Friday, May 08, 2009
Ok, this is hilarious.
But its also a bit frustrating because while they're absurd at moments, the Fans do have a few valid points.
I know I'm about to sound like a ridiculous, jaded Trekkie nerd here ("The buildings are too tall!!!"), but please bare with...
Star Trek isn't solely about Action - it has overlaying themes and messages about Society, pro-intelligence and an optimistic view of the Future.
Hey, I'm all for adding more action to Trek, but not at the expense of losing Gene's message and becoming just another generic sci-fi popcorn flick "loosely based on..." Star Trek is more than just space ships, phasers and aliens. While it does have action/adventure, it is not about action/adventure. It's what set it apart from all the other science fiction and keeps it relevant today, 35+years later. There's room for both cerebral themes, scenes & dialogue AND kickass action. If you want mindless action, go to a Monster Truck rally - you might get lucky and see Truckasaurus!
Two things in the promo tour have caused a raised eyebrow...
1) In the trailer, Captain Pike describes Starfleet as "A Peacekeeping Armada". Wait, what? I thought they were explorers, scientists and astronauts seeking out new life and new civilizations. When did they become the U.N.?
2) In a CNN interview, Chris Pine (new Kirk) says, "You look at the bridge of the Enterprise, and it's a veritable United Nations of colors, races and sexes.... What a wonderful thing to look at a bunch of people working together against one common enemy that's out there."
Gene's optimistic future was not one of "United Against Another"... it was "United in Exploration and Learning"... of moving FORWARD, TOGETHER into a better, brighter future.
The reason for the eyebrow raises mentioned above is that those two reasons give me the impression the meaning and relevance of Star Trek has been lost with the writers, director and actors.
My fear is they're replacing Star Trek with Galactica. I'm going to see the film sunday night and am really looking forward to it! I'm going in with a very open mind and truly hope it kicks as much as as everyone around me is saying (both life-long diehard Trekkies and Non). I just hope they've stayed true to what made Star Trek awesome in the first place, while keeping it new and fresh for the 21st Century.
Regardless, it can't be any worse than the past 20+ years of Trek, can it?
Posted by Jim at Friday, May 08, 2009