Don’t make assumptions about Star Trek 2 based on the end of Star Trek XI, says Alex Kurtzman.
At the end of Star Trek XI, Kirk was in the captain’s chair and the crew was all together, but that doesn’t mean everything is hunky-dory.
“…just because [Kirk’s] in the chair and they’re on the bridge together [don’t assume] that they’re the crew that you remember from the original series,” said Kurtzman. “They’re not — the crew from the original series had gone on many, many journeys, they were a well-oiled machine in terms of how they function, and these characters are still figuring out who they are and who they are to each other. And I did not want to jump so far ahead that we missed a really important emotional connection to that transition for them.”
Furthermore, just because Kirk is now in that Captain’s chair, it doesn’t mean that he is comfortable in it quite yet. “Jim Kirk…inherits the Enterprise at the end of Star Trek but that doesn’t mean he fully understands what it means to be Captain. It just means, oh, he has the Enterprise now — so now what? He’s never sent men and women to their deaths before, so what’s going to happen when that kind of question comes up for him? I guess I normally look at it from a place of pure character.”