If Wil Wheaton’s New Year’s resolution was to act like less of a petulant man-child, he’s already broken it. And it’s all over a set of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” minifigures (which, as it happens, are Lego-compatible).
Because of course he did:
So back to the minifig: it’s “Shut up, Wesley,” made into what would otherwise be an awesome minifig, in a collection of truly amazing and beautiful minifigs. It’s a huge disappointment to me, because I’d love to have a Wesley in his little rainbow acting-ensign uniform, but I believe that it’s insulting to all the kids who are now adults who loved the character and were inspired by him to go into science and engineering, or who had a character on TV they could relate to, because they were too smart for their own good, a little awkward and weird, and out of place everywhere they went (oh hey I just described myself. I never claimed to be objective here).
I want to be clear here, because I know that future members of my Twitter blocklist will send me a cropped image of LEGO Wesley crying, or tell me to shut up because I’m making too much of this: this isn’t about me. This is about thirty years of people kicking Wesley Crusher around because writers in the first season of Next Generation (who gave us such memorable gems as Angel One, Code of Honor, and The Last Outpost) didn’t write him as well as writers did in later seasons, and once the fandom narrative was fixed, no amount of Final Mission or Starfleet Academy -like episodes could change it.
I understand that a lot of people will see the humor in this, and I respect that. From a certain point of view, it is very funny. I don’t think that this was done this way to be mean/ If anything, it’s just lazy. But because so many people asked me what I felt when I saw it: I’m disappointed, because this isn’t the way I’d like to see Wesley portrayed in a medium that I love. I just feel like Wesley Crusher and the boys and girls he inspired deserve something that isn’t making a joke at his expense, or just reducing him —again– to little more than an idea.
Somebody sure thinks highly of himself …
He . . . describes himself as "too smart for my own good" in his blogpost crying about a crying Wesley Crusher. It's perfect. https://t.co/PinT1PKYJx
— Strahan Cadell (@Sartor1836) January 2, 2018
You really have gotta love it.
Look at him fighting against the truth that no one liked his character
— Snow Beaner (@BeanerOfSnow) January 2, 2018
Omg he actually thinks people not just liked him but was inspired by him?? I was a kid watching tng and even as a kid I couldn’t stand Wesley
— Golden Ratio FTW (@phikickspisbutt) January 2, 2018
everyone who loved that character, wait are there legit fans of Wesley crusher? Like real fans? I mean I rather enjoyed watching him get in a huff now and again and get told to shut up.
— The Plague Dr is in (@venomstrike) January 2, 2018
We’ll leave you with this, because no Wil Wheaton mockery post would be complete without it:
Everyone together, now: “Shut up, Wesley.”
— Andrew S. (@shoutingboy) January 2, 2018
Once more, with feeling:
— Horn_of_Zeese (@MikeMegisis) January 2, 2018