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Canon-fans: Why have you been abandoned?
Why on earth would Paramount so disrespect you - YOU, the loyal Trek fan base! The ones who have been putting food on their table! The ones without whom Star Trek would not have become the international phenomenon it is!
I have a theory. Try to follow along.
Let's take a look at the last few "canon-respecting" Star Trek movies.
Star Trek: First Contact
$92,027,888 gross domestic
$146,027,888 gross worldwide
Star Trek: Insurrection
$70,187,658 gross domestic
$112,600,000 gross worldwide
Star Trek Nemesis
$43,254,409 gross domestic
$67,312,826 gross worldwide
Maybe that's why. The more money they spent trying to make you happy, the less you appreciated their effort. I suggest that you all had come to take Star Trek for granted. They kept releasing Picard movies and you eventually stopped caring. And now - NOW, something is "different", and suddenly you're all in a tizzy, and threatening to "boycott" the movie because it doesn't fit your perfect canon...well, what happened the last time they stuck to canon? Where were YOU in December '02? Fine, we know NOW that Nemesis was a horrible movie - but nobody knew that on opening day, so where was everybody? George Lucas released two epicly-crappy movies and people STILL lined up at midnight in all their robe-clad, plastic-sword-wielding geekdom when Episode III came out. Where was the representation for Star Trek? Say what you want, but the fact is, most of you were watching Lord of the Rings, or Harry-frickin-Potter. The numbers don't lie. Your threat to "boycott" simply doesn't have any teeth, because apparently you've been boycotting Trek in growing numbers for the last several years.
What have you managed to give TPTB for sticking to canon?
First Contact: $101 million.
Insurrection: $54 million.
Nemesis: $7 million.
Why has Paramount abandoned you? Exactly who has abandoned whom?
All this movie has to do is net more than $7 million dollars to prove that you purists are not the asset you all seem to think you are.
Just my two cents.