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...with Beyonce Knowles as Lt. Uhura

Philip Baron: Reworking cultural touchstones: Hollywood boldly goes where several people have gone before.
I have two ZIP disks (no, I haven't made the jump to flash drives yet). One of them is named Nomad. The other is named Defiant. It's fair to say that Star Trek is an abiding cultural touchstone for me, as it is for many others, Trekkies* or no. The idea of a Smallville-style reimagining of the roots of the concept - that is, TOS, the mother lode, the sacred origin, Kirk and Spock and McCoy and an Enterprise with no bloody A, B, C, or D in its designation - is troubling. Additionally, what I've seen from wunderkind J.J. Abrams has, in my opinion, sucked. But my opinion doesn't count, apparently. Reworking old stories to fit new times and audiences is the way of things these days, and there's not much to be done about it.
Philip Barron is a St. Louis writer and author of the blog Waveflux.
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