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Chris Beveridge 12/7/2009 7:23:59 AM

I'm glad to see some DS9 fans! I always felt out of place in liking the show because most fans were all gooey over the last seasons of TNG and the movie franchise. And you had the SF fans who were huge Babylon 5 fans (and I loved that show too) who looked down on DS9.

Wyldstaar 12/7/2009 7:32:32 AM

I loved ST: TNG when I was a kid.  It's what got me into Star Trek in the first place.  Since then, I've watched all of the various series.  Then as an adult, I've watched them all again.  Now, my view of them is very different.  I still love the classic series and DS9.  As for TNG, Voyager and Enterprise though..  I can't stand them anymore. 

The crews of the TNG and Voyager would never survive in the real world, and they don't act even remotely human.  When an alien threat shows up out of nowhere and starts blasting away at their ships, all they do is sit there and take it while trying to open communications and make nice.  If they're feeling really adventurous, they might take evasive maneuvers.  This is not how real people react when threatened.  The ships always manage to survive because the writers wanted them to.

Captain Kirk knew how to handle any threat, and he did so like an actual person would.  He would lie, cheat, steal, hit, blast or bluff whenever necessary to save his ship and acomplish his mission.  When Picard was in a situation, he did none of these things.  Instead he would just call LaForge, who would reconfigure the main deflector array to emit an inverse tachyon field which would blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.  Lame.  Not every episode of TNG was like this, of course.  There are a few gems hidden amoungst the garbage, but they are few and far between.

I have my own rule for rebooting a Star Trek TV show.  Have the characters act like real people, with real problems, that need real solutions.  The first time someone tries to reconfigure the deflector array or some other such technobabble nonsense, I'm gone.

DarthDuck 12/7/2009 8:07:23 AM

How is that so many can complain about time travel and yet those are always some of the best and most popular shows and/or movies?

Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home

Star Trek: First Contact

Star Trek

TNG: Yesterday's Enterpirse, Time's Arrow, All Good Things...

TOS: City on the Edge of Forever, Tomorrow is Yesterday

DS9: Trials and Tribblations, Little Green Men

I could go on but you probably get the idea.

monkeyfoot 12/7/2009 8:42:49 AM

When Picard was in a situation, he did none of these things. Instead he would just call LaForge, who would reconfigure the main deflector array to emit an inverse tachyon field which would blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

LOL, Wyldstaar! That's so true! The standard Federation personnel on TNG or Voyager were so cerebral  and reserved about everything even their own personal lives. It just made identifying with them and caring about them more difficult. I believe it was Roddenberry showing how humanity had evolved and become better people and why the future now worked.I loved the philosophy because it makes Star Trek what it is. But it made putting myself in their shoes so much harder.

LordDarkseid 12/7/2009 8:43:22 AM

Can I just have something that doesn't focus on time travel please? Thanks.

monkeyfoot 12/7/2009 8:58:58 AM

TKay42one, I like your show premise idea of a time/space fractured Federation. It reminds me of the show Andromeda. I only watched some of the first season of that. I guess because it frustrated me that it should have been a Trek series. It was the flagship of a peaceful Federation type coalition transported to a future where this coalition had been destroyed and now they strived to bring this shining example back to the galaxy.

It would have been a great show idea for a new Trek. But your idea has that same potential. It could have the more realistic gritty feel as the Federation tries to rebuild itself in a ramshackled universe. And there wouldn't be all the too advanced tech I hate but instead people doing their best to make a world where beings live to their potential. The Roddenberry ideas perfectly displayed.

killerville 12/7/2009 9:19:16 AM

Kara S = Tom Joad

gauleyboy420 12/7/2009 9:50:51 AM

I consider myself a Trek fan, albeit not a Trekkie, but still a fan. Grew up LOVING ST-TOS on syndication, building models playing Trek, then absolutely fell in love with TNG, never really watched DS-9 or Voyager (by then I was a teenager and watched less TV) and the few eps of Enterprise I caught I really liked, although I don’t care about the tiny little inconsistencies that drove the Trekkers nuts. Plus I love Scott Bakula (QUANUM LEAP BABY)...
Anyway I’m a fan and I LOVED the new Movie so there is a “WE”
Wasn’t an Abrams Zombie when I saw it either. In fact I tried for years to avoid anything with his name on it (because I thought MI:3 was a stinker), which turned out to be a mistake. When I finally watched the over-hyped Cloverfield, I found myself really enjoying it, so when I went to see ST the new movie (which IS awesome) I was cautiously optimistic,and IT WAS WONDERFUL, I’m a fan of a LOT of properties that have been turned into movies as of late, and I find myself loving most of them. I’m open minded, and realize all things change and the new doesn’t take away from my enjoyment of the old in any way shape or form.

I guess I get annoyed at Trekkers who feel they own the show and deserve a certain vision, and know better than the non-ravenous fans. I’m a fan I loved the new movie.

p.s.- I know the preferred nomenclature is Trekkies, but I’m annoyed at the things I mentioned in my last paragraph, so I’m calling them Trekkers from now on

Rheul_home 12/7/2009 10:04:24 AM

I would rather see them do a Gary Seven show. Something like that cold be a lot of fun.

Chris Beveridge 12/7/2009 10:12:03 AM

I always wanted a Section 9 spin-off series myself!

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