PART X: HOW TO SPIN-OFF YOUR FRANCHISE IN A FEW EASY STEPS

The character of Invisbo, the invisible crew member (seen bottom-right) was cut at the last-minute. I wonder what could have been.

To really sit here and discuss the differences between Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) is to give a course on the history and evolution of television itself. I need not mention the advancements in make up, prosthetics, and computer effects technologies. That should be apparent. When TOS was on air (1966-1968) television was barely in its adolescence. Ideas like back story, and giving multi-level depth to characters were just not regularly used on TV in those days. It was simply one hour vignettes about solving whatever problem is introduced today, and TOS is very representative of that style. As beloved as the original Star Trek cast is, most of them remain one-dimensional until the closing credits of Star Trek VI. Continue reading

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