You know, I like a lot of geeky things. Really geeky things. I'm not going to list them, because that would just be too pathetic.
However. It was a point of pride with me that of all the geeky things I'm into, at least Star Trek wasn't one of them.
It always seemed too campy for me, and usually all my geeky things have at least some hint of romance there -- and if you're thinking of Riker and Troi, well I'll have to say that Next Generation just wasn't really on my radar.
However, several other members of my family are into Star Trek, and pretty much made it clear that if I didn't see it, I might get post-emptively aborted.
(I kid. Ish.)
By the way, those people are never allowed to make fun of me for being in the Harry Potter fan club in high school ever again. (I was head of Slytherin House. Don't get me started.)
Long story long, I didn't understand a whole lot of it, but who cares? It was fun.
But something occurred to me while on a run this morning, and I think this is pretty genius:
I was thinking about what a spectacular failure the newer Star Wars were, and how part of what made them so stiff (beside some pretty mechanical writing) was that each of the movies had to push the narrative to a specific point. Since they were all prequels, they had to get to the part where the older movies started -- get Luke on Tattoine, get Leia on Alderaan, get Anakin deadish, get Padme really dead, etc.
Which, as a prequel, this new Star Trek would normally have to do as well.
However! JJ Abrahms, who I've never really been into, found a pretty fantastic loophole:
At some point, Hot Spock talks about the fact that because the Nero and the Romulans have gone back in time and altered what happened, everyone is now in an alternate reality. Right?
So THAT means, that the rest of the new Star Trek's don't have to eventually lead to the older ones, ie, like the newer Star Wars all had to lead to the older ones, as prequels usually do.
This is anyone's ball game.
Also, Spock and Uhura don't necessarily have to break up.
Yes. This is what I think about when I run.