Into Darkness Screenwriter Roberto Orci Apologizes For Antagonizing Star Trek Fans

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OrciA few days ago, screenwriter Roberto Orci went on a tirade after Trek Movie posted an editorial titled “Star Trek is broken — Here are ideas on how to fix it.” It’s a fantastic read, but Orci blasted commenters who agreed with the article. Considering that Roberto Orci is a professional screenwriter working in Hollywood, it was very unprofessional. While Ocri has the right to defend his work on Star Trek Into Darkness, his attitude was aggressive and condescending. Well, it looks like Orci has cooled down and is trying to apologize.

Orci took to Twitter to apologize for his rant against Star Trek fans unhappy with the recent movies. Although it also looks like Orci suspended his Twitter account, the good people at Blastr captured a few apologetic tweets before the page went down.

@masteractor not my finest moment. agreed. what can I say? i’m more than half human.

— roberto orci (@boborci) September 6, 2013

@LawrenceBoucher: Hope you know many fans don’t agree w/ article or the obnoxious comments directed at you.” Thanks. Still sorry I reacted

— roberto orci (@boborci) September 6, 2013


Star Trek Into Darkness Beams Into Your Living Room: This Week In Science Fiction

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CumberbatchThere seem to be two different types of people: on the one side, the people who enjoy J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movies; on the other, people who want to fiddle with Abrams’ transporter pad so he gets turned inside out like that poor bastard in ST: The Motion Picture. The latter group probably won’t care that Star Trek Into Darkness is coming to home video this week, but if any of you out there are planning to burn a copy in protest, you should at least know your options.

As with most high-profile releases, STID is arriving in the usual options: a 3D Blu-ray version that also includes a Blu-ray copy, DVD copy, and a digital copy. Next down the rung is the regular Blu-ray combo pack, which includes all of the above except for, you know, the 3D disk. If you loved Into Darkness enough to want to sink some serious cash into it, there are multiple retailer-exclusive versions, which include everything from extra bonus footage to a snazzy phaser replica. The release has earned some (more) controversy in recent weeks owing to the fact that you can’t actually get all the available bonus content unless you buy multiple different copies of the movie from different retailers. That’s certainly not unheard of in the home video market, but it’s still kind of a dick move to penalize people who are willing to throw down their hard-earned cash to buy your movie in the first place.


Star Trek Into Darkness Writer Slams Naysaying Fans

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Star Trek Into DarknessStar Trek Into Darkness is this year’s Prometheus, a new film in a beloved film series that many fans thought was overrated, mediocre, and disappointing (it’s no surprise that Damon Lindelof had a hand with both sci-fi movies). Trek Movie’s Joseph Dickerson recently wrote a great editorial titled Star Trek is broken — Here are ideas on how to fix it”. In it, Dickerson explains what was thought was wrong with STID and why it was such a let down to old school fans of the series. The article naturally generated a lot of comments…including some less-than-diplomatic posts from one of Into Darkness‘ screenwriters.

The comment section of the TrekMovie.com article is a sight to see, with STID screenwriter Roberto Orci insulting Star Trek fans and defending his film. Yes, one of the actual writers of the Star Trek movie is taking it to fans for not liking the movie he wrote. The Daily Dot reports that Orci is describing other readers as “shitty fans” and telling them to “fuck off.” Trek Movie moderator Matt Wright has confirmed that the user name “boborci” is in fact screenwriter Roberto Orci. He writes:

I think the article above is akin to a child acting out against his parents. Makes it tough for some to listen, but since I am a loving parent, I read these comments without anger or resentment, no matter how misguided.

Having said that, two biggest Star Treks in a row with best reviews is hardly a description of ‘broken.’ And frankly, your tone and attidude [sic] make it hard for me to listen to what might otherwise be decent notions to pursue in the future. As I love to say, there is a reason why I get to write the movies, and you don’t.


Gene Roddenberry’s 1968 Memo Addressing Problems With Star Trek

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Kirk_Spock_McCoyNearly 50 years after the show premiered, the original Star Trek is one of the most beloved and iconic TV series of all time. All the spinoffs and tie-ins that have come in the decades since wouldn’t have happened if Gene Roddenberry hadn’t created something special back in 1966. In spite of a great cast and plenty of behind-the-scenes talent, Star Trek’s original three-season run wasn’t without its problems. In fact, a 1968 memo from Gene Roddenberry shows the series’ creator addressing character development issues with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and others.

Kirk, Spock, and McCoy were the core of the show, a triad that together represented the span of human character. McCoy was the heart, Spock the mind, and Kirk the will. But Roddenberry was concerned that his captain had begun to lose his way and become too “jolly.” Suggesting that Kirk’s leadership and the weight of command had been lost somewhat in building his camaraderie with the crew, Roddenberry reminded his writers:

Kirk must guard his tongue, guard even his affection for others … The trick is something akin to making Captain Kirk seem at times a bastard but keeping the audience in on the fact that he is a really good guy in a tough job which requires a certain amount of command “play acting.” He knows all eyes are on him constantly…

One of the most often heard complaints re: Kirk from fans is that he is too “jolly,” and that he seems to be actively seeking friendship and approval from his subordinates. Our audience likes Kirk best of all when he is at his toughest and then they like contrasting cabin scenes where we learn in privacy that he is not as tough as he pretends.


Simon Pegg Punks His Star Trek Into Darkness Castmates With Neutron Cream

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Any science junkie or science fiction fan such as myself knows that space is a dangerous place. You’ve got hard vacuum, you’ve got radiation, you’ve got micrometeorites, you’ve got the occasional facehugger. There are countless dangers to surmount if we are to pursue our destiny and spread beyond the cradle of Earth. But one thing you might not realize is that space is so dangerous that even just making a movie about it can have deadly consequences. For instance, all of those ions! Floating around, everywhere! Don’t worry, though, Simon Pegg has just the thing to keep you safe: “neutron cream.”

If you watched much of the press the cast did while promoting the release of Star Trek Into Darkness earlier this year, there’s a good chance you heard one of them telling stories about “neutron cream.” Simon Pegg, in particular, couldn’t shut up about it, because the so-called “neutron cream” was at the heart of an on-set prank that managed to con damn near the entire main cast into walking around like idiots with dollops of cream on their faces, thinking they were protecting themselves from “dangerous ions” that they could be exposed to while filming.


Simon Pegg Back Peddles From That Whole F*ck You Star Trek Fans Thing

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Gary King!Simon Pegg is largely responsible for one of the best movies of the summer—though by the box office numbers, not nearly enough of you have gone to see The World’s End, which you should rectify immediately. He also managed to ruffle quite a few feathers recently when he issued a big “Fuck You” to Star Trek fans who voted Star Trek Into Darkness as the worst in the franchise. (It was actually beaten significantly by a non-Trek film, Galaxy Quest.) Now Pegg has tried to back peddle from his statement, or at least attempt to explain it away, but, in reality, makes himself look even worse.

Talking to Collider, Pegg had this to say:

Can I just please point out, following a few recent headlines of ‘Simon Pegg says ‘f– you’ to Star Trek fans,’ I was doorstepped by a journalist very early in the morning who told me that Into Darkness had been voted the worst in a poll.