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Old April 20 2013, 05:36 PM   #62
Lenny Nurdbol
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Re: What is "canon?"

Personally, I don't care what Lucas or Roddenberry ended up saying about their particular universe... Let's face it, if Gene were alive and well today, he'd probably have despised ST V through XI! OK, maybe he didn't like them but they actually "happened" and as fans we have to at least acknowledge that one way or another... When I look back, ST V (The Final Frontier, not Voyager) doesn't look all that shabby and, in fact, comes a bit closer to the feel of TOS than the other films... Ultimately it's all about how fans accept them, and fans are by far more civil when it comes to continuity matters in Star Wars than in Star Trek... This is because the dreaded C word didn't make its way into SW and rip fan opinions apart until much later... If one novel called Chewie's laser crossbow a Bowcaster, it was accepted without argument and other authors and fans came along, and integrated that fact into their own contributions to continuity... If something like this happened in Star Trek, you'd have certain fundamentalist fans jumping up and down screaming "Non-Canon!" and refusing to accept something simply because TPTB (or GR or some production crew hotshot) didn't give the say-so on it...and eventually some other fans would come along and write something to contradict that entirely...

This could explain why many fans of Trek have bailed in recent years, many actually becoming Wars fans (and that's in spite of the prequel trilogy!)...
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