The screenplay for the sequel to J.J. Abrams' better-than-we'd-dared-hope Star Trek is almost done, and news has been trickling out. We dig through all the evidence, and ask whether this film could avoid the dreaded ailment of sequel-itis.
So there's been a trickle of news about Star Trek 2 (or 12) lately, which we've been covering in our "morning spoilers" feature. But now that Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof have almost finished the script, we've been poring over all the hints we've gotten about the next Trek chapter and wondering if it can build on what was great about the first film. Assuming Abrams even comes back to direct again, can he and his crew energizing the Dilithium chamber of great storytelling one more time?
Sequeli-itis is more than just a kind of rot, or blight, that attacks the branches of a successful original story. It's really an ailment of the soul, a withering of the innermost narrative spark. The more warmth and character a story had the first time around, the more damage sequel-itis can do — as opposed to, say, Transformers, which really didn't have that much greatness to ruin. (We list some general treatments for sequel-itis here.)