A Laurentian fixation

Movies, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Star Trek and Transformers screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman seem to have a thing for someone called Laurence.

In 2007’s Transformers, the remains of Megatron and the other defeated Decepticons were entombed in the icy depths of the Laurentian Abyss, an actual underwater valley off Canada’s Atlantic coast. It’s from this same location that Megatron is rescued in this summer’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. (It’s also where the U.S. and Soviet subs secretly meet in the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October.)

The abyss’ name caught my attention because another recent Orci-Kurtzman collaboration, Star Trek, featured a location called the Laurentian System. It’s there that most of the Starfleet is occupied and unable to respond to Vulcan’s distress call (though, what exactly is important enough to keep them from defending one of the Federations’ founding worlds is never revealed).

Coincidence? MacGuffin? Red herring? Meme? Could all things Laurentian be this generation’s 1138?

Time, and more sequels, may tell.

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