Star Trek: Alternate Original Series

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Name: Star Trek AOS, Star Trek Reboot
Abbreviation(s): ST0, ST XI, AOS, STR
Creator: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Date(s): 8 May 2009 (Star Trek)
17 May 2013 (Star Trek Into Darkness)
Medium: Film
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: IMDB, Official Website
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Spock and Kirk, "Young Blood," by Lorraine Brevig, displayed at MediaWest*Con, 2009, oil painting on canvas board, 12" - h x 9"-w

The 11th Star Trek film, titled only Star Trek, was released in May 2009 and follows the youthful adventures of the main original series characters during their time at Starfleet Academy. The film has an almost entirely new cast: the only original castmember to appear is Leonard Nimoy. The movie takes place in an alternate timeline, and does not affect the preexisting Star Trek canon during the TOS era, though the destruction of Romulus and the older Spock's travel to the alternate timeline do impact the non-reboot Trek universe after that point in time.

The new movieverse fandom (variously known as Star Trek XI, Star Trek Reboot, or AOS[1]) took off rapidly after the film's release, attracting both fans of the original series and people new to the franchise.

Pairings

Kirk/Spock is the most popular pairing in Star Trek: The Original Series, and a classic slash pairing. Kirk/Spock is also the most popular in the movieverse fandom, although it doesn't dominate the fandom. Traditionally, name order in pairings is determined by rank, with Kirk/Spock being shortened to K/S. Some movieverse fans have embraced portmanteaux such as "Spirk" and "Kock." [2]

Kirk/McCoy is another popular slash ship. (The Kirk/McCoy ship comm on LJ has just over 2300 members as of July 2010, slightly less than kirkspock, both of which are open to TOS as well as XI in principle). Sulu/Chekov also has a small but active fandom. (just over 800 members in the main LJ comm in July 2010)

The most popular het ship is Spock/Uhura. While some fans noted flirtatious moments between Spock and Uhura in TOS[3], a romantic relationship is new, and unique to the movie's canon. The Spock/Uhura Shippers community is highly active, with more than 1000 members in May 2009, rising to over 1900 members by July 2010.

However, many of the most active communities are open for all pairings as well as gen such as the st_reboot LJ Comm (over 2500 members in July 2010) or the very popular first Reboot kink meme community st_xi_kink [1] that ran for fifteen rounds (closed October 2009), and was replaced by st_xi_kink_meme which stands at nine rounds as of July 2010.

Fanworks

Fans started creating fanworks almost immediately after the film's release. An ezine Universal Constant was released in January 2011.

Archives

Fanvid examples

Communities

For a list of STXI communities see: List of Star Trek (2009) Communities

Conflict

While many TOS fans welcomed newcomers, others regard movieverse fans with dislike. [4] [5] In the months following the movie's release, members of some TOS discussion lists debated the place of reboot in long-standing fandoms such as K/S, with some lists, such as KirkSpockCentral on Yahoo choosing to remain focused on TOS, stating that 'reboot' K/S is regarded as an entirely different fandom, while others such as Kirk-and-Spock on Yahoo and kirkspock on LJ opened their doors to all incarnations of K/S (TOS, TAS and AOS).

Uhura has been heavily criticized by some segments of fandom. Some fans feel that Uhura is nothing more than "The Girl," and serves no purpose outside of her romance with Spock. Other fans claim that Uhura is nothing more than a Mary Sue (some people having gone so far as to call her a "whore"). [6] [7] [8] However, Rawles pointed out in a recent meta essay that the "reduced to The Girlfriend" interpretation ignores the fact that "Nyota Uhura is not a white girl"; during (but not limited to) the era of the original show's run, black women were not seen as legitimate objects of romantic interest, so Uhura's relationship with Spock represents a step forward.[9]

The SEE controversy

There has been conflict between the slash shippers, those who ship Kirk/Spock vs Kirk/McCoy or Spock/Uhura. With the former, the movie had built Kirk and McCoy as best friends that many new fans caught the subtext and made them become a popular ship. With the latter, Spock is in a canon relationship with Uhura (leaving out Kirk).

After the movie came out an online petition was created to promote LGBT issues by pushing for a gay couple in the next movie. The petition is called "Social Equality Effort"(SEE)[2] [10].
The idea seemingly came out from a thread in one of the main star trek fanboards over the fanfiction.net site in which some dedicated K/S fans, upon reading a popular K/S slash fanfiction ("Home"), decided to take some action in attempt to convince the writers of the potential of a gay relationship between K/S in the next movies. [3]. The online petition, that was originally supposed to be called "K/S Mainstream Effort" was in fact named "The Social Equality Effort" instead.
Initially focused on the inclusion of a same-sex relationship, the petition soon started to be perceived by the fans (including many slash fans) and many members of the LGBT community itself as an ill disguised attempt to make Kirk/Spock canon. Many raised concerns about the petition as it asked to break up an interracial couple (Spock/Uhura) that is already canon just to pair Spock with Kirk even though the writers could include other gay relationships/characters without having to sacrifice an existing canon pair. [11], [12], [13], [14]

"Instead of getting racism activists on board, we are forcing them to choose between supporting an interracial (and yes, also interspecies) relationship and supporting a gay one. Are we really going to make people choose? Uhura is an important character, not only by being a person of colour but also one of the few main female characters, and how other characters interact with her is also important" - A K/S fan that disagreed with the petition[14].

On July 24, 2009 It was decided to change the focus of the campaign away from specifically Kirk/Spock due to all of this criticism.[15] The result is that the petition itself was re-worded. However, most of the comments on the site left by the people that signed the petition still specifically ask for Kirk/Spock only.

Notes

  1. The AOS acronym originated on ASC, but is in use elsewhere. See ADMIN: Request For Comment Codes as a result of Star Trek (2009) (Accessed May 20, 2009)
  2. I kind of miss the days when everyone knew the difference between "P/C" and "C/P." (Accessed May 20, 2009)
  3. Why Spock/Uhura now? 'Tis a tradition. (Accessed May 21, 2009)
  4. Teenagers Who Have Recently Seen Star Trek. (Accessed May 20, 2009)
  5. At the Star Trek Fandom In General. (Accessed May 20, 2009)
  6. Because all the Uhura bashing is pissing me off. (Accessed May 20, 2009)
  7. On Uhura and the whole "Mary Sue" thing. (Accessed May 20, 2009)
  8. So, there's one thing about Star Trek XI fandom. (Accessed May 20, 2009)
  9. now that we've got that clear, and you know that i'm not here... (Accessed August 19, 2009)
  10. SEE - a fanhistory page about the controversy created by the petition
  11. Fandom fail...the blackout Bingo edition
  12. Delusions of...something
  13. Stop Being On My Side
  14. 14.0 14.1 let's try to SEE this clearly
  15. SEE chat log - the organizers decide to re-word the petition
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