Star Trek: The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton seems to have some issues against the man who brought Star Trek back into our lives so spectacularly and successfully.
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, the TNG actor and director, who starred as Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge on both the USS Enterprise-D and then the USS Enterprise-E for seven seasons and four subsequent movies had this to say about Abrams and his take on the Trek franchise (and we're including those darn lens flares):
“(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."
Maybe we’ve been living in a frozen cave somewhere on Delta Vega, but it’s the first time we hear that J.J. Abrams (and his entourage) would apparently like his Star Trek to be remembered as the only Trek—discounting everything else that happened before he took the tired franchise into his hands and breathed new life into it.
But then again, it's probable Burton is privy to things we’re not …
However, if what Burton says is true, and Abrams allegedly wants his Star Trek film be the only one that counts in Star Trek history, well then, that isn’t right and probably wouldn’t sit very well with a whole bunch of Trekkies/Trekkers this side of the Alpha Quadrant now, would it?
Plus, we've to say that we're actually surprised by Burton's statement, because Roberto Orci, one of Trek's writers, is a MAJOR, fervent Star Trek fan. So yeah, color us puzzled and green like an Orion slave girl.
Still, what do you guys think about all that? Do you believe there could be any truth to this?