As a science fiction author and a fan of the Star Trek universe I have several questions about the ‘new’ Star Trek movie. I’m sure most of them will be answered by the movie itself but it’s interesting to speculate about a few things. Of course, the obvious question is why it took so long to get the movie out when we were all anxiously waiting for it but I think most of us will forget that one as soon as we grab the popcorn and get comfortable.
The various Star Trek series do contain some plot and story line conflicts, which are hard to avoid when you have that many series and that many contributing writers. As the only writer for my Martian Symbiont series I still read and reread previous titles all the time in an effort to avoiding writing conflicts. The worst thing is to have a reader-or viewer-come across something and go, “what?” because it doesn’t fit with what they already know. For example, one Next Generation episode had Data walking through the bottom of a body of water because he ‘couldn’t float.’ Another had him ‘acting as a flotation device.’ There are many such inconsistencies and a lot of them are now posted on YouTube.
I’m wondering how much ‘revisionist history’ Star Trek fans might spot in the new movie. Not that we want to see the Star Trek past rewritten, but authorship is a form of art and authors sometimes take ‘poetic license.’ I had the strange experience of coming up with an idea and thinking it would make a wonderful change for Been Blued; until I remembered it’s been published so it’s too late for changes. I don’t even remember what it was now, only that there was no conceivable way to work it in farther along.
Star Trek fans identify with certain characters. As the original characters, the ‘new’ bridge crew will face fans’ expectations to be consistent with their counterparts as they were portrayed forty years ago. It makes one hope they all watched at least a few episodes of the original series. No pressure. 😉
In a way, it’s been done before. Yet they still managed to make the Enterprise ship on Enterprise look like it predated Captain Kirk’s Enterprise. Will this movie even feature a ship named Enterprise? I tend to doubt it. Part of the story line for the first feature length ST movie suggested Kirk beat out another candidate for captain. And the original pilot episode that was initially rejected featured a different captain and crew. Only Spock crossed over from the pilot into the regular series.
Star Trek fans do have favorites. Some pick characters, some pick series, some pick both. My favorite series was Deep Space Nine. It had a whole new backdrop, several mostly unknown species of aliens to learn about and the potential for both friendship and trouble coming out of the space shortcut called ‘the wormhole.’
What I dislike is when the federation goes to war because it often warps the show into a social commentary on current events. It also limits the exploration and adventure aspects. At that point it loses most of its escapist appeal, at least for me. In my opinion, the Enterprise series spent far too long searching for the Xindi super weapon and fighting spacial anomalies. They could have had more interaction with some of the friendlier Xindi, especially the aquatics.
I’d like to see the movie when it comes out, but I’ll probably be working and miss it. We have one movie theater in town and shows don’t tend to be featured very long. Like the journey, the wait continues.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Phyllis K Twombly