My favourite TV/film franchise is, without any doubt, Star Trek. For over 20 years, it has given me hope in a better future and inspired me in many ways.
For example, when I found myself in managerial positions without any training and nobody to turn to for advice, I learnt from business books and from the various Star Trek captains and number ones.
When I had to deal with serious health problems, I was inspired by counsellor Troi and Doctor Crusher. Their humanity and professionalism motivated me to study Counselling Skills, attend alternative and complementary medicine courses and use the techniques I had learnt on myself, friends and family.
As a karate black belt, I liked Tasha Yar, the security chief, and was upset when she was killed off in such a stupid way. I couldn’t believe it: a main character killed off like that?
I loved watching the gadgets invented by the Star Trek writers and seeing them entering our day to day life, like laptops and mobile phones.
I loved the philosophy that underlied Star Trek.
I was intrigued by its dealing with hot social topics.
And what about the fun I had at the Star Trek conventions in London in 2012 and 2014?
In the recent years though, the franchise has changed dramatically. I found the J. J. Abrams’s first two Star Trek films enjoyable but not inspiring, and the third one with a very week ending.
Maybe it’s early to judge Star Trek Discovery, however so far I don’t find it convincing.
What really bothers me though, it’s not the poorly written screenplays. What really bothers me is that influential people in the franchise, like author and editor Larry Nemecek and Jordan, the host of The Official Star Trek Podcast, have turned the franchise into a propaganda machine for the Democratic Party.
Now, I’m not saying that that they are not entitled to voice their views. I’m saying that one thing is to remind voters of the importance of choosing a candidate that incarnates Star Trek values, another is to promote a particular candidate, and one that has shown time and time again not to incarnate those values.
I was put off by this. So much so that I stopped listening to the podcast and stopped following Nemecek on Twitter. The civil tweets I exchanged with him, whom I had the pleasure to meet in person at a convention in London in 2014, didn’t change my mind about this being inappropriate .
What’s left for a hard-core fan like me? The magazines, the books, the old series and films, and the memories. The magic is fading away.
And you dear reader, do you think there's any hope for the Star Trek franchise?