Oh Snap! LeVar Burton Calls Bull$#!% on J.J. Abrams


Not for the first time, the artist formally known as Geordi LaForge shares some sour grapes about the J.J. Abrams-led reboot of the Star Trek franchise. Last year, LeVar Burton said that there wasn’t enough reverence for Star Trek: The Next Generation in Abrams’ 2009 film, and now Burton thinks that Abrams is trying to mitigate all previous incarnations of the franchise, and he’s against that!

Here’s what Burton told the Toronto Sun:

“(Abrams’ Star Trek) was a great movie, and he brought a whole new generation to Trek. But I’m a little disquieted by things I hear coming out of his camp, things like he would like to be remembered as the only Trek—which would discount everything before he got there.

“There’s ‘breaking the canon,’ which he did (by re-inventing Star Trek‘s timeline). But there’s also honouring the canon. And to pretend to be the only one is really egocentric and immature.

“I just came from a conference in San Francisco with Advanced Micro Devices, and they’re working on technology towards building a holodeck. That was Next Generation. And that’s part of what Star Trek has brought to the culture. So when JJ Abrams says, There should be no Star Trek except the one I make,’ I call bulls—, J.J.”

OH… snap? Hm, I don’t remember any comment from anyone in Abrams’ camp disrespecting the canon. In fact, Star Trek Into Darkness screenwriters Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof are both avowed Trek fans, the ’09 Star Trek had the usual Easter Eggs for fans, and all the related Star Trek comic books through IDW have been full of references to both the Original Series and Next Gen. Sounds like someone’s trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill, especially since he’ll do anything for gas money and the promise of free food.

Source: Blastr

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  • Benlansky

    Really? Orci and Kurtzman and Abrams are respectful of Star Trek. I’m not a big fan but I have watched all of the series (Deep Space Nine being my favorite). I liked the 2009 Star Trek, mostly for the characterizations. The first X minutes of the sequel which played in front of the Hobbit were full of silly. It seems that Orci and Kurtzman believe in only one thing: If it looks cool on screen, do it, regardless of whether it makes sense or not.

  • Steve Schmit

    I’ve spent a significant time with Levar and I can tell you that this sounds like something he would say. He’s absolutely an asshole and makes no bones about sharing it with those around him.

  • Nobody who appeared in Nemesis has any right to talk about honoring canon or the like. As the Plinkett review disturbingly point out, Nemesis ruined the continuity of te basic character traits of the TNG crew. Star Trek was killed by Picard’s dune buggy. The fact that JJ raised it from the dead is miraculous.

    • I loved Plinkett’s reviews of the Next Gen movies! The characters really don’t act or react as they would in Next Gen. I’ll take Star Trek ’09 over any of the Next Gen movies any day.

  • I agree completely. JJ Abrams has no respect whatsoever for Trek, or anything that makes it distinct from other science fiction. Nope, it’s all just explosions and action with him, and he created a wholly different Trek universe to make sure that his was the only vision in it. Now we just have Star Wars with pointy ears. No real surprise there, though, since he said flat out in all of his early interviews that he liked Star Wars better anyway. He had no business being anywhere near the franchise.

  • I agree with Levar. I’m going to start calling these films “Star Take”…they are a ‘take’ on Star Trek, but not the ST I grew up with. I could get all nerdy and mention things like Christopher Pike was not Kirk’s CO, etc. but the larger point is that this is a version of ST, not the genuine article (in my humble opinion – having watched every version of ST from TOS to ENT).