J.J. Abrams Turned Star Trek Universe On Itself

Did J.J. Abrams turn the Star Trek universe on itself? The problem with remakes, even ones that are considered prequels, is that you have to be loyal to the source material.  James T. Kirk who was captain of the starship Enterprise must become captain again.  Spock must be teamed up with Kirk.  Then all of the prior installments must be observed, so the current prequel plot lines don't contradict them.

This can limit the storyteller.

What Abrams did was pure genius.  He used the Star Trek universe as means to allow him the freedom to make future Star Trek movies with no ties to the prior movies.  He used time and alternate universes to help free himself from the past.  See the movie and you'll understand what I'm talking about.

The movie itself was well made.  The dialogue, writing, action was really on par if not better than previous installments.  There was great chemistry among most of the main characters, and there were enough surprises that helped propel the plot.

The characters traits were well defined in the beginning.  And this matches well to young adults who tend to be idealistic in nature.

They even used the odd man out in red in a mission that foreshadowed his quick death.  You remember?  In the old episodes when they beamed down, the one person who no one cared, wearing a red uniform was the one who was going to die.  Saw that a mile away.

I totally recommend the movie.  You don't need to be a Trekkie to enjoy this.  However, there are plenty of inside jokes for Trekkies of all levels.

What Do They Know?

Today I got my first rejection letter from an agent.  Rejection is prevalent in publishing.  But should we as writers expect it?  No.  In researching the publishing industry the one thing that is common is no one knows what makes a book a bestseller.  If the author is already successful, one who's had traction from prior books, a fan following, then, yes, it's one indication that the next book will be a bestseller.  Other than that, what makes a bestseller is a mystery. So when an industry professional says anything negative about your work, what should you do?  See if the judgment has any validity.  If not, ignore it.

For those of us who love gorgeous women, Catherine Bell is a successful actress.  She's been in hit TV shows such as JAG and Army Wives. A long time ago I saw an interview of hers, and the interviewer asked her if she had taken acting lessons.  She said yes, and then went on to say that one of her well known instructors told her that she'd never make it and couldn't act.  Look at her filmography and tell me if she's successful or not.

Around the same time, I watched a special on  George Lucas.  In it, either him or one of his classmates talked about one of their film instructors.  The instructor said, paraphrasing here, there was no future in film making, and they should all drop out.  What?

Not only that, but when he was making Star Wars, most of the English cast stated how ridiculous this movie was.  How it would never succeed.  That must have affected Lucas because he thought his movie was going to flop.  History tells otherwise.

One thing I've found with all successful people is they pursue their dream, their truth.  To me success is not only financial abundance, but spiritual and mental happiness.  Without happiness, what I believe to be the meaning of life, what good does money do?  Cause you can't buy happiness.  The credit industry is proof of that.

The question becomes how far should we persevere to fulfill our dreams?  Or is there an end?