Y’all whiny MFers better not get Discovery cancelled
I’ll confess, I’ve seen the trailer for Star Trek Discovery about 50 times since it was released. I have some reservations about a few things, but as a Trek fan in general, I’m so excited I’m screaming in a pitch that only dogs can hear. Also, I may have wet my pants.
Then I went and read the YouTube comments on the trailer and remembered exactly why it is that we as Trek fans can’t have nice things. In case you’re wondering, it goes roughly like this:
It just keeps going:
The Klingons are weird.
Sarek doesn’t look like Sarek.
It has JJ Abrams written all over it.
Gene Roddenberry would be rolling over in his grave.
I don’t get the mentality that the only “good” Star Trek is one where Klingons are white dudes with shoe polish on their faces and the crew of the Enterprise solves the social problems of ridiculously cookie-cutter societies every week. Also, Mark Lenard is dead and he will never play Sarek again. That’s been a thing since 1996. Listen, like it or not, Gene Roddenberry lost his mind in his later years, and that’s why the first two seasons of The Next Generation feel so damn unwatchable. But guess what? I still watched them and I joke about how terrible they are, but I still wouldn’t hashtag them as #NotMyStarTrek.
Remember that time they actually recycled a plot from The Original Series and it ended with Tasha Yar asking Data if he was “fully functional?” Yeah, I cringed just writing that.
In case no one noticed, we’ve come a long way since the 1960s in terms of special effects, makeup, editing, and even science. I swear some people would only be happy if the bridge of Discovery were identical to the bridge of the original Enterprise, cardboard inlays and monotone computer voice and all. I know this is true because I’ve seen some of the fan movies. You want to talk about unwatchable, check out Star Trek: Of Gods and Men on YouTube.
Then there are people whining about how an Asian female captain and a black female lead is just a way of making SJWs happy and is a vicious slap in the face to fans. To anyone who actually thinks that, WTF kind of Star Trek have you been watching up until this point? If you can’t stomach the idea of a Star Trek that pushes you outside your comfort zone which only extends to watching three white 1960s bros solve the universe’s problems, I seriously question your dedication to the franchise. Furthermore, you can’t have it both ways: you can’t say Gene Roddenberry would be devastated and simultaneously whine that it looks like a campy multicultural homosexual estrogen party.
Clearly this incarnation is set up to be serialized so yes, it’s very different than the original, but I for one would much rather watch Star Trek evolve with the times (and technology) than continue to live in a Groundhog Day of The Original Series. Anyone who bitches and moans that they can tell it sucks just by watching the trailer reminds me of Al Bundy reliving his glory days of scoring four touchdowns in a single game for Polk High. Life moves on. So does Star Trek.
“The only good Star Trek is the original Star Trek!”
So can we stop whining about a show none of us have even seen yet? Can we stop trying to get it cancelled before it even has a chance to come into its own? Complaining about it isn’t going to make CBS decide to produce a Trek series made by fans who can’t stop reliving the era of Spock or Picard.