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As they looked a bit different, but it didn't bother me. As Like I remarked
Before, I'm no expert. Although if you compare the Klingons from the
Original series, they too look very different from those of The next generation.
" It's something we never talk about "
DS9 :) although I was never a fan of DS9.
:)>- Think I may watch that episode on Netflix later, one of the best DS9 episodes for sure. If I recall they had original cast from Trouble with Tribbles episode. Not watched it for maybe ten years.
Well, that's true. But how do you explain the insane nerdiness of 'Star Wars' then? I mean, the 'Star Wars' topic in here is much busier and "Rogue Planet: A Star Wars Tale" isn't even out yet. Whereas "Star Trek Beyond" comes out in just one week.
I guess, people in general understand the simple magic and fantasy of "Star Wars" much better as opposed to the more intellectual message of "Star Trek".
"Trials and Tribble-ations" obviously is a fun, entertaining cross-over episode celebrating the anniversary of being the 75th episode of that series.
But really, is it really the pivotal episode that asks fundamental questions about human ethical struggles and geopolitical events that should inspire us to do better? For me, that's "Star Trek", not just cross-over-ing and celebrating anniversaries.
For me one of the better episode is the two-parter 'Homefront/Paradise Lost'. That episode shows us that a simple terrorist and a species with 'otherwordly' characteristisc, like the changelings, who can morph into exact physical copies of human beings, can have severe consequences. And those consequences are facilitating fear, anger and hate. Now....where do we see that in today's society?
THAT for me is "Star Trek".
Or what about 'Doctor Bashir, I Presume', an episode that goes into detail about the genetical modifications Bashir's parents made to him and what ethical consequences that have to society. Do we lock up 'outcasts' like Bashir? Or do we make people understand that Bashir still is a human being, despite his genetical modifications? We do see examples of that in our society. How.....do we treat transgenders? By tagging them as outcasts? Or by making them feel part of humanity?
THAT for me is "Star Trek".
"Star Wars" doesn't come even close to that intellectuality. And sadly, Abrahms' "Star Trek" suffers from the absence of the original Roddenberry-vision as well. Abrahms sacrificed the essence of "Star Trek" for making it too 'popcorny', too "Star Wars". Yes, this was a conscious decision of Paramount. Marketing-wise it's an understandable decision, but premise-wise it's not.
… found it, brilliant 4 minutes of Trek-TV:
It depends how you look at it. I think many recent space based Sci-Fi films have actually got that "Star Trek-vibe" that I miss with the actual 'Star Trek' films. Think about "The Martian", which has a wonderful, positive message of countries working together to find a solution: Saving the 'Martian' (China and the USA). "Interstellar" is perhaps the pivotal 'Trek' films that puts exploration of the unknown front-center and that for answers to difficult scientific and ecological problems you can only achieve the greatest if you think about simple human relationships and emotions. Then there was "Gravity" which also had a story of human individual strength within a dire, life threatening situation in space. Then movies like "Cloud Atlas" and "Gattaca" really go into detail about the darker sides of humanity; the execution of genocide and the elimination of people with mental or physical disabilities from society. "Moon" and "Oblivion" really had some powerful messages about cloning and what it means to the actual clones when they discover how they have been created. And lastly there was this Sci-Fi gem from Neil Blomkamp, "Elysium", in which we basically see an incredibly real parallel to the immigrant situation in the prosperous continent of Europe.
And the fact is: I just don't see this kind of 'Star Trek', of Roddenberry's vision, in recent "Star Trek" films. And my above examples show that this actually could be possible.
Look, when "Star Trek" was about to be rebooted in 2008, I was truly hoping that Paramount would reboot it into a more serious, darker way. Similar perhaps to how director Christopher Nolan rebooted "Batman". Actually, I was rooting for Nolan to do a more serious, darker Star Trek film. But then I heard the name J.J. Abrahms........and I felt gutted. A devoted "Star Wars" fan was about to reboot "Star Trek" in such a way that it actually becomes a "Star Wars"-esque "Star Trek". And on top of that, after Abrahms, Paramount hired Justin Lin (!!).
So yeah, I am slightly disappointed. But I do think that also the movie franchise can be made more...intellectual, more intelligent, more....'Arthur C. Clarke-esque'. Perhaps therefore I am looking more forward to the new "Star Trek" TV Series. Especially after I heard Nicholas Meyer talking about the premise of the new series:
And therefore we all should be tremendously excited for the new TV Series. "Star Trek TV Series 2017" will most likely be DS9-esque in nature.....way more than the current Abrahms-films.
Hence why I am thrilled that "The Undiscovered Country" actually is the starting point of the new Trek TV Series.
Moreover, in the year 2016 that we are living in now, we have faced quite a lot of....eh....shit no? Immigrant crisis, the Syrian refugees, populism spreading all over Europe and the USA, Brexit, way too hard US presidential elections, the EU, the financial crisis, the Euro, Greece. So especially now we could use a bit more Gene Roddenberry.
than about the future. ;)
The funny thing is, that this concept is actually part of the new film "Star Trek Beyond". I heard the villain Krall is fighting heavily against a Federation outpost...and that he has a sincere hate for the United Federation of Planets and its agenda of 'peace' and 'love'.
Spoilers! Come on! >:P
Here are the first images of the new Starfleet ship:
Also interesting, the new TV-Series will NOT take place in the Kelvin Universe (The timeline that is mockingly called the 'Abrahmsverse', named after the recent three Star Trek films), but WILL take place in the Prime Universe:
Andddd *drumrolls", here's the 2nd teaser trailer of the new TV Series, "Star Trek: Discovery"!:
The design of the USS Discovery is inspired by the first design sketches (by Darren Ramsey) of the Phase 2 TV Series, that eventually never aired:
Please take into account that the teaser features some very rough footage of the new ship. And please give the TV Series a fair chance.
Fuller corroborated his previous statement that Star Trek Discovery will not be episodic:
He also said that his intention is to allow Star Trek to