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Old July 24 2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

Greetings.

I've recently started watching Star Trek. After some debate with some friends, I decided to begin watching TOS. However, I've been told I should watch all off the other Star Trek stuff first before watching Star Trek (2009) and into Darkness. The thing is I really wanna watch the newer films. My question is, does it matter if I watch the two newer Star Trek films before the rest?
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Old July 24 2014, 12:49 PM   #2
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Re: Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

It depends on whether you want to take the films as they are or absorb a LOT of material, most of which won't really buy you anything when watching the new films.

I recommend that you watch the two new movies without any more background than knowing that this is the story of the famous crew coming together.

If after watching you want to know more, but don't want to waste weeks of your life on the ridiculous number of movies and TV Trek that has come before, I recommend the following:

Watch the Original Series Episode: Space Seed
Then Watch the 1982 Movie: Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan

You'll then understand a lot more of the references and homage the new movies make to these. You could also watch these two first, then watch the new movies. Just understand that the pacing of the older material is much slower. YMMV.
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Old July 24 2014, 01:21 PM   #3
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Re: Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

It's not mandatory at all. The whole point of rebooting the franchise was to make it easier for new viewers to jump aboard. If you like the new movies, you can always go back and see the originals, but you should be able to enjoy the new films on their own terms.
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Old July 24 2014, 01:31 PM   #4
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Re: Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

No.
Watch the new films first when you want to.
No prior knowledge required.
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Old July 24 2014, 01:57 PM   #5
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Re: Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

No, the new films are designed to introduce ST to new audiances. Sure you might not pick up on the little homages they pay to TOS.
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Old July 24 2014, 02:54 PM   #6
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Re: Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

LanCo96 wrote: View Post
Greetings.

I've recently started watching Star Trek. After some debate with some friends, I decided to begin watching TOS. However, I've been told I should watch all off the other Star Trek stuff first before watching Star Trek (2009) and into Darkness. The thing is I really wanna watch the newer films. My question is, does it matter if I watch the two newer Star Trek films before the rest?
Are you sure they're your friends?

I kid, but seriously, you don't have to watch any of it. That's not to say it wouldn't be fun, just that it's by no means required to enjoy the nuTrek stuff.
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Old July 24 2014, 04:07 PM   #7
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Re: Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

And you certainly don't need to watch "all" of it, which includes three seasons of TOS, seven seasons of TNG, seven seasons of DS9, seven seasons of Voyager, four seasons of Enterprise, and ten previous movies!

I mean, if the new movies inspire you to go deeper into Star Trek's illustrious roots, by all means do so. There's a lot of great stuff to discover. But you can certainly enjoy and appreciate the new movies without having seen, say, a single episode of Deep Space Nine or Voyager or whatever . . ..
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Old July 24 2014, 04:24 PM   #8
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Re: Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

Thanks for the response guys. Appreciate it.
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Old July 24 2014, 04:34 PM   #9
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Re: Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

Just watch the movies. If you like them, there's enough other stuff to keep you busy in the basement for decades.
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Old July 24 2014, 05:18 PM   #10
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Re: Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

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However, I've been told I should watch all off the other Star Trek stuff first before watching Star Trek (2009) and into Darkness.
Why, of course. How else will you know if Kirk's hair is in accordance with canon in the new films? How will you know if the Enterprise's warp nacelles are the correct shape? These things must be known, otherwise the next time you find yourself in a Rigelian watering hole quaffing Romulan ale and shooting the breeze with a Nausicaan tribble smuggler and the subject of Kirk's hair or the Enterprise's warp nacelles should come up... well, you don't want to be caught without an informed opinion, now do you? Of course you don't.

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Old July 24 2014, 05:29 PM   #11
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Re: Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

Yes. If we had to watch "Spock's Brain", you have to watch "Spock's Brain".
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Old July 24 2014, 05:53 PM   #12
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Re: Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

That's the ticket.
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Old July 24 2014, 07:38 PM   #13
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Re: Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

NO...New trek is an alternate reality.TOS Spock does an excellent job in connecting both realities. you do not need to rely on TOS to watch or like new trek
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Old July 24 2014, 07:41 PM   #14
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Re: Do I need to watch all of Trek before watching the 2 new films?

Yes and no. It depends. Great answer, I know.

Definitely some things you may not get without seeing the rest of Trek.
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Old July 24 2014, 07:48 PM   #15
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Yes and no. It depends. Great answer, I know.

Definitely some things you may not get without seeing the rest of Trek.
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