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Old April 17 2013, 04:25 PM   #46
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I don't remember worrying about where Trek was going to be in 2007 when I was watching TWOK in the theater with my school friends. It's all cyclical anyway. The future will take care of itself.
Amen.

I'll worry about the next movie after I see the new one.

Although I do admit to breathing a sigh of relief when I found out that they were actually going to make another Trek flick after movie #5. That had me worried at the time! I really didn't want Star Trek's long and glorious history to end with "Row, row, row your boat."
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Old April 17 2013, 04:28 PM   #47
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Yeah, TOS was the worst perpetrator of the monoculture, not TNG or the other series. But I forgive TOS for it. They didn't know any better.
I'm not sure it was so much not knowing better, they had to realize that in the grand scheme of things monocultures were not realistic, not to mention unsavory from the point of view of stereotypes. Still, there were practical limitations that existed in story-telling and budgets. It was probably easier to make an alien race a simple metaphor for some specific human trait than try to develop a complex alien society with unique looks for every weekly 50 minute story.
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Old April 17 2013, 04:39 PM   #48
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I'm fan of the first movie and practically drooling for Into Darkness, but my answer would have to be "no".

The franchise had stumbled and faltered. It need a kick in the pants. Abrams is doing that. I'd like to see the third movie out by 2016 for the 50th anniversary (good grief...), but then get it back on TV where Trek belongs. Learn the lesson of the movies, you need action and Big Damn Heroes, but then mix back some of the thoughtfulness of TNG and some of the "dirty hands" feel of DS9 and tell some amazing stories every week.
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Old April 17 2013, 04:53 PM   #49
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If these three movies are all big successes then Paramount will want to make whatever adjustments are necessary - recasting, another reboot, whatever - to extend the movie franchise. Doing otherwise would be like Warner Bros surrendering the Harry Potter franchise one moment before they were forced to - and they wound up splitting the final chapter into two movies just to delay that.

As a movie company, Paramount has minimal interest in seeing a new Trek TV series in any event. CBS might be interested if they could make the costs come out right.
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Old April 17 2013, 05:04 PM   #50
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They actively sought not to repeat themselves.
But none of the six films were made with a guarantee there would be a "next one". JJ knows that Bad Robot is doing three films.

ST II is so different to TMP because the first film was disappointing to many - despite its eventual financial success.

The comedy in ST V was repeating themselves. The comedy worked so well in ST IV that everybody wanted more comedy, and that aspect of ST V was a pretty big misfire.

And both ST IV and ST VI were deliberate "message" films, with ST VI trying to emulate that successful aspect of ST IV.

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The only problem I see is that JJ has raised the bar as far as quality goes...
Huh? They should have made a film less as well as they could have, so they could top it with a sequel?
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Old April 17 2013, 05:50 PM   #51
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Well, for me, the films would be more interesting if JJ Abrams was capable of doing something new. With his two films, I have seen the Enterprise wrecked, I have seen San Francisco in the path of destruction, and I have seen a monstrous ship piloted by the baddies. Are they able to break the mold?
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Old April 17 2013, 06:06 PM   #52
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Well, for me, the films would be more interesting if JJ Abrams was capable of doing something new. With his two films, I have seen the Enterprise wrecked, I have seen San Francisco in the path of destruction, and I have seen a monstrous ship piloted by the baddies. Are they able to break the mold?
You've just seen the one film, actually, haven't you?
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Old April 17 2013, 06:09 PM   #53
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Well, for me, the films would be more interesting if JJ Abrams was capable of doing something new. With his two films, I have seen the Enterprise wrecked, I have seen San Francisco in the path of destruction, and I have seen a monstrous ship piloted by the baddies. Are they able to break the mold?
Are you trying to say that after two films, only one of which anyone has seen, that JJ's version of Star Trek has alreaqdy grown stale?
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Old April 17 2013, 07:23 PM   #54
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Well, for me, the films would be more interesting if JJ Abrams was capable of doing something new.
I've felt that way off and on for 33 years.
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Old April 17 2013, 07:46 PM   #55
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I really didn't want Star Trek's long and glorious history to end with "Row, row, row your boat."
Now that you mention it, it wouldn't have been a bad thing if our time with Kirk, Spock and McCoy ended on that note. Good times... Life goes on... The adventure continues, and all that.
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Old April 17 2013, 08:46 PM   #56
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I really didn't want Star Trek's long and glorious history to end with "Row, row, row your boat."
Now that you mention it, it wouldn't have been a bad thing if our time with Kirk, Spock and McCoy ended on that note. Good times... Life goes on... The adventure continues, and all that.
The sentiment was right, but three grown men of heroic stature in their late fifties and early sixties sitting around a campfire singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat of all songs? Does that really happen? Grown men camping together sing that song? It was hard to feel the effect trying to be conveyed while snickering at the screen.

