A Wing Commander film without Pilgrims would have probably been a better choice. The pilgrim plot (in it's original intention, not the end result we got) on it's own is an interesting story and Blair's abilities are tied to that plot so I disagree to some extent that the movie Chris Roberts set out to make (based on the shooting script) could work without it. It possibly could even have been a good movie with the right support from producers and such. However it probably should not have been Blair's story, but it is what we got, and for that reason I hope you guys all are understanding that I usually approach this topic from that angle. Sure the theatrical cut bare-bones Kilrathi invasion story could be told just fine without Pilgrims or Blair's abiliities, but that version of the movie's story would have needed a rewrite... or a different script altogether to flesh out everything in the absence of any character development, and to make the Kilrathi a real threat with some better explaining behind their motives. They shot a movie about Pilgrims and then tried to make it about a Kilrathi invasion in the editing room. The movie script (at least in the original draft) does tend to channel Star Wars quite a bit though in general. As much as Wing Commander was inspired by WW2 it was also inspired by Star Wars. The comparisons aren't a mistake. Wing Commander always felt more grounded in sci-fi compared to Star Wars being essentially a fantasy film set in space. People got upset that it seemed like the movie was trying to add space magic to a series that, up until that point, seemed to avoid anything that may have looked like it (though there was that time that Viking looking dude visited the Claw looking for an orb). This is the opposite problem people had with The Phantom Menace. People complained that Lucas was taking their space magic story and taking the magic out of it. However people weren't mad because midichlorians somehow made Luke special ahead of time. Luke was special because he was force sensitive regardless of whether it was space magic or space amoebas. This was already established many times by things Yoda and Obi-wan had said in the original trilogy. [Just as an aside, I will add that The Phantom Menace doesn't explicitly say that the midichlorians are the source of the force either. That actually would seem to contradict everything we're ever told about how the Force works, and how it's an energy that's present in every single living thing. It actually sounds like they are more some kind of symbiotic parasite that is found in high concentrations in people that are force sensitive, which gives the Jedi a convenient way to test if people would be a good candidate for Jedi training. ] It likely would have been much better to not invite the comparison between WC and Star Wars in the first place. Even so, editing Blair's internal struggles out of the film only further served to emphasize his 'powers' when part of the point of the pilgrim plot is that Blair doesn't feel special and rejects the idea that he's special. The pilgrims felt they deserved to be treated special for it and there was a civil war where most of them were wiped out because of it. Having Blair's abilities being genetics based doesn't change whether he's an 'everyman'. The disconnect for us fans is more as you mentioned that Blair was no longer my or your character. That's not so much an internal problem with the script or story being told though. That's more of the danger of adapting a game and sticking to the characters established in the game. How us fans of the games view the movie as opposed to how the movie stacks up as a stand alone piece of art (or entertainment) aren't the same at all. A movie even if it's decided it's somehow tied in to the game canon typically should have it's own internal consistency and be accessible to a broader audience. There's been a marked for more direct tie in films but usually those area direct to DVD or direct to digital tie ins of varying quality like some of the more recent final fantasy, or Mass Effect and Deadspace animated films. They usually have a really small budget and are sold almost exclusively to fans of the series. Edited for clarity... I was in a rush when I originally wrote this, so, yeah, lets blame it on that.