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17 November 2012 @ 09:59 am
Open Letter to JJ Abrams et al  
Dear Mr Abrams,

At what point did you decide that Star Trek was your sole property? You know that it doesn't belong to you, right? It belongs to all of us - the fans who have been fans since before you were born. But the way you are treating the next movie, and by extension us, makes me think you believe you are bigger and more important than Star Trek.

It's fine to have an artistic vision you want to protect. But not the way you are going about it. What the hell? Why haven't we seen any footage, previews, promos? When did you get it in your head that if I see a trailer, the experience of the movie will be ruined for me? Do you think when I saw the first preview for Skyfall my reaction was "Oh James Bond wears a suit, fires a gun, talks to M. Well, now there's no reason for me to see the movie." No, it was not. My reaction was "Oh man!! A new Bond movie! Look how exciting it is! All of our old friends are back where they belong." That's the experience I want from Star Trek. But you think your veil of secrecy is far more important than sharing our movie with us.

And that's your big mistake - it's our movie. I resent like hell that you have taken our Star Trek world and made it your private playground. That's not how it's supposed to work. You are supposed to share, let us be excited too. Not hold your vision hostage. 

I am not going to see The Hobbit. My interest in seeing that movie is less than zero. Even if I had any interest in seeing it, I would not be able to see it in IMAX 3-D. My vertigo would start up the second the movie started up and I'd have to bolt to the bathroom. So I won't be seeing the 9 minutes you have so graciously decided to parcel out to us. Yeah, thanks for that. Maybe you can open your ultra-double-top-secret vault just a little wider and provide a picture or two. I really don't think that's too much to ask.

Also, while we're having this chat, can you please explain to me what the hell Star Trek Into Darkness means? Star Trek is a noun, not a verb. We're not going to Chris Pine Into Darkness. (Maybe you've heard of Chris Pine? He's rumored to be Captain Kirk in the upcoming movie. But how the hell would we know?) You can't Noun Into Anything. Give me a colon and I'll buy it. Star Trek: Into Darkness

When Star Trek XI came out, I was thrilled, excited, over the proverbial moon. Now, not so much. As my friend once said - "it was a novelty but now I've moved on." I did have the premier of the movie on my mental calendar. Now I've replaced Star Trek: Who The Hell Knows with Iron Man 3. I have reason to look forward to that movie - previews, behind the scene photos, Iron Man looking worried. Anticipation builds. 

I love my Star Trek universe. But you and your artistic vision no longer have a place in it. Maybe I'll rent Star Trek WTF when it's available on Netflix. I have no compelling reason to go to the theater to see it. You've not given me one.

Regretfully yours,

A Fan of Most Things Star Trek

Current Mood: aggravated
scraplovescraplove on November 17th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
Just read this aloud to my mother and we both think it's great. I need a like button on LJ! I especially enjoyed your titles.
Are 6 dogs too many?: Cap Americatkeylasunset on November 17th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you and your mom enjoyed it! If I saw him right now, I'd punch him. Not even kidding!
scraplovescraplove on November 28th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
So now there's excitement about the film going around on Tumblr, including fan-made posters with the WTF title. I reblogged one saying "Star Trek isn't a verb," and someone (never talked to them before) messaged me all "yes it is, trek is a verb and star trek is a trek to the stars" which, HELLO, you just phrased it like a noun because trek is a verb but star trek is a noun, and then the person went on all blah blah about darker direction of the film and I deleted it. But seriously, I can't take the film seriously because of that title. It needs some punctuation!
Are 6 dogs too many?: enterprisetkeylasunset on November 28th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
And the official description? The fleet is destroyed? What??? Yeah - I just can't care.

And Star Trek is a proper noun - period. We aren't going to Noun Into Anything.

What is JJ Abrams' deal??? Every day that passes without news annoys me that much more!

Please, world, stop making nouns into verbs. We have plenty of verbs already. Let nouns be nouns!!
scraplovescraplove on November 28th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
I actually Tumblr Savior'd a bunch of Trek stuff the other day, so I no longer have to look at it, because I was tired of scrolling past without caring. (I tried to make it so TOS stuff would show up and Reboot wouldn't, but we'll see how that goes.)

I love Tolkien and have been excited about the Hobbit since they first started talking about it, but JJ is pissing me off enough that I almost wish I weren't so excited so I could make a point of not going. But I'm totes going to go because I've been waiting for SEVEN YEARS for this movie.

Yes. Proper noun. We can trek into darkness. We cannot Star Trek into anything. It's the name of the franchise, therefore it's not the verb in the title.

