Go Make Your Own (Or, Get Off My Lawn Ya Durn Kids!)

Born in Turlock, California in 1964, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Odessa, TX and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon.

(Apologies in advance, this one is a lengthy epic rant.)

One of the sometimes unfortunate downsides of heavy social media interaction is that you occasionally find yourself in the strangest of arguments. And when you are a sometimes grumpy old geezer like me that is not always a good place to be.

In this case I was caught up in a discussion with a person who thinks Star Trek: Discovery is the greatest thing created since sliced bread and cannot understand why anyone would dislike it. This person’s explanation for the existence of the “No On ST:D” crowd is not only intellectually dishonest, it is downright insulting:

11018810_10204680706070350_8937451359702615313_n“You’re homophobic, racist, misogynistic if you don’t like the show.”

And that is the default response from that side of Star Trek fandom, even from Day 1 when the show was first announced, even when the only complaints were solely based on the information being released by the show’s producers and cast and solely on the actual announced content of the show. Nor did it help when those same people came right out and said that fans of the original shows and movies weren’t going to like their show and that those same fans could, to put it mildly, go pound sand.

When I first heard of the show, I was happy to hear that a new Star Trek chapter was going to be added to the fifty-one-year-old franchise’s rich history. As the casting became known I was even happier. Jason Isaacs and Michelle Yeoh topped a mighty impressive cast and some of the characters already sounded intriguing.

Then came the problems. Putting Star Trek on subscription only was, in my opinion, a bad move. Then there was the Klingons, who don’t look anything at all like the Klingons in either the TOS