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LeVar Burton

I've Got a Problem

With New 'Star Trek' Flick

6/14/2013 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

LeVar Burton says he's deeply conflicted about the new "Star Trek" movie ... telling TMZ there's something missing from the flick ... something extremely important.

Burton -- who famously starred in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" from 1987 to 1994 -- says he's already seen J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek Into Darkness" TWO TIMES ... but that doesn't mean he approves.

"At the end of the movie, I really care about what happens to the characters ... but I'm pretty much missing Gene Roddenberry in J.J.'s interpretation ... and at the end of the day, that's just not OK for me."

For all you non-Trekkies out there ... Gene created "Star Trek" back in the '60s and was heavily involved in the storytelling until his death in 1991.

So ... do you agree with LeVar?


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494 days ago


WTF, I didn't make that comment here. Anyway Levar is right. JJ Abrams is a hack. It was a horrible movie and this Khan didn't even need to be in it as he didn't resemble the old one in any way.

494 days ago

Eric in L.A.    

I understand what he means. Roddenberry gave his scripts a certain feeling of hope in people. But JJ is going more for action like in an old western cowboy movie. But I think there is room for both. I take JJ's Star Trek world as an alternate reality from Gene's.

494 days ago

Fred Farkel    

Oh STFU. Life moves on. Captain Kirk is not married to Miramanee any longer...

494 days ago


Yep, he's right - I'm an avid Trekker since TOS, but one viewing of this latest movie was more than enough. Not even sure I'll buy the DVD when released. As Levar says, I just don't care - saw some great special effects but little else.

494 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

I'm not a fan of the franchise nor the Sci-Fi genre, still, the respect Mr. Burton has for the late Mr. Roddenberry is pure class.

By the way, lately a couple of TV series has been
deemed "The Best TV Show of All Time".
Get real: Unless it opens with the brilliant
Rod Sterling? NOT even close.

494 days ago


"...there's something missing from the flick ... something extremely important..."
Yeah, him (in his opinion).

494 days ago


Absolutely! Jar Jar Abrams is a bastard and utterly talentless hack. His 'Lost' style of writing is based on giving the audience every 40 min. a cliff hanger and then starting with something new. He & his gay Jewish boy friend Damon Lindelof are the worst film makers in Hollywood. They just doing it for money, no soul, no spirit.

With every movie Jar Jar f*cks you right in your a**

494 days ago


Holy cow! Lavar Burton is an old man!

494 days ago


I have seen every Trek movie at the theater since the 1st movie. Saw this movie, enjoyed it while I was there, but honestly, it's forgettable.

Seriously was saying to my husband the other day, "Hey we should go see Trek before it's off theater"....then I realized "Oh no wait, we saw it"

The same holds true for the last one. Yet I remember all the others, and haven't seen some of them in years. Something is definitely missing.

494 days ago

Donka Do Ball    

Yo name is TOBEY !

494 days ago


It's a friggin sci fi movie. Get over it.

494 days ago

Roman Moroni    

statement makes no sense at all other than he's "wa-waaing" & wants pity; how bout we bring Capt Pike & Lt. Gary Mitchell back too??

494 days ago

Donka Do Ball    

The moment they hired Whoopi Goldberg,
the whole franchise jumped the shark.

494 days ago


I think that what he's trying to say is that this is yet another dark new age remake portrait that makes a depressing mockery of retro pop culture. This stuff is supposed to be for kids, not millennial monsters.

494 days ago
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