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Canon Should Stick To Cameras

Finally got around to seeing Star Trek. My personal review, in brief: wh00t! Not rushing out to see movies when they first come out can save you quite a chunk of change. Most of them come and go, the hype boils away, and the better movies seem to stick around. This was one of them.

Anyhoo, many others had long since offered opinions about it: positive, negative, harsh but accurate, as well as more specialist approaches, like story structure analysis and of course, the inevitable parody.

One thing that pleases me is that the general success of the movie appears to have beaten back the nerdcore trek folk who'd protested that it "overwrites the Star Trek of old, destroying years of canon" for the sole purpose of bringing in the common commoners who aren't real Trekkers but are looking for some entertainment. To which Paramount & Viacom, the corporate owners of the Star Trek property, respond, "Well, d'uh!" Because that is what it's all about, after all. I recently read a blog series called "There Is No Star Trek Canon" (here: Part I, Part II, & Part III), and I'm going to have to say, I think he's spot on. Canon is little more than marketing. There's a certain segment of fans whine and complain about the latest rendition of X, but it doesn't matter, does it? They're still going to be there opening night, because it's official. They can't bear to be not knowing. Knowledge is power, but knowledge is also control. That's also why things like the TV series and movies are canon (they're easy: sit quietly and watch the screen), and novelizations and comic adaptations aren't (reading is hard!).

It's all irrelevant anyway. Shatnerites and Nimoyians, your beloved original shows are still out there. No one's rounded them up and destroyed the tapes; they're everywhere. Heck, you can watch them for free on Youtube right this very second. No, really; here, the official & complete Star Trek TOS channel on Youtube. Now, if they could just add in the animated shows, I'd be happy, because I've never seen most of those.

Reading: Spock Must Die!, by James Blish. The very first media tie-in book. And it doesn't count, even tho' it's by James Freaking Blish! Admittedly, having the Organians put the Klingon Empire in a thousand year time out would have a bit of an effect on anything that came afterwards. Fine, I'll give you that.

Comments

just think... i thought the first one was the cat's meow!!! what a great movie this one is. see it, see it, see it