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Storymark 12/16/2009 12:02:38 PM

For one, his changes were visual, which is deemed different from dialog.  But more imprtantly, that film started shooting after the strike ended (Trek was already finished at this time), so there were no such limitations.


While the strike was going the only writing changes allowed were any nessesary to change the location of a scene.   So, for Trek, they were able to change the setting of the snow moon (which was a dessert moon in the script) but that's about all they could really do.

karas1 12/16/2009 1:44:37 PM

If you say so.  I don't really understand the legalities of the strike or in what way it impacted the filming of the movie.

But the upshot of what you are telling me is that Abrams shot a half baked, poorly written script which everybody knew was in need of a few more rewrites.  And I'm supposed to give him a pass because of the unsual circumstances. 

Um, no.

Storymark 12/17/2009 9:56:52 AM

I'd say he did the best he could under the circumstances.

It's not like Abrhams was the sole entity in charge.  There's that whole multi-billion dollar studio that had him contracted to make the film by a certain date.  The fact that the strike then came along and mucked it up isn't his fault.  He still had a job to do, regadless of what nit-picky fanboys and fangirls think.  Or that those fans would attack him on grounds they admit they don't even understand.

And lo and behold, it's a movie that was embraced by both general audiences AND Trek fans (with certain nitpickers being obvious exceptions) - and has turned out to be the most successful Trek film ever - even adjusting for inflation - no Trek has every put more asses in seats than this one. 

moromete 12/22/2009 5:04:41 AM

I am a huge fan of Star Trek and I miss a TV show.

The past shows were great, but I think it should be better to create something really new, but keep ST spirit alive.

I created a Facebook group for all people wanting a new ST show


My goal is to gather people having the same dream: bring alive a new ST TV show.

Please join us and share your ideas and discuss them with the other members.




popa 1/18/2010 8:37:56 AM

 In retrospect, the original Star Trek was some sort of miracle in that it laid out a future scenario based on good science. Some say that complaints about ignoring the science in the last movie was "nitpicking" but I disagree. Knowledge of science was key to the predictive nature of the series. Star Trek as fantasy loses the core of what made the original exceptional: a self-consistent, believable universe. This concept is nothing new in the art of movie making. Believable characters depend on detailed knowledge of the human psyche. Without that knowledge, characters just don't ring true. When the last Star Trek movie threw physics out the window, most people probably couldn't put their finger on what was wrong, but many knew it just didn't feel right.

In literature, lack of knowledge of your subject is usually a killer. To depend upon the ignorance of your audience because it's easier than hiring a scientist to vet the script is inexcusable laziness in my view and shows contempt for your subject. There is a reason for the word "science" in science fiction.

ultraaman 1/21/2010 1:48:08 PM

I hate reboots - the way they did the new Star Trek was the only way they would ever reel me in and that is exactly what they did.  I wonder tho if a TV series set in a different continuum from the movie would confuse audiences.

Years back when Enterprise came out and we all agreed it sucked balls, me and a couple of friends tried to come up with a show concept that would both move the franchise forward and still try to keep to the values that Roddenberry tried to infuse into the TOS.

Our idea was a Starfleet version of the X-files, where a group of specialized officers investigate a combo of weird goings on within the Federation as well as be part of new expeditions where their expertiese might be needed.  Their mission was to go were others feared to tred in order to preserve the peace and diversity of the Federation.

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