I see the trailer for Space Cowboys Trek into the Wild West 3 has been released and continues to make a mockery out of what was Star Trek.
The Star Trek reboots represent a significant regression for the franchise. Any progressive depth or values brought by TNG have been erased.
Hollywood's obsession with reviving media from decades past means we're flooded with the regressive ideas embedded in those older stories.
Original Star Trek was remarkable for a number of reasons but also had MAJOR issues. TNG and beyond did a lot to move the franchise forward.
All the social progress has now been thrown under the bus with the Trek reboots which include exactly zero social commentary or exploration.
The Trek reboots ask no sociopolitical questions, explore no scientific or technological ideas, hell they don't even develop the characters.
In short the Trek reboots represent everything wrong with Hollywood. Big, loud, dumb, macho and reductive media made for a quick buck.
Sad to see folks defending the Trek reboots. We REALLY don't need more vapid media, especially not made by regressing what Trek TV became.
There's no shortage of essentially meaningless action oriented entertainment. Star Trek TV became a franchise that strived to be much more.
TNG was some of the most interesting TV ever made. Still hit or miss but like great sci-fi it didn't shy away from biting social commentary.
TNG, DS9 & Voyager all did something most media doesn't - make institutions matter. All were about individuals navigating larger structures.
The social, cultural and political institutions of TNG, DS9 and Voyager were taken seriously and provided a meaningful source of conflict.
Unlike the Trek reboots where institutions are a joke: Fresh recruits given the keys to the flagship and have a fist fight on the bridge.
In the Trek reboots the institutions of Star Fleet and The Federation are empty logos, vague concepts with no structural meaning at all.
In many ways the Trek reboots take place in a hyper-individualist universe whereas TNG, DS9 and Voyager exist in a sociological universe.
We’re in desperate need of media created from a sociological worldview which explores complex interactions of individuals and institutions.