One Star Trek fan theory claims that James Kirk died before the movies.
Fans love their oddball theories. Frankly, I think conspiracy theories do more harm than good and don’t see the fun in them. That said, Star Trek conspiracy theories are far less problematic. Still, wildly unnecessary. After all, why would a giant outfit like Star Trek lie to its fans about what is happening? There’s no point to it. Especially not when there are dozens of writers with different ideas, working with tens of producers and a new director for each film.
So the theory is that in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, V’Ger assimilated the Enterprise, and thereby Kirk. Due to the alleged assimilation, Kirk is now in a Matrix-like scenario, where he’s being kept alive and living out adventures. The theory leans on the idea of how outlandish the Trek movies get over time; battling an old foe from decades ago, bringing back a man from death, saving the whales, finding God, etc.
Then in Generations, Kirk “dies” by rejecting the simulation in Generations.
Don’t ask me about the glaring holes in the theory, I didn’t write it.
Sorry Star Trek fans, all of your “theories” are wrong
The writer of the theory is hellbent on making you believe that he believes this nonsense. The idea that the whole thing is a simulation is a tired and tacky trope. Moreover, of course, it’s all a simulation; IT’S FAKE. It’s a story. It’s not real. There is no James T. Kirk. There’s only a William Shatner.
The lengths some people go to try and make things more interesting than they need to be are always going to be infuriating. It’s a show and movie series about a bunch of space-loving nerds that have to fight cybernetic zombies while befriending war-loving monster-Vikings, all while learning from a race of space-elves with emotions so violent, that they had to suppress them.
Why do fans feel they need to make *THAT* more exciting?