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2009's Star Trek is the Movie equivalent of Christmas

Johnny Sage

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Report this Dec. 31 2010, 12:35 pm

 


It brings a smile to my face to think of the expression that crossed yours when you first read the title for this post. As controversial as it sounds I am in no way implying what it is you think I am,


 


There is a lot of hate out there for the 2009 Star Trek Preboot. Some warranted and some not. This post is not a attempt to change any ones mind, for the simple fact that such a feat is impossible and as such the undertaking would be illogical (BaZiNga). No the purpose of this post is far simpler, far smaller. I seek simply to gain some understanding for the movie. If not acceptance of it, at least a reprieve. I am going to avoid terms such as “Every one knows” or “All Trek fans will agree” because as everyone knows (BaZiNga) real trek fans don't agree on anything.


 


Christmas has long been celebrated as the birth of Christ. A noble and just celebration in the eyes of Christians, though it is generally accepted that Jesus was not born in December but more likely in the spring. The purpose of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was originally to take the place of the Winter Solstice in a attempt to convert the pagans to Christianity. It incorporated many of their symbols and practices into the new holiday, while disposing of some of the others. As a result a portion of the world both christian and non christian alike join in the spirit of goodwill every year and symbolically celebrate and enjoy the Christmas season together. For those of you with the attention span to still be reading I now bring this to the point:


 


Star Trek was dying. Enterprise has burned out, with even a loyal fan base turning its back (criminally so, the show wasn't the best but it was still pretty good) on it. Ratings fell, which means money dried up, which caused cancellation. Dr. McCoy was running his tricorder over the fallen body of our beloved franchise and was looking up at that big Captain in the sky, preparing to deliver his grim yet signature diagnosis. Something had to be done, in order for Trek to live it needed its fans back sure, but even more it needed new fans, it had to reach out to the ADD public that had branded Star Trek as a nerds wet dream and make it acceptable again. Enter JJ Abrams. Yes the bridge looked like an apple store, yes the story was thin and free of allegory, and yes that bridge crew was just a bit too pretty. But that is what the money loving public needed. The younger generation needed to be able to identify with the protagonists. That is what was delivered, is it OUR Star Trek?, no, a shadowy reflection perhaps. While some aspects had to be changed, and updated to court new viewers I believe the spirit rang true, the adventure, the discovery, the sense of awe. The new movie created a bridge that brought Star Trek back out into relevant pop culture. It had to be dumbed down, stripped to its simple essence. In order to survive basic life reverts back to a single celled organism, because it is the most resilient, Trek had to do the same. One day Trek will return to what we all know and love, and with it a new revitalized fan base. The movies will begin to sneak in their signature allegory and intelligence. What Trek needs is our support, and our patience. Its okay if the new Star Trek movie does not number among your home video collection, but don't count the franchise out. Leonard Nemoy, Spock himself knows this has to be done, so I implore you, yield to his logic. It isn't pleasant, no one likes to make sacrifices, but just like Captain Kirk's heart breaking choice in the classic episode 'City on the Edge of Forever' it had to be done to save the future.


 


 


So to those of you who spit at the very mention of the new movie I think Gene Hackman said it best in the classic disaster/adventure movie 'The Poseidon Adventure'


 


“You don't have to fight for us!, but d@#n it, don't fight against us!”

MrMordenandAssociates

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Report this Dec. 31 2010, 4:40 pm

Star Trek was dying. Enterprise has burned out, with even a loyal fan base turning its back (criminally so, the show wasn't the best but it was still pretty good) on it. Ratings fell, which means money dried up, which caused cancellation. Dr. McCoy was running his tricorder over the fallen body of our beloved franchise and was looking up at that big Captain in the sky, preparing to deliver his grim yet signature diagnosis.

Interesting that you use this analogy. Do you remember the scene in ST V where McCoy took his own father off life support to "preserve his dignity"? Or the scene in DS9 where Kira had to be convinced to let Briel die because what made him Briel was gone? Whether we like it or not, there will come a time to say goodbye to Star Trek. It might be 10,20,50 years in the future, or it could have been 5, 10, 20 years ago. When it dies, I want it to have dignity. I don't want it turned into a "shadow" of what it used to be.
Some fans believe that ST 2009 was a rebirth. Some fans, like me, believe that it has been put on life support. We will have two more movies, but I doubt that there will be a new series. I don't think there will be a demand for it, and it will be too much of a gamble for CBS. But I'm a pessimist.
I'm sure JJ's press secretary will be in to tell me the error in my thinking.

MrMordenandAssociates

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Report this Dec. 31 2010, 4:48 pm

As for this line:
“You don't have to fight for us!, but d@#n it, don't fight against us!”

How does my hatred for ST 2009, or my indifference toward its two sequels hurt anyone other than maybe myself?

Matthias Russell

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Report this Dec. 31 2010, 5:43 pm

Congragulations! This is the 1,000,000th thread on ST09.

Ghostmojo

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Report this Jan. 02 2011, 3:42 am

Perhaps when all is said and done - it might be better it if were Star Trek R.I.P.


Leave us with our memories without further debasement. There has been enough of that by Berman and Braga. Now JJ really wants to exhume the corpse and make it into a weird ghoul show. Perhaps Halloween might have been a better metaphor?


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