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Trek4Kids: How The New Star Trek Movie Is Appealing To Sixth Graders March 12, 2009

by James Trowbridge , Filed under: Star Trek (2009 film),Trek for Kids , trackback

The topic of this ‘Trek4Kids’ entry is how Paramount is marketing their new Star Trek movie to kids, something pretty important if they want to create a ‘next generation’ of fans. I am already a fan and was already excited about the movie, so I invited some of my sixth grade friends over to view some of the trailers and merchandise and also did a little survey at school, all to find out if other kids are getting excited too.

 

My little focus group
Here is a brief introduction to the four friends I invited. Kyle is interested in science fiction series such as Star Wars and I wanted him to see a different side of science fiction. Luke is a kid who likes to build things with Legos and I wanted to show him Star Trek because I thought he would like the starships. Ethan is interested in sports and is good at school, and Kamalei is interested in football. In this group, we had a mix of Caucasian, Japanese, and Hawaiian kids (I live in Hawaii). My dad and I showed them the second trailer for the movie, the Super Bowl ad, the Star Trek Countdown comic book, the Playmates action figures and playsets, the away gear, the Halloween costumes, the Quog animations, and the Quog merchandise.

Before we began, we asked if they had ever heard of Star Trek or had any prior contact with it. All four had heard of it in one way or another. Kyle said, “It’s an old show, that’s what I know,” Kamalei said he had seen it before on occasion, and Luke said that he had not really seen it but he knew about “the guy with the pointy ears”. We also asked what movies they were looking forward to this summer. Kyle, Luke, and Ethan did not really know what movies were coming out yet, but Kamalei knew there was a new Star Trek movie planned. Then Luke said, “Oh yeah.”

Everyone watched Trailer 2 silently and they were obviously interested in it because they paid close attention to it. When Luke saw the Bad Robot logo, he recognized it and said he was a fan of Alias. At first, Kyle and Ethan did not remember having seen the trailer before but Kyle recalled it when Kirk said, “My name is James Tiberius Kirk”. When my dad mentioned that the trailer was shown at Quantum of Solace, Kyle said, “That movie was awesome.” Ethan recognized the trailer when the Enterprise went to warp, and said, “I think I saw this preview before.” Next we showed them the "Big Game" TV Spot and by this time, all of them remembered having seen the preview during the Super Bowl. When asked if Star Trek was a cool movie or if they would want to see it in the theaters, Kyle said “Cool. Yeah,” Kamalei said, “Pretty good. Yeah, I guess so,” Ethan and Luke nodded, and Luke said he would probably want to see the movie. [Editor's note: this group was held before the release of the new 'Trailer 3']


First theatrical trailer played well with the kids

Next we showed them a picture of the cover and the first few pages of Star Trek Countdown, Number One, and they thought it was pretty interesting. When asked if they would read it, Kyle said, “Probably…if I was bored.” And Kamalei said, “Yeah. I like comic books.” I told my friends that the movie deals with time travel, and they thought that was pretty cool. We also showed them pictures of the Playmates toys for the movie. Because Kyle collects action figures such as G.I. Joe, he thought the Star Trek action figures were pretty nice. They liked the electronic toy phaser best of all, and Kamalei liked the model of the movie Enterprise. They were less interested in the toy communicator and tricorder. They all nodded when asked if they liked the toys, and Ethan said, “The toys look interesting.” Kamalei said he would be interested in seeing posters and Luke would like to see Legos.


The phaser was a favorite with the boys

Next we went to GoAnimate.com to show them Star Trek QUAG animations. Kamalei said, “Oh wow” and “cool” when my dad said that you can create your own animations on the site. He also asked if Spock was bad, possibly because he saw the fight between Kirk and Spock in the trailer. Luke said, “Wait. Is this sort of like the movie, Galaxy Quest?” I said that Galaxy Quest is a spoof of Star Trek.  Ethan was dancing to the song, “Highly Illogical” sung by Leonard Nimoy and even said, “Catchy.” During the animation, Kamalei asked if the crew goes to earth, and I answered, “Occasionally, but they are mostly exploring the great unknown”. In one animation they all laughed out loud when they saw Chekov (as the husband) shoot Uhura (as the wife)! When asked if they liked the Quog figures and watches, they said, “Yeah, a little.”