On topic: Given the effect we have on Trek (zero), I think it's best we all borrow a line from Captain Renault in Casablanca, "I'll take what comes."
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Old April 17 2013, 08:51 PM   #57
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I really didn't want Star Trek's long and glorious history to end with "Row, row, row your boat."
Now that you mention it, it wouldn't have been a bad thing if our time with Kirk, Spock and McCoy ended on that note. Good times... Life goes on... The adventure continues, and all that.
I prefer SNL's take on it way back when (paraphrased):

"Paramount today announced that production has begun on Star Trek VI: The Apology."

The Undiscovered Country was the dramatic sendoff the TOS cast deserved, not marshmallows and campfire songs . . . .
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Old April 17 2013, 09:04 PM   #58
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Yes, but even the bad ones held onto what Trek is: a cerebral science fiction series for people who like to think.
Let me summarize how "cerebral" each and every Trek movie 1 through 10 was:

- TMP: Aliens are hard to understand, maybe shooting at them isn't the best first reaction.
- Wrath of Khan: Seeking vengeance leads to nothing good. Basically Moby Dick in space, but with an aging subplot.
- Search for Spock: Man playing God, science gone amok.
- The Voyage Home: Environmentalism.
- The Final Frontier: Televangelists are bad.
- The Undiscovered Country: Racism is bad.
- Generations: Honestly, I don't even know.
- First Contact: Moby dick, again.
- Insurrection: Placating the majority at the expense of the minority is bad.
- Nemesis: Nature vs. Nurture.

None, literally none of these concepts are difficult to grasp if you're above the age of 10. Just because concept is worth understanding and building a story around doesn't make it particularly deep, or revelatory.

No, when the TOS and TNG movies were at their best were when the characters came face to face with their own mortality, and when they learned a thing or two about their place in the cosmos. This is something that ST09 had as well, while simultaneously dispensing with the pointless and transparent so-called "cerebral" elements that were never all that cerebral to begin with.
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Old April 17 2013, 09:10 PM   #59
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Yes, but even the bad ones held onto what Trek is: a cerebral science fiction series for people who like to think.
Let me summarize how "cerebral" each and every Trek movie 1 through 10 was:

- TMP: Aliens are hard to understand, maybe shooting at them isn't the best first reaction.
- Wrath of Khan: Seeking vengeance leads to nothing good. Basically Moby Dick in space, but with an aging subplot.
- Search for Spock: Man playing God, science gone amok.
- The Voyage Home: Environmentalism.
- The Final Frontier: Televangelists are bad.
- The Undiscovered Country: Racism is bad.
- Generations: Honestly, I don't even know.
- First Contact: Moby dick, again.
- Insurrection: Placating the majority at the expense of the minority is bad.
- Nemesis: Nature vs. Nurture.

None, literally none of these concepts are difficult to grasp if you're above the age of 10. Just because concept is worth understanding and building a story around doesn't make it particularly deep, or revelatory.

No, when the TOS and TNG movies were at their best were when the characters came face to face with their own mortality, and when they learned a thing or two about their place in the cosmos. This is something that ST09 had as well, while simultaneously dispensing with the pointless and transparent so-called "cerebral" elements that were never all that cerebral to begin with.
What he said!

(Generations: The hurt and pain of reality v. the appeal of a life of fantasy.)
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Old April 17 2013, 09:31 PM   #60
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(Generations: The hurt and pain of reality v. the appeal of a life of fantasy.)
Ah yes, that's a good point. It might have been more convincing too, if Picard had actually been convinced of it at any one point. Alas, his "I'm Picard, I don't need your fantasy" reaction kind of discredited it.
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