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Old May 14 2010, 12:17 AM   #66
Peter the Younger
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Re: Circumstantial Evidence?

They said it was an alternate - as opposed to parallel - universe for one very specific reason: they thought that would go down easier for the fanbase. In retrospect, this seems like an unnecessary complication, but hindsight is 20/20; if I had been asked back in 2008, I probably would have agreed with the decision. It is true that the little differences work a lot better if it is a totally different universe, and personally, I'm fine with just believing that on my own. My guess is, give Abrams, Kurtzman, and Orci another successful movie under their belt, ask them the question about a thousand more times, and they will say (in essence), "Okay whatever, you're right, it makes more sense as a parallel."
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