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PART XII: WHERE HAVE ALL THE WRITERS GONE? OH, THERE THEY ARE

If you can believe it, the easy part of this multi-part, science-fiction series which takes place at specific parts of our own future, where the human race has joined in a highly political union of planets which we see from the perspective of one ship traveling around a small section of our own galaxy; is over. No, creating multiple shows of the same name was not quite enough for these guys. They had to go ahead and make these series take place at the exact same time. So did I get to simply sit back and leisurely click that “play next episode” button with season 6 of The Next Generation (TNG) as I had done with every other season of Star Trek? Absolutely not! Along comes Deep Space 9 (DS9), and below you will find an example of what I have to do in order to continue watching Star Trek in the correct order: Continue reading

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PART XI: STAR TREK MAKES IT SO

If you notice the hoses attached to our model Picard here, this head apparatus serves as a virtual reality drinking game which force feeds you the beer. Yes, the future is awesome.

As I stated well back in Part II, almost every episode of The Original Series (TOS) involves Kirk and Spock going down to some planet where the crew is faced with a situation to overcome. It seems that was their intention with The Next Generation (TNG) as well, as was evident in Season 1 especially. I’m fairly certain that what they intended TNG to be was just not what they ended up with. Like any good show though; they adapted. They noticed their strengths and worked with them. As it turned out what they ended up having was far superior to what their intentions were to begin with. More so, what they ended up with is something far superior than what TOS ever hoped to be. There… I said it. Continue reading

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