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This says it all...

Though I have more words on the subject myself, until I can compose them properly, here.  Have Wil Wheaton's thoughts on the new Star Trek film. NOTE: Suicide Girls (the website) is NSFW.  Wil's article is SFW.  Keep that in mind before clicking!  Oh, and for the record, this article is love.



"...as someone who was part of the first effort to make Star Trek relevant to the, uh, next generation of fans..."

Oh, Wil, I love your humor.

"I was – I think understandably – worried that these movies would leave me feeling the way I felt when I walked out of Phantom Menace."

Understandable, indeed.  We all were concerned.

"...we live in a world where we've endured Ang Lee's The Hulk, Spiderman 3, both Fantastic Four movies, and Indiana Jones Gets Raped Repeatedly While We Are Forced To Watch In Horror, so I think it would be really strange if we weren't worried and apprehensive about something that already means so much to us..."


"I think, living in our post-Phantom Menace, post-ET-with-Walkie-Talkies, post are-you-fucking-kidding-me-with-X-Men 3 world, that's an understandable response."


Quoting JJ Abrams: "The challenge of doing Star Trek -- despite the fact that it existed before Star Wars -- is that we are clearly in the shadow of what George Lucas has done."

Oh, JJ, thank you for understanding, sir. (He meant the prequels, folks, and the stick up the ass at high velocity.)

And postulating JJ's thoughts: "I respect you. I respect the people and starships and adventures and universe that you've loved for 40 years. I'm not going to tell you that it doesn't matter. I'm not going to tell you that you were wrong to love it, and now it's all gone because I have shiny new effects and actors. It's all there, and it's yours to continue exploring as long as you want to.

"But I do have this new starship and a new crew, and we're going to go explore some different places where no one has gone before. If you want to come along with us, you're welcome to aboard. If not, bon voyage. If you treat her like a lady, she'll always bring you home."

Oh, Enterprise, I love you, and this feels so right.

And finally...

"I, um, was also really happy to see a teenager on the bridge again, but I doubt there is another person in the known universe who shares my precise reasons."

And that, my friends, is all for now.  I'm writing an SFX blog on this precise subject right now, so see you soon.


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May. 16th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Oh, Wil, Wil....I wonder why I bother to have thoughts sometimes. They've already been thunk ;)

So, that was my biggest AMEN (aside from "ET with walkie talkies")
was that this was the best way to acknowledge the relevance of the pre-existing universe and still have license to play and explore in new ways. For anyone that thinks it is a cop-out, they just don't get how horribly fractured and disenfranchised (literally) the fandom would have felt if there'd been a "your Trek didn't happen and we're just rolling our tank over its memory".
May. 16th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
And that's why I'd vote for Wil for king.

Reference: http://jackwabbit.livejournal.com/102844.html

Oh, and um...AMEN.
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