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Old October 31 2009, 09:48 PM   #1
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Captain Robau - unprecedented fan response?

Looking around the internet following the latest Star Trek film, particularly Trek BBS, I've noticed an almost unprecedented response to the character of Captain Robau that is nothing short of phenomenal.

Can't help wondering what exactly illicited such a strong response from the Star Trek fandom, any one help me out here?

Certainly for a character who appeared on the screen for barely five minutes, how has Robau managed to achieve such a prominent position in the minds of fans?

I'd venture that for a minor character with only a few minutes of screentime the response is unprecedented.
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Old October 31 2009, 09:49 PM   #2
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Robau will punish you for your blasphemy.
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Old October 31 2009, 09:57 PM   #3
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Certainly for a character who appeared on the screen for barely five minutes, how has Robau managed to achieve such a prominent position in the minds of fans?
Because, unlike the other StarFleet captains we see in the movies whose job is to be buttraped, he did it with badassness and professionalism essentially, rather than incompetently like Captain 'next Tuesday' Harriman or like a pussy such as Captain 'a Lucky Shot' Whatshisface in STIII.
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Old October 31 2009, 10:29 PM   #4
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Re: Captain Robau - unprecedented fan response?

Since the whole thing started long before one saw only a second of footage, it is just irrational. I can't see anything badass about that character. And I doubt that the hype goes anywhere beyond this and the startrekmovie.com message boards.
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Old October 31 2009, 11:09 PM   #5
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Robau is so badass he surrenders and gets skewered within the first 10 minutes of the movie.
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Old October 31 2009, 11:19 PM   #6
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JarodRussell wrote: View Post
And I doubt that the hype goes anywhere beyond this and the startrekmovie.com message boards.
It's on TVTropes.org, too, thanks to us.
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Old October 31 2009, 11:32 PM   #7
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Mmmmm. I think this is just one of those internet things. The real fans of the real world who don't know this place exists, but will get themselves right out to the theater for XII, are not interested in Captain Robau. I'd be surprised if many of them know what his name was.

Can't help wondering what exactly illicited such a strong response from the Star Trek fandom, any one help me out here?
Sometimes when things get rolling on the internet, people jump on because it's the thing to do, or they are doing it ironically, because everyone is being sheep and it's fun to be an ironic sheep. Think badgers. Or sombreros.
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Old October 31 2009, 11:34 PM   #8
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Badger badger badger badger badger badger SOMBRERO SOMBRERO.
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Old November 1 2009, 12:02 AM   #9
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I'd venture that for a minor character with only a few minutes of screentime the response is unprecedented.
Might be unprecedented for Star Trek, but Star Wars has always been doing this sort of thing.
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Old November 1 2009, 12:06 AM   #10
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He's the Chuck Norris of the (new) Star Trek universe.
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Old November 1 2009, 12:31 AM   #11
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I'd venture that for a minor character with only a few minutes of screentime the response is unprecedented.
Might be unprecedented for Star Trek, but Star Wars has always been doing this sort of thing.
Was Boba Fett ever envisioned from the start as anybody?

I remember how cool it was when somebody with a Boba Fett suit always showed up for reruns of Star Wars and paced the lobby with his blaster in the early 1980's at our university student cinema.

Clearly that character captured viewers' imaginations.
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Old November 1 2009, 12:47 AM   #12
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Re: Captain Robau - unprecedented fan response?

1. He is bald.
2. He has a very cool accent.
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Old November 1 2009, 01:15 AM   #13
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Was Boba Fett ever envisioned from the start as anybody?
I'm sure Lucas has said 'no' to this in the past, which is why Boba Fett died screaming like a little girl. It was the fans who brought him back.
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Old November 1 2009, 01:17 AM   #14
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Re: Captain Robau - unprecedented fan response?

The thing with Robau started started sometime last year in an interview with the writers, they stated that Captian Robau would not be a throw ayway captian like in past movies. Turns out he was. I think he had potential for badassness, but I think George Kirk was more of a Badass in my opinion,anyway that's where it started and spread from there.
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Old November 1 2009, 01:30 AM   #15
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HunterB5446 wrote: View Post
The thing with Robau started started sometime last year in an interview with the writers, they stated that Captian Robau would not be a throw ayway captian like in past movies. Turns out he was. I think he had potential for badassness, but I think George Kirk was more of a Badass in my opinion,anyway that's where it started and spread from there.
What a shame, he was more interesting than Pike. I wish there was a way of bringing him back.
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