I just have to follow up because JJ Abrams has said one thing again and again and it’s stuck with me as the biggest fucking proof that he’s a selfish bratty piece of shit. He goes on in interviews about how he wanted to make Star Trek “accessible” because people who liked Star Trek were too “smart” or standoffish or some shit.
Fans of Star Trek are overly friendly and constantly looking to encourage other people to join them in their fandom. Fans of Star Trek love to talk about Star Trek, and passionately have pursued numerous technologies because of Star Trek. (You might be familiar with 3D printers, cellphones, or e-readers. Sci-fi books, shows and movies are where we throw out ideas of what seems like it must be too far in the future to ever be realized— and engineers of the near future take those ideas and make them happen within our lifetimes, instead of centuries later.)
People say Star Trek is “cerebral” as if that’s a bad thing, as if it’s inaccessible. But it’s not. It’s accessible to people who are young, old, neurotypical and neuroatypical. If you’re going to call Star Trek out for its faults, call it out on what it actually is bad at— racism, lack of diverse casting in its later shows and movies, focus on the white characters over the tokenized PoCs. Sexism, question the fact that the bridge crew of every ship has never had more than two women on it. Ableism, question the fact that the perfect future eradicates disability instead of creating technology to aid disabled people without wiping them out. (And talk about how important it is that Julian Bashir’s backstory is retconned in the MIDDLE OF DS9 in one of the most grossly ableist plots of all of Star Trek.) Homophobia. Talk about the fact that there are no same-sex couples in Star Trek’s main casts, and barely any in their NPCs. Transphobia, talk about the horribly outdated sexism present in EVERY corner of Star Trek, and how the sexism and gender role enforcement also leads to complete and utter eradication of the idea that a person could ever be transgender, or nonbinary. These? Actually problems that Star Trek has, things that you could work to fix.
But don’t fucking tell me that the one thing that’s wrong with Star Trek is that it doesn’t have enough fucking explosions. That’s not even true (if you’d fucking watched it you’d know), and contrary to popular (read: privileged entitlement) beliefs, everything does not actually have to, or NEED to, prioritize the enjoyment of white straight cis neurotypical people to be a good show.