Wednesday, August 1, 2007

How the Internet is Ruining Star Trek XI: A Commitment to our Readers

by Jared B.

I ask our readers to imagine for a moment... Star Trek XI remains a mystery, except that the producer and director, J.J. Abrams, released a vague teaser poster months ago. Otherwise, you have no clue about the movie. Perhaps it continues the Next Gen legacy, or perhaps it could be something completely different.

You know nothing.

While hoping for the best, you attend Comic Con 2007, anticipating an announcement that will shed some light. Suddenly, it is revealed: There will be a new Spock... a younger Spock, meaning that a "re-imagining" or "reboot" (whatever you want to call it) has been announced. TOS lives! You'll be revisiting the crew that started this phenomenon. You'll re-experience the characters that made this campy TV show a cultural obsession. It all begins again, and a new generation will discover what you grew to love and adore!

But not only that... suddenly, Leonard Nimoy appears onstage, sporting his famous Vulcan salute! TOS will live again, and Nimoy himself will give the rebirth a send off by appearing in the film!

Is there a Trek fan out there that doesn't salivate at this reveal? Is there anything more exciting to hear after a decade of witnessing Trek's decline?

But, no. Sorry. Too bad. You were hoping for more.

Instead, all of this is old news. Certain Internet sites that latch onto every barely credible rumor spoiled this announcement for you weeks before attending Comic Con. They led you down a long and winding road, from Tom Hanks to Matt Damon to Ben Affleck to Gary Sinese, spouting any gossip or intrigue as "legitimate" info on Trek XI.

After debating and discussing every falsity, you finally arrived at the truth.

It ruined everything for you.

Yes, it was exciting to be "in the know." Yes, you hungered for these sites to give you more... anything that gives you more Trek... anything that stimulates the imagination... anything that gives you hope that Trek will live!

In the end though, nothing would have matched your excitement at seeing Leonard Nimoy make that Vulcan salute. Nothing would have matched your thrill at learning, suddenly, that TOS will be reborn. Nothing would have equaled your experience at Comic Con, if you hadn't given credence to Internet rumors, trusted "inside sources," and some guy with a camera phone.

This is why Trekdom does not follow in the footsteps of more popular sites. We will bring you interesting analysis, provocative interviews, and introspective op-eds. But, we will not tease you with tabloid rumors, unsubstantiated gossip, and leaked details.

We will not ruin Star Trek XI for you.

We will celebrate it with you.

That is our commitment to our readers, and we hope to join you in 2008, as we sit together in awe of what is onscreen before us.