Earlier today, I interviewed Kevin Smith about his new flick, Zack and Miri Make a Porno--and while I had him on the line, I couldn't help but sneak in a question about two other upcoming movies, Zack Snyder's Watchmen and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. (Smith, the patron saint of geeks everywhere, was able to see rough cuts of both films a while ago.) Smith's verdict? "Both rock, man." On Abrams' reboot/prequel Star Trek, Smith had this to say:

Star Trek, it just seemed like one of those ideas where you're like, "I dunno, dude, there's no point in doin' it if you're just gonna have different people playin' those parts." Like, it was one thing when they did Next Generation and you had completely new characters--but to go at it with the same characters but different actors was chancy. But J.J. did it, man. And he chose the best guy to play Kirk. This dude Chris Pine? Oh, he's just fuckin' amazing.

So I'd say that's a thumbs up from Kevin Smith. And if that's not enough, today a bunch of stills from Star Trek hit the internet, finally giving us a good look at what the characters, ship, and sets will look like in the upcoming film. I know it's not like you can judge a film's quality by its stills, but that said, holy shit--these images certainly make it look like Abrams has nailed it, at least visually. I love the look of these. Beam on over to Hit io9 for more images.