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Old January 22 2008, 08:25 AM   #1
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If this is a success do you think it will be more socially..

...acceptable to talk about Trek in public than it used to be? And when I say that, I don't mean like where if you say you like Trek, then women will see that as an automatic turn on. I know Trek will NEVER get to that point, lol.

But rather, where you know how it's pretty socially acceptable to talk about Lord of the Rings in public because the movies were so successful and are held in such high regard by a great many people? Well, do you think if this movie is successful, then Trek fandom will reach that status?

Not that I care what other people think of Trek, of course. *puts my Star Trek pajamas on*
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Old January 22 2008, 08:26 AM   #2
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Re: If this is a success do you think it will be more socially..

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...acceptable to talk about Trek in public than it used to be?
There have been successful Star Trek movies before. None of them had this effect.
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Old January 22 2008, 08:36 AM   #3
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Re: If this is a success do you think it will be more social

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...acceptable to talk about Trek in public than it used to be?
There have been successful Star Trek movies before. None of them had this effect.
This is true. But how many of those successful Trek movies tried to appeal to a mainstream audience more than this one is?
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Old January 22 2008, 09:06 AM   #4
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Re: If this is a success do you think it will be more social

Well, The Voyage Home appealed to many in the mainstream. That probably had a lot to do with its setting in modern times though.

As far as talking about Trek in public I do that now. When I was in high school I was kind of afraid to talk about it for fear of being labeled a nerd or something. As you get older you kind of stop caring what people think, at least about your tv viewing habits.

Me: "You going to see the new Trek movie when it comes out?"
Co-Worker: "I don't watch Star Wars, it's nerdy."
Me: "So what? You going to go?"
Co-Worker: "Probably."

:thumbsup:

(I think a lot of people are in the closet about liking sci-fi in general. It's just always been "kewl" to bash it.)
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Old January 22 2008, 08:20 PM   #5
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Re: If this is a success do you think it will be more social

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Well, The Voyage Home appealed to many in the mainstream. That probably had a lot to do with its setting in modern times though.

That, and it was more of a comedy that made fun of the Trek premise and trappings with a feel good, "save the whales" message tacked on it.
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Old January 22 2008, 08:27 PM   #6
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(I think a lot of people are in the closet about liking sci-fi in general. It's just always been "kewl" to bash it.)
I definitely agree - its amazing how you get to know someone and suddenly something will slip out regarding the minutiae of 'Buffy' or 'Stargate', or they'll steal a joke from a show which you recognise and you find out they're a closet nerd after all
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Old January 22 2008, 08:28 PM   #7
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I remembering reading "On the Good Ship Enterprise".

A reporter was yelling a Trekker: "Obsessing about a cancelled tv series is stupid!"

The Trekker replied: "Do you like football?"

The reporter nods: :Yesyesyes:

Trekker: "Do you know who won the World Series in 1977?"

The reporter spews stastics.

Trekker: "Obsessing about a baseball game from years ago is stupid!"

Reporter swears, and walks away.

Cinematographer: ":grin: I've never seen anyone tick him off."
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Old January 22 2008, 08:41 PM   #8
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Austin 3:16 said:
...acceptable to talk about Trek in public than it used to be?
No.

Anyway, this was not the result of Transformers. One's social circles may vary, but it would be fairly controversial to admit having liked this film.
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Old January 22 2008, 09:06 PM   #9
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Austin 3:16 said:
...acceptable to talk about Trek in public than it used to be?
No.

Anyway, this was not the result of Transformers. One's social circles may vary, but it would be fairly controversial to admit having liked this film.
If the movie is successful, it could be the topic of watercooler conversation for a while. But, it probably won't rival "Survivor" or "American Idol" on that venue.

After all, "Star Trek" is for intelligent audiences.
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Old January 22 2008, 09:20 PM   #10
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I hope not. I like Star Trek being a world for outsiders and iconoclasts. Learning to live with my "geek" status is part of what made me the man I am today.
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Old January 22 2008, 10:22 PM   #11
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Don't know. Don't Care.
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Old January 23 2008, 12:36 AM   #12
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I think Star Trek is and will always be kind of nerd thing for majority of the people. However, there are lots of people (especially younger) who are not so familiar about ST and maybe they will give it a go. Perhaps Star Trek will be the next "trend thing" among them?
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Old January 23 2008, 01:07 AM   #13
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Socially acceptable or not, I wont be talking about it in public. For me, Star Trek is a very personal thing.

I discuss it with a couple of my close friends, and although they are fans of trek and sci-fi in general - nothing comes close to my levels. Star Trek is my drug. Can't get enough of it.

I come in here to get my fix.

Lets face it, we don't have normal conversations in here. We have an entire thread devoted to the fucking corridors for crying out loud...

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Old January 23 2008, 01:12 AM   #14
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Re: If this is a success do you think it will be more social

Akiraprise said:
Well, The Voyage Home appealed to many in the mainstream. That probably had a lot to do with its setting in modern times though.

As far as talking about Trek in public I do that now. When I was in high school I was kind of afraid to talk about it for fear of being labeled a nerd or something. As you get older you kind of stop caring what people think, at least about your tv viewing habits.

Me: "You going to see the new Trek movie when it comes out?"
Co-Worker: "I don't watch Star Wars, it's nerdy."
Me: "So what? You going to go?"
Co-Worker: "Probably."

:thumbsup:

(I think a lot of people are in the closet about liking sci-fi in general. It's just always been "kewl" to bash it.)
See, I'm luckier. I work in the tech industry...and around here more people know what's going on on Battlestar Galactica than on American Idol.

We actually have threads on the 'social' email distribution list that are entirely about Star Trek, gaming, and similar nerdy topics.

It's a regular nerd heaven here.
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Old January 23 2008, 01:24 AM   #15
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First off, even though im new here and I dont mean to be arrogant, it seems like a lot of people here have this idea in their heads that there are tons of people who have never heard of star trek. that doesnt seem possible. now i know there are people who dont know **** about trek, tons of them, but its not like the vast majority of moviegoers who saw the trailer have no idea what the hell star trek is.

Star trek is still just as nerdy as ever...and so is lord of the rings...and thats because, like milhouse famously said to bart, "nerds are smart", and smart people come up with creative and cool things like star trek and lord of the rings, and all of the people who arent smart enough to get it will not suddenly have an epiphany no matter how much of a 21st century big budget makeover star trek gets

so the smart people will go see start trek, and the rest will go see some lameass vin diesel movie...the world will be the same after dec 25 2008, except we'll all know the answers to all the questions were asking now
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