GoAnimate.com: highly illogical animation

Sing along with Spock is fun

Kamalei said that the design of the movie website was cool and Kyle said that the picture of Nero reminded him of the evil Roman emperor. When he saw the picture of the Kelvin blowing up, Kamalei wondered if that was the ship with Spock and the rest of the crew. We told him that that was a different ship. And when he saw the picture of the Enterprise, Kamalei said, “That’s a really cool ship.” He had seen Heroes and recognized Sylar (played by Zachary Quinto), and was also interested in John Cho (Sulu) who he said looked familiar. My dad guessed correctly that it was from Harold & Kumar. Kamalei asked, “So does Kirk live on Earth?”, and when he was told Spock was the only alien on the ship, he said, “What about the guy who looks like a monster?” We did not know who he was talking about, but he probably meant an alien character, such as Worf, from one of the more recent series. When they were asked what they thought about everything they had seen, Ethan said that it was interesting, Kyle said, “50-50,” while Kamalei and Luke nodded.


Cho and Quinto are recognizable

After showing things to my friends, I also did an informal survey with six other sixth grade boys at school. Out of the group, only one had never even heard of Star Trek. When I asked if they knew that there is a new Star Trek movie coming out, only three knew about it, and only two said they were interested (and one maybe). Also only two out of six had seen anything related to the movie. Finally, I asked them, “What words do you think of when you think of Star Trek?” The answers were “cool”, “space”, and “gay”.

The show-and-tell with my friends and the survey at school shows that kids my age at least know what Star Trek is and when shown things from the movie they can get  interested in it. But it seems there is still work to be done to get them to learn more about the movie. All in all, I think that most of the kids to whom we showed the trailers would want to see the movie in the theaters when it is released on May 8. When the movie premiere gets closer, I will try and update TrekMovie how things are going with my friends and classmates.

BONUS: What about little girls?
At first it was not the plan to plan to show the trailers to my little sister Holly and her friends, because seven and eight-year old girls are not the target audience of the movie. But Holly insisted, so we showed two of her friends the trailers as well. I was not surprised that Anneka (age 8) and Sage (age 7) had never heard of Star Trek, and the trailer did not spark their interest. Anneka said it would be cool to play with the action figures on the Bridge playset because if you get all of them you would have a set. They were not interested in the phaser or other prop models, but they thought the Uhura costume was pretty. Anneka liked the Quog animations and rated them 8-9 out of 10, but Sage had no interest. So even if they aren’t the audience, there is still some interest in this group.


The girls like the playset

 

Eleven year old James T. is the Youth Correspondent for TrekMovie.com. Check out the ‘Trek4Kids’ category for more of his articles. James and his family will be attending the premiere of the new Star Trek movie as special guests of Leonard Nimoy.
 

Comments

1. Mazz Nx01 - March 12, 2009

If the new movie doesn’t have NOMAD, I’m throwing punches.

2. McCoy - March 12, 2009

Hmmm. Did anyone show them Uhura in her bra or Kirk on top of the Orion?

3. Tiberius Kirk - March 12, 2009

I have a sixth grader who is very excited!

4. Mom - March 12, 2009

Sixth graders are watching Harold & Kumar? Isn’t that rated R? Maybe just on TV.

5. Darkwing - March 12, 2009

is it ok if i’m not in sixth grade and like the toys?

6. NX01 - March 12, 2009

Cool Bring back the animated series for the kids!

That is what I watched as a kid.

7. Brett Campbell - March 12, 2009

James T. — I teach writing, and I was absolutely floored at the end of this article to read that you are eleven years old.

I wish some of my college students could write this well.

You are amazing! I hope that this is the beginning of a life-long love affair with writing for you!

Keep stringing words, young man. You are talented!

8. Sybok's Secret Brother - March 12, 2009

My 7th grade boy want to see it on opening night, if not before.

James T – Well written!

9. jotin - March 12, 2009

I want a buildable model. i liked the bandai ones for the quality but hated that they were snap together. it left so many potentials for random little gaps.

10. Sybok's Secret Brother - March 12, 2009

Oh and James, girls have anti-trek cooties…

11. braxus - March 12, 2009

Be cool to see kids get into this. I was a kid when I saw Star Trek 1 and 2. #2 is what got me really into Star Trek.

12. Sybok's Secret Brother - March 12, 2009

…until they grow up a bit….

;-p

13. Selor - March 12, 2009

Nice to know :)

14. Valar1 - March 12, 2009

“What words do you think of when you think of Star Trek?” The answers were “cool”, “space”, and “gay”.

