After posting my thoughts on the new Star Trek the other day, I headed over to Entertainment Weekly's Popwatch to see their writeup on the new trailer and the comments that followed. As you'll note by the headline (taken, by the way, from the hilarious musical version--yes, you read that right--of Moby Dick), there were, alas, a few people there who need to get out more.
Now, I've been fan so long I can't even remember why I started watching. But two things occurred to me as I read through those comments.
- To those concerned about the emphasis on visual effects and space battles: you are apparently unfamiliar with the purpose of a movie trailer. Close-ups of Spock quietly debating the virtues of humans vs Vulcans will not get people psyched about this movie; action, adventure, and humor will. Check out the trailers for The Undiscovered Country and First Contact--arguably two of the best movies in the franchise--for comparison.
- To those concerned with altered timelines and changes to canon, I have two words for you: Battlestar Galactica. Before it debuted, there was considerable angst among the fanboys regarding this reboot being managed by someone other than series creator Glen Larson. But look what happened. New characters (President Roslin)! Changes to canon (Starbuck's a chick, and not all Cylons are metal men)! And yet we have one of the best frakkin' science fiction series ever.
In short, have a little faith and try not to prejudge, all right?