Saito S wrote:
But yes, either way, what I meant was the definition I just used. "Contact" would be an example of it, as would "2001"; many hard sci-fi novels would be as well. