I cannot believe that I am up at 4 o’clock writing this.
This may very well be the last time I post anything about Star Trek in any form: Beyond, Axanar, Continues, whatever.
I’ll tell you why. It seems that I can’t even express an opinion about the PR implications of Paramount/CBS’ lawsuit against Alex Peters and Axanar Productions without the rabid dogs coming in and trying to turn it into a battle between Catholics and Protestants.
Is this canon?
Is this canon?
For the record: I am not Star Trek scholar. I don’t have a Starfleet engineering degree hanging on my wall. I don’t know the deck by deck functions of each of the incarnations of the Enterprise. I don’t Cosplay a red-shirt at cons.
I’m a fan. Yes, a casual one, but a fan. But, as so often happens when you’re a fan of something, you start to pick up bits and pieces of information that you wouldn’t have necessarily cared about before. It just happens.
That being said, let’s establish a few things right now:
- I said that Paramount was stupid for attacking a fan-based effort that was enjoying wide support, which would only hurt their own image. I simply argued for inclusion.
- I did not offer a take on whether or not Alec Peters and the folks at Axanar Productions had engaged in IP theft or Copyright infringement. That’s for the courts.
- Arguments about what is and is not “canon” in any fandom of Star Trek’s longevity is stupid. Multiple TV shows, movies, books, comics, and video games, most (if not all) of them sanctioned by CBS/Paramount. That makes them canon. Period.
- Just because CBS/Paramount decides to retcon their continuity doesn’t change what has gone before. If it did, every die-hard Trekker would now have to live in a Star Trek universe consisting solely of JJ Abrams’ two films, and the Enterprise series. (btw, haters, screw you: I loved Enterprise.). You don’t get to pick and choose which retcons you accept, and trying to do so makes you a hypocrite.
Now, a lot of the vitriol about Axanar seems to exist solely because some people don’t like Alec Peters for some reason. When your legal arguments boil down to “he’s a dick,” you lose in my book. There may be legitimate legal reasons Axanar is in court, but “Alec Peters is a dick” isn’t one of them, so go work out your personal issues with him.
That’s not what I’m trying to discuss here.
As for the “canonical references only” demand for information about the Klingon-Federation war, it only took me 5 minutes on google to come up with these references from Memory Alpha to a long-standing and violent state of war (both hot and cold). Go look stuff up, but I believe that Picard’s words sum it up best: “centuries ago, disastrous contact with the Klingon Empire led to decades of war…“
Clearly, war happened. As it does. Deal with it.