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The Old Stuff Was Better

I loved it back when you could just like a TV show and talk about it with a couple friends and get excited to go to a con in a big city and make friends and not this bullshit. Star Trek is sad and crying all the time, but finally that seems to be over. Now Doctor Who is sad and crying all the time. Star Wars nerds (the ones who have never understood what they are watching) are all sad and crying now, themselves. Me, I have a very complex Stockholm Syndrome relationship with what is going on with Star Trek, now. It’s no fun thinking up new ways to write THE OLD STUFF WAS BETTER and IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.

The thing I think is fascinating is CBS has just double- and triple-downed on THIS IS Star Trek NOW like they think they know better. It’s SO VERY CLEAR they don’t have a vision for it. It took five years for them to assback into a Pike show and even that is a bullshit sop to all the bad (unpaid for) press and negative fan reaction.

There is no way to make Lt. Commander Fetch happen. They just don’t know what they have or what to do with it so it’s impossible to market it. They go all in on brute force gaslighting and you couldn’t save this shit if you had street teams hand-selling the thing to fans. My kid loves TOS. That’s where it all comes from; that’s what people respond to. This closed-system shit is choking creativity.

There’s this thing people used to say about two comics illustrators: “Neal Adams learned to draw by looking at life and Bill Sienkiewicz learned to draw by looking at Neal Adams.” Roddenberry and his boys, all flawed and WWII and white boys from the 50s and all dreaming of a better world gave us TOS. Kurtzman and his team of morons dream of personal success co-opting progressive politics, fooling themselves they’re not trading on slogans to do the same old shit actual Star Trek tried to warn us against. I miss the old days when you could talk about this shit and not get hit with corporate-speak like the banner startrekdotcom posted, there. Makes sense for 2020 that Star Trek misses the point of Star Trek by parroting some Star Trek they don’t understand.

I completely get that the owners of the IP should do what they see fit but the nature of entertainment is that you should entertain.

Star Trek has a waiting audience wanting ST and the present stewards of the property are giving us something else; that seems counter-intuitive to the point of commercial art.Writing from the heart about things that matter in the guise of science fiction isn’t the same thing as checking off boxes on the action item to-do list. Star Trek has no soul now and I don’t believe I’m typing those words. It seems like all of fandom has no soul now, too; or, at the very least, they aren’t showing they have one.

Larry Young
Larry Young
Larry Young is a writer: non-fiction, graphic novels, and pop culture criticism. His work has appeared in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, VARIETY, and THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION. A frequent guest on the video podcasts MILLION DOLLAR MAILBOX and WORD BALLOONS, he’s also co-host of SERIOUS STAR TREK and the sister YouTube channel of this website.


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