By Marisa Okano
Eye-strained "Star Trek: Into Darkness" enthusiasts must be breathing a collective sigh of relief now that director J.J. Abrams has finally fessed up to a serious lens flare addiction. "I actually had to use ILM [Industrial Light & Magic] to remove lens flare in a couple of shots, which is, I know, moronic," he told CraveOnline. "But admitting you're an addict is the first step to recovery," he added.
This isn't the first time a "Star Trek" movie maker has found himself in the middle of a mea culpa. Here's a look at the many apologies we've seen for "Star Trek: Into Darkness":
1. Lens Flare Apology
That certain special effect that Abrams has admitted to going "nuts" on has truly become infamous for its overuse in the "Star Trek" reboot series. The folks at sci-fi fan blog i09 detailed the director's lens flare apology here. A meticulous YouTuber even went so far as to count every lens flare in the first Abrams "Star Trek" film. His final count? 721. See for yourself.
2. Underwear Apology
Co-writer/producer Damon Lindelof gave his regards to anyone who may have been offended by Dr. Carol Marcus's (Alice Eve) unnecessary underwear scene in "Star Trek: Into Darkness." His explanation, as tweeted: "I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress." In an attempt to come full circle, Lindelof followed his apology with the disclaimer that Chris Pine dropped down to his skivvies in both films.
3. Flame-War Fallout, an Apology
In a blog entitled "Star Trek is broken - here are some ideas on how to fix it," Trekkie blogger Joseph Dickerson commented on several aspects of the "Star Trek" series that he felt went terribly awry. One of them: Dissappointing subplot characters like Sulu and Uhura, who continue to get the short end of the "Star Trek" stick, still, after 50 years. "Into Darkness" screenwriter Roberto Orci was not pleased. He flew into a web rage via Twitter, ranting: "I think [Dickerson's article] is akin to a child acting out against his parents." He even went so far as to disparage fans who commented on Dickerson's post, calling them "s----y fans." Later, Orci did apologize for his fury - describing it as "not his finest moment."
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