Star 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.
This seems very passive-aggressive, and it doesn’t make any sense that a Hollywood screenwriter would take to a comment section of a popular Star Trek website to mow down fans of the franchise. Has Roberto Orci gone off the deep end? Unfortunately, Orci didn’t stop there. He continued to write insults to fans who didn’t like the film. Orci responded to a fan who compared Star Trek Into Darkness to Raiders of the Lost Ark:
STID has infinitely more social commentary than Raiders in every Universe, and I say that with Harrison Ford being a friend. You lose credibility big time when you don’t honestly engage with the FUCKING WRITER OF THE MOVIE ASKING YOU AN HONEST QUESTION. You prove the cliche of shitty fans. And rude in the process. So, as Simon Pegg would say: FUCK OFF!
Honestly, this is a very sad display. Orci should listen to fans’ concerns rather than just slamming them for having opinions. The only reason why Star Trek is still a very popular property after almost 47 years is its loyal fan base. Many Trek fans would agree that the franchise needs to be fixed, and telling fans they are “shitty” is not a good way to fix the problem.
Star Trek Into Darkness will be available on Blu-ray/DVD on September 10.