C-3PO's canny little friend was first seen briefly in 2009's Star Trek,
which saw director JJ Abrams deliver strong reviews and impressive box
office by rebooting the series with an all-action approach plus an
entirely new cast as the crew of the USS Enterprise. Now the website io9
has pointed out that the droid can be seen being sucked into space one
hour and 17 minutes into sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, which repeated
its predecessor's success but has fallen foul of long-term fans.
At the annual Star Trek convention in Las Vegas last month, Abrams'
film was voted the worst Star Trek film in the entire canon by
"Trekkers". To add insult to injury, it was beaten not only by 1989's
much-maligned, William Shatner-directed Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
but by sci-fi spoof Galaxy Quest, which is not a Star Trek movie at all.
Self-confessed Trekker blogger Bill Gibron summed up the feelings of
many hardcore fans in an open letter to Abrams in May. "Star Trek is not
Star Wars," he wrote. "Trek and Wars comes from two totally different
places. One is thoughtful serious science fiction. The other is a
massively entertaining genre mash-up between Westerns, Asian action
films, and '30s serials."
Abrams has made no secret of his love for Star Wars, and was revealed
as the director of the latest film in the long-running saga earlier in
January. Disney is to produce a new trilogy of films, as well as several
spin-off movies featuring characters from the original triptych, after
buying LucasFilm for $4.05bn in October last year.