Bernard O'Neill 
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Re: “How I Lost My Respect for Rex Reed

Similar to the basic point of the article here, criticizing the audience rather than the film, in 1982 Rex Reed wrote of his choice not to either see or write a review of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," while in the same paragraph stating that "Star Trek" fans wouldn't be able to read it anyway. A ridiculous comment since Trek fans have from the beginning been a demographic of the most enlightened and well-read members of the viewing public. In a later column he somewhat apologized stating "hell hath no fury like a Trekkie scorned." He eventually did review "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and gave it three stars for its comedic focus when he was on "At the Movies," and added that he wondered how the Trekkies felt about it not taking the series seriously, again not realizing that humor has always been one of the strongest aspects of "Star Trek," as evidenced by the original series episodes "The Trouble With Tribbles," "I, Mudd" and "A Piece of the Action." Only Reed can say if he eventually did see "Wrath of Khan" or whether he acknowledges what a magnificent adventure it is, and Reed's listed reviews for the New York Observer have not included the two J.J. Abrams reboot entries so far released.

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Posted by Bernard O'Neill on 06/16/2013 at 4:43 AM

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