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Old December 13 2013, 03:17 AM   #961
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Basically if you're going to read and post on a fan-forum that discusses your writing, you need to have very thick skin. Otherwise it's best just not to go there. It's never excusable or professional to go off on your fans on a fan-forum, especially not in the circumstances Orci did.

Having said that, he's not the first writer it's happened to. Others have done much worse. It's just another data point for the general proposition that writers should usually steer clear of fan-forums about their work. (With a few exceptions.)

Other writers simply kill off beloved characters to piss off their fans.
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Old December 13 2013, 03:43 AM   #962
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So, then, I guess we can accuse TWOK and TUC of the same thing
Do you really believe adapting material from elsewhere to a script is the same thing as mirroring an entire sequence beat-for-beat from another movie's script?

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that you do not really believe that.
Let's examine the sentence you quoted there of mine in its entirety.

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So, then, I guess we can accuse TWOK and TUC of the same thing, in their case having characters appropriate or adapt lines from literature to their dialog ("I'll chase him...", "Tickle us...").
I'd say I was pretty darn specific about what I was referring to. In that case, I was referring to "having characters appropriate or adapt lines from literature to their dialog"; I said so.

My post was about the recycling of elements. Each of my examples is arguably gratuitous. The examples were varied in their nature; from their variety, it should be clear that, while I found certain traits in common, I also found them to be dissimilar as well. In addition, they all were readily noticeable, and those that were confined to individual scenes had the effect of "bringing me out of the film".

If you want to make the point that what was done in STID is more extreme in certain key respects than any of the other examples I cited, then that's an assertion that I would agree with. However, if you want to argue that no other Trek film has gratuitously and noticeably recycled elements from other preexisting works, then I'll have to disagree.
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Old December 13 2013, 05:27 AM   #963
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"Lazy" can however be (and often is) a description of the writing and not the writers.
Fine. Then the writing has to be idle, indolent, or sluggish. If it isn't, then it's improper word use.

The point is that the trope itself is unimaginative, uninteresting,
Then state it's unimaginative and uninteresting.

not doing the work it should be in the script.
No dramatic device (troupe or otherwise) can do work on its own. It's just a piece of a whole. A link in a chain may be weak, and the chain might be unstable because of if it, but the only work it has to do is bind the link below it to the link above it. It either does this or it doesn't. If it breaks and the chain falls apart, it does this because it was weak to begin with, not because it was lazy.

Likewise, if a troupe is unimaginative and uninteresting from the onset, then the story is DOA. A troupe can't just work hard, pull itself up by its bootstraps, and fix the story on its own.

So, no, a troupe can't be lazy. But this is all moot because it has nothing to do with what lazy writing really is.

The same is true when someone describes a piece of writing as "tired" or "uninspired." They're not describing the writer's process. They're describing the text. This should not be a very difficult point.
And here we go. Total bunk.

In artistic criticism, words like these always reference the artist's perceived mental or physical state and how it affected the work.

A musical composition is uninspired because it is obvious the composer's heart just wasn't in it. For whatever reason, his muse went on holiday, and he continued to aimlessly muck about with the lyric or melody. It has nothing to do with the piece itself.

Lazy writing
is that which is generally simple, formulaic, often hackneyed and clearly done with little effort. It is often used to describe procedural television shows. These shows often have script templates that are literally fill in the blank. The writer has half the work done for him before he even starts. Therefore, he can flick out a few keystrokes while he sips mojitos by the pool.

Of course, before all the shenanigans, this was the definition people were trying to prescribe to Orci. The implication being he opened the TWOK script and hit Ctrl-C then opened the STiD script and hit Ctrl-P, and finished it up with a find/replace for Kirk/Spock.

That's really unfair. For one, the scenes really aren't that similar. Second, he couldn't just pigeonhole the whole thing into his story with out making changes.

Rather, as Counterpart suggested with his examples from TUC and TWOK, he took something that had a certain association, fiddled with it until it was to his liking, and then molded it to fulfill its thematic obligation.

