Born in the 70’s, raised in the 80’s, both Star Wars and Star Trek were key parts of my childhood. Captain Kirk and Han Solo were both critical Alpha Male examples for me growing up, living in a lower middle class, suburban environment in an extreme left-wing city where real-life Alpha Males were rare.
I absolutely loved the original three Star Wars movies as a child and got the toys (what few my parents could afford, that is) just like other boys of Generation X. I also loved the 1960’s Star Trek as a child and watched it whenever I could on TV. I ended up watching every episode of the entire series several times over.
In the 90’s, it just got better. Star Trek: The Next Generation was a fun show, Star Trek Voyager was okay, but Star Trek Deep Space Nine became one of my all time favorite TV shows of my entire life, to this very day. When the Star Wars prequels came out in the late 90’s, I enjoyed them too. Though there were many extremely disappointing aspects with those movies, I still liked watching them to a degree.
That brings us to today. Man. Things are very different.
Disney bought Star Wars from George Lucas for $4 billion, and needed to make that money back. Paramount also needed cash from declining movie ticket sales. So both companies started cranking out Star Wars and Star Trek content that ranged from absolute crap to barely okay but nothing like the source material. And the crappy content keeps coming. Numerous new Star Wars and Star Trek shows and movies are being produced and planned, with no end in sight. Overexposure on overdrive. Add in all kinds of blatant left-wing, SJW bullshit to both franchises and, well, now it pretty much all sucks.
I reviewed Star Wars: The Force Awakens here. The summary is that it was one of the worst movies I’ve seen in a very long time. It essentially retold the entire story of A New Hope by introducing all kinds of worldbuilding aspects to the Star Wars universe that made absolutely no sense. On top of that, you had all that “women are great at literally everything” left-wing bludgeoning, which again made absolutely no sense. I even tried watching the movie a second time at home to give it a second chance… I hated even more on the second viewing.
At the time, most people disagreed with me and said that TFA was a good movie. Today, it looks like most people have calmed down the irrational nostalgia and have admitted that it wasn’t very good. The biggest argument against me at the time was that I had to wait until more Star Wars movies came out before I judged TFA, since these films would somehow magically explain why virtually nothing in TFA made any sense.
Okay, challenge excepted. The Last Jedi comes out in a few weeks. If that movie doesn’t explain at least a lot of stupid shit in TFA, then I will consider Star Wars as officially dead. But I will wait until watching The Last Jedi before making that pronouncement. Based on the trailers, it looks like more of the same stupid shit recycled from the original trilogy, but I want to at least give it a chance so I’ll wait until I see the movie.
I reviewed Rogue One here. The summary is that, unlike TFA, Rogue One is actually an entertaining movie with some fun moments. The problem is the SJW shit remains (once again we have a tiny little woman who is literally good at everything and easily beats the shit out of multiple armored men double her size). Moreover, the characters were absolutely horrible. Star Wars is a series marked with good, interesting characters. Even the prequels had some really cool characters, particularly the villains. Rogue One didn’t have one, outside of the robot. If the only good character in your movie is the funny robot, then it’s not a Star Wars movie.
The JJ Abrams series of new Star Trek movies are okay and entertaining to a degree, but they’re not Star Trek. They’re not even close to Star Trek. These new Star Trek movies are Star Wars movies with Star Trek spaceships. That’s it. Star Trek is not a heavy metal, action-packed romp full of gorgeous, wisecracking superheroes. Yes, there’s action in Star Trek sometimes, but it’s mostly about ideas and deep characters. Quick, name three or four really good ideas or deep characters from the last three Star Trek movies! You can’t.
The new Star Trek: Discovery TV show is… well, it’s dreadful. I was honestly excited about it. Really, I was. The trailers for it looked good. Then I watched it. Fuck. I felt like throwing up. It’s dark, depressing, stupid, boring, and reeks of left-wing, anti-right wing bullshit. (And I’m not even right-wing.) The lead character is not only boring, but actually off-putting and irritating. All the other characters are terrible. The plot is stupid. The Klingons look and act literally nothing, and I mean this now, literally nothing like Klingons from the original show and movies. The special effects are really great, but everything else is just wrong.
I couldn’t get past four episodes before I gave up on the series. Fucking terrible.
Even if all of these new movies and TV shows for Star Wars and Star Trek were decent, the sheer amount of new content pouring out of Hollywood to cash in means we’d still eventually get sick to death of this stuff. And I’m already sick to death of it because 80% of it absolutely sucks.
I’m not going to get melodramatic and say stupid shit like “Hollywood raped my childhood,” because they clearly didn’t. But Hollywood has killed Star Trek, and I’m pretty sure it’s about to kill Star Wars in a few weeks, which is already bleeding to death on the operating table.
Oh well. At least we’ll always have the old movies and TV shows which were actually good.