choices while writing the script.

“Destroying Vulcan obviously,” Kurtzman said of the move that they were most afraid might anger loyal Trekkies. “The scariest thing about that was us having to pitch that to Leonard Nimoy: ‘Hi, I know we just met, but let me tell you about what happens to your home planet’.”

“We internally debated that for a while, but ultimately decided that we wanted to announce that this was really going to be a different future for all of our cast and crew,” Kurtzman said. “And destroying Vulcan was, in a way, a sacred cow to both honor and to remove.”

Orci, however, was more concerned when they devised another major break from ‘Star Trek’ canon. “Obviously, very tricky was the relationship between Spock and Uhura,” he explained of the surprising romance, which was never even remotely hinted at in the original series. “I think everybody knows that the first interracial kiss [on TV] was between Kirk and Uhura on the original series, but there was never a relationship between the two of them.”

Discussing the reasoning behind the romantic subplot, Orci explained: “It was a decision that was made largely because Spock had just suffered the death of his planet, and you felt for him so dramatically, and in a moment like that the person he would talk to - in his own Spock way - would have been Kirk, except him and Kirk weren’t friends at that point.”

“So, it felt like there was an organic way to make Uhura his secret confidante,” Orci continued. “What happens in that scene is that you are paying tribute to a variant of what happened in the original series, and want Spock to have a hug in that scene. And because he can’t express emotion – well, he can but he chooses not to – we felt like [Uhura kissing Spock was] a really good way to allow the audience to do that for him.”

What did you think of Orci and Kurtzman’s two most “controversial” decisions? Do you agree with their reasoning?

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