That took more effort than people give him credit for.

Do you really believe adapting material from elsewhere to a script is the same thing as mirroring an entire sequence beat-for-beat from another movie's script?
Except, as I just wrote, Orci did adapt his.

More importantly, however, the mirror was the whole point!

He took a scene featuring a piece of glass, literally mirrored the scene to create a figurative mirror out of that piece of glass that acted as the focal point to his story's main theme.

That's hardly lazy.
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Old December 13 2013, 06:27 AM   #964
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Have any of the other Trek writers done something similar? Ron Moore himself was mailed death threats for killing Kirk. Even for killing K'Ehelyr he got so much backlash.
Different people handle things differently. Plus, most of that happened before internet bashing ramped up to its current levels. Back then a few folks had 56k modems at best, now everyone is connected either via broadband or cell phone.

I'm sure Berman and Company would've been dealing with entirely different levels of Hell if they were producing Trek now.
The worst Berman and Braga got was garbage mailed to their offices. The internet complaining can keep growing, but it'll never reach that kind of absurdity unless it turns into Gus Gorman levels.

As for the whole lazy writing talk. I call it lazy writing because it's too easy and fan servicy. It suggests that the writers have no ideas of their own and resort to calling back to what is considered the best Trek film of the franchise, which is very different from characters quoting (and citing) lines from Shakespeare (though I agree with McCoy's sentiment "I'd pay real money if he'd shut up"). I'm sure if they wanted they could do something more original without having to do homages to previous movies or TV shows. I'd like that to happen, see this crew forge on their own unique adventures. For whatever reason, they felt they had to do that radiation chamber. They probably figured "Trekkies will love it", and clearly you guys ate it up. I'm glad you enjoyed it, I just don't share your enthusiasm and wish they had taken a different route.

Of course, I see apologists say things like "hey, Trek did X before Orci, so it's nothing new", which only supports my argument that Trek should stop doing that, especially when it's feature films we'll only get every three/four years with a cast that might only end up with less films than the TOS cast. Less of the old, more of the new!
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Old December 13 2013, 06:33 AM   #965
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Also, don't we usually use that term to mean that someone stole an idea from someone else, and if so, how can this happen within a franchise ?
That's a tough one. Maybe if a franchise used more than one writer over the years?

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It's not theft. "Theft," "ripoff," or whatever the word-of-the-day is implies a conscious intent to do harm.
Theft is theft. Theft implies a conscious intent to steal. What you're really saying here is that stealing constitutes harm - and congratulations, that's the whole point. If theft is harm, refusing to call it theft won't make the harm go away.

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This is why people gang up on the "haters."
Really? I thought it was because people are in denial about the flaws of the film, but I guess it's those pesky words and their meanings again.

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By all [unbiased] empirical and critical evidence, the difference in quality between TWOK and STiD is negligible at best.
Sure it is. Putting aside the authority fallacy problem, what "empirical evidence" are you talking about here? Your own opinion? In what way does your opinion constitute "unbiased empirical evidence"?

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For one, the scenes really aren't that similar.
STID's version involved kicking, with feet! And no one stuck a katra in anyone else. TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

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A musical composition is uninspired because it is obvious the composer's heart just wasn't in it. For whatever reason, his muse went on holiday, and he continued to aimlessly muck about with the lyric or melody. It has nothing to do with the piece itself.

Lazy writing is that which is generally simple, formulaic, often hackneyed and clearly done with little effort. It is often used to describe procedural television shows. These shows often have script templates that are literally fill in the blank. The writer has half the work done for him before he even starts. Therefore, he can flick out a few keystrokes while he sips mojitos by the pool.
See, here's the routine.

