Sunshine, Light, and Joy

 

This is a post that I've been thinking about for awhile. Recently, I opened up the discussion to other members of the staff to get their feelings on the matter, and their opinions generally matched mine, which is this:

Within the last year or so, there's been a steady increase of negative posts in movie threads. We've always had some heated discussions for some movies, but recently things have not only gotten more histrionic in those threads (generally speaking, the CBM ones), but they've started to spread to other franchises and other movies as well. I'm not talking about out-and-out trolling, I'm talking about members feeling they have to consistently shit on a movie (or studio, or star) simply because they aren't interested in the current project or projects. With every piece of news about a movie, it's now a virtual guarantee that there's a flood of people rushing to say they think it sucks, they don't like the current trailer/tv spot/actor/actress/director/concept. And I get it -- we all have movies we don't like, movies which we think are bad ideas, industry people that just don't appeal to us. But there's a fine line between expressing your opinion about this and doing it so often, with such consistency, that the collective emphasis of all of it basically brings down the entire thread and thus the entire forum.

There's no easy answer to this. We don't want to crush freedom of expression here. But at the same time, the spirit of this forum is for people to have fun talking about the movies they love and the box-office runs they love.

To have fun.

And while it may be fun -- in a sense -- to personally vent about a movie, or to vent at people who dare to enjoy something you don't, it doesn't bring fun to our community. In fact, it generally drags down the overall fun for everyone else. We've had people repeatedly mention to us over the last several months or so that in some cases they don't even bother going into some threads -- even for movies they're curious about! -- because they just don't want to deal with the overall mess those threads contain. And frankly, that matches the personal opinion of most of the staff as well.

So this post is both a request and a warning. 

The request: Next time you feel like taking a dump on a movie (or a topic) for the dozenth time, take a moment to consider whether it's really worth it. People probably already have a good idea of what your attitude about the project is. Maybe just put your posting energy into a movie that you enjoy and love or are excited about.

The warning: The staff is going to be taking a closer look at some of these threads and we'll be more active with temp thread-bans if we think it'll help the overall vibe of the forum. I'd rather we don't have to, but it's not going to constrain any of you too much if you aren't allowed to post about a movie you supposedly don't care about anyway.

Remember the words of Bill and Ted: "Be Excellent to Each Other".

They're just movies, guys. It's about having fun.

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Captain Craig

What can we expect for the 50th Anniversary?

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Besides ST:Beyond for next year what else can be/should be on the horizon for this franchise?

 

IDW holds the comic book license, I expect some tie-ins along those lines.

Some new novels perhaps? 

Some new action figures? Maybe

 

With the franchise at it's highest since the 90's it would be nice to see a new TV project. Question is does that series take place in the Alpha timeline or Beta one, with the new movie series? Would anyone think a new TV project as viable? If so what outlet for it? 

 

Other ideas?

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Seems at least one answer is a return to Television!

New Star Trek series set for Jan '17.

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Alex Kurtzman is attached to the new series, which will premiere in January 2017 on CBS before new episodes debut on its digital and VOD platform. Just in time for its 50th anniversary, Star Trek is returning to the small screen.

Pretty excited about the opportunities. I'll need to hear more before getting too pumped up, like where/when it will take place.

Will it be tied to the Beta-Timeline in the latest Trek films and if so in what century, what ship, make up of the cast. Cause if it is in the Beta-Timeline where Vulcan is destroyed then it will not be the crew of the Enterprise.

Will it return to the Alpha-Timeline of all prior Trek films and the 4 series but skip ahead a century? That could then be a ship called Enterprise with a uniquely new crew. 

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