King Daniel wrote:
One of the signs of great fantasy or fiction, especially in a uniquely created setting, lets use Middle Earth, is that their is great continuity and consistency. It allows and enhances immersion and suspension of belief. Isn't great fiction, especially fantasy/sci-fi suppose to get you to suspend reality so for the reading or movie you can fully immerse yourself in the experience? When a creator ventures into an already established world and deals with an established element, is it to much to ask for consistency so the buy in is easy?
What about the enjoyment from seeing different interpretations of a fictional universe? Is Man of Steel
going to be lesser because it ignores the old Superman
movies, or the Smallville
TV series? What about Sherlock
and the recent Sherlock Holmes
movies? They're all "what if" versions of the originals and all in their own continuities. Yes, the movie writers claimed Star Trek
is a branching timeline beginning in 2233 and the game writers just decided to treat it as a full-on reboot and it's kind of sucky that they can't seem to really make their minds up either way, but IMO even when it fails as another timeline in the Trek multiverse (which is still how I prefer to see it), it still works as a fun standalone reboot of The Original Series
TV Smallville was from the get go an alternate reality and Warner Brothers/DC never attempted to say it existed in the same reality as the comic or previous movie franchises.
In fact the writers and producers went out of their way to say it was an open slate. The same with the new Man of Steel.
JJ Abrams and Robert Orci went to great lengths to tie the Star Trek movie to the "prime" timeline. Hell they brought Leonard Nimoy back to portray the older Spock just to reinforce it's the same Spock and that he is one of the catalyst for a new timeline with a plot that established the point of divergence of this timeline from TOS was the day of Kirk's birth.
If they wanted a clean slate, they should have done just that and said we are not binding ourself to original canon. In order to keep it relevant for older fans they elected to take the path that all canon between the same is exact to the day of Kirk's birth. I think it was a good decision and using Nimoy endeared itself to old fans while attempting to reach new ones.
If they game producers age going to attest that this is part of the new Movieverse, they ought to have done some homework or just made these aliens some new never seen before race to the Trek World.