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Okay controversial theory/devil's advocate: all the Star Trek shit going on at the moment is not meant for the likes of us who actually remember seeing things like TNG when they were on originally. They're made for people under 30 for whom all of the 'classic' Star Trek is a background rather than something tangible. They prefer season-spanning stories rather than individual episodes-

 

No no, I can't go on. I'm trying to level best to understand the appeal of things like Picard, a show that whilst it had good fan service was off the mark.

 

What's so fucking hard about doing a series where each week the crew of a ship is featured stumbles across some shit going on in a distant colony or whatever, gives us some interesting SF idea to chew on, then warps off to the next exciting encounter? That's what I want. No overarching story, no end-of-the-universe cobblers. It's my pet hate with all these sort of shows right now.

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Well, I think it is probably also a case of Paramount having exactly one property they can use in the Franchise Wars and desperately trying different things to see what sticks. Discovery has been three different things, there’s a cartoon, we had what was ostensibly a prestige drama, and now there’s this Just Regular Old Star Trek. I don’t think they’re trying to target a younger audience specifically, rather they’re rolling the dice over and over and seeing what quadrants of the audience chart respond.

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10 hours ago, Alex W. said:

Well, I think it is probably also a case of Paramount having exactly one property they can use in the Franchise Wars and desperately trying different things to see what sticks. Discovery has been three different things, there’s a cartoon, we had what was ostensibly a prestige drama, and now there’s this Just Regular Old Star Trek. I don’t think they’re trying to target a younger audience specifically, rather they’re rolling the dice over and over and seeing what quadrants of the audience chart respond.


And yet the thing they’ve not tried is.. making a show in the model of Star Trek.

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I wouldn't mind if we got a star trek show that had a series spanning arc, ds9 invented the bloody idea for one thing. Voyager lost it but you could very, very easily make an alien (situation) of the week within a general series spanning story too.

 

It's not got anything to do with the structure (for me) I just want a good television show set within that universe. 

 

Oh and if you do make a series long story, don't rip it off a video game and don't make it about the whole galaxy will explode if we don't shoot lots of lasers (or photon torpedoes) at a thing. 

 

I mean bits of Picard you could have probably made an interesting star trek story or series about. Him coming out of retirement after he finds out about robot slavery while he's doing some archaeology or something. Then he could go about the galaxy and meet up with old chums/ other species to talk about robot slavery and do some good speeches, throw in some Shakespeare and make everyone realise that we shouldn't do that. 

 

You can throw in action episodes into that too - here's a planet where synths are doing all of the war for some differing factions, here's some secret anti robot serial killer blahblahblah.

 

Just not a show that is like any old Sci fi but with star trek paint by numbers over the top of it. 

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5 hours ago, thesnwmn said:


And yet the thing they’ve not tried is.. making a show in the model of Star Trek.

 

I mean, this is that show, allegedly. Not that I think that Kurtzman and co will be able to do it. Anson Mount will give it a good go, mind - his sheer charisma in the Pike role may well fool us for a while.

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Let's all refresh ourselves on Akiva Goldsman's genre bibliography.

 

Batman Forever

Batman & Robin

Lost in Space

I, Robot

I Am Legend

Insurgent

The 5th Wave

The Dark Tower

 

You wouldn't find that many turds if you fell down a manhole.

 

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1 hour ago, Harsin said:

Let's all refresh ourselves on Akiva Goldsman's genre bibliography.

 

Batman Forever

Batman & Robin

Lost in Space

I, Robot

I Am Legend

Insurgent

The 5th Wave

The Dark Tower

 

You wouldn't find that many turds if you fell down a manhole.

 

It's very second-league reboot territory. After 25-odd years you'd think there would be more hits. So when you look at that list you know you're going to get something strictly okay, definitely not great. That I Am Legend film though, don't get me started. What a total insult to the book. 

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On 15/03/2021 at 22:21, Alex W. said:

Well, I think it is probably also a case of Paramount having exactly one property they can use in the Franchise Wars and desperately trying different things to see what sticks. Discovery has been three different things, there’s a cartoon, we had what was ostensibly a prestige drama, and now there’s this Just Regular Old Star Trek. I don’t think they’re trying to target a younger audience specifically, rather they’re rolling the dice over and over and seeing what quadrants of the audience chart respond.

Universal translator :- “throw shit at walls to see what sticks”.

 

That said it’s nice to see Anson Mounts seemingly genuine enthusiasm for the project.

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17 hours ago, Vimster said:

It's very second-league reboot territory. After 25-odd years you'd think there would be more hits. So when you look at that list you know you're going to get something strictly okay, definitely not great. That I Am Legend film though, don't get me started. What a total insult to the book. 


I didn’t realise his track record was that bad. The Dark Tower was an abomination, a 1000s of pages book series turned into a 90min film. 
 

Who at Paramount took a look at that CV and thought “This is a person to bring back Star Trek”

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13 minutes ago, DonRumsfeld said:

Who at Paramount took a look at that CV and thought “This is a person to bring back Star Trek”

 

The same person who looked at the CV of the guy who screwed up Sony's attempt at a Spider-man universe so badly they had to go cap in hand to Disney to salvage things and who then went on to fuck up Universal's attempt at a classic monster cinematic universe so somprehensively it ever even progressed beyond the first film, despite stars being signed up to contracts and future projects announced.

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On 15/03/2021 at 22:13, Vimster said:

Okay controversial theory/devil's advocate: all the Star Trek shit going on at the moment is not meant for the likes of us who actually remember seeing things like TNG when they were on originally. They're made for people under 30 for whom all of the 'classic' Star Trek is a background rather than something tangible. They prefer season-spanning stories rather than individual episodes-

 

No no, I can't go on. I'm trying to level best to understand the appeal of things like Picard, a show that whilst it had good fan service was off the mark.

 

What's so fucking hard about doing a series where each week the crew of a ship is featured stumbles across some shit going on in a distant colony or whatever, gives us some interesting SF idea to chew on, then warps off to the next exciting encounter? That's what I want. No overarching story, no end-of-the-universe cobblers. It's my pet hate with all these sort of shows right now.

 

Yeah, it's just RECOGNISED BRAND to the people making it, who don't give a shit about the history or the fans. Now, 'the fans' of anything can go do one generally, but it's usually a good idea to make use of the history, or at least do what they do in comics and be upfront about starting a new continuity or retelling, but TV is too fundamentally dishonest for that.

 

It's fascinating (cheers, I know) that while most people plumped for ongoing miniseries style tv vs episodic in the recent thread we had, the breaking point for people seems to be when an episodic classic show tries to become the miniseries style. Or maybe it's because Picard and Star Trek: Burnham are shit.

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The 1968 Save Star Trek Letter Writing Campaign was started by fans. I suppose that was back during more innocent times, before the internet enabled the contrarians to herd together and bray loudly. 

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