In a recent interview with Blastr, William Shatner said Star Trek should be back on the TV where it belongs. The Shat said:
“You know, I think you’re right. Because, JJ Abrams has found the key to getting a large audience into the movie theater, and that’s the ride. So you get a lot of the CGI effects, which is the epic movie making aspect of today, whereas in Cecile B. Demille’s time, you had to use real people. Now you don’t need to use real people and you can have infinity for God’s sake.”
“That’s in order to get you into the theater, because the majesty of the movie is shown by the large screen. But when you get into the small screen, you need stories… entertaining, interesting, vital stories that have a philosophy and also have an excitement about them, so that the viewer stays with it, but recieves the philosophy as a byproduct. Those were the best of Star Trek, those kinds of stories. And that kind of thing, there is always room for that. That kind of imaginative approach that stirs young people into wanting to be connected with science.”
In another story and kind of backing up Shatner’s thoughts on the current state of Star Trek, Abrams Into Darkness was voted the worst Star Trek movie by fans at a recent convention in Las Vegas.
Personally myself I think the last two Star Trek movies had been dumbed down to attract a wider audience but it’s a vicious circle. If it hadn’t been done then Star Trek would have been forgotten about and consigned to fan fiction and fan sites years ago. A sorry situation but more an indication of current state of the movie industry (and movie goer) rather than the state of Star Trek.