Ok, so before I get a ton of annoying comments from offended fans, let's clarify some things. This stamp is not directed at all fans. It is directed at the hardcore rabid fanatics who feel the need to bash everyone who doesn't like the same exact shows/movies they do. Below is a better explanation.
Every time I look up a video on Youtube about anything related to the new Star Trek movie, there never seems to be any shortage of hardcore fantards bitching and moaning about how JJ Abrams's new movie killed the Star Trek franchise. Well, if you're one of those people, let me put things into perspective for you.
The studio is trying to make a profit. It's kinda hard to do that though if all they do is pander to the fanbase of a dying franchise. When they do that it alienates the general public and they lose money big time. For instants, if you've never seen the TOS episode called "Space Seed" then you probably aren't going to have a clue what is going on in "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan". If you've never seen the TNG episode called "The Best of Both Worlds" then you might be confused as to what is going on in "Star Trek: First Contact".
Now, maybe those two movies were not good examples to use since both were successful and both are considered to be some of the better Trek films, but just look at some of the other films that tried to pander only to the establish fanbase, like the incredibly slow and boring "Star Trek: The Motion Picture". The target audience of most of the Star Trek movies has always been long time fans who are familiar with the series. Someone who has never seen any of the shows is not going to have a clue what is going on. With the new movie, you don't have to have watched a single episode to understand what is going on. If anything, the new movie saved the franchise by drawing in lots of new fans.
As for the reason they did a reboot, think about this. One of the reasons Enterprise suffered was because the writers had to backcheck +40 years of continuity to avoid canon conflicts. Even still, they weren't always successful. It was a massive hassle. By making a reboot, they essentially wiped the slate clean and opened the door for all new stories. A common thing I see fans complaining about is that the new movie destroyed the old continuity. Actually, the new film is set in a alternate reality. According to Star Trek Online, the Prime Universe still exists alongside the new universe. They even stated within the movie itself that it takes place in an alternate timeline. Alternate realities are nothing new for Star Trek and I don't get why it is so hard for fans to just accept that.
So how did butthurt Trekkies ruin Star Trek, you might be asking? Here, let me explain it. See, I don't know what it is about this particular fandom but from my personal experiences, Trekkies are the most overzealous, self-rightous bunch of pricks I've ever encountered on the internet. I know I've devoted a lot of time to bashing wolfaboos and Twitards but those are just dumbass teenagers and will eventually outgrow their immaturity. Trekkies though, are usually full grown adults behaving like 5 year olds. They fight among themselves and chase off new fans, thus pushing the franchise deeper into the hole.
Here are some specific examples:
I mentioned on a Youtube video that I like Enterprise and suddenly five assholes jumped all over me making all manner of personal attacks and telling me that "true Star Trek fans don't watch Enterprise".
A much more common example is when I look up anything relating to the new movie, I always see assholes bashing and making personal attacks against anyone who has anything positive to say about the JJ Abrams movie.
I also see the hardcore fan beating on the casual fans. A guy comes on and comments that he likes Star Wars and Star Trek and the next thing you know he gets flooded with crap like "Yeah well you suck cuz true Star Trek fans hate Star Wars!"
I was looking at a Star Trek forum. I was considering joining until I saw something along the lines of this:
New member: Hi, I saw the new movie and decided join cuz I'm interested in Star Trek now.
Other members: The new movie is shit and if you like it you're an idiot GTFO n00b!
I've also seen fans of Voyager getting bashed by fans who think Voyager sucks.
And as I ready stated, I've personally been bashed for liking Enterprise.
Excuse me? Since when did the Star Trek fandom become an exclusive club? Since when does somebody need the approval of other fans to join? And who the fuck do you think you are telling me what "true fans" do and don't do?
When the hardcore fans bash one another and chase away any new fans who come along, it's no wonder the fandom is in the shitter. Furthermore, when you people raise Hell and piss and moan every time a new Star Trek show or film comes out, it sends a message to the people making the stuff that you don't appreciate anything they do. I'm seeing a pattern here.
People bitched and moaned about Insurrection.
People bitched and moaned about Nemesis.
People bitched and moaned about Voyager.
People bitched and moaned about Enterprise.
I get the feeling that the producers finally got fed up and said "Fuck it! We're not doing anymore Star Trek stuff."
So yeah, I blame obnoxious fantards for ruining the Star Trek franchise, not JJ Abrams, who in all likelyhood saved it from the downward spiral it has been in for the past decade.
I should also add that this "I'm better than you cuz I like (insert Star Trek show or movie here)" attitude is contradictory to the message of tolerance and understand that Star Trek promotes.
I added some flashy icons because apparently the bold text in all caps wasn't good enough at getting people's attention.
If those traditionalist Trekkies (my polite way of putting it) don't like the newer productions of Trek, fine, but they need to keep it to themselves, and for the love of all things sane, not use it to drag the rest of the fanbase down with them!
And yes, JJ Abrams pretty much did save Star Trek, that's just a fact of life. Deal with it.
And finally, a reboot was inevitable anyway. We should be glad JJ Abrams did it and not somebody else who could've done it worse.
What can I say? I'm just glad that Paramount is bothering to keep producing Star Trek at all. They could just as easily move on from it and focus on other more profitable movie opportunities. But it's because of the fans (and the money, of course) that Paramount is still making more Star Trek. Rather than worry about who likes what, Star Trek fans should just appreciate the fact that the franchise is still alive.
BTW you have problems with people fine, don't take it out on others because you lump us all as assholes buddy. Look in the mirror you are just as bad of them. BTW the crew of Star Trek: Enterprise will forever be my second favorite crew. It one thing to say your a Trekkie, it's another to prove it. Fighting over if Star Wars is better, what's the better series? This is childish BS, just like the stupid movie.
It's still derogatory. You may have good intentions for making the stamp, but just like Alfred Nobel making dynamite he didn't want bank robbers blasting safes open with it. I have received this stamp 24 times in the past 3 months. I founded , and believe it or not even demoted Administrator for not having an open mind. Such stamps are perpetuating the rift that feed the very people you target it to. Best ignoring these people then giving them the spotlight is the goal.
The fact is no one has ruined Star Trek if you have what you feel is Star Trek to you, and that is all it is. One's opinion is theirs...move along, get over it. There are butt-heads i every walk of life, don't empower them, ignore them because in the end misunderstanding will only have you fall under that label yourself.
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