Monday, August 14, 2006

What in the Trek are you doing?

Circulating through the Hollywood rumor mill is the claim of a new "Star Trek" movie, which would essentially make it number 11 (XI). The fact that another movie may be in the works is not what has Trekkies' undies in a bunch. What does is the rumor that Bourne Identity actor Matt Damon will be playing Captain James Tiberius Kirk.. They demand it be blasphemous for anyone other than William Shatner play the part and that production of this travesty never begin.

Maybe the Trekkies should step out of their geekdom for a moment and institute a little common sense. For starters, William Shatner is old. He is no longer the action-hero type, or at least, he is no longer built for the role. In addition, like it or not Matt Damon has played some excellent roles in such films as Good Will Hunting, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Syriana. Other than his role on Star Trek, the only thing of note for Shatner is the television shows T.J. Hooker and Boston Legal, which I admit is a good show. Oh, and let's not ignore the fact that Damon has "the look" and could certainly pull off the part, especially if under good direction. And last, the most recent offerings of Star Trek have been less-than-stellar. Stagnant if you will. Perhaps this is exactly what is needed to keep Gene Roddenberry's vision alive.

Personally, I don't give a fuck. I am a fan of Star Trek, but I am more of a fan of "Star Trek: The Next Generation". In my opinion, that show was better than any other series and better than any of the movies. But I'm not so much a fan that I cannot accept change. Hell, things change all the time and it is usually beyond our control. Trekkies? This is one of those times where it is beyond your control. If Hollywood feels that a Star Trek movie starring Matt Damon will make hundreds of millions of dollars, then scream and yell all you want because you won't have a chance at winning. Money talks, bullshit walks. So, get off of your noble geek steed and come to terms with the fact that you do not have a say. The sooner you realize that, the sooner your life can go on.


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