So, not much difference between a sixth grader in Hawaii and most of the population of Earth?

15. Capt Mike Of The Terran Empire - March 12, 2009

Hey that was a Kool interview. I hope more Kids get into Trek and learn about all the fun stuff and about the message of Trek.

16. Todd - March 12, 2009

I at first read that the focus group was made up of six-year-olds, and reading the article I’m like, wow these six-year-olds are quite intelligent! But… they watch Quantum of Solace and Harold & Kumar? Who are their parents!? Ohhhhhh they’re GRADE six, not six-year-olds. (Goes back to re-read article now).

17. Thfc - March 12, 2009

My son who is 5 – thinks its ‘Star Wars’ but ‘can’t wait to see it’. As long as he goes with me to see it; I don’t care what he calls it ;-)

18. Drapera - March 12, 2009

FYI: Slightly off topic in age group…my 13 year old thinks Chris Pine is “FINE”. She had seen him in one of the Princess Diaries movies…

That seems to be the ticket. Whatever movie a “HOT” guy is in, they want to see that film. “Twilight” is still the rage with this group…becuase the guys are “Yummy”. “Star Trek” at least is in there, because of Pine, Quinto and “the guy” from “Lord of the Rings”.

Oh, the pain of being a father with a daughter…13 going on 30…

19. SpocksINNERconflict - March 12, 2009

See, this is why nothing changes and for all our wishing and watching star trek, Gender-specific-everything still dominates our culture, even a fictional culture supposedly beyond traditionally enforced gender rolls.

I’m not overreacting…take a look at where we are: on a Star Trek site, hoping for a Trek future where our commonalities are not separated by our genetic make up.

20. Brian - March 12, 2009

Great work, James! Keep it up!

21. AdamTrek - March 12, 2009

16. Todd – March 12, 2009
I at first read that the focus group was made up of six-year-olds, and reading the article I’m like, wow these six-year-olds are quite intelligent! But… they watch Quantum of Solace and Harold & Kumar? Who are their parents!? Ohhhhhh they’re GRADE six, not six-year-olds. (Goes back to re-read article now).

I think it’s still too young, but that’s only my opinion, IDIC.

=A=

22. thorsten - March 12, 2009

Great Job James T., thanks!

23. FarDreaming - March 12, 2009

Thanks for the great report, James T.! You obviously put a lot of time and thought into it.

I’m a little dissapointed with the girls there – as a 13 year-old I was a fan of Trek from day one.

Keep up the good work in getting the word out there!

24. trekkerguy - March 12, 2009

Eh, the little girls will grow up one day. Every woman I know above a certain age of maturity has an appreciation for, or loves Star Trek.

25. NCC-73515 - March 12, 2009

“fiction series such as Star Wars”

You realize of course that SW is not Sci-Fi, according to George Lucas himself ;)

Outstanding article! Same experiences here in Germany.

26. S. John Ross - March 12, 2009

#10: Only at first, man, only at first.

27. T.J. Trek - March 12, 2009

That’s totally cool about Nimoy letting the James T. and his family join him as special guests. I’ve really been impressed by how much the entire movie production has allowed this site to be a part of things, and to give the site there time (especially in the beginning).

28. Hadrosaur Dave - March 12, 2009

I’ve always thought that marketing to a specific gender is outdated foolishness. Why only target something to half of your potential audience?

My 13-year-old daughter is already a big fan of classic Trek and her 6-year-old sister is even starting to join in the fun.

29. indranee - March 12, 2009

my niece — a girl big into video games — is 8. she’s big into SW and also ST so far (mainly the movies). I’m going to show her the trailer and see if she’s interested.

and oh yeah, sixth graders watching Harold and Kumar?! hmm.

30. Chroma - March 12, 2009

Great job James! You write very well, and your report was very detailed and well researched.

I was already a huge Trek fan by the time I was your age, and I can only hope that other kids get hooked after the new film comes out.

31. Christine - March 12, 2009

“..James and his family will be attending the premiere of the new Star Trek movie as special guests of Leonard Nimoy….”

LUCKY KID. D: (Mreh… I’m only 4; 5 years older. xP) You know I’d wet myself if I even got to stand within like… 5 feet of Leonard Nimoy.

#29 : “my niece — a girl big into video games — is 8. she’s big into SW and also ST so far (mainly the movies).”

