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People Who Should Be Beaten - Blog Edition #1

..because I can't link Facebook properly for some reason.

Nitpicky Trekkies. Yeah I said it, Trekkies. A term to describe over-obsessive freaks with little to no life. If you don't like it, feel free to take it up with the guys dressed up as Cardassians at the next con. That should be the definition of a sympathetic audience.

A group of people can suspend belief for faster-than-light travel, wormholes, matter teleportation, and sex with goddamned green-skinned alien women who look remarkably like incredibly hot HUMAN actresses in bodypaint and YET can't get past the fact that the star that went supernova didn't go through the red giant stage before blowing up! Let me get this can believe that Shatner-as-Kirk's hair is real but because the FICTIONAL black hole doesn't correspond to real-life physics means the entire franchise has jumped the shark?

Here's an emergency subspace transmission: Nobody cares! It's a movie! You don't get points for knowing the J. J. Abrams Enterprise's engineering section doesn't correspond to the technical specifications that some other guy MADE UP in 1974. Scratch that. You get pity points. Canon is not a stick to be bandied about and forcefully used to whack the nose of the offending directors, writers, and producers. It's a reference to build more stories off of.

For fuck sakes, do you even listen to yourselves? Sure, I rolled my eyes a couple times at some of the events but that didn't reduce my enjoyment of the flick. I found this wonderful state of relaxation where I could watch the movie without worrying too much about whether or not a 23rd century starship pilot would carry a goddamned extending katana into a battle after jumping through the atmosphere of a planet. Against the advice of both Spocks, I checked logic at the door along with my 8 bucks. It's not a perfect film but it's certainly not an affront to Saint Roddenberry or an insult to any of the previous cast members.

I'm a geek. I get it. Lord knows I Wikipediaed more Star Trek trivia over the past week than actual real life news. If you think the story sucked, fine. You don't like the acting or the music, o.k. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But to damn the movie because it doesn't conform to reality when it's fiction in the first place is asinine.

It is fine to be a fan. It is o.k. to be a super fan. If you want to buy that $2,300 replica of Kirk's chair from the original series to put in your living room, far be it from me to step on your home decor. But there's is a tipping point with fandom be it science fiction, rock bands, sport teams or frickin quilting where your excessive knowledge and expertise turns you into a slavering prick railing at the very thing you hold dear because it now doesn't meet your impossibly high standards. The shear breadth of Star Trek lore makes it nigh impossible to get everything right. It's a reboot. It's not supposed to match what has come before.

Lighten up. You're smart people. Focus a little of that brain power elsewhere and maybe we'll accomplish something.

Failing that, go write some fan fiction. Just be prepared when the guy on the other side of the Internet in the Vulcan ears tells you that THAT couldn't happen.

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Comment by jinboy on May 13, 2009 at 1:51am
you know i think trekkies hate success LOL
and here star trek is number 1 at the box office

im glad you got a profanity in here :P:P
Comment by BlancheNoE on May 13, 2009 at 7:35am
* wipes away tear *,...I've missed you so,...
Man,..if I had the tinfoil Arkie blog award made, I'd send it to you right now,...then I'd buy Shatner's original chair and send that to you as well so you could video tape yourself spilling nacho cheese sauce and soda all over it before lighting it on fire, to post to all the Trekker fan sites. Live long and prosper and GOOD LUCK !
Comment by Jay1p on May 17, 2009 at 5:26pm
I laughed months ago when Victor showed a trailer for the movie and announced it was ruined forever because, "Everybody knows you can't weld duranium alloy!"
Comment by spacemonkey1310 on May 20, 2009 at 11:11pm
Great blog Omega. Oh and Jay1p I still tell that story of amazing geekitry to people every know and again. LMAO!


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