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I really enjoyed the JJ Abrams movie, but I also can't help but feel like it shouldn't even be on the timeline. It feels like more of a fan production than a continuation of the show's legacy, both in terms of the plot, and in the way it disregards any of the surprisingly practical science, politics, and even technological design in the way the past series did in their heydays.
Considering the education level of the audience these days, and how geeky the long-time fans are, the way B-movie techno-babble got tossed around was kind of insulting, even if the rest of the movie was a lot of fun (More Simon Pegg in the next movie please :)). Many things in Star Trek are far fetched and BS, but run close enough to actual theory to suspend disbelief, where the new movie was just a lot of "errr, no." The original series inspired many designs over the years, even in the military. JJ's movies are fun, but the story is completely (and forcibly) detached from anything prior, and I don't think they'll ever have that kind of impact.
My husband hates Star Trek. Really REALLY hates it. But he watched the JJ Abrams movie and *didn't hate it*. This is the only time I've ever gotten my husband to even consider watching anything related to Star Trek. Ever. He might have actually liked the movie if the Title didn't have Star Trek in it (that's how much he loathes the series).
I was raised on Star Trek. My Grandpa watched, and my Mom watched it. I saw almost all the episodes of all the series except for Enterprise (because it came out after I got married). I am not a Trekkie, or Trekker, or whatever their called…. but I appreciate the series. I have no problems watching it.
So I feel two ways about that movie. On the one hand, I actually got to watch a Star Trek movie with my husband. This is a rare treat that I thoroughly enjoyed. On the other hand, my husband kinda liked it which means the essential "Star Trek-i-ness" was missing from movie. Hmm….
I think there are a lot of people who don't like Star Trek, or just don't care about it either way. This movie was Star Trek Lite, Star Trek for the masses, not for the hard-core fans. It made Star Trek cool, which means it was kinda stupid and the story line had a lot of plot holes (so the hard core fans tell me anyway). But it did introduce a whole new audience to the series, and in the end, isn't that a good thing? It's like a really sparkly handsome gate way drug. :D
For myself, I liked the movie OK. It was mostly fun to watch Kirk and Spoke hit people. ;)
Spock is looking a little jaundiced in that first picture…
You dropped the ball with not including the first Star Trek series from Gold Key, running from July 1967 to March 1979. For years this was the only way that fans could get their Star Trek fix.
Comic book series that is :)
A crew of 200-400, eh? I assume 3/4 are red shirts seeing as how fast Kirk uses them up as fodder.
…& Leslie Nielsen died in 2010.
The J. J. Abrams movie was ok i guess but it never really felt like Star Trek at all. In fact i would go as far as to say that if the ships had been designed a little differently and had any of the names of the alien races and characters, it could have been fashioned into any old space adventure flick.
It's about time that a new series was made with a view to make movies as well. Maybe writing a series which could filmed in one go with a view of making a movie at the end of each would be a good idea.
If the studios planned a seriously long set series, perhaps two or three which have different aspects of the Star Trek universe like they did with Voyager and DS9, then it would provide enough material to keep us trekkies going for years to come.
Edit……….and had any of the names of the alien races and characters *changed*.
They forgot the death of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry in 2008.