What lessons can Star Trek XI learn from other science fiction films?
The important sci-fi films that have been released since TOS was a series, like 2001: A Space Oddessy, Silent Running, Alien, Star Wars, Starship Troopers, Blade Runner, The Fifth Element, The Black Hole, Terminator, Independence Day, and others. What can Star Trek learn to do, and not to do from their failures and successes? Should it take any cues from them at all? Should it shun any particular paths that they took? What pitfalls should it watch out for? All i can say, is that it should avoid the Jar-Jar factor. People REALLY didn't take kindly to ridiculous slapstick clowns in space. But some of those other films had merits. They took chances showing things at the same time shocking and controversial, and yet few were lauded for all their risk taking. Should Star Trek XI be a pioneer film not only about going where no man has gone before, but showing it as well, or should it remain on familiar and safe ground without taking artistic and cinematic risks? Is this the kind of film that needs to take those risks, or just remain simple, enjoyable family entertainment?
Very good question. If we had rep points I give you some.
Trek has always been unique.
It pioneered a new way of looking at life..as one big search, a search for truth, freedom, and expression. Very few movies or series have accomplished that.
When the motion picture aired...it pioneered special effects and it should continue to do just so. But it should go further and break barriers. It should demand attention. If there is any movie that Trek should take from it's the Matrix. That movie showed there was more than one way to show a story as it unfolded.
Not to lead the landing party with all your senior staff on the most dangerous planet?
Your Yoman is not for lusting after?
That ripping your shirt does not make it more dramatic?
If the transporter breaks down that much, why use it?
That not joining the security teams means longer life expectancy?
Tribbles, they're not just for breakfast, anymore...
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