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Why do Zealous Fan Boys Wish for Failure?

fireproof78

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Report this May. 12 2013, 9:36 pm

If Into Darkness fails to make money, then Paramount will likely shelve Trek and not bother, since Nemisis didn't make them money, Enterprise didn't make them money and this new outing didn't make them money, they will not throw good money after bad. Its the way of business. A product doesn't work, you stop production and make a new product.


I admire people like Crawely and Farragutt films who are able to pull off some decent work with the limits they have and try different things in a TOS setting. But those things are for fans, not the casual viewer. You won't draw in many people if you hold to the same formula that lost ratings and got series cancelled.


Ultimately, my point is this-there is room for both. Abrams Trek isn't perfect and I will never ague that it is. But, I think it is a well done movie and I think it is timely in both reviving the franchise, and introducing new ideas.


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leroybrock

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Report this May. 13 2013, 8:06 am

I get the feeling that the real crime committed by the new movies is that it screws up a lot of badly written but deeply cherished fan fiction.

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Treknoir

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Report this May. 13 2013, 11:59 am

Quote: leroybrock @ May. 13 2013, 8:06 am

>I get the feeling that the real crime committed by the new movies is that it screws up a lot of badly written but deeply cherished fan fiction.


Oh snap!


 


But seriously, I can agree with the poster who was disappointed that TOS characters/plots were revisited instead of something altogether new. I enjoyed ST09 and hope to enjoy STID (although spoiler threads have left me a little disgusted but I plan to still see the film). However, I would have preferred a different way forward for the franchise.


But here's the ULTIMATE truth, Paramount gives jack diddly squat about my feelings and preferences. TPTB care about $$$$$$$$$. They don't go through all of the trouble to make movies/shows out of the goodness of their hearts or to preserve GR's vision of a better tomorrow.


So, I read/purchase/watch what I like and ignore the rest. Maybe discuss/debate issues with other Trekkies. At the end of the day, it's fiction.



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Flanaess

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Report this May. 13 2013, 5:46 pm

The alternate timeline would only begin the instant Nero, his ship and crew materialized in the past. Time and Space before that was still Prime Universe.


What I liked about the previous formula is that the characters had their adventures in the alternate universes and the Mirror Universe, then returned home to the Prime Universe, or what we believe is the Prime Universe, as close to 'normal' as possible.


Who knows how much history is changed...


The crew could time travel some time and end up stopping the Big Bang or starting it several million centuries earlier. All things are possible.


There is no reason why any events should repeat, other than to give the audience familiarity.


The could have made everything all new and different.


There could have been only a few crew on Enterprise that we know, or none.


Uhura could have been captain, etc.


Khan could bein it sure, or easily could never have been found.


I think the writers felt that it should mirror the original in all events, people and places, but it does not need to do that every time.


I think that most fans and viewers would love Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, if they were, instead of films, two part episodes of a regular Star Trek television series.



 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Somniac

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Report this May. 14 2013, 3:30 pm

Uhura as captain would have been truly bringing the franchise into the 21st century.
Too much to hope for.

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Report this May. 15 2013, 12:00 pm

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Uhura as captain would have been truly bringing the franchise into the 21st century. Too much to hope for.


And I'm sure if it actually did happen, you'd call it pandering. 


I mean, seriously. Rebooting was the only way Star Trek was coming back. It's done. Get over it. If you can't handle that, then just buy Blu-rays of the old stuff.

Somniac

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Report this May. 16 2013, 8:06 am

I don't think you can possibly guess what my reaction would be.


I've just seen STID and I don't think you can guess my reaction to that either.


Or that you'd be interested.


You're too busy grinding your own axe.


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Report this May. 16 2013, 9:32 am

In defense of Enterprise, if you were to judge every series solely on longevity, critical approval, Nielsen ratings and financial success then you'd be forced to conclude that TOS was the worst series of the entire franchise.

fireproof78

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Report this May. 16 2013, 12:09 pm

I think all series had their ups and downs, but Enterprise really had its downs more than ups. It was very frustrating to me to see such potentially good ideas waste away and by the time decent stories came out, it was too late.