If Orci & Co. do something which others find objectionable, you just come along and tell them how they're using the words wrong. And it works for everything! It can be used to deflect literally anything AbramsTrek might do. It's a very simple rhetorical strategy - though some might call it "lazy" and "uninspired".
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Old December 13 2013, 07:02 AM   #966
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The same is true when someone describes a piece of writing as "tired" or "uninspired." They're not describing the writer's process. They're describing the text. This should not be a very difficult point.
And here we go. Total bunk.

In artistic criticism, words like these always reference the artist's perceived mental or physical state and how it affected the work.

A musical composition is uninspired because it is obvious the composer's heart just wasn't in it. For whatever reason, his muse went on holiday, and he continued to aimlessly muck about with the lyric or melody. It has nothing to do with the piece itself.

Lazy writing
is that which is generally simple, formulaic, often hackneyed and clearly done with little effort. It is often used to describe procedural television shows. These shows often have script templates that are literally fill in the blank. The writer has half the work done for him before he even starts. Therefore, he can flick out a few keystrokes while he sips mojitos by the pool.

Of course, before all the shenanigans, this was the definition people were trying to prescribe to Orci. The implication being he opened the TWOK script and hit Ctrl-C then opened the STiD script and hit Ctrl-P, and finished it up with a find/replace for Kirk/Spock.

That's really unfair. For one, the scenes really aren't that similar. Second, he couldn't just pigeonhole the whole thing into his story with out making changes.

Rather, as Counterpart suggested with his examples from TUC and TWOK, he took something that had a certain association, fiddled with it until it was to his liking, and then molded it to fulfill its thematic obligation.

That took more effort than people give him credit for.

Do you really believe adapting material from elsewhere to a script is the same thing as mirroring an entire sequence beat-for-beat from another movie's script?
Except, as I just wrote, Orci did adapt his.

More importantly, however, the mirror was the whole point!

He took a scene featuring a piece of glass, literally mirrored the scene to create a figurative mirror out of that piece of glass that acted as the focal point to his story's main theme.

That's hardly lazy.
All excellent points, clearly and concisely expressed.

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As with STXI, the more I think about STID, the more I like it.

Taking the mirror idea, and running with it, if one of the overarching themes of TWOK is that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, then there's a case to be made that one of the overarching themes of STID is that the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many:

The one is Khan and the needs of his are for him to see justice served. In electing not to execute Harrison without trial, Kirk is risking his own life and the lives of his crew for the ideal of due process as it applies to a man whom he knows for a fact to be guilty of capital crimes. Kirk ultimately pays the price while fixing the warp core, and Spock's screaming of Khan's name may be seen as an accusation that Khan is unworthy of the risks that Kirk took on Khan's behalf and of the sacrifice that Kirk had just made.

As it applies by allegory to the War on Terror in the real world, STID's story adds up to a condemnation of the notion that absolutely minimizing the risk to the people at large is a valid justification for violating the human rights of terror suspects, even guilty ones.

Note that, in this reading, STID's theme is more opposite to the theme of TWOK than TSFS's is; as TWOK and TSFS remain in harmony with each other, the theme of TSFS is more of a counterpoint to TWOK's theme than it is a polar opposite.

Am I reading too much into STID? Oh, I don't know. I think that the reading of it that I'm giving here works in the abstract, including the death scene in the warp core. Although the drone strike allegory was clear, whether everything I said was all intended, or whether, if it was, the film could have been better executed, those are issues that I won't contest one way or the other. That said, STID gets points from me just for being far more ambitious than the majority of Trek films, and it's given me more to chew on than most of them.
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Old December 13 2013, 07:27 AM   #967
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Ambition is admirable, but it can only take a film so far (heck, it's one of the reasons I rank it way above ST09). TFF is certainly ambitious. There are ideas in STID I love and in many ways it felt more true to Trek, so much I wish they had done things differently, like extending Kirk's thirst for vengeance until the moment he meets Khan face to face and when it looks like he's about to shoot him dead, he decides to place him under arrest, overcoming his desire for vengeance to the relief of Spock and others. The way it plays out, with Kirk deciding "nah, it's wrong" felt way too soon after Pike's death, especially after he just accepted Scotty's resignation. The filmmakers say they stopped it there because they didn't want to make Kirk unlikable. Ha, as if he wasn't ever unlikable before...

