I don’t mind admitting I was a bit annoyed with all the hype surrounding the new Star Trek movie. As an “original” Trekkie (no, I never had a costume, but I did attend my fair share of SF conventions) I was more than annoyed with what I saw a modern attacks on the purity of the original series.
Common sense finally won out and I don’t mind admitting I am absolutely thrilled with the Star Wars (A New Hope) that Star Trek is FINALLY receiving. The box office take for the weekend appears to be pushing $80 million! After the demise of Enterprise a few years ago, there was no end of commentary that the franchise had finally come to an end, would not live long and would never again prosper.
As usual, the anti-Star Trek critics were wrong, thank heavens!
I am reveling in the hype, the tie-ins, and all the “buzz”. Star Trek is indeed going to live long and prosper. For a Trekkie this is some of the best news out there. And – I think I know why.
The original series was something of a commentary about humanities rise from the ashes of near destruction following an all-out war with the Soviet Union. It is about optimism, where hatred and racism is over-come by the basic honor and decency of humanity.
If Roddenberry was correct, that one of the reasons the original series hit a “nerve” was because of the time frame – 1966 – 1969 and the social problems, assassinations, and literal fear of being blown up at any minute. Before the advent of Star Trek, science fiction was either a commentary on the Cold War or the bubble-gum fare of Irwin Allen (not that I wasn’t a fan). Roddenberry introduced a series that basically “had it all”.
Star Trek came along at the right time. We were well on the way to the moon. The stars were literally the limit. Roddenberry found a formula that literally re-wrote the book on science fiction. Instead of doing something outlandish, simply take the story and turn it into a western. If it works as a western, it will work as science fiction. Star Wars is basically nothing more than The Magnificent Seven. Star Trek is just another version of Wagon Train. The reason good science fiction appears to be “timeless” is because it is. Good science fiction is just a good western set in the stars with a bunch of tech stuff thrown in for fun.
For a generation raised on westerns, Star Trek was nothing new. We recognized the timeless classic friendship of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday in Kirk and Spock. Indeed, there is not another friendship like it, any where in history. James T. Kirk is very much the epitome of Wyatt Earp, the noble, sometimes flawed lawman who risked his future to do what was right, but now always playing by the book.
We now have a new incarnation of Star Trek. I don’t mind admitting I complained the most about it, but I also don’t mind admitting I may be the most thrilled about it. The timeless story has found new life. It is now a commentary of the uncertainy of the American condition. Our economy has been betrayed by those who were elected to preserve the Constitution, but think nothing of shattering it for their own personal ambition.
Our world is now a mess. Once again we are in the grip of the liberal choke-hold, demanding high taxes, a government that is all things to all people, and a total lack of security. People are afraid. We see our nation being destroyed by an ambitious leader who has no regard for freedom, the Constitution, or what is right. He is aided and abbetted by a media that would cover up murder if they thought it would help him.
The classic world of Star Trek has been turned upside down. Spock has played with the future and destroyed everything he held dear. By tampering with time, everything has been torn apart because of the arrogance of Spock/Obama. The only hope for the world is the fly by the seat of his pants, break the rules of Kirk/Bush.
It is an admission that liberal does not work.
The new world of Star Trek is a world where the military is supreme, and a young man who is a heck of a lot like Wyatt Earp has risen to a role of heroic responsibility.
This new world of Star Trek does not bode well for the Democrats or Barack Obama.
Now, if you want good science fiction that has some decent technology, try Babylon 5, the over-all favorite at NASA.