The box office predictions were given, the early reviews were (and still are) outstanding and finally, finally!, the biggest movie of the summer season has been unleashed on the viewing public. Given the size of the actual box office over the weekend ($76 million total), it’s clear the J.J. Abrams has managed to excite not only Trekkies but also wow the a large portion of the general public.
It’s a given that we’ll see more Trek movies (they’ve already green lighted a sequel), probably several, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new TV series arise from the ashes of the old shows. But there’s a larger question here. One that touches on science fiction, at least in the visual form, as a whole. Pete Tzinski touched on in the last part of his Star Trek series last week, but I think it’s worth repeating here as a reader challenge.
Is the success of the Star Trek reboot a good thing for science fiction in general or will we just see more Star Trek and Star Trek rip-offs?
The obvious, and most likely realistic answer, is that we’ll see more Star Trek in the near future. This can be a good thing, as long as the rebooted Trek is vibrant, cool and interesting and not just a rehash of Treks past. I’m also convinced we’ll see a lot of knock-offs that will try to mimic the formula of Trek, after all, that’s successful, and won’t try to give us something new. I’m not optimistic that the SF field as a whole will be rejuvenated because of the success of the new Star Trek.
What say you?