Ah, so that would be after the new movie that just established that Kirk's father is a space hero we've never heard of whose /very existence/ is what means that the universe has destined him to be the Federation's greatest captain ? Isn't that *exactly the same retcon* as Blair's mother having been a Pilgrim? If anything, it's on a much, much bigger scale? The movie wants us to suddenly believe that all of Kirk's accomplishments go back to who his father is who we'd never heard of were.
Well, the difference is that Kirk is still just a human after all, and his father being a bigwig doesn't change the entire fictional universe. It's also known that Kirk is big war hero with lots of medals and stuff. Him being from a family of military big names isn't that surprising. It's a lot less surprising for sure than Blair being part space god.
To get back to my "Kirk being part alien" analogy: The species Kirk's grandfather belonged to (let's call them "seekers", that's their Federation nickname because they seeked for some artefact in Fed space and killed lots in the process ) also had a devastating war with the Federation that was crucial to its whole history, we learn for example that the first contact with the Cardassians was due to seeker influence and that seekers looked very much like humans and so infiltrated humanity and interbred with them. Also the warp drive as it is used in the TNG era is based mostly on the technology of the seekers. Furthermore, suddenly other important and established characters (like Paladin in the movie...) would have seeker heritage. Scotty's mother for example would have been a seeker.
Throughout the show there would be lots of episodes dealing with racism against seekers, Kirk's seeker heritage and situations where he would solve problems using his seeker powers.
That's how the movie came across.
I am aware that other franchises also do retcon, but something about how the Pilgrims were handled in the movie just didn't work and ticked too many people (who were familiar with WC) off, more so than most retcons in other franchises.
Yeah, I think you just took that wrong way. When Paladin says the Pilgrims lost touch with their humanity what he means is that [...]
You must admit that my impression is a lot closer to the info the movie gave us than your long winded explanation that comes from the books.
If the movie wanted to tell us that the Pilgrims alone started the war and there are still billions of them left, it did an extremely bad job in doing so.