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Well, That Only Took Five Years

Don’t let anybody tell you that it undermines your effectiveness to be so outspoken about what you want from your entertainment. The only thing surprising about the announcement that they’re producing Star Trek again is that it took five years of not accepting nonsense to get what the audience wanted in the first place. These JJ guys all seem to think they know better what the audience needs, and that doesn’t go well, historically, for them. Look at JJ’s STAR WARS, Orci’s ST movies, Kurtzman’s pre-LOWER DECKS nonsense.

It’s like these guys got hired for their administrative and production knowledge with no understanding of the cake they were getting hired to bake.

“Hey, what if we just did STAR TREK?” No shit, everyone. No shit. Their audience freaked out when Captain White Male Savior put on a green shirt. Writing a STAR TREK isn’t hard, at all. Let the creatives do their job. Quietly moving Kurtzman out of the writers room was the only fix they needed.

I kind of want to see the version of DISCO with the writers allowed to, you know, write STAR TREK. Hiring these guys to produce a show they admittedly didn’t watch and didn’t like is like hiring me to write a Merchant Ivory flick. I could do it, but it would dirty the dress and annoy the pig.
I literally don’t understand how this happened in the first place or took so long to correct. Politics ruins everything.

Also, also, what these guys don’t get is because they’re doing a soft restructuring with Kurtzman ushered out and a return to episodic TV, there is no one event fans can celebrate, and Paramount is setting itself up for dancing in the streets when DISCO gets cancelled in favor of more actual STAR TREK. That’ll be the signal to the kids that all is right in the world again and the more base kids in the audience will trumpet it as a “go woke go broke” thing as the reason modern ST refused to satisfy and not just ego and politics running the show instead of “entertainment” being number one on the call sheet. And it really, really hurt that they put STAR TREK on the top of the cake box and when you got it home it was five day old tofu and veggies in mustard sauce. They’re bringing this backlash-backlash on themselves.

I don’t celebrate people losing jobs and being shuffled off, but I like my Alaska Airlines pilot to be a pilot when I’m going somewhere and not just a guy who was raised outside an airport and knows how flying is supposed to work, on paper, but he doesn’t really much like planes.

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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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