Then there's the whole 9/11 truther angle the flick tries to go for, with Marcus staging something just to start a war with the Klingons. That really doesn't sit well with me, and only makes things more convoluted.
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Old December 13 2013, 09:21 AM   #968
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It does become hard to take seriously all the handwaving and excuses people come up with, though, to gloss over the problems the movies have, and the FACT that an iconic scene and some iconic dialogue was lifted from another movie. I don't give a damn if it's the same franchise. It's lazy, and makes me wonder if these people are capable of writing original material.
I think the biggest problem is you act offended that people don't have the same issues with the movie that you do and you seem offended that people are defending their positions.

I've said time and again that I don't believe Star Trek Into Darkness is a perfect movie, as have many others. But I find it a Hell of a lot of fun to watch. As far as the scenes that are similar to The Wrath of Khan, I admit when I first heard about it I rolled my eyes. However, when I actually saw it in action, I thought it was incredibly well done and stands on its own.
I think you are reading my posts in an entirely different mental voice than the one I'm using when I write them. I am offended that the moviemakers apparently think their audience is stupid. I am offended by the myriad personal attacks I've had to put up with on this forum just for emphatically stating my opinions of these movies and not changing those opinions. I'm offended that when I do ask questions about them in an effort to understand them better, I get crap thrown at me (with the exception of two or three people who were courteous enough to give me serious answers).

I don't get offended when people defend their positions per se. That's part of the normal give-and-take of internet discussions. I do get offended when they do it as offensively as some have done here.
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But if they liked it, wouldn't they be more apt to check out other Trek movies, TV shows, books, or comics?
I don't know, some may. I really liked the Captain America movie, but I haven't went rushing to the comic store to buy up back issues of the series'. Sometimes, I simply enjoy something for what it is then move on to the next thing.
Yeah, that's how it was for me when I took the neighbor kids to see the second Superman movie many years ago. I enjoyed it enough to see the first one on TV later, but I can really take it or leave it, and had no interest whatsoever in the Smallville TV series.

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Oh, goody - finally somebody admits to ganging up on people who dislike the Abrams movies.
So not only did you ignore the point, you completely misrepresented it.
If you want me to address one specific point, you shouldn't include others in that post. I chose which one I wanted to address, and misrepresented nothing.

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If I was in charge of the films I'd be doing a remake of either "The Cage" or "Where No Man..." and I guarantee I'd be lifting whole fucking chunks of the original scripts and putting them in my film because they are that good. I have no issues with Abrams and Company thinking something is awesome and using it in a new movie. YMMV.
If you did that, I'd be wondering why you couldn't come up with something original. And no, switching actions and dialogue around to different characters is not what I consider original.

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Legal theft? No.

Creative theft? Dramatic theft? Indication of lazy writing? Yeah, I'd say so. And before somebody goes off on a "You must be a Berman fan" rant again, I wasn't impressed with "The Naked Now," either.
So, then, I guess we can accuse TWOK and TUC of the same thing, in their case having characters appropriate or adapt lines from literature to their dialog ("I'll chase him...", "Tickle us...").
Considering that Khan is a literate, well-read individual, I don't mind him quoting from famous literary works.

Transplanting and flipping the death scene and "Khan scream" isn't the same thing.
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Ambition is admirable, but it can only take a film so far (heck, it's one of the reasons I rank it way above ST09). TFF is certainly ambitious. There are ideas in STID I love and in many ways it felt more true to Trek, so much I wish they had done things differently, like extending Kirk's thirst for vengeance until the moment he meets Khan face to face and when it looks like he's about to shoot him dead, he decides to place him under arrest, overcoming his desire for vengeance to the relief of Spock and others. The way it plays out, with Kirk deciding "nah, it's wrong" felt way too soon after Pike's death, especially after he just accepted Scotty's resignation. The filmmakers say they stopped it there because they didn't want to make Kirk unlikable. Ha, as if he wasn't ever unlikable before...

