You know when you are watching a movie, and you are really enjoying it? You think that the story is compelling, the characters are interesting, and overall, it’s a pretty fun experience. It is a good way to invest one’s time. You invite a few friends over, and you are enjoying hanging out with them. It’s good times, good company, and a fun movie. That is, until, there is that one friend. You kind of always knew that this person was of a certain persuasion, but you never really got into it until now. But here you are, watching this movie, and they feel that they have to comment on everything that is wrong with it. This started out a fun experience, and they promised that they wouldn’t, but there they are, having to bitch about EVERY FUCKING DETAIL THEY DON’T LIKE! It ruins the experience for everybody, and you end up resenting that person for it. That’s my relationship with Trekkies.
I hate these people. I really, really hate them. I also hate the Star Wars equivalent. These people need to take a fucking chill pill. This all came to bear for me recently with two things – the first is the new Star Trek movie. I really liked it. I am a Star Trek fan, and I really liked it. The characters were good. The back-story was interesting. They dilemma was engaging. I think all of the characters were perfectly cast. It was an overall fun story. Plus, it did something to the series that I had been wanting to happen for a long time – it gave the Enterprise MORE GUNS! That always bugged me about each and every single one of these shows. These are supposed to be incredibly powerful ships, but all of them only have one or two guns? That never made much sense. So the battles in this film were much more engaging, and much more visually appealing.
But when I sat down to watch this with a friend of mine, there was another guy who had to gripe and bitch about every little thing! First, there was the fact that it totally ruined this precious canon that they all cling to like a child to its mother. I had to hear things like this -
Spock didn’t go back in time!
The ships didn’t have guns like that!
This is all so they can make a whole new series!
Time travel doesn’t work like that!
This would totally have ruined all of the other shows!
It went on like that for quite some time. After a while, I was this close (fingers almost touching) to choking the living daylights out of that annoying prick. It was a good film, I thought. It got a lot of critical praise, and for good reason. It was well-shot, well-acted, and very cool. But I guess that isn’t enough for Trekkies, because if everything doesn’t just go their way, they have to make the rest of us hear about it.
The next example of what bugs me about these people was in the latest Nostalgia Critic video. He did a cross-over with Linkara (who I have never really seen much of) for the end of his Star Trek Month. He had said in previous videos as a running gag that he was worried Linkara would try and interrupt one of his videos because he is a Trekkie. What I guess I didn’t realize is how much of a Trekkie he was.
They did a review of the film – Star Trek: Insurrection. Now, this wasn’t my favorite movie, but I didn’t think it was all that bad. But Linkara came onto the scene and had to nitpick EVERY FUCKING LITTLE THING! Not only did it take away from the review (and Nostalgia Critic even made some jokes about it, which is good), but it was just annoying.
Look, I get that when you really love something, you really love it. But the fact is that people need to calm down. I have a lot of series that I am a die-hard fan of. But when a different interpretation, or a different idea comes along, I am open to it. To not be at least a little open-minded about this kind of stuff, well, to be honest, that’s the exact same thing that religion is. These people are like crazy fundies.
It’s a really ironic and sad metaphor to have to make. To say that people who like something are just as bad as the fundies of the Christian church is tragic. Now, they don’t do what Fundies do and make horrible government policies, or hinder progress by their incessant bigotry, but they get just as worked up and will be just as unbending about their belief structure about how what they love should be.
The problem is that fiction is way more complicated than the Trekkies give it credit for. It has to be moldable, bendable, and able to be changed. It’s how great stories have evolved. And reinterpretation has often been a very good thing. Think about Alice in Wonderland. It had a whole bunch of reinterpretations. Some have been awful (like Tim Burton’s). Some have been awesome (Like Alice: Madness Returns). But the point is that by looking at thigns a different way, it appeals to different people, and to new generations.
The latest Star Trek film brought this genre back to an entirely new generation of viewers. It gave us all a new look at something that so many people had come to love. Exactly how is that a bad thing? Because it isn’t what you think it should be? Ditch the ego at the door, man, because you are taking away from a film that was pretty fun, and away from the people who watched its enjoyment of it.
In the end, I guess the real lesson to learn is not to blindly follow anything. Think for yourself. Have your beliefs and your loves, but don’t infringe on the enjoyment of others. That makes you an asshole.
Until next time, a quote,
“…But to be fair, I don’t think it’s (Star Trek: Nemesis) that bad.” -Doug Walker, Star Trek 9 – Insurrection