A Star Trek Thesis

What I’m going to attempt to do, repeat:  attempt to do,  is explain why there is a Generation Gap between the “Old Guard” Star Trek Fans and the New Jacks.

There is a solid camp of Old Guard fans, who grew up watching the original episodes of Star Trek back in the mid 1960s.  They are die hard adherents to The Original Star Trek (known as “TOS” for short), which stars the original cast.  Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock,  Lt. Uhura, Zulu, Dr. McCoy, Scotty, etc.  Include me in on this category. 

However, whether you liked The Original Series, or The Next Generation (“TNG”), Deep Space Nine (“DS9”), Voyager (“VOY”), or Enterprise(“ENT”), and or the movies (before Abrams).  We all believe the same basic tenant.  The Vulcans are a key factor in the series.  Why? 

Doctor Zefram Cochrain Jr.is the father of and invented the first humanly built warp capable space ship (The Phoenix), according to the movie:  Star Trek: First Contact.   It opens with Zephram testing The Phoenix then returning to Earth.  He’s celebrating at his campsite with loud music (“Ooby Dobooe” by Roy Obison, I believe) and a couple of cold ones, when the Vulcans showed up.  

This is considered to be a “First Contact” situation according to Star Trek cannon.  It was also the official first Human contact with the Vulcans ever.  Why?  Up until that moment humans were not considered technologically advanced or a warp capable race yet.   But, the Vulcans had been watching us for the potentiality.  Now that Zefram had his first successful test of his vessel the Vulcans decided to come down parlay.

Please click on link for more information.

Zefram Cochrane History – On MemoryAlphaDotCom

This first contact situation led to the Vulcans first sponsoring human to join the Federation (you needed to be sponsored by a member race to get in like an exclusive club), and us working together with Federation member races to start Starfleet.  That’s why Starfleet headquarters are in San Fransisco, on Earth.  

The major point being, if you blow up Vulcan (thereby killing off billions of Vulcans) then how did this major and pivotal point in Human, Vulcan, Federation and Starfleet history happen?  A major tenant of Star Trek coda is:  If you destroy the past, you also destroy the future.  

J.J. Abrams excused this glaring error, by saying that his 2008 Star Trek movie, (which was a prequel, going back to the Star Fleet Academy days of Kirk and Company) took place in an alternate universe.  In my scathing opinion, I believe this point should’ve been made in the movie, instead of presenting it as if it were official Star Trek Cannon.  

There are some who believe that what J.J. Abrams did was shine a fresh new light on Star Trek which helped to bring in a new fan base.  New fans who know nothing about Trek’s past history.  

It also helped to revive the Star Trek industry, which was dying on the vine.  Now I’ve heard through the convention grapevine, that in the next installment of Abrams Madness, he intends to go even further off the reservation.  

Yes, there are members of The Old Guard who believe the movie was an “anathema”.  Yes, even I to a certain point. I’ve been in chat rooms and watched verbal disputes flair up, and heard of fans going to blows over the movie!  Folks!  calm down!  It’s just a movie!  Hello!  Don’t likeie, don’t watchie!  A movie is not worth having a heart attack, stroke or aneurysm over!

Yes, I may go see the next movie, but I won’t take it THAT seriously. . . .

Oh, by the way, I liked the 2008 Star Trek Movie (which they should have called “New Generation” or something along that line since it was an alternative universe film).  I liked it because I love CGI and special effects.  Yes, I admit I love to see the ships, and I love to see stuff blow up. . . . . . .

Oh, and the part where a young Kirk gets his clock cleaned in the bar was the best. . . . . . . .  I often wondered why that never happened before . . . . .

Ah, but that is fodder for another thesis . . . . . 


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