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Old 01-09-2009, 06:50 PM
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As a man of 49 years of age, I guess you could tell that I was raised on Star Trek the original series. I grew to love the characters and the actors who played those parts. This is my question to the Older fans of ST-TOS. Are you really ready to see the characters that we grew up on and loved for all those many years, being played by someone else? I have really anticipated this movie for a very long time now. But as the Movie comes closer to being released, I now have an odd feeling that I just might Not want to see it. Is it normal to feel this way? In my minds eye, I just can't see anyone else play these legends. And yet, I am so very much a fan of Star Trek, that I don't want to miss it either. Does any one else have this feeling? Your thoughts are welcomed.
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:22 PM
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"To the older fans of Star Trek"
I qualify on either interpretation.

Q: Are you really ready to see the characters that we grew up on and loved for all those many years, being played by someone else?
A: Yes. I suspect you are confusing symbolic characters with iconic people.

ICON: A conventional religious image. An object of uncritical devotion.
Related - SYMBOL: something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship, association, convention, or resemblance.

Q: Is it normal to feel this way?
A: Ask a shrink, but don't call him that or he'll charge more. They hate it.

Q: Does any one else have this feeling?
A: I can only speak for myself and the answer is no. Bring on the changes.

*Your thoughts are welcomed*
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:27 PM
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I crush spirits and see them driven back to basements; all to hear the lamentation of fanboys and THE WOMEN!
HA! JSnyder, what is good in life?! Ah, you've answered that already.
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:29 PM
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Remembering the original Star Trek fondly, I can safely say I am ready to see how these new actors tackle iconic roles.
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:36 PM
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As a man of 49 years of age, I guess you could tell that I was raised on Star Trek the original series. I grew to love the characters and the actors who played those parts.
I don't get this "older fans" business. I'm 30. Yes, I missed the weekly airing of the original series episodes. But for what it's worth, I too was raised on Star Trek. I used to watch the episodes with my dad. The Star Trek movies introduced me to scifi (well, that and Alien and yes of course Star Wars). I saw all the movies starting with Search for Spock in the theater.

I got funny looks at school when I would talk about this cool movie I saw in the theater... which was "Voyage Home". Most of the guys at school, mostly into what the latest buzz on their favorite athlete was, thought of Star Trek as something nerds were into.

For all intents and purposes, I too grew up on Trek. I'm a Trekkie. I don't dress up, well, not yet anyway (more of a procrastinator in that department: I should get that uniform... tomorrow).

That being said, I don't really like this elitist group that's formed on this thread of the "Old Fans" vs. the "Youngsters". Apparently that's the argument lately, that this movie will be okay if you're one of the Yungins, but Ye Good Ol' Boys know what's what.

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This is my question to the Older fans of ST-TOS. Are you really ready to see the characters that we grew up on and loved for all those many years, being played by someone else? I have really anticipated this movie for a very long time now. But as the Movie comes closer to being released, I now have an odd feeling that I just might Not want to see it. Is it normal to feel this way? In my minds eye, I just can't see anyone else play these legends. And yet, I am so very much a fan of Star Trek, that I don't want to miss it either. Does any one else have this feeling? Your thoughts are welcomed.
That's the genius of it. In Search for Spock, young Spock was played by different actors there too. Why is this different? These are younger versions of the characters. The way I see it, they don't want to start with actors that would portray the characters at the same age as the ones you grew up with. They want the characters to be younger, and therefore portrayed by younger actors. Whether or not we accept them in these parts - when the movie comes out - will determine whether or not we'll accept them as playing characters getting older to the point when the TOS took place in future sequel films.
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I think you'll find many people's view on this sorta thing varies... but I tend to side with the majority of opinion from fans 50ish and higher... even though I'm only 33 myself. So it's not about your age, but how you yourself see Trek... which to me is something special and the acters that played the original characters are part of that 'special' thing... sure it's nice to 're-imagine' Trek... unless this idea flops... who's to say yet... but it will never be as special as the first one to me even if this one 'takes flight'.

Like Scotty said, "Ah, it's like the first time you fall in love. You never love a woman quite like that again." And yes I'm old enough to know that, is very, very, true.

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Old 01-09-2009, 07:59 PM
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I'm almost 49, and I have no problem what-so-ever seeing the characters re-cast. It is a movie, and I am there to be entertained, and I can forget about the people who came before and just enjoy (or not) the movie. How about all the die-hard James Bond fans. They don;t seem to have a problem with James getting a new face every few films. I felt the same about the new Battlestar Galactica. As a matter of fact, it is so much better than the original, that when I see an original episode, it makes me cringe. Let's hope the new movie does the same, and I hope these people in the movie will continue in those roles for many films to come (and new series, PLEASE!)
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Well....yesterday AARP sent me a temp membership card because I turn 50 at the end of the month....and, I see this as an ascension of sorts for Trek.

I've seen any number of actors play Romeo and all brought something wonderful to the role. But, only iconic characters ascend to the point where they exist beyond the original actor to become coveted roles.
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Well....yesterday AARP sent me a temp membership card because I turn 50 at the end of the month....and, I see this as an ascension of sorts for Trek.

I've seen any number of actors play Romeo and all brought something wonderful to the role. But, only iconic characters ascend to the point where they exist beyond the original actor to become coveted roles.
You Too? I got the same thing from AARP. I turn 50 in Feb.
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Old 01-09-2009, 09:15 PM
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but it will never be as special as the first one to me even if this one 'takes flight'.
Rightfully so, and I think it's safe to say that Abrams and co. get that too. I don't think they're trying to show up the originals, despite negative opinions on that.
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