So this is a week or so old but my excuse for being late to the part is that I have been busy/forgetful/lazy/crap (delete as appropriate).
It seems that Mr Pegg (formerly a talented and funny chap from Spaced, Shaun of the Dead etc) has taken umbrage at my recent criticism of Star Trek Into Darkness. OK, so maybe it wasn't directly aimed at me, but I certainly count myself amongst the Star Trek fans that consider 'Into Darkness' the worst Trek film ever made.
I think what's most disappointing with these comments from Pegg are that of all the actors in that god awful movie I'd have thought that he would be the last one to turn of the fans. After all, he's a self proclaimed geek himself. And we're supposed to stick together against bully's and cower under tables/bushes/hastily erected box forts (delete as appropriate) as one. It's the geek code.
There are plenty of problems with his rant. Firstly, claiming that the fans who hate Into Darkness are doing so 'just because it is famous now' is beyond insulting. Star Trek was and still is the largest and most successful TV franchise in history. It held this status long before JJ Abrams came along. It also has one of the most successful movie franchises of all time.
Sure it is correct that the movies have never held the mainstream appeal that Star Wars had, but that is unimportant if becoming mainstream means pissing on your entire history.
And to use the argument that because Star Trek Into Darkness has made more money at the box office than the other Trek films doesn't make something good. Four out of Five Twilight movies have made more money than the Trek films, but that doesn't change the fact that they are steaming piles of crap that only demonstrate how teenagers IQs have regressed over the last generation. And of course I could mention the fact that if you take inflation into account, both Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home made more money that Into Darkness, but that's just me being childish.
Everyone's second favourite Scotty (see what I did there!) then goes on to talk about how hard everyone worked to make the film. Bravo guys. You worked hard in your job. We should all go easy on you. I'm sure the guys who made Battlefield Earth worked really hard (in fact didn't John Travolta sink his own money into it? - that's dedication), but it doesn't change the fact that the movie was the biggest joke of 2000.
Simon Pegg is the perfect example to all kiddies out there of what can happen when all your dreams come true. It can make you an egotistical know-nothing child. On the plus side he's now mega rich so go Pegg!