(Also, I had to work at Kohl's once as a favor for someone, and their catchphrase "The more you know, the more you Kohl's" made me grind my teeth every time. I said, "That's not a verb!" every time I heard it.)
The Huntress: AlexGuhhuntress69 on November 17th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
I saw that about the preview during The Hobbit and no, I'm not going to see the Hobbit either for that. But I guarantee that there will be thousands who will go for the preview. I can't remember what movie it was, but I came across an article some time ago where this happened before, where folks went to a movie, watched a preview of a film and then walked out. Now if I could only remember what movie.

I used to go to all "big blockbusters" because I wanted the "feel" of it. But now, in the age of flat screens, speakers and DVDs, I can get (almost) the same experience in my home...and I can pause and take bathroom and snack breaks when I so choose.
Are 6 dogs too many?: enterprisetkeylasunset on November 17th, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
I think it was a batman movie, maybe, that they showed the preview at an unrelated movie?

Yeah, I went the first day Star Trek XI was in the theater. This time I may not watch it at all. I'm just done with him. Why is he so determined to ruin it for all of us?
The Huntress: AlexStarehuntress69 on November 18th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
I have braved crowds to go to opening day for one movie in a bunch of years and that was Avengers...and that was because I have been waiting for an Avengers film since the 70s. I saw Trek a few days after it opened, on a Tuesday (I think) after work, and there was almost nobody in the theater.
Umai Hoshi: Reallyfairyniamh on November 17th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
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Where I will probably be going to see the Hobit, (My Hubby is a fan. I am a fan of the others because of Karl Urban. *cheeky grin*) I will NOT be going to see it in 3D. I am like you when it comes to 3D, except instead of nausea, I get little imps stabbing me in the head yelling 'die brain, die!'

JJ isn't only hurting the fans he's hurting the actors. I know this because I have seen Chris and Karl both struggle with it during interviews.

Why would knowing the bad guy ruin my movie going experience? Did he break another promise? Does he really think it will piss fans off more than the 4 year wait between movies? When the hell did Star Trek become Star War with the title business? Will I be going to see it in theaters? No, not unless I magically win free tickets. I'll rent it when it comes to Red Box.

JJ needs to get on his hands and knees crawl over to Disney/Marvel and Joss and beg them for the knowledge of how fans work, how to keep us happy, and how to keep everything alive. Because Marvel/Disney has been doing a bang up job keeping us all happy and, oh yeah, in the loop but without full knowledge of the movies. Yes, I will be going to see Iron Man 3 because the trailer looks awesome and RDJ is awesome.
Are 6 dogs too many?: black widow busytkeylasunset on November 17th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
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You're right - he is hurting the actors. How is that right? Why put your cast in that position? And what does he think he's really accomplishing?

Yes, Disney/Marvel do an excellent job. And if some people want to call it fan-service, I'm fine with it!

Why is he doing this to us? That's what I don't understand!
ayesakara: K/S - closeupayesakara on November 17th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
I completely agree about the colon thing. Seriously, that whole turning 'Star Trek' into a verb thing is making me twitch!

And I have zero interest in The Hobbit too. So I'll just wait for someone to pirate a copy of that trailer out of the IMAX theatre and post it online!
Are 6 dogs too many?: plain clothestkeylasunset on November 17th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
Do not verb any more nouns, please, I'm begging you! We have enough verbs. Let's leave the nouns to their own devices!

No to the Hobbit. Just don't care. And at this point I don't care if I see the next Star Trek movie or not. Makes me so sad what he's done to us.
A road less fargreybar123 on November 18th, 2012 07:11 am (UTC)
Your rant is much appreciated. I wince everytime I see Abrams interviews when he mentions he wasn't a Star Trek fan growing up. You ablly point out where and how that doesn't service the needs of the fandom. Despite errors in execution though, would you agree that Star Trek XI brought more people into the fandom? For that, I am grateful even if it didn't quite match my vision. I continue to hope the new movie does more of the same but am concerned this lack of publicity is his way of avoiding the bad press of a movie that might be wildly off the mark. Hope I am wrong.
Are 6 dogs too many?tkeylasunset on November 18th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
Oh - it never occurred to me that his ultra-double-top-secret approach was to avoid bad press!

Well, no matter. I'm not going to the movie. My refusal to purchase a ticket won't ultimately make a difference but if he doesn't want to tell me about the movie, I don't care to go!

And yes, I agree that XI brought in new fans. Which is a good thing indeed!