Then there's the whole 9/11 truther angle the flick tries to go for, with Marcus staging something just to start a war with the Klingons. That really doesn't sit well with me, and only makes things more convoluted.
I agree that Kirk deciding immediately not to follow orders and execute Harrison by remote control dispels a lot of tension awfully quickly, perhaps too quickly. However, there are some structural considerations as to why this must occur.

First of all, in order to make the drone strike analogy, a face-to-face meeting between Kirk and Khan is possible only if Kirk has already decided not to follow orders. If he sticks to the plan given to him by Marcus, Kirk simply pushes a button, as it were, and Harrison is executed by remote control, with no meeting even possible.

Secondly, a confrontation has already occurred between Kirk and Scotty. Kirk was in the wrong at first, and afterwards he's been set right by Scotty.

That said, I could have used a line or two right before Kirk's ship-wide broadcast that he was going to disobey Marcus's orders, say of Kirk telling Spock why he had decided to listen to Mr. Scott after all (assuming there wasn't one; my memory's a little fuzzy on this, and I'm away from my STID copy). I would have appreciated it more having the dots connected up a little more explicitly, in terms of why Kirk had decided to do an about-face.

On the question of how STID was influenced by trutherism, I say, "Meh." Science fiction/fantasy is one of the literary genres where I don't fault narratives simply for being ahistorical; just because some elements in fact apply allegorically to the real world, it's too much to demand that all should. There are many films based on historical events that bend the truth in all sorts of ways, in many cases even beyond the point of breaking, and that doesn't make them meritless. A lot of those are good films. Gone with the Wind, anyone? Since STID implicitly purports to be nothing other than science fiction/fantasy, it can't even be construed as committing that sin.

Besides, I don't believe that events unfolded according to Marcus's plan anyway. Khan threw a wrench in that by weaving a plan of his own into Marcus's designs. At least, that's my current reading of it. When I get back to my copy of STID, I'll analyze it some more. Anyway, in that case, it could be said that both Khan and Kirk (and in any case Kirk at least) foiled the truther plot.
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Have any of the other Trek writers done something similar? Ron Moore himself was mailed death threats for killing Kirk. Even for killing K'Ehelyr he got so much backlash.
Gene Roddenberry once got so angry about Crusher fans campaigning for Gates McFadden to return and replace Muldaur/Pulaski, he famously said, "If I listened to the fans, Star Trek would be shit."

Not that long afterwards, McFadden/Crusher returned and replaced Muldaur/Pulaski.
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You wouldn't have used him at all, but you would have used him differently. But if you wouldn't have used him at all, how could you have used him...

Norman, coordinate.
I have no idea what I was really trying to say, there. Take your pick, apparently.

I guess I was trying to say two things simultaneously and my brain got mixed up.
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Also, don't we usually use that term to mean that someone stole an idea from someone else, and if so, how can this happen within a franchise ?
That's a tough one. Maybe if a franchise used more than one writer over the years?
Can a company rip itself off ?
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Orci and Kurtzman just signed a mega-deal with Sony to write Amazing Spider-man 3 and Venom. Kurtzman will direct Venom, now we know why he's not returning for Trek 3.
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Ambition is admirable, but it can only take a film so far (heck, it's one of the reasons I rank it way above ST09). TFF is certainly ambitious. There are ideas in STID I love and in many ways it felt more true to Trek, so much I wish they had done things differently, like extending Kirk's thirst for vengeance until the moment he meets Khan face to face and when it looks like he's about to shoot him dead, he decides to place him under arrest, overcoming his desire for vengeance to the relief of Spock and others. The way it plays out, with Kirk deciding "nah, it's wrong" felt way too soon after Pike's death, especially after he just accepted Scotty's resignation. The filmmakers say they stopped it there because they didn't want to make Kirk unlikable. Ha, as if he wasn't ever unlikable before...

