Retroactive Discontinuity

“How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life, wouldn’t you say?”

“I… never took the Kobayashi Maru test until now. What do you… think of my solution?”

I’m not impressed, Mr. Nimoy.

It’s gone. It’s all gone. The City on the Edge of Forever, The Best of Both Worlds, Amok Time… everything Star Trek has been officially erased from causality. Except Enterprise, which no one cares about.

The reason the Star Trek ‘franchise’ went defunct was that it had become a machine for generating revenue instead of a living tradition of exciting, intelligent stories. The Trek movies, always uneven, had turned to utter garbage that even die-hard fans didn’t want to watch.

And so what did they do? Did they accept that they had no stories worth telling, no ideas worth thinking about, no characters worth watching? No. They patched together a nonsensical and lobotomized script and erased all of Star Trek continuity.

At least with Battlestar Galactica, the new series was merely inspired by the old. This new continuity replaces and destroys the previous one. And worse, it’s stupid.

The writer claims that, established ideas to the contrary, this time travel narrative doesn’t destroy the past it displaced. The original series of events, including all of the worthwhile Trek, still exists in an alternative universe.

Well, that’s where I’ll be spending my time. And my money.

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2 Responses to “Retroactive Discontinuity”

  1. You bought the ticket, didn’t you? So they’ve got your money.

    • Oh, I didn’t buy a ticket.

      Many years ago, having noticed that lots of highly-anticipated garbage kept being made, I realized that it doesn’t matter if something is garbage if you can get people to pay for it.

      Thus, I no longer go to any movie until it’s been reviewed by many and I have a vague but evidence-based idea of its quality.

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