The following has no direct link to Star Trek, but is about that other big Star franchise, Star Wars (which most of us are fans of as well). George Lucas was a guest on last night’s Daily Show with John Stewart, who did some fanboy grilling of the producer/director. Lucas had an interesting perspective on some of the nitpicking, and made some points which could apply to Star Trek as well.
Lucas talks critiques
The new Star Trek movie may have had its share of nitpicking and critiques, but it nothing compared to what Lucas has gone through for his Star Wars prequels (cough peoplevsgeorge.com cough). Some has even come from Star Trek’s Simon Pegg. Lucas had this to say about it:
It’s a work of fiction. It’s a metaphor. It’s not real. And therefore, you can either like it or not like it. Whatever
Watch the segment..
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
Lucas’ point about how the recent Star Wars prequels were the favorites of a younger generation may be surprising, but it is true. It is hard to understand for some old school fans (like myself), but the prequels are the preferred ‘Star Wars’ for a generation. Our resident pop culture sociologist John Tenuto has studied this phenomenon as well and even has data to back it up. I noted this when I spoke about the new Star Trek at Wonder Con last year and I got booed by the old school fanboys, but that doesn’t make it less true. Like it or not, the new Star Trek is also going to be the preferred Star Trek for another generation. This is nothing new for Trek of course, the TNG v TOS debates prove that.
And Lucas’ point about the Clone Wars show on Cartoon Network is well made. The show is a hit and has spawned another generation of Star Wars fans. Hopefully that is something that CBS can learn. A new Star Trek animated series would be a great filler in between the JJ Abrams movies.
If you want to pick up George Lucas’ new book "Blockbusting" it is available at Amazon.