That’s really cool. I was a huge Star Wars junkie around that same age, but didn’t get into ‘Trek until last year. But, BOY, am I into it. x3

#18; Drapera :: “…“Twilight” is still the rage with this group…becuase the guys are “Yummy”. …”

NO. NO. The guys in Twilight are not “yummy”. It’s the rage with my group, yes, but I think the guy who plays Edward Cullen looks like a creeper. Like someone who’d break into your house and kidnap you. D: And do you KNOW what happened in the 4th book? Bella got PREGNANT. With EDWARD’S CHILD. It’s like, whoa, I don’t fly like that.
(All right, rant over. ^^; Star Trek over Twilight, w00t!)

And, #10, I hope you’re kidding; that’s kind of harsh right there. (-,-)

32. THX-1138-Star Trek: Timmy! - March 12, 2009

Question:

Does this mean that James T. is now a Trekmovie.com moderator?

I think he failed in his informal survey by not asking the kids if they would prefer seeing the movie if it were titled Star Trek: 09 or Star Trek: TFB or Star Trek: 11. Because we know what they all want to see…..

Star Trek: Timmy!

(you’ll have to pry the keyboard from my cold, dead hands before I quit)

33. jeffery wright - March 12, 2009

i hope the movie prop doesnt look too much like that ‘space ray-gun’

they shoulda kept the phase pistols from ent if they werent going to use wah-changs excellent design.

34. Odradek - March 12, 2009

highly enjoyable article
my compliments, james

35. I Liked Him Better Before He Died! - March 12, 2009

#28.

Think about that for a second. If the world did away with demographics and tried to market to everyone, as far as movie’s go, they would all be along the lines of The Princess Bride or Romancing the Stone, with both action and romance… now these aren’t bad movies per say, but I for one like having variety. Let us guys have our action movies and the girls have their chick flicks. Its all about keeping order!

36. The Governator - March 12, 2009

Good news.
I became interested in Star Trek when I was very young, so to see others doing the same is very promising for the future of the franchise.

37. Christine - March 12, 2009

#35 :: “… Let us guys have our action movies and the girls have their chick flicks. Its all about keeping order! …”

Or vice versa, my friend. I’m into chick flicks AND action movies. And, y’know, some of my guys friends are into the romantic comedies and such… So, if they just make lots and lots and LOTS of movies, we’ll all be happy. :3

38. Hat Rick - March 12, 2009

An ELEVEN-year-old wrote this article? It reads as if it were written by a professional writer!

Case in point: “All in all, I think that most of the kids to whom we showed the trailers would want to see the movie in the theaters when it is released on May 8. When the movie premiere gets closer, I will try and update TrekMovie how things are going with my friends and classmates.”

Note the correct use of the word, “whom,” just for example.

Good stuff!

39. Adam Cohen - March 12, 2009

James T.- congratulations on an excellent job! This was a great article and a very insightful piece of writing. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to reading more stuff by you in the future.

40. Matthew - March 12, 2009

I’ve got about £150 worth of pre-orders on the toys already – and I’m pushing 40 years of age…..I’ll be tearing through the stores throwing the little scamps behind me, as I rush to the tills to pay. LOL.

Sod the kids…..this movie is for the kid inside me! :)

41. Adam Cohen - March 12, 2009

As for myself, I started getting interested in Star Trek around the time I was 10. I remember becoming quickly obsessed with the series/movies. Those were fun days- discovering a universe so detailed and unique. I must have sat down to draw the Starship Enterprise hundreds of times during that time. I’m happy to see even a few youngsters sharing similar experiences.

42. Mike Ten - March 12, 2009

Paramount must be putting something in the water. My kids didn’t really think much of Star Trek until recently. After the first movie trailer came out my 13 year old son started watching TOS and Voyager repeats, put the Enterprise/Starfleet Delta logo on his computer and he and his brothers started asking alot of questions about the upcoming movie.

I think if this keeps up the new Trek movie is going to be a blockbuster.

43. Christine - March 12, 2009

#41 :: “…I must have sat down to draw the Starship Enterprise hundreds of times during that time….”

Haha. That’s awesome. I doodle little chibi versions of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy in my notebooks during class. They’re generally arguing, acting completely out of character, or… um… whatever else. xD It’s a really bad habit, but hey, Economics and Algebra II can only hold your attention for so long.

