keozen wrote:The bits of the Star Trek that people are complaining are missed out of the film, the more intelligent bits, the clever plots about ethics and morality...... they've pretty much always been missing from the films. Star Trek is not made for film, it doesn't work on film nearly as well as it does on TV. Star Trek on film gave us talking whales, the head of god past "the galactic core", an intelligent version of a dumb 80s probe come to destroy the world and turned the intelligent, thoughtful, tactful Picard into a phaser rifle toting action hero wannabe who doesn't seem to remember what the prime directive is one minute to the next.
That's a great point. So many of the best-loved episodes were the quiet, subtle ones that only work on the small screen. Sure, there were the big epic two part episodes too, but once you're talking film it's got to be all big epic all the time, and Trek has trouble keeping that pace up.
(Oddly this is the exact opposite problem from Star Wars, which was created as an epic movie series telling a single story, and it's all the novel and comic book spin-offs that seem out of place somehow. Whereas Trek novels and comic books fit right in because Trek is episodic in nature with many different stories.)
Also, like it or not Trek was BLEEDING fans through many many open wounds by the end of Enterprise. Enterprise gained very few NEW fans and lost a lot of old ones early on who either never came back or only did just in time to see it cancelled.
I blame Voyager. Even if they hadn't screwed it up by ignoring the show premise more often than not and turning the whole thing into a "Saved By The Bell: The New Class"-esque retread of Next Generation, they really should have given it several years before starting up another spin-off series. Audiences had Trek fatigue during Voyager and then they dove straight into Enterprise, which was better but still had its share of "this could've been a TNG or Voyager episode and you'd never know the difference" episodes, including the one that was more or less directly ripped off from a DS9 episode.