Imagination Connoisseur, Sammy Urzetta, thinks creators are missing out on some compelling storylines by avoiding main characters and heroes in the second act of their lives.


Regarding ep 343 … I believe that ageism and disconnecting from the past is being pushed on our culture more and more. Seeing it show up constantly in film and TV is becoming boring and exasperating. As a kid, I didn’t want to see other kids in title or hero roles, it turned me off immediately.

I really think this push has something to do with our politics and where those in places of influence want our society to go politically. 40+ years ago, being over the age of 40 was a gift. Now it seems to be a burden.

Part of what I despise about STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII – THE LAST JEDI (SW:TLJ) was the line about “killing the past.” That sentiment permeates that film for me and it seems to be the modus operandi for the whole sequel trilogy. How much more interesting would GODZILLA 2014 have been if Bryan Cranston had not been killed off in favor of Jai Courtney’s character??

The examples you mentioned about STAR TREK: PICARD (ST:PICARD)’s blatant disrespect for the title character hit the nail on the head! I remember when A VIEW TO A KILL was in theaters back in 85′. Despite the film’s flaws, I don’t remember anyone complaining about Roger Moore’s age at that time (and yes, he should have bowed out after 1983) but now, every review you see bashes him for having the audacity to be a late-career Bond.

I hope the pendulum swings back someday because we are missing out on characters and situations that are inherently more compelling.

I vaguely remember you mentioning in a previous episode that Star Trek (pre 2009) was a show about people acting and speaking like adults. CBS Star Trek is like a bunch of kids who sound like kids despite the ages of any of the characters.

– Sammy Urzetta