Workin’ on sumthin’
Reblogged purely to make Amanda smile.
He said Star Trek is too “philosophical”? Screw that noise.
I don’t know when this interview happened but I AM SAD AND ANGRY NOW
The philosophies in Star Trek are kinda part of the actual setting. If you don’t get that, why are you allowed to make Star Trek movies.
Sigh. The whole point of Star Trek is that it’s philosophical. If you don’t want philosophical Science Fiction, there’s plenty of that for you to enjoy, but Star Trek is philosophical. Philosophy is part of Star Trek’s DNA, and if you’re given the captain’s chair, you’d better damn well respect that.
I’m going to reblog this to FYST but first I want to put in my 2 cents. I think JJ Abrams comes off as incredibly dismissive and pompous for saying these things. He also made it very clear just by watching the (first) new movie that his aims were primarily to create something accessible, not to honor the primary goal of the franchise.
Star Trek is about looking forward, about questioning who we are right now. About striving to be better than yesterday. About finding ways to live together that is mutually beneficial and fair. About acknowledging everyone as human beings worthy of being respected. Star Trek is a platform for philosophical discussion.
JJ Abrams is missing out on an amazing opportunity but he is still doing a service to some. Because he is attracting new fans, some of them might actually find their way deeper into the fandom, where they can learn the true value of Star Trek and its vision.
On the other hand, in terms of branding it does weaken Star Trek by using it to peddle insurance/ advertise crap/ push out action movies.
I’m still very excited to see the new movie. But I hope these movies allow Star Trek to come back to television where it can continue to be as philosophical as it used to be, and not some watered down version of what it once was.
In the end, I think it’s up to the fans to demand that sort of quality.
The Hand of the Desert and Monument to the Drowned
Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal has produced two giant hand sculptures located in strange places. The first hand sculpture, The Hand of the Desert, is located deep in the the Atacama desert in Chile. The hand was constructed at an altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level. The work has a base of iron and cement, and stands 11 meters tall. The second hand, Monument to the Drowned, is a sculpture of five fingers partially submerged in sand, located at Brava Beach in Punta del Este, Uruguay.