The policy about Star Trek at Paramount Pictures has been clear for some time: The more removed someone is from Star Trek, the better they will do in attracting a wider audience.
But Bjo Trimble, the woman who led the “Save Star Trek” campaign back in the 1960s that created the much-needed third season of the original “Star Trek,” says that’s hogwash. In fact, it’s actually hurting the franchise.
“Of the movies, some have been fairly good, some really horrid,” Trimble recently told StarTrek.com. “The Powers That Be are convinced that they should never use anyone familiar with Trek for scripts, directing or any of those little production details. They say that what’s really needed is to get non-Trek writers and directors to ‘appeal to the non-Trek audience.’ Which, of course, has assured that both Trekkers and non-Trekkers stayed away in droves.”
But there is some hope in the current J.J. Abrams-helmed environment.
“We think he did pretty well, though we’re a tad tired of bald, tattooed villains in long leather coats,” Trimble said. “We understand that comic book characters and loud music is considered necessary pandering to the kids. Still, there is some lovely character development that we’d love to see in future movies — if we ever do see a second movie before the actors are ready for retirement.”
However, the use of an alternate timeline was good, because it opened the franchise up to other time dimensions. Yet, Trimble understood why some fans might be upset with the changes, like Uhura and Spock being a couple.
“Well, in the Trek time we’re most used to, they never got together,” she said. “In this alternative time, they did. We suggest that the fans trying to wrap their mind around this read a whole lot more time-travel sci-fi.”
Trimble turned 78 in August, but is still revered — along with her husband John Trimble — as being two of fandom’s most influential people, particularly during the 1960s. She met her husband under Forest Ackerman’s piano, during an overly crowded party at his house. This was after, of course, she was supposedly courted by Harlan Ellison.
She and her husband own Griffin Dyeworks & Fiber Arts in Southern California.