Adam B. Vary of BuzzFeed just published an in depth article on Star Trek fandom (centered primarily around the reboot movies and Axanar as two different sides of Trek and fandom), titled “Who Owns Star Trek? How Star Trek Created, Lost, And Won Back Its Devoted Fandom”. With interviews from Trek actors, producers, directors, and fans, it’s a great read. Click through for some choice excerpts.
Ron D. Moore on trying to introduce new fans to the ever expanding Trek franchise:
With Star Wars, if you’re a new fan and you wanted to watch The Force Awakens, your homework is watch six movies, with Star Trek, your homework is hundreds of hours [of TV and films]. It was an impossible task to bring new people into it without them feeling like, Well, god, I have to read the Encyclopedia Britannica just to understand who the fuck the Klingons are.
Damon Lindelof on the Harrison/Khan not-so-well-kept-secret:
The audience went into the theater already feeling like they were being played for fools, and then their suspicions were validated, I think probably many of the core fans never overcame that feeling of, like, “How dumb do you think I am?”
William Shatner on J.J. Abrams revitalizing the franchise:
The Star Trek movies I was a part of never made more than $100 million, J.J. Abrams comes along and makes $1 billion or something — he broke the bank. He discovered why people will go and see Star Trek. He gives them this great ride… But the thing I admired most about Star Trek were the intricate stories that worked on several levels. Maybe those movies will become that, maybe they’ll just be the ride — in either case, J.J. has solved the problem of keeping the franchise alive.