Trek or Die – The Orci Frontier

Roberto Orci has the keys to the kingdom. In my opinion this is a pretty hot-button issue that has polarized a fanbase more than Kirk vs. Picard. Everyone has an opinion on the J.J. Abrams Trek-verse, and those opinions tend to be strong. I tend to take a more middle-of-the-road view when I look at these movies. There are some things that bug the shit out of me, there are also some things I liked. The bridge set? Awesome. Karl Urban as Doctor McCoy? Awesome. That main engineering set? Someone should be fed to the targs for that nonsense. I have never had a problem with a Trek reboot. The Myriad Universes books, though it’s been a while since I’ve read them, are some of my favorite Trek stories.

There’s nothing wrong with Alternative Universe stories, as long as it maintains the spirit of Trek. I don’t feel that Mr. Abrams did a very good job with that, but I don’t dislike the man. Quite the opposite actually, I have enjoyed several series created by Bad Robot. I love Fringe. I loved Almost Human (Frak you, FOX). Lost wasn’t bad. I think it would be difficult to go into an IP as rich as Star Trek, not being a fan, and make a good movie. I place the blame for that purely on Paramount. It would be like me trying to write Communist propaganda as a Libertarian.

That’s why I’m willing to give Bob Orci the benefit of the doubt; on a very skeptical, short leash of course. I’m not judging the film before it’s out. I want to see what he can do. I plan to watch it. I’ll probably buy it to support the franchise, hell I bought the last two. I even bought Into Darkness with that crappy little Mary Sue of a villain ship statue. Skepticism doesn’t mean hatred. Skepticism means I’m being cautious. For a man who says he was the Trekker in the group I feel like there was a distinct lack of Trek in the writing. His little tirade in September of 2013 proves that. If you need a refresher you can check out this article from tor.com and this article from hollywood.com. He disrespected every Trek fan with an opinion that day, and if that doesn’t concern you to some degree I’ve got to ask:

How much valium do you take and where do you get it?

Despite Mr. Orci telling fans with opinions to “f**k off” I’m willing to give him a shot. He was catching a lot of hell (rightfully so) and it was probably said in the heat of the moment. I’ve said things I regret in the heat of the moment before. If you’re human you’ve probably done it at least once in your life. He’s got a metric shit ton of stuff to prove though, but we should all give him that chance at redemption. One day we might need it ourselves.

Good luck, Mr. Orci. To some degree or another I think we’re all cheering for you to succeed. I just hope it’s something interesting, original, and done in the spirit of Trek. You don’t have to rewrite the old stories every time. Surprise us. Er, pleasantly surprise us that is. If you’re truly a Trek fan it shouldn’t be that hard for you.

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