Star Trek should move forward, not backwards. December 21, 2012Posted by Jaspreet Lidder in : opinion , add a comment
JJ Abrams might have revived Star Trek, but can Star Trek endure with the same old stories over and over again? Gene Roddenberry did not pursue the Original Series in the late 80′s. He rather went ahead and made Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was able to do things that he could never do with The Original Series. He explored new concepts and ideas with TNG. The new Star Trek movie according to Roger Ebert:
“The Gene Roddenberry years, when stories might play with questions of science, ideals or philosophy, have been replaced by stories reduced to loud and colorful action.”
Is this true about JJ’s new vision? Yes and no. While there was little emphasis on ideals and philosophy, there was a lot of attention on the characters roots (questionable) and motivations. Ideals and philosophy is driving force of most Star Trek stories. Some of the weakest Star Trek episodes had some philosophical points to discuss.
It is yet to be seen if the alternate universe will be shallow. One must wait for Star Trek Into Darkness to make a conclusive argument against the universe. Regardless if it is a success or failure, TrekPrime will guarantee that Star Trek “moves forward” in the imaginations of Star Trek fans.