TOS had some themes that ran very positively with fans, themes that were not very present in television or society at that time. While an idealized future is nice to picture, our society has changed, and GR recognized that Trek had to change in order to be socially relevant.  Enterprise didn't bother with any social commentary and failed to be relevant. Likewise, Nemesis did the mindless action flick without any human tale of reflection or morality lesson.


I think the fact that we are still discussing Abrams films lends more credence to his success with Trek than any recent film or series.


 

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Report this May. 16 2013, 2:10 pm

Quote: orlandorays @ May. 15 2013, 12:00 pm

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>Uhura as captain would have been truly bringing the franchise into the 21st century. Too much to hope for.

And I'm sure if it actually did happen, you'd call it pandering. 


No doubt someone would call it that. I mean you must admit, there is a point at which a writer just can't win.


I'm not sure that "Captain Uhura" would have worked.


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OtakuJo

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Report this May. 16 2013, 2:12 pm

Quote: fireproof78 @ May. 16 2013, 12:09 pm

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Not quite true. They did try to explore issues of identity, free will, nature/nurture and all that -- whether they did so successfully is, unfortunately, doubtful.


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Report this May. 16 2013, 2:15 pm

I've actually heard fans of Enterprise claim that other Trek fans should now feel guilty for not supporting that show because the cancellation of Enterprise led to Abrams' movies (obviously, the Enterprise fans who talk this way are no fans of the new movies).


So what if Abrams' movies had not been successful?  What if Into Darkness is not successful?  Could I turn the same guilt-trip argument against the Enterprise fans and others (since I like the new movies and do not particularly love Enterprise): "Because of you, the Star Trek I like disappeared, and you should have supported something you didn't like so that I could keep on enjoying it"?


My point (if I have one) is that I wish people could like what they like and dislike what they dislike without using the popular success of a movie or series to validate their own opinions.  Different versions of Trek and other entertainment come and go, the popular success of different things is a combination of complicated and unpredictable factors, and it makes no sense to get upset because something you like is unpopular or something you dislike is popular.  There's no reason to either support or boycott a movie or television series as if it were a political or moral cause.  If it entertains you, pay for it.  If not, don't.  It should be about what you want to watch and pay for, not about using your financial support to browbeat (or try to browbeat) someone else into changing his or her mind.


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Report this May. 16 2013, 2:27 pm

Quote: OtakuJo @ May. 16 2013, 2:10 pm

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No doubt someone would call it that. I mean you must admit, there is a point at which a writer just can't win.

I'm not sure that "Captain Uhura" would have worked.


 


No I agree really. But that seems to me to be largely because the new films seem to continue the TOS tradition of female characters being present for eye candy and romantic interest and not much else.


That is one original tradition that I personally could do without. Ironically it is one that has been retained.


That tradition changed somewhat with TNG DS9 and certainly Voyager and the movies but has reverted in the last two.


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Report this May. 16 2013, 2:38 pm

I'm not sure that I agree with that assessment of the females from ST09. Though it was subtle and went by quickly there was a cute bit of role reversal between Kirk and the Orion cadet when it's revealed that he's just one of many and gets a little upset.

Uhura herself was portrayed as an active, highly intelligent, well educated and determined character. If you want to use her relationship with Spock against the character it could be said that for a human taking on a relationship with a member of a species that's stereotyped as emotionally distant at best and who may actually look down on you is itself a sign of mental and emotional fortitude.

Ethics are arbitrary.

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Report this May. 16 2013, 2:59 pm

Quote: Somniac @ May. 16 2013, 2:27 pm

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No doubt someone would call it that. I mean you must admit, there is a point at which a writer just can't win.

I'm not sure that "Captain Uhura" would have worked.

 

No I agree really. But that seems to me to be largely because the new films seem to continue the TOS tradition of female characters being present for eye candy and romantic interest and not much else.

That is one original tradition that I personally could do without. Ironically it is one that has been retained.

That tradition changed somewhat with TNG DS9 and certainly Voyager and the movies but has reverted in the last two.


I think you are misinterpreting tos.  Sure it looks like that now, but at the time roles for females were groundbreaking in that show.  A woman on the bridge?  Women scientists and ambassadors?  brilliant stuff. Even the miniskirt is misinterpreted.  At the time the miniskirt was a feminist symbol of women taking control of their own sexuality and their own lives. 


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