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Old November 22 2009, 06:06 PM   #1
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Did this movie make Star Trek "cool"?

Did this movie temporarily make Star Trek a bit more cool? Or at the very least, if not cool, then considerably less geeky?

It's surreal to overhear people that I know would never watch Star Trek talk about how great they thought this film was. This is something I never thought would happen, even with First Contact or Voyage Home, it wasn't like this. And TNG's heyday in the early-mid 90s was somewhat different, more of an intellecutal hip to be tuning into that series back in 1994...like being a U2 fan. Like "hey look at me I'm smart and in the know, I watch TNG", but never really cool.

Abram's Trek XI on the otherhand has people openly bragging about the movie like any other summer blockbuster.

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Old November 22 2009, 06:35 PM   #2
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Re: Did this movie make Star Trek "cool"?

The producers made this movie cool. The previous Star Trek productions did not become cool by association.

Everyone I know saw this movie and loved it... and I don't know any genuine Star Trek fans. Most of the people I know range from non-fan to extremely-casual fan (the kind who believe that Christie Alley played Spock's daughter in Star Trek 3 [the one with the new Enterprise, you know]). The biggest Trek fans I know are my parents... and they've probably seen every episode in the franchise exactly one time.

Also, I have overheard fairly cool looking teenagers raving about the film on more than one occasion. It's certainly cooler than it used to be.
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Old November 22 2009, 08:01 PM   #3
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Re: Did this movie make Star Trek "cool"?

Oh yes, i definitely think so. For my almost 16 yr old daughter to love it, it has to be! And, get this....my 25 yr old son is looking into changing his middle name to Tiberius. I swear!
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Old November 22 2009, 08:11 PM   #4
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Re: Did this movie make Star Trek "cool"?

I think it's cool. That's all anyone needs to know.
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Old November 22 2009, 08:18 PM   #5
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Re: Did this movie make Star Trek "cool"?

Yes. I convinced several people to see the movie, they were all non-trek fans and they all came back gushing about how much they loved the movie and thought it was cool.

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Old November 23 2009, 12:27 AM   #6
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Re: Did this movie make Star Trek "cool"?

Star Trek has always been cool. Frak this movie.
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Old November 23 2009, 12:49 AM   #7
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Re: Did this movie make Star Trek "cool"?

I don't think it's a question of Trek being cool or uncool, but I do think this movie is a lot more accessible to the non fan, then the other shows and films.
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Old November 23 2009, 12:53 AM   #8
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Re: Did this movie make Star Trek "cool"?

TWoK and TVH were more accessible to the "non-fan" too, and they managed to do that without changing basically everything but the names and without being mindless action movies.
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Old November 23 2009, 12:54 AM   #9
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Re: Did this movie make Star Trek "cool"?

Yeah, you also need to define cool. For me, cool doesn't mean 'something that lots of people like'.
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Old November 23 2009, 12:56 AM   #10
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Re: Did this movie make Star Trek "cool"?

Disillusioned wrote: View Post
TWoK and TVH were more accessible to the "non-fan" too, and they managed to do that without changing basically everything but the names and without being mindless action movies.
To each their own. I thought this film was the perfect way to update the classic show, while being accessible to new people.
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Old November 23 2009, 12:57 AM   #11
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Shazam! wrote: View Post
Yeah, you also need to define cool. For me, cool doesn't mean 'something that lots of people like'.
That too.

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To each their own. I thought this film was the perfect way to update the classic show, while being accessible to new people.
And I thought it was a horrible and stupid way to "update" the classic show (which I'm not even that big of a fan of), all in the name of trying to make it more accessible to new people.
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Old November 23 2009, 12:58 AM   #12
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YES!! Normally I might see 2 people a year wearing Sar trek items...I SAW THREE IN ONE DAY YESTERDAY! The DVDs are being sold out even in supermarkets and they are displayed prominently.

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Old November 23 2009, 01:02 AM   #13
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Re: Did this movie make Star Trek "cool"?

I agree with the sentiment here that the new movie was very cool, hopefully the next film will do the same thus making Trek itself; cool!
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Old November 23 2009, 01:07 AM   #14
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Re: Did this movie make Star Trek "cool"?

Let's see... Trekkies still holding conventions... no, still not cool.
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Old November 23 2009, 01:44 AM   #15
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Re: Did this movie make Star Trek "cool"?

It made Star Trek 2009 cool by dividing it from what had come before. It did not make what came before it regarded as more cool, but rather distingished itself from it.

Indeed, one might argue that it even made "old" Star Trek seem less cool, with the divide emphasised by several reviewers.
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