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(More Than) Four Words On The New Star Trek

by @ 10:04 am on May 15, 2009. Filed under Movies, Star Trek

Just go see it.

Need more ? (Spoiler alert !)

Well, there are reviews from James Lileks and Stephen Green, which I agree with completely, and Will Collier points out the reason why J.J. Abrams’ alternate universe Trek is the best thing that could’ve happened to the franchise:

Up until this weekend, Star Trek was absolutely creaking under the weight of 40 years of TV series and movies and God only knows how many spin-off stories in other media, and Abrams deserves credit for finding a way to jettison all that accumulated baggage in an entertaining fashion. For those who prefer Roddenberry’s spic-and-span universe, hey, it’s still there, on dozens of DVDs. You can go back any time you like; speaking for myself, I thought it was entirely worn out at least a decade ago.

Collier has a point there.

After Voyager, which I think was better in retrospect than I may have thought at the time, we got Star Trek: Enterprise; a meek effort to give us a prequel vision of the Star Trek universe. In fact, some of the best episodes of Enterprise came with the two-part episode that took place in the alternate Mirror Universe, where the constraints of continuity barely existed. The problem with Enterprise was that it was so weighted down by 40 years of continuity that it was nearly impossible to do anything new. If the franchise was to survive, there were only two choices; go far into the future a la The Next Generation, or start over. Abrams choose the second route, which makes sense given that the first had already been done once, and as a result has created a new universe where familiar characters can be placed unfamiliar situations without doing any damage to the Star Trek that we’ve grown up with. If it’s done right, it could be really, really good.

And Stephen Green mentions the most intriguing thing about the new continuity:

Sure, the black hole messed up all the continuity, giving us all-new adventures with our favorite old characters. But some of the older cannon remains unchanged. Somewhere out in space, unmolested by the ravages of a black hole or a supernova, flpats the Botany Bay.

Not just the Botany Bay, but a planet-killing machine from another galaxya Greek God, Romulans, a few Klingons named Kang, Kor, and Koloth, and, of course, Tribbles.

2 Responses to “(More Than) Four Words On The New Star Trek”

  1. James Young says:

    Interesting comments, though I have much more respect for Enterprise than you apparently do. I think it was quite an accomplishment to create — essentially out of conclusions — the historical antecedents to what we know. You’re of course correct about the two-parter alternate universe episodes, but even those were created within the canon, fleshing out stories that we know.

  2. My words may have been more dismissive of Enterprise than I intended, but the fact that it only lasted four seasons is a pretty good indication that it never took off even among Trek fans

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