The New Star Trek
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Join Date: Dec 2007
09-18-2011, 06:22 AM
To be honest, I think the reboot was more focussed on getting an ensemble of young, sexy actors and acresses into a Star Trek setting so they could attract a new generation of people just after eye candy.
But then again, you could make some arguments along those lines for TNG and Enterprise.
However I think the key for this sort of franchise is that people really need to stop focussing on contradictions and 'gasp' non-canon issues and sit back and enjoy.
I'll be honest, I really didn't like TOS and (nearing 40) only got into Trek with TNG and then went along for the ride with DS9 and VOY before losing a bit of interest around season 2 of Enterprise. I then got into the books - though I read only relaunch books, not books of episodes (I wonder what the point is).
I'm often frustrated in reading an SCE novel written by a TOS fanboi where they try to adapt events in TOS to the 2380s plus story lines. Peter David has a tendency to do this in his New Frontier novels. I think TOS was popular given the times and how revolutionary it was, but for a 2011 audience it has serious flaws and a lot of the writing and plots were just ridiculous. I mean, you need to remember that Star Trek came out before we'd even landed on the moon or gained an understanding of the universe through Hubble. We should tip our hat to the creators and for what it was, but trying to keep modern Trek stories (written and screen) canon with or consistent with it is just ridiculous.
The same will likely happen with TNG/DS9/VOY etc as technology develops and our experience in space changes. But it doesn't really matter, they were great for their time.
I think STO suffers in this sense as well. If you want to be truly canon, then in the Pocket Books universe the following has happened:
1. The Borg are gone. Not just defeated or sent back to the gamma quadrant, they are 100% gone from the entire universe with no hope of coming back, ever. Seriously, there can never be more borg
2. Before they went they killed 60 billion people (mostly Federation) and planets like Risa and Deneva are gone.
Yet STO seems to have a lot of borg around and you can visit Risa. STO is completely rubbish for canon.
However, does this make it a bad game? No - though you can argue about other items.
I think if you worry about re-boots and canon issues you'll just get upset.
I'd suggest you treat all of STO as just one version of the future, the JJ verse as one version of the past and just enjoy the stories.
But that is just me.