Is it just me, or does this just seem plain stupid? Why would they do something that will clearly, clearly, alienate so many fans of the venerable franchise, when CBS/Paramount when it will clearly be expanding the influence and audience for the material?
For those of you who haven’t seen the “Prelude” that has been generated so far, I won’t embed it here, but here is the link to it: Prelude to Axanar .
Go watch it. It’s awesome. It is a high-concept, high-quality piece of work, and one which CBS/Paramount would seem to be better served by embracing, either informally or formally, perhaps with some sort of distribution arrangement. It’s got real, name actors, writers, and crew, but it’s being crowd-funded by fans.
The same fans that CBS/Paramount is now basically telling to go jump off a cliff, because they have a new TV series in development.
And a Star Trek movie of their own without the friggin’ Enterprise in it, apparently.
What the heck?
And this isn’t the first time a major studio has made a move designed to alienate its own fan-base in such an overt way. After Disney acquired Star Wars, they erased the vast majority of Star Wars material in a single swipe. Material that had, until that point, been accepted and even lauded as part of that “galaxy far, far away.”
Erased it. Just gone. The Expanded Universe was gone, relegated to the status of Legends, not really part of the Star Wars Universe any more.
It boggles the mind, really.
But at least Disney didn’t retroactively try to stifle the existing works and/or recoup the profits made from them.
That’s something, I suppose.
But it still doesn’t explain why CBS/Paramount isn’t doing more to embrace Axanar. It just makes no sense from a community-relations standpoint. The Star Trek community is one of the most rabid and supportive in media, and a move like this just seems to smack more of considering the fans as dollar-signs than as key pieces of their business model.
I simply don’t get it.