Those of you reading this who get your television through Cable-TV.com or have access to on demand might remember that Star Trek movie J. J. Abrams put out a few years ago. Despite being a fantastic film and further demonstration of Abrams’s masterful directing, it was mired in ridiculous fan debate.
Fans of the original Star Trek conceived by Gene Roddenberry heaped scorn at the film for not only making it relevant but forsaking any of what made Star Trek feel like Star Trek. Gone were the low-budget set designs and horrible acting and, instead, you had what was a remarkable and enjoyable experience.
Basically, Abrams’s Star Trek didn’t have that campy feel that Star Trek fans came to love, which might suggest that the Star Trek fans wanted crap.
Seriously, watch an original episode of Star Trek and attempt to defend it on any level. Sure, an episode might get points for imagination, but let’s talk about the storytelling. Let’s talk about how Star Trek was basically a way for introverts to live vicariously through a ridiculous man (Captain Kirk) who lacked even a minutia of complexity.
When fans say that the Abrams film was a totally different animal from Roddenberry, they’re right. It’s better.