Monday, May 18, 2020

Somebody Make It Stop!

This week CBS— who currently owns Star Trek— announced that they're not done desecrating and mutilating the franchise.

In addition to Star Trek: Discovery (aka STD) and Star Trek: Picard (aka STP), the streaming service unveiled their plans for yet a third series, titled Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

The new series will reportedly feature the adventures of Captain Pike, Spock and Number One aboard the Enterprise, ten years before the days of James T. Kirk.

Jesus Christ, CBS! Haven't you already defiled the corpse of Star Trek enough at this point? Must you keep on sucking it dry until there's nothing left? Have you no sense of decency, sirs, at long last? Have you no sense of decency?

For the record, I gave STD a shot (heh), as I watched the first three episodes before deciding it wasn't made for me. I tried to do the same with Picard, but couldn't make it all the way through the first episode. 

As a result I didn't bother with Season 2 of STD, but I did catch a few online clips of actors Anson Mount as Captain Pike and Rebecca Romijn as Number One (the less said about Emo Spock, the better). I liked what I saw of them, as the two played somewhat recognizable versions of their Original Series namesakes.

Unfortunately, two decent characters do not a series make, and they couldn't lift STD from the morass into which modern day Trek has sunk.

These shows may be labeled Star Trek, but take my word for it, they're as far from Gene Roddenberry's vision as humanly possible— somewhere on the outskirts of the Delta Quadrant.

That's why I have absolutely zero hope for Strange New Worlds. Especially if noted Hack Alex Kurtzman is involved. He's the visionary writer/producer/director who brought us such classics as Transformers, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Mummy (2017). Nuff said!

There's no doubt in my mind that Strange New Worlds will be more of the same, emphasizing action and space battles over good storytelling as it tromps all over established Trek canon. Feh!

If STD and Picard represents the best CBS can do with the Trek franchise, then I wish they'd just let it die. At this point I consider these new shows to be nothing but elaborate and expensive fan fiction, to be ignored. I'll stick with reruns of the Original Series and TNG, thanks.

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