Temis the Vorta wrote:
The characters were talking about the timeline wanting to repair itself, as though the timeline is sentient. That's ludicrous and also contrived.
Is it? Many years ago, I heard (or read) a SF writer saying that "time is a river" and, just as a river may try to recreate its original path if blocked, then so may a timeline try to correct itself as best it can. I even used it in a ST fanfic way back in the mid 80s, based on that line.
offended far fewer existing fans, if they'd just opted for a clean reboot.
Seems to me they offended very few fans as it was.
I'm still surprised that the film is celebrated by as many as it is. A wonderful thrill for me, since I naively expected the same universal reaction for ST:TMP, but for me, as a newbie fan in 1980, I felt as if I was surrounded by hostiles for many, many months. They began to calm down around the time of ST II's premiere.