Then there's the whole 9/11 truther angle the flick tries to go for, with Marcus staging something just to start a war with the Klingons. That really doesn't sit well with me, and only makes things more convoluted.
I agree that Kirk deciding immediately not to follow orders and execute Harrison by remote control dispels a lot of tension awfully quickly, perhaps too quickly. However, there are some structural considerations as to why this must occur.

First of all, in order to make the drone strike analogy, a face-to-face meeting between Kirk and Khan is possible only if Kirk has already decided not to follow orders. If he sticks to the plan given to him by Marcus, Kirk simply pushes a button, as it were, and Harrison is executed by remote control, with no meeting even possible.

Secondly, a confrontation has already occurred between Kirk and Scotty. Kirk was in the wrong at first, and afterwards he's been set right by Scotty.

That said, I could have used a line or two right before Kirk's ship-wide broadcast that he was going to disobey Marcus's orders, say of Kirk telling Spock why he had decided to listen to Mr. Scott after all (assuming there wasn't one; my memory's a little fuzzy on this, and I'm away from my STID copy). I would have appreciated it more having the dots connected up a little more explicitly, in terms of why Kirk had decided to do an about-face.
True, I'd say after the ship abruptly dropped warp, that's when he decides not to use the torpedoes because of the risk that it might inadvertently start a war with the Klingons. Everyone seems relieved about it, until Kirk makes it clear he still intends to kill Khan, only this time he'll look him in the eye. "Marcus ordered me to kill him, I'm just adapting to our situation. You have your orders, Mr. Spock." Throw in a little conflict with Uhura or Bones coming up to Spock asking why he's not trying to persuade Kirk from doing what is clearly an act of vengeance and Spock says "he's the captain, we'll follow his orders", continuing that thread of family breaking apart that began with Scotty's resignation because of Kirk's vendetta.

On the question of how STID was influenced by trutherism, I say, "Meh." Science fiction/fantasy is one of the literary genres where I don't fault narratives simply for being ahistorical; just because some elements in fact apply allegorically to the real world, it's too much to demand that all should. There are many films based on historical events that bend the truth in all sorts of ways, in many cases even beyond the point of breaking, and that doesn't make them meritless. A lot of those are good films. Gone with the Wind, anyone? Since STID implicitly purports to be nothing other than science fiction/fantasy, it can't even be construed as committing that sin.

Besides, I don't believe that events unfolded according to Marcus's plan anyway. Khan threw a wrench in that by weaving a plan of his own into Marcus's designs. At least, that's my current reading of it. When I get back to my copy of STID, I'll analyze it some more. Anyway, in that case, it could be said that both Khan and Kirk (and in any case Kirk at least) foiled the truther plot.
Kirk may have foiled the truther plot, but then you have the whole thing with Khan crashing into San Fransisco reflecting the 9/11 tragedy, with none of the characters watching in horror because the film is way too concerned with "we gotta get Khan". It just feels insensitive. It would have gone a long way just to show the characters look at the viewscreen for a minute in horror, not saying a word. This is where I give ST09 points for actually handling the destruction of Vulcan much more tastefully, and even that already worked as a 9/11 attack allegory.
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Have any of the other Trek writers done something similar? Ron Moore himself was mailed death threats for killing Kirk. Even for killing K'Ehelyr he got so much backlash.
Gene Roddenberry once got so angry about Crusher fans campaigning for Gates McFadden to return and replace Muldaur/Pulaski, he famously said, "If I listened to the fans, Star Trek would be shit."

Not that long afterwards, McFadden/Crusher returned and replaced Muldaur/Pulaski.
From what I understand, McFadden was gone because of a conflict with Maurice Hurley and once he left, Berman decided to bring back McFadden. I think it's too bad, because I liked Pulaski much better. Crusher didn't really bring much to the dynamic.
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