Fans should be outraged over the prequel Star Trek film now being set in the Prime Timeline

We could be witnessing the death of the Star Trek timeline in real time.
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The people making Star Trek hate Star Trek fans. There's no other way to say that. It's become clear that the long-talked along-talked-about prequel film will in fact not be in the Kelvin Timeline as we were led to believe, but according to Adam B. Vary of Variety, the film will be set in the Prime Timeline. It's supposedly set after the events of Star Trek: First Contact and before the events of Star Trek: Enterprise.

That's about 90 years of unexplored territory, not often talked about or seen, so it could be cool in theory. The problem is the person who is leading the film. The rumored name behind the project is Simon Kinberg. The man who wrote XXX: State of the Union, X-Men: Last Stand, Jumper, This Means War, Fan4stic (Fantastic Four 2015), X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and the 355.

They are not exactly masterpieces. He has a history of being bad at this job. Critics and fans alike detest his work. Now, he's had a gem or two; X-Men: Days of Future Past and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but those are outliers. In the latter's case, not even really good outliers. He's a man who has issues tracking continuity; the X-Men movies are all you need to see that.

Instead of doing the coherent thing, each film is set in a new decade, as if that's enough to make the movies connected. Now, he's taking charge of 60 years worth of Star Trek, and as our very own Rachel Carrington pointed out, we should be worried about the problems that come with this.

The film industry is dying, and it's because of this type of dreck. I'll repeat what's been said before. No Star Trek fan wants to see this. Prequels don't work. They're the dying ember of a once great flame, only turned to in order to squeeze whatever life is left in the entity before snuffing it out for good.

Star Trek has already had a rocky seven years on television, and right when the film world is falling apart at the seams, we have this bad decision being thrust at us. When it was the Kelvin Timeline, I didn't care. Who cares about the Kelvin Timeline? It's the mainstream, watered-down, popcorn flick version of the franchise.

It's expendable. It's experimental. You can get away with doing dumb stuff with it. The Prime Timeline? It's as sacred as it comes. This prequel film may risk the entire status of the franchise for a cheap payday, and if it flops, messes up the timeline, and in other ways sullies what was once great about this franchise, then they'll have killed it for good.