On a slightly different note, did anyone see the recent Star Trek movie? If so, do you think it stood up to the older movies?
It may not have been as bad as the very first Star Trek movie. That one tried to be deep and failed miserably. That makes for really bad movies in my opinion.
The last Star Trek movie did not try to be deep and succeeded.
I think Star Trek says a lot about science fiction and Hollywood in general. The very first pilot was excellent in my opinion, certainly for its day. It was REAL SCIENCE FICTION and competition for literary sci-fi. But it was rejected and called “too cerebral”. A second pilot was made, which was unusual, and it was at least decent. But the very first Trek episode that aired was that Salt Monster garbage. I watched that the very first time it aired. I figured Star Trek might be tolerable but not good. Fortunately a lot of episodes were batter than that, but it says what Hollywood thinks of the sci-fi audience.
That episode was on the same level as Stargate SG-1. I stopped watching that series in the second season.
Cowboys and Aliens is more of the same kind of crap. Star Trek 2009 is better than Cowboys and Aliens 2011 but not very much.