JJ Abrams Wants to Ruin The Star Trek Franchise

I’ve always thought Abrams was suspect. But when the guy who commandeered the “Star Trek” franchise says he “never liked Star Trek” because it was “too philosophical” (REALLY? That was largely the POINT of Star Trek) my feeling is–yup, he’s just an artful Hollywood chop-shopper. He’s good at what he does, but there’s not much to him as more than an artful storyteller. I’m not even a huge Trekkie; I was always more into Rod Serling’s work, which was less over the top and didn’t have William Shatner’s silly theatrics but was still thematically strong and well ahead of its time. But man, despite his flaws, Gene Roddenberry tried to bring television and the speculative genre forward in a lot of respects and introduced thoughtful topics and ethnic and gender diversity to areas of popular fiction that were lacking in both–let’s face it, the entire society was lacking in both. I wanted to check out the movie, now I wanna wait for video because I don’t wanna give that dope any of my money. A director who so clearly represents the victory of style over substance shouldn’t have taken over this particular franchise. He’s apparently trying to get rid of the old memorabilia and replace it with stuff from his new attempt at a self-styled media empire…shame on you, Abrams.

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Born and raised in New York City, Paul West is the Editor in Chief of Pdub’s Sports Hub, the author of First Cause, and an educator and coach. Paul teaches Sports & Society and Speculative Fiction & Society at the Master Teacher’s Collective. Paul has been a Mets, Knicks, and Rangers fan since the early ’80s; he believes in instant replay, and once turned a web-gem double play on Keyspan Field. You can follow Paul on twitter at @firstcausenyc View all posts by Paul West

2 responses to “JJ Abrams Wants to Ruin The Star Trek Franchise

  • One Pon Too Farr

    You are right not to go to the movie. But I wouldn’t bother even renting it. While, yeah, it’s an action-packed movie, it lacks the Roddenberry soul, or just even a science-fiction lovers soul. The problem was the plot. It was a flimsy retread of a TV show episode and a Trek movie. There is virtually zero plot or character development. And yes, half-wits who love film-dreck like the “Fast and the Furious” will love this film because it provides absolutely no intellectual challenge to their brains. But the rest of us will be advised to not waste their money.

  • John

    I completely agree. Star Trek is nothing if not cerebral. This was definitely lacking in Abram’s reboot. The phrase ” style over substance” is very apt.

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