I can’t draw the Enterprise. At all. D: But I can draw the people on it /really/ well… ;3

44. Paulaner - March 12, 2009

#41 “I must have sat down to draw the Starship Enterprise hundreds of times during that time”

I tried to build one with folded paper and a lot of glue…

45. Cobalt 1365 - March 12, 2009

Yeah, 6th graders recognize John Cho from Harold and Kumar? wow. And weren’t these kids in 3rd grade when Alias went off the air? these kids are watching some pretty grown up tv. maybe I’m just a little naive but, dang.

Terrific article, James T
You have a lot of older Trek fans very jealous right now, getting to see it as a guest of Leonard Nimoy, congrats

46. Hadrosaur Dave - March 12, 2009

#35: My point really isn’t that you stop making action films or you stop making romance films, etc. My point is that marketing them to a specific gender isn’t really necessary. Market action films to action film fans and market romance films to romance film fans — don’t try to assume what gender those folks are.

In particular, Star Trek has always has always had a wide gender appeal, so it seems strange to me that one would think of it in terms of a “boys” film. It’s clear that they’re marketing it as an action film and that’s fine. I just think marketers put too much emphasis on gender when they think about these things.

47. Christine - March 12, 2009

#45 :: “…And weren’t these kids in 3rd grade when Alias went off the air? these kids are watching some pretty grown up tv. maybe I’m just a little naive but, dang…”

Maybe a little. ^__^;;
Back when I was in even 2nd and 3rd grade (which would’ve been 7 years ago… oh geez) most of the people in my class had seen all the Chucky movies that had been out at that time. (Child’s Play, etc. etc… or whatever they were. You know.) But, this generation’s just itching to grow up faster every year. And 6th graders? Yeah, most of them are into stuff like Harold and Kumar. xD It’s the “go watch dumb comedies” age these days.

48. Al Levy - March 12, 2009

James T:

A very solid piece of reporting.

49. kfir - March 12, 2009

i’m sorry but this is silly..
like many of you i also started to see star trek when i was about the age of 8 and i remember it like it was yesterday.. my school ended at 13:45 and the next generation was on at 14:00 on the israeli channel 2, and i always ran when the bell rang as fast as i could always looking on my watch, in the winters i was coming all wet and in the summers all sweat.. what didnt i do to get in time..
even then that show opened my mind to many things and my head was in space, i didn’t stop asking my father about space, stars, planets, the moon, how big the entreprise.
anyway, what i want to say is that as i grew older i found out that i’m uniqe in my way, i love thing that not so many other love.. or as my friend said when i showed him the new trailer “that’s look cool, but that’s not my thing”.. meaning we, trekkies, borned with this “geeky” mind, and others (the unlucky ones i guess:) didn’t and so it comes to two: or that you like, or you dont.
and i hope that the new movie will succeed in connecting between the gaps, though i dont believe so, but it’s some kind of interesting sociel experiment in a way:)

50. naHQun - March 12, 2009

Cool! I was born into a world of Star Trek (the TV in the hospital was airing an episode of TOS). I can’t imagine growing uo without it.
I’m glad these kids have a chance to enjoy it.

51. I Liked Him Better Before He Died! - March 12, 2009

#41 – I can’t tell you how many times I drew an offset view of TMP Enterprise overlooking some strange new world with a couple of Bird of Prey’s on her a*s!!!

52. buddy - March 12, 2009

I cannot take my kids to see it because of the sensuality. Just the little bit shown in the trailer is enough to keep my kids away. 6th grade age is too young for that imo. The point can be made loud and clear without showing it and for me that’s the only downfall of the movie if more of that is shown than what’s in the trailer.

53. Tony Whitehead - March 12, 2009

Welcome back, James T.! I know you’re counting down to the premiere and being Mr. Nimoy’s special guest.
Another fantastic article, it’s great to know that, pardon the pun, the next generation is as excited about the new motion picture as the rest of us older fans are.
I look forward to reading your review after the movie’s out…hint, hint, Anthony.

54. Patty - March 12, 2009

Great report James T!

I’ve been a ST fan since day one when I was 11 years old and I’m definitely a woman.

55. CaptainLordBat - March 12, 2009

James T. I salute you as a Star Trek fan as as a detailed interviewer. I enjoyed this post and would ask that you ignore many of the more ignorant people on this site. You did a very concise and thorough job and I was very taken by this article. I am 44 years old and enjoy hearing what fans of any age have to say. I hope to see more articles by you on TrekMovie!

