"It's just I can't believe that something so pointless as a gear transmission(even if it is canon) even bothers people at all, compared to all the other canon discrepancies being discussed and dealt with.
Does this manual gear shift bother you that much dude?"
Actually, and I mean no offense by this, yeah, the manual gear shift does bother me
I replied to another post about this same point. In the grand scheme of all the other gripes and complaints being thrown around about this movie, no it doesn't matter much at all.
But to me it stood out, because I've been an "old school" Trekkie (yeah, I know, don't even start on the Trekkie vs. Trekker debate!) since I was a little kid. I'm 42 now and watched the first syndicated reruns when I was about 8 or so. I grew up with Trek and have been a fan my whole life.
The fun of Star Trek has always been these stupid little things that I watched over and over, grew up with, remember and enjoy. It's familiar and fun. And I guess part of being a diehard lifelong fan is that you get a little bit protective of something you grew up with and enjoyed so much.
Trek has always been a part of my life. I went to the first convention in New York City with my dad. At about 12, I met Gene Roddenberry, got a handshake and a real autograph (I still have it - he even personalized it!). I remember saving my allowance to buy Starlog magazine as a kid just to grab the latest news about the first new movie - STMP.
I cut out of school early to get in line for the first showing of TWOK (and got grounded for a week when my mom found out). I watched the premier episode of TNG in the dorm lounge in college on a big screen tv. I didn't even give up after I saw Star Trek V!
It's always been a part of my life, so yeah, something dumb like seeing a young Kirk tear around in a Corvette bothers me. And so does a totally different looking Enterprise being built on the ground in Iowa. And so do Romulans being seen before Balance of Terror. And yes, it scares me to hear somebody say they never really understood Star Trek, preferred Star Wars, and wants to make a movie for new fans. And, well, you get the idea.
This may seem stupid and pointless, but the fun of Star Trek has always been the little tidbits and details. The little things that fleshed out the story and the backstory, made the characters a little more real, and gave the show its integrity. These old "morality plays" were way more fun for me than the shoot-em-up action of a Star Wars movie any day.
No, I don't want the film to fail. Yes, I'll be there at the first show.
I just feel a bit protective of something I grew up with. Something that's been a part of my life for well over 30 years.
I was just expecting a little more loyalty to the original legend that started it all, built four series, ten movies, and all the fun I've enjoyed my whole life.