To continue our celebration of Star Trek's 50th anniversary, we've decided to resurface a few of our favorite Trek stories from the Ars archives—like this one from December 2015. Star Trek Beyond has since debuted and, predictably, disappointed. But as Andrew Cunningham points out, having gripes with the franchise is part of true love.
Some other sci-fi movie is stealing most of the thunder this week, but Star Trek fans got some table scraps in the form of a trailer for Star Trek Beyond, the third film set in the revised Trek universe established by J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (2009). The fan reaction was generally unkind, citing everything from the song choice to the lack of sci-fi to the presence of director Justin Lin, veteran of The Fast and the Furious.
Slashfilm published a nice interview with Lin that should at least partially mollify upset fans (he didn't love the trailer either, nor did co-writer and costar Simon Pegg), and I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, but let's assume for the sake of argument that the movie isn't great, or that fans don't love it (which is not the same thing). I'm okay with that, because bad Trek is just as big a part of the franchise as good Trek, and an essential part of being in love with the franchise is hating parts of it.