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Leonard Nimoy Retiring

Cinematical: Leonard Nimoy Retiring, Won't Star in 'Trek' Sequel (via Cleolinda's Twitter feed)

No big surprise really, he's had a good run and it hasn't always been easy on him. I'm just glad I finally got to see him (and William Shatner) at Dragon*Con last year before he stepped out of the public eye. Alas, I never got to see or meet DeForest Kelly, and I have yet to meet or see Nichelle Nichols, but I've spoken to the rest of the original cast, however briefly. They were my heroes when I was a kid, and I still go back to rewatch the original series from time to time.

That said, I think it's also time for the Star Trek franchise to retire.

-The Gneech



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Apr. 20th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Seven sequels? Is that something you read or saw somewhere?
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Apr. 21st, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
Ahh, gotcha. I thought maybe you'd seen or heard that somewhere.
Apr. 21st, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
I would say six, The Motion Picture, Wrath of Khan, Search for Spock, The Voyage Home, The Final Frontier and The Undiscovered Country. Unless you want to count Generations (which was really a Next Gen movie) and the latest (which I consider more a reboot).
Apr. 20th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
At this point, I'm more surprised that any of them are making public appearances anymore. Given, they have a huge base of fans, but it's also been what, 50 years?
I don't know if I agree that the Star Trek franchise is completely burned out though. There have been some decidedly bad choices made concerning some of the movies and series, but I think that's more just poor handling than anything else.
Apr. 20th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
The new movie brought it back to life
Apr. 21st, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, I really liked the new movie. Which is surprising because I honestly didn't think I was going to. There were a few things I didn't think quite jived, but on the whole it was well beyond my expectations.
Apr. 20th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Well, better this then to end a career like Raul Juila with Street Fighter...
Apr. 20th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I wasn't expecting Nimoy to be in the next Trek movie, but I wouldn't have minded either. Still, I'm not torn up by that fact.

I can't say I think the franchise should retire though. Admittedly, one can only postulate so many futuristic scenarios that are Trek-worthy, but now with this second alternate incarnation, I think it'd be interesting to see how this version of the crew handle some of those postulations.
Apr. 20th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
As long as they treat Star Trek as "generic stoopid action movie with a Star Trek skin," it's going to continue to be awful. I'd rather see it retire than to shamble on as a bad parody of its original self.

-The Gneech
Apr. 20th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
You didn't like JJ Abrams Trek? It's brought a new generation of fans to the franchise.
Apr. 20th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
No, I didn't. Nothing against the actors, they were all fine, but the script was brainless trash that just proved Sturgeon right. (Not that the original series was always brilliant, but it was much better much more often.)

Unfortunately, the best Star Trek movie I ever saw was The Hunt For Red October.

-The Gneech
Apr. 21st, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Can I second this? It probably should have ended when The Great Bird passed away.
Apr. 20th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
I don't think the franchise should retire, no. More importantly, idiots overseeing the franchise who allow 2 people to run it into the dirt should be made to retire. A billion dollar a year enterprise run by someone who doesn't even like the shows he's writing? Good lord...

What should happen next is several writers write 3 paragraph treatises on what they think the next series should be about and put it out there for all the world to vote on. The ideas that get the most excitement and votes are the ones that will garner the highest ratings -- that's the new direction.

I would personally create a version of Trek never seen before. It's now the 25th century. Enter the crew of the Enterprise F. It's 3 years after the devestating Borg war, which has seen all of the federation badly bloodied and most of the ships lost. While the borg did not win, they did not lose either - they simply left. Now the Federation is attempting to rebuild planets and the fleet, both to restore civilization, and to prepare for a second assault that is certain to come at any time.

The crew of the Enterprise F has a new captain. The first mate was passed up on promotion, so he and the new captain don't see eye to eye a lot of times. The crew is incensed by the ship's reputation -- the Ship of Maggtocks (a cowardly chicken-like creature on Klingus). The reason they survived the war is because of total engine failure as the new tech for the engines was unproven and had to be replaced. But that didn't change people from calling the ship and crew cowards. Now the engines are replaced with older, junkier but reliable warp nacelles and the crew is hellbent on restoring their honor. (Bar fights are common, since all you have to do to get the crew swinging is make a clucking sound. This leads to an international incident when the ship ferries an ambassador whose native lingua is series of cheek clucks...)
Apr. 21st, 2010 07:13 am (UTC)
You're describing a comedy! Star Trek isn't comedy!

Wait, maybe it should be.
Apr. 20th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
Leonard Nimoy is going to go down on a level of awesome that is occupied by Don Herbert, Mr. Rogers, Captain Kangaroo, Jack Nicholson, and Neil Armstrong
Apr. 20th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Last I heard, he's only retiring from Spock. From what I've heard in interviews, he's having quite a time doing Fringe.
Apr. 21st, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
Star Trek could still survive, but it needs work. A lot of it. They should make the New Voyages fan series canon, but animate them with good enough CGI and voice actors to resemble the original players as if they hadn't aged since the original was cancelled.

The new movie was filmed/performed well, but the time travel angle I could have done without. I wasn't completely impressed with all of the performers (my favourite was Bones--he was closest to matching the original character), but it was a good assembly under the circumstances.
Apr. 21st, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'll agree with you on Bones.
Apr. 21st, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
In the past I had said that the reboot wasn't all that bad (one of the exceptions: an engine room looking like a water treatment plant of all things), and a chance to go where the original couldn't/wasn't allowed to go to subject wise. It could be worse: TF2.

I did meet Mr. Koenig one time at a Trekcon when it was in downtown CLE in the latter 80's. I wonder where I stashed the book of his he signed...
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