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Paramount To Longtime Trek Fans: Screw You

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Okay, so this falls under the heading of "rumour," but it comes from IESB.net, and it wouldn't surprise me at all. This according to an anonymous source at the studio, the upcoming Star Trek XI to be directed by J.J. Abrams:

This is not just another Trek movie but instead a total reboot, we will see things that are similar to what is known in the Trek Universe but we will not be held to every aspect of the last 40 years. We are going to introduce Star Trek to a whole new generation and many more generations to come. We have total faith that J.J. and company will take Trek to a whole new level. Trek has been going downhill for the last 10 years and if we expect it to be around 20 years from now we will have to take some bold steps that might be controversial at first but we are sure to bring new fans to the dying franchise.

Are you red-faced yet? Hang on a sec:

Trek fans were not able to keep the last show [Enterprise] on the air and we are looking on bringing over "Alias" and "Lost" fans and if the old Trekkies like the new movie great, if not too bad. We have to boldly go were no Star Trek has gone before.

Isn't that like, just totally awesome? Nothing like a nice, big, fat F-U to the fans who have fed about a billion dollars to Paramount over the history of the Trek franchise.

I'll tell you what I found REALLY funny… let's excerpt a couple of quotes and put them right next to each other, shall we?

"Trek has been going downhill for the last 10 years."
"Trek fans were not able to keep the last show [Enterprise] on the air."

Okay… so who PRODUCES Trek? Would that be Paramount? So if Star Trek has been "going downhill" for ten years, whose fault exactly would that be? It's obvious isn't it? THE FANS. As evidenced by his statements above.

So despite the fact that the studio puts out crap, we, the fans, are still supposed to tune in and sing its praises? I'm sorry, but Paramount is who put out the ridiculous Voyager and let Berman and Braga run the excellent concept of Enterprise into the dirt. And when Manny Coto came on board, finally putting the show on the right track, Paramount CANCELLED it!

I am SO bloody sick to DEATH of studios putting out lousy product and then blaming the public when they don't show up in droves. This has been especially prevalant with the Trek movies. Star Trek Generations, Insurrection and Nemesis were ALL terrible, but it's our fault that box office kept dropping.

Man, the hubris of these guys is incomprehensible and utterly infuriating.

Good luck with those "new" fans, Paramount.

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  • Baronius

    If you read those quotes differently, they say that the quality of ST has been declining, the number of fans is dropping, and they have to do something different to re-popularize the franchise. I bet we both agree with that. If they meant what you think they meant, then they’re weenies.

    To be honest, I wouldn’t guess either way.

  • http://journalofruth.com Ruth

    Amen!! Years of uneven character development, repetitive plots, b-sing just got too much. I was a loyal Trek fan until Enterprise. Had high hopes for it, but it got so boring until they rebootedit somewhat with the whole’earth was attacked’ plot. But it was too late by then. It wasn’t the fans’ fault but their fault, but of course they won’t see that. Feh.

    No more Trek for me – I’m a Stargate gal now. 😉

  • JonDog

    I, for one, welcome our new Trek overlords.

  • http://screenrant.com Screen Rant

    Baronius, I know what you’re saying, but the dismissive attitude to the folks that kept Trek on movie and TV screens for decades really pisses me off.

    No doubt it’s MORE than ready for some fresh blood, but I still believe that things could be made better without tossing out the baby with the bathwater. Look at “Enterprise”… as a concept, I really thought it was great, but in execution (until the 4th season) they utterly and totally blew it. A ship that ran too smoothly considering it was the first of it’s kind (look at the issues with the first hyperspeed ship on Stargate SG-1), tech that was 100 years before Kirk and Co. yet was ridiculously close in size and capability, a ship design that was completely wrong. Not to mention weak character development for the most part and the ANNOYING refusal to get rid of the A story/B story episode style.

    Vic

  • http://www.zomboscloset.com Iloz Zoc

    Wow, the fans brought the franchise a lot more than a billions bucks, too. Voyager was DOA because it sucked the big one. Enterprise became incomprehensible pretty early. They dropped the creative ball on that one from the first show.

    And the films? They were more movie of the week than theatrical releases.

    So…to blame the fans for not supporting them? Wow again.

    So Paramount, what have YOU done for me lately?

  • devoy324

    well i personally agree, enterprise was abit of a let down but the concept was a good one. i’m still fairly loyal to trek but, i’ve started watching star gate… and to the fact of this new concept of bringing it to newer generations all i think is that time will tell