George Takei slams new Star Trek movies

It looks as though Sulu isn’t a fan of the ‘Star Trek’ reboots.

During an interview with IGN, the 79-year-old ‘Star Trek’ star revealed that he isn’t exactly fond of the new ‘Star Trek’ reboot movies.

“The rebooted ones are missing that magic ingredient that makes a Gene Rodennbery Star Trek so unique and singular,” he said. “He used science fiction as a metaphor for issues of the time. We were on during the sixties and in the sixties it was a turbulent time.”

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Of course, one of the major hooks of the original ‘Star Trek’ series was the way it tackled heavy issues in a science fiction setting.

And there’s a good reason it resonated with so many.

“In the united states, we had the civil rights movement,” he added. “We also had the Vietnam war going on and globally we had the cold war going, two great powers threatening each other with mutual nuclear annihilation, and that was being depicted metaphorically in science fiction.”

But this is where Takei claims that the reboots fall flat.

“The rebooted version is a rip-roaring good space opera,” he explained. “Lots of photon battles, lots of hanging on alien planet cliffs, but that’s it, it’s action adventure. That additional element is not there.”

The ‘Star Trek’ reboots began in 2009 with ‘Star Trek’ directed by J.J. Abrams.

He continued the newly rebooted franchise with ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ in 2013 with Justin Lin taking the helm of ‘Star Trek Beyond’ earlier this year.

Although critical reactions to the franchise have been somewhat mixed (especially when it comes to ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’) the most recent offering seemingly brought fans a ray of hope. With positive reactions from fans and critics alike, ‘Star Trek Beyond’ may just prove to be the rebooted franchise’s saving grace.

But George Takei may take some convincing.

‘Star Trek Beyond’ opened in cinemas on 22 July 2016.

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