What I miss about the Star Trek franchise…

I do like what JJ Abrams is doing to the “Star Trek” reboot, and I know a lot of new fans like what he has done, but a lot of new Star Trek fans don’t understand what the franchise is really about. Will the new Star Trek fans who support JJ’s work, go back to the older Star Trek series like the original Trek, TNG, and all the others? No probably not. The newer fans will probably stick with JJ’s Trek. They won’t understand the older series. Which is sad.

Remember, Kirk and Picard’s opening voice over intro when the shows start, “To seek out new lives and new civilizations”, that’s what Star Trek is about. That’s what JJ Abrams seems to be forgetting with the new movies. Star Trek is about politics, and exploration in space. JJ’s movies has a little bit of that, but JJ turned his Star Trek movies into epic fantasy action/adventures. I miss the actual storytelling with the Star Trek, franchise. Where’s the science fiction? What made the earlier Star Trek series worked ’cause they were true science fiction stories. JJ’s “Star Trek”, isn’t true science fiction. They’re action movies, in my opinion. Star Trek stories also had a mix of drama and humor. JJ’s movies has some of that, but not enough.

Star Trek was never about violent action scenes and big special effects. They were about telling science fiction stories. Telling stories similar to what Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury has done. That’s why I love Star Trek. I just loved the storytelling, the science fiction part of things. That’s why a lot of people believe that Star Trek is boring because the pacing of the movies and the earlier TV shows were pretty slow for them, yet, the non-Trekkie’s find Star Wars better. Now that JJ has turned Star Trek into Star Wars, people now had a change of heart with Star Trek. How ironic is that, right?

I like the earlier Star Trek series, the original Trek, TNG, Voyager, Deep Space Nine, and Enterprise. I loved all of the movies except for “Star Trek: Insurrection”, and “The Final Frontier”, which were pretty bad films. With that being said, I’m looking forward to “Star Trek: Into Darkness”, the new Trek movie by JJ Abrams, but I’m still going to miss the old school way of Star Trek. I never really wanted the re-boot to happen, honestly. I was hoping the TNG cast would get one more film or the “Voyager” cast would get their own movie ’cause that would be cool.

Also, when is there going to be a new Star Trek television series? That’s what all the Trekkie’s wanna know too. There haven’t been a new Trek series in a while. I hope they come out with something new myself, but I hope they don’t re-boot any of the older series and they should come up with something new.

Speaking of Star Trek: TNG, I’ve been watching it a lot on Netflix. Just at the end of “Season 3”. I still remember all of these episodes like yesterday, ’cause I used to watch “The Next Generation”, obsessively when it used to be on TV back in the day. “The Next Generation” is a great show, and am glad to be re-watching it again. Thanks to Netflix for uploading all the Trek series made to stream. Yes, I’m a die-hard Trekkie, and very proud of it. Again, I do like JJ’s take on Star Trek, I just miss their old way of telling Star Trek stories, and that’s the point I’m trying to make in this post.

Kev

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