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  • 29 May 2016
    TNG Remastered: 7x19 'Genesis' Comparison, SD to HD, by TrekCore.

    TNG Remastered: 7x19 'Genesis' Comparison, SD to HD

    This video series compares the 2002 DVD release of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" with the remastered Blu-ray edition released in 2014. Visit http://tng.tr...

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  • 28 May 2016
    Poll on "Star Trek Beyond": New poll: What do you think "Star Trek Beyond" will be like (compared to the two preceding movies)?

    Poll on "Star Trek Beyond"

    New poll: What do you think "Star Trek Beyond" will be like (compared to the two preceding movies)?

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  • 26 May 2016
    Voyager Reviews: "Lifesigns" and "Investigations": Here are two more reviews of Voyager season 2 episodes: "Lifesigns" and "Investigations".

    Voyager Reviews: "Lifesigns" and "Investigations"

    Here are two more reviews of Voyager season 2 episodes: "Lifesigns" and "Investigations".

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  • 26 May 2016
    TNG S7: "Eye of the Beholder" HD Comparison by TrekCore.

    TNG Remastered: 7x18 'Eye of the Beholder' Comparison, SD to HD

    This video series compares the 2002 DVD release of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" with the remastered Blu-ray edition released in 2014. Visit http://tng.tr...

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  • 21 May 2016
    DeviantArt portfolio, where BobyE presents the rooms shown at EAS but also many non-canon interiors.

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Editorial
29 Dec 2015

The Trouble with Star Trek's Self-Image

Now that I have seen "The Force Awakens" I can attest it is 100% Star Wars. In a positive way, the new movie remains perfectly true to the roots of the franchise - the eternal struggle between the good and the evil enters a new round as everyone would have expected. In a negative way, the "The Force Awakens" is awfully repetitive as it includes all the same themes as Episode IV and hardly anything new.

Star Trek is treated radically differently by the people in charge. The so far two films set in the Abramsverse have very little in common with the old Star Trek - new universe, new style, redefined characters, new philosophy. In a positive way, Star Trek moves on in some fashion*, unlike Star Wars, which ultimately proves to be a "static universe" where the same story repeats with every Skywalker generation. In a negative way, Star Trek isn't Star Trek any longer. While the much criticized Beastie Boys trailer for "Beyond" may have been designed for an "action kid" audience, it is symptomatic of a general cluelessness of how to create and how to present Star Trek in our time, of how to make Star Trek something special that stands out from the crowd of action movies.

*If we are generous. "Star Trek Into Darkness" heavily suffered from the "everything-repeats-like-in-Star-Wars" snydrome.

The perhaps decisive difference between the two franchises is that the makers of Star Wars are proud of its heritage and handle it with great care. That's why they manage to gloss over the many weaknesses in the story, in the characters and in the philosophy. And they don't change anything about the the recipe in the first place anyway because it is known as a money-making machine.

The people currently in charge of Star Trek desperately try to incorporate always more action and more coolness, and they remove ethical dilemmas in favor of pure character conflicts, because they know the recipe (of Star Wars and other action spectacles) or were told to make use of it. It is symptomatic that Simon Pegg has to tell us that there's more Star Trek in "Beyond" than the trailer insinuates. This appeasement will probably continue even after the film has premiered. In contrast, no one ever needs to justify how a Star Wars movie turns out. And in the few cases where something met general disapproval it was fixed the next time (Jar Jar Binks) and not simply played down, ignored or denied (lens flares). BTW, where are Abrams' beloved lens flares in "The Force Awakens"?

The makers of Star Wars care for the commercial success, for the "purity" of their franchise and for their audience (perhaps in exactly that order). The makers of Star Trek want to earn money too, they try to preserve some aspects of the legacy but they don't really know their audience in the first place.

As sad as it is, Star Trek currently presents itself as some sort of second-rate Star Wars. Without self-confidence, and with a promise like "Look, we've got plenty of action. And perhaps something for the nerds too."

As always, comments are welcome.

Bernd Schneider

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  • 23 May 2016

    Yes, the teaser trailer was definitely uninspiring. But, I would have expected not too much more at this stage in the game. With a January release, they're probably still in pre-production for the pilot. I'm a little surprised they even showed anything, since they basically have nothing to show. I guess they wanted to release "something" with the STB trailer coming out. But, maybe they should have waited a bit. I'm still waiting to see a ship, uniform, set piece, anything at all that will give us an idea as to what kind of series this will be. (time frame, etc.)

  • 21 May 2016

    To me, the fact that the name is given only as "Star Trek" is what rings all my alarm bells. Also, Star Trek is decidedly not about villains...
    But hey, at least it's space phenomena CGI, not some battle with explosions CGI.

  • 20 May 2016

    Since all Star Trek series trailers so far were cheap and uninspiring, I wouldn't give that too much thought. Making great trailers is not a tradition. Although I agree they may have hired someone who could have created a really great CGI sequence.

  • 20 May 2016

    Wow, the first teaser trailer looks terrible. Isn't a teaser trailer's purpose to generate interest and curiosity? Hasn't anybody at CBS seen this and said: "This looks bad, we can't show this to people!". An experienced CG designer would have made something much better in no time. Why didn't they use the guy and the same planets as in TNG-R?. Sometimes I just don't understand big corporations.

  • 20 May 2016

    I enjoy this commentary. And I was particularly pleased to see "Nicholas Meyer stands for a departure from the style and spirit of The Original Series that I am not totally happy about. In particularly, I would love to see a TV series without the militarism that Meyer established (and that TNG abandoned again).", because it seemed like I was the only one out there recognizing this.

  • 15 May 2016

    All right! How nice to be helpful ;).

  • 13 May 2016

    Great: I'll have a look!

  • 13 May 2016

    Goodie ;), the next episode - "Ptolemy Wept" is now complete, and "And Let the Heavens Fall" is back ;):
    http://startrekreviewed.blogsp...

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