From: Henneth Anûn
Star Trek should remain Star Trek. It's about exploring not only space, but the human condition and representing the best that we can become in the future. It might not appeal to the masses, but that's what Trek is about and changing that will only turn fans away and move them towards Star Wars and other action orientated adventure genres which do that sort of thing much better.
Agreed, Igard. The Star Trek and Star Wars universes are indeed different, but not entirely I think. True enough, the Star Trek universe develops "more likely", the future of mankind, but in the Star Wars universe, the corruption of the Old Republic whereby the Galactic Empire started its reign of terror, is not only in a galaxy so far, far away...
And with regards to the original Star Trek universe, much as I love it, certainly reflects the legitimate aspirations of the american culture of the 1960s, although in my mind, it's not a decade to be remembered so fondly of, globally speaking. Yes, a more ingenous decade, to be sure, than the 1990s and the first decade of the year 2000 (now past!), but perhaps a bit too ingenous back then of the human nature that turns its back to God. But that has always been the case ever since Adam and Eve, archtypical of the fallen human nature. This is what I truly believe, thanks to my strong traditional Catholic background, for which I am so grateful.
But anyway, much as Star Trek XI has much going for it, it really does feel that it was made in 2009, which is not at all bad in and of itself, of course, and made in 2009 not only because of the special effects, mind. The young crew was well done, although perhaps Scotty and Uhura were not captured as well as the others: Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Chekov.
Still, I rather enjoyed it (except the Bridge, which I did not like at all, somehow), and it was "Star Trek" in a certain sense, but certainly Star Trek some forty years later, and I'm quite sure that many of the Star Trek "purists" might not have liked it, whereas others greatly so. I myself have mixed feeings about it. There is something special about the original Kirk era TV series, and the the Picard era that for me will always remain "canon", obviously (!), and curiously enough, the Archer era I think has been very well done indeed, although it certainly reflects the decade of the 2000 timeframe that it was filmed in, with certain moral standards with which I personally cannot agree, of course. Still, the ST: Enterprise crew is magnificent and the stories somehow feel more closer to the original "canon." Since I haven't really seen many the the Sisko and Janeway eras, I cannot really say much about them.
Well, that's my little rant... thanks Igard! May we all find peace in our times (even if we enjoy blowing up entire planets with the Death Star... this is only a game, after all...)
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