When J.J. Abrams took over the reigns in 2008/2009 for Star Trek, the Trek franchise was in a pretty sire state. The most recent film had bombed at the box office, causing lead actor Tom Hardy to spiral into a deep depression and the cast of The Next Generation to end their run on a low. Along with this, Enterprise had been cancelled at the end of its fourth season, making it the first live action series since The Original Series to have been cut down early.
The world had moved on from Star Trek. The movie landscape that Star Trek Nemesis had attempted to do business in was already something drastically different from that which had served First Contact and, to a lesser extent, Insurrection so well. The slow space operas of The Motion Picture were a thing of the distant past and it seemed that Star Trek itself was due to join them.
So, when Abrams was announced to be directing a reboot of the Original Series, there was hesitation and pause. Where would this go? Was this going to be your Daddy's Star Trek? Looking at the world of the late '00s and the world of today, let's see how it has changed since the arrival of Star Trek 2009.
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