SITA: An Open Letter to J.J. Abrams

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

SITA: An Open Letter to J.J. Abrams

For better point of reference of the actual interview you could read about it at IO9 or MTV, there are videos at both I could not find an embeddable source for.

First; the evidence from an MTV interview:

The future 'Star Wars' director opens up about his feelings in an exclusive look back.

By Kevin P. Sullivan (@KPSull) , with reporting by Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz)

Dec 2 2013 7:03 AM EST

For fans of the series, the lead-up and the marketing around "Star Trek Into Darkness" promised a different movie than the one that hit screens in May. Every interview and article postured who Benedict Cumberbatch was playing, but an hour into the movie, the character reveals his true identity without any major impact on the story. It was enough to make fans wonder what all the secrecy was about.

When director J.J. Abrams stopped by MTV News to discuss his latest project, "S.," the book he co-authored with Doug Dorst he revealed that he does regret withholding Khan's identity from the audience.

"The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront 'This is who it is.' It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given more time to acclimate and accept that's what the thing was," he said.

The idea to keep Khan on the D.L. apparently came from the studio, which, according to Abrams, didn't want to give the impression that a comprehensive knowledge of "Star Trek" cannon was required in order to enjoy the latest installment.

"The truth is because it was so important to the studio that we not angle this thing for existing fans. If we said it was Khan, it would feel like you've really got to know what 'Star Trek' is about to see this movie," he said. "That would have been limiting. I can understand their argument to try to keep that quiet, but I do wonder if it would have seemed a little bit less like an attempt at deception if we had just come out with it."

But "Star Trek Into Darkness" is Abrams' rearview mirror, and as he moves forward with "Star Wars: Episode VII," he's also a producer on the next "Star Trek," which is said to be considering Joe Cornish as a director. Abrams could not say for sure whether Cornish would eventually beam up, but he sure hopes so.

"I don't know if Joe Cornish is the guy. My guess is that's up in the air. I adore him and love him and can't wait to see what he does next," Abrams said. "Hopefully it will be 'Star Trek.' Whatever it is, he's brilliant. 'Attack the Block' was one of my favorite movies of the year when it came out."


OK, so it is no secret that I dislike Abrams.  I have spent way to much time spitting venom in his direction.  But not disclosing the actual villain in Star Trek into Darkness is not one of the subjects that angered me about that movie.  Of course it was always going to be Khan, you needed a way to hook the fans and the Star Trek novices and what better antagonist is there than Khan?   No, I have different grievances that you need to apologize for from both of your “Star Trek” movies:

Non-Star Trek Geek Problems I Have:

So if “Khan” can teleport from Earth to Kronos then why do we have starships?

What do you think would happen if I tried to get close to The Pentagon in an airplane?  But Star Fleet Command isn’t at least that well guarded as well?  Hell, there seems to be more surveillance and security of military installations on an episode of NCIS than in the Abrams Star Trek universe.

Star Fleet Weapons Development has a known genetically modified human working for them and he manages to hide from them by using a fake name?

You took a Federation starship into Klingon space, right to the Klingon homeworld and just because Star Fleet disavowed it everything will be fine if that ship is captured?  I don’t think the Klingons will be that understanding.

Khan’s been secretly smuggling the other 72 people like him out of Star Fleet by hiding them inside torpedoes?  Wouldn’t someone notice the missing bodies in the big walk in freezer?

Why does the inside of the Enterprise look like an Apple Store?

So the captain of the Federation flagship is a third year academy dropout who has been given a field promotion over people who not only graduated from the academy but have seniority and experience.  I’m pretty sure that’s not how the military works, hell I don’t think that’s how field promotions work either.

Why does your movie seem to be four unrelated plots jammed together into a two hour mess of stupidity?

Totally Geeked out Star Trek Problems I have:

You have aliens at the academy that not only would not be encountered until around the TNG era but there are species there that are not friendly to us.  Explain to me how an Orion female’s pheromones aren’t making every male at the academy not trying to kill each other.

So a Romulan ship from the early 25th century came back in time to the early to mid 23rd century and changed the timeline so events before it arrived were changed as well?  Kirk was born on the Martian Colony not on a starship, the Eugenics Wars didn’t happen so why is Khan even here, there are more but I have blocked them out.

According to the TOS technical manual, when we started building starships we didn’t have navigational computers fast enough for continuous flight.  So, we would warp for like 15 minutes and then stop to scan the area, adjust the heading and go back to warp.  Rinse and repeat until we got to our destination.  Eventually we made navigational computers fast enough to basically see where we were going without dropping out of warp.  But 200 years later we are unaware of what we will find when we drop out of warp and are surprised when the entire fleet sent to Vulcan has been destroyed.

Once again according to the TOS and TNG technically manuals, in TOS warp speed was like MPH and calculated as such:  Warp 2 is 2 to the second power times the speed of light, warp nine is nine to the ninth power times the speed of light.  This is why you get odd numbers like warp 30 when you slingshot around a star.  TNG changed it to a percentage system with warp 10 being the maximum, i.e. warp 9.95 you are travelling at 99.5% the absolute maximum speed you can travel which if I understand right is like every point of the distance ahead of you has been collapsed into the closest point of space directly in front of the ship.  Instantaneous travel to any point in the universe.  OK, now this is two fold.  All the ships in Abrams universe are either standing still or 100% warp speed.  Your options are either warp drive on or warp drive off.  Then how do you have a ship catching up to the Enterprise if your only options are full speed or full stop?

How is there a secret ship building facility between Mars and Jupiter that no one know about?

There are many more grievances but I seem to have made myself angry and need to get my blood pressure back down.

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