56. Matt Wright - March 12, 2009

Great insights from a group that isn’t usually asked much for their opinions :)

And to add to the “fan since day one” list, I was introduced to Star Trek at about 5 years old and was hooked ever since.

57. Christine - March 12, 2009

Forgot to say this:

I do think it’s really great that they’ve got a younger person doing a few articles on this site. :3 In fact, it’s kind of nice: It’s kind of awkward for me, being around all these people who’ve been fans for 30+ years more than I’ve even been alive!

I should start seeking out teenage ‘Trek fans; middle and high school age, y’know. See just how much my generation stacks up to the others. ;3

58. Hat Rick - March 12, 2009

57, good point. Smallville has worked for the Superman franchise, even as Superman Returns disappoints. Why not, finally, a Trek aimed at the teen set?

is it the Wesley Crusher thing, or what? Isn’t it about time we give it a break?

Now, I know there are those of you who have dreaded the idea of “Trek 90210″ or, what is sometimes considered the same thing, “Star Trek: Academy.” But — think about it — is the idea of Star Trek: Academy really such a horrible thing? Isn’t there a pretty good portion of this movie that takes place precisely at Starfleet Academy?

Since when is a young form of Trek such anathema to some?

Let’s not all forget that, if there is a future — and there is — then the young will be the ones who will live there the longest. :-)

59. Christine - March 12, 2009

#58 :: “… is it the Wesley Crusher thing, or what? Isn’t it about time we give it a break? …”

But… But I love Wesley. I start giggling hysterically whenever he shows up in TNG with his rainbow-striped sweater. :D He’s so… so innocent, and even though he’s a dork and is always getting into trouble, I still think he’s adorable.

And on your comment about Star Trek: Academy, there was actually a book put out by William Shatner (with co-authors Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens) called “Star Trek: The Academy : Collision Course”. It was maybe the second Star Trek novel I read.

And I LOVED EVERY PAGE. And you know why? Because while it violated canon left and right and was definitely a Shatnerverse book, I almost felt like I could /relate/ to Kirk (17 years old, then) and even Spock (at 19). Sure, I read all the others, but I keep coming back to “Collision Course”… And I’m checking back daily for the release date of “Trial Run”. Write, Shatner, WRITE!!!!

“..Let’s not all forget that, if there is a future — and there is — then the young will be the ones who will live there the longest. :-)…”

You know homegirl’s gonna help Zefram Cochrane develop Warpdrive. ;D I’ll only be, what, seventy years old?

60. Hat Rick - March 12, 2009

If there are any out there who could develop a real warp drive, I have little doubt that a fan of Trek might very well be among the top candidates so to do. :-)

61. Jovan - March 12, 2009

#4: You’re surprised? I saw R rated movies when I was that age, but generally my mother would advise me about the content. If I had nightmares, it was my own fault. :P

62. Carlg - March 12, 2009

@44: Heh, I made mine with a paper plate and some paper towel rolls. I had like 5 milk carton TARDISes, too. :)

63. Izbot - March 12, 2009

James T, you rock!

64. Reed Farrington - March 12, 2009

James T., I always look forward to your articles. I wish you would write more often, but I guess you have your hands full with 6th grade homework. The perspective that you provide is impossible for me to find anywhere else.

As mentioned often, your writing style is excellent. And the topic you have chosen for this article is excellent as well. The addition of the bonus section is inspired!

65. raveoned - March 13, 2009

James T.-

Excellent work! I like how you added the survey for the girls, as well. My daughter is 7, but she watches (and is enthralled) by TOS.

Her main points for this movie are Uhura is back and Chris Pine (who she saw in Princess Diaries 2) is Kirk. Beyond that, she’s worried that there will be too much fighting!

66. brady - March 13, 2009

When they answered cool,space,and gay, they have obviously seen BAF.

67. doubleofive - March 13, 2009

Wow. People who have never heard of Star Trek. I weep for the next generation (no pun intended).

68. earthclanbootstrap - March 13, 2009

James T. , congratulations on a job well done! It was a very interesting article and you obviously went all out with your research. Unlike doubleofive in post 67, I will intentionally pun and say that the future of Trek rests with the next generation! ;-)

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70. Drapera - March 13, 2009

#31.

LOVED your reply…

If I can get my daughter and her pack to “rant” about Trek like you did on “Twilight”, my job will be done…Thanks!

Fast-Forward to Christmas 2009: “Dad, can the girls and I watch the Blu-Ray of Star Trek Mom got you for Christmas?”

FYI: My daughter feels the same way about book 4…

71. THX-1138-Star Trek: Timmy! - March 13, 2009

#69

Yechh. Thanks. Sorry that makes you LOL.

On a different note, I think there are some parents that need to teach a little tolerance to their kids.

“What words do you think of when you think of Star Trek?” The answers were “cool”, “space”, and “gay”.

I would infer from that statement that those kids would asign a negative conotation to the term “gay”. I have heard my kids and their friends use it as a derogatory term that has nothing to do with someone’s sexual orientation, but rather as a form of derision. I called them out on it, asking if they really thought that the person they were talking about was attracted to the same sex and they always say no, that it was just a way to put them down. So I then ask if they think it’s bad to be gay and they say they don’t know, probably because they are uncomfortable with their own behavior when it is put back in front of them. And I also ask how they would feel if suddenly when we wanted to insult someone (which we shouldn’t do anyway) we picked an ethnic group they belonged to, or maybe used their family name. “What a jerk! That guy is a total Smith.” or “Quit acting like a stupid Swede/Irish/German/Italian/Christian etc.” to show my point.

OK enlightened older generation who are to lead our young on the right path in life; let’s stop this kind of thing when it starts. It is not OK to use the term “gay” as something bad. If you don’t agree with someone’s life, too bad. You will be dead someday and your children will be here in your place. And gay people or black people, or white people will still be here. So will Asian people and European people and Slavic people. The point is, eventually we will all have to figure out how to get along with each other. The world is getting smaller, not bigger. We are going to end up in each other’s backyards.

72. Denise de Arman - March 13, 2009

THX#71- Totally agree. And I am sure MONGO is proud of you for writing that post.

73. Denise de Arman - March 13, 2009

Good article, James. Look forward to reading more.

74. Closettrekker - March 13, 2009

Been awhile since we’ve heard from James T.

Still an impressive kid.

#71—“We are going to end up in each other’s backyards.”

Hey, get off my lawn!

75. Sybok's Secret Brother - March 13, 2009

#31 – Yes, absolutley just kidding….

76. Christine - March 13, 2009

#75 :: Okay, just so that’s clear. :3

#70; Drapera :: “….If I can get my daughter and her pack to “rant” about Trek like you did on “Twilight”, my job will be done…Thanks! …”

Weelll, I’m kinda not so big on Twilight… And such. Heheh. But my friend and I are seeking out other people who aren’t completely addicted to Twilight. ‘Cause, y’know, one phaser shot could take out MIster Cullen like *snap* THAT. }:3

“….Fast-Forward to Christmas 2009: “Dad, can the girls and I watch the Blu-Ray of Star Trek Mom got you for Christmas?” …”

Haha! I’ll probably be asking for the DVD. -siiiiigh- Need a Blu-Ray player. Dx
But, on the plus side, my brother (18-year-old who knows nothing about Star Trek except for the big… amoeba thing from the TNG episode “Galaxy’s Child”, which he calls a “space whale”) wants to see the new movie with me. I told him Simon Pegg was in it, and now he’s all over the idea. xD
I’ll probably make my friend Mia come see it with me, hehee. But none of my girl friends are into ‘Trek. D:

77. THX-1138-Star Trek: Timmy! - March 13, 2009

#74

But you was barbecueing. I could smell it.

78. April Roberts - March 13, 2009

When are the toys due out?

79. TrekMadeMeWonder - March 17, 2009

That phasers gotta go.

80. Edna Hussey - March 24, 2009

Hi, James –

While I admit I’m not a diehard fan of Star Trek like my sons, I have seen all the movies and am looking forward to the next premiere. What I liked about your recent posting is how you went about your analysis via your focus group, to the extent of including Holly and her friends. I do see clear gender preferences here in your study! James — am proud of you!
Mrs. Hussey

81. greenappleman7 - June 12, 2009

This movie was very popular in my seventh grade class.

82. GREG - October 28, 2009

tHIS IS THE LATEST , ALTHOUGH THERE IS A SCENE VERY POPLAR ,OPPOSED TO STAR WARS.. THOUGHT YOU MIGHT TAKE A LOOK AND LET ME KNOW FOR JAKE

83. Sky Captain - November 12, 2010

@67: Why not weep for yourself instead, that you treat young people like this because they don’t get what you like? People like you are the reason there’s a generation gap most of the time.

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