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Old May 8 2010, 12:50 AM   #5
J.T.B.
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Re: Space Western & Star Trek

newtype_alpha wrote: View Post
Of course, Star Trek ditched the "space western" idea very early on its run, so if you want to go back to that idea you'd have to retool it a bit.
Indeed. I've always thought the Wagon Train reference had more to do with the episodic format than any specific ties to the Western genre. Unlike Gunsmoke or Bonanza, Wagon Train was always on the move, with new settings, plot issues and guest stars every week, and then on to somewhere else. That gave the writers a lot of freedom, which I think was something that appealed to GR for his new show.

Some of the early S1 episodes have a Westernish, "settling the frontier" feel to them, though.

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