By creating an alternate timeline in 2009's Star Trek, J.J. Abrams was able to reboot the beloved but tired sci-fi franchise without completely annihilating more than 40 years of precious Trek history. Of course, the movie—and the bold move—left some fans unhappy, including Star Trek: The Next Generation's LeVar Burton.
In an excellent interview with Hero Complex, Burton—who played the USS Enterprise-D and Enterprise-E's chief engineer Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge during TNG's seven seasons and four films—talked about the state of the franchise after Paramount stopped doing the Next Gen films, and what he thinks is ''the only thing wrong'' with Abrams' reboot.
This is what Burton said:
There was a lot left on the table with the Next Generation cast when we stopped doing movies and that's become more and more prevalent in the communication from the fans. Paramount had run the Star Trek universe into the ground and caused Star Trek to not be special anymore and that was a real dangerous time for the franchise. So it's been good that there hasn't been any Trek. Like everybody else I was a fan of the reboot that J.J. Abrams did. The only thing wrong with it is that it sort of ignores our timeline. I think that we added a lot to the Star Trek canon. The fans really want to see us do something. For our cast, because we came after the revered, beloved iconic original series and earned our way into people's hearts and we did our own part in terms of expanding the fan base of Star Trek we feel very good about our contribution. I don't know how the other casts feel. But I know that we're really, really proud of what we were able to accomplish.
What do you guys think? Do you agree with LeVar Burton's statement? Do you also think Abrams sort of short-changed the other Star Trek casts, especially the Next Gen one?
By the way, we invite Burton—and those of you who haven't done so already—to read the excellent (though it's only a comic-book) prequel to Abrams' 2009 Trek movie, IDW's Star Trek: Countdown, in which the Next Gen characters play a MAJOR role in the events that led to the successful film. If only they'd done a mini-series ... or even mentioned it in the film. Oh well.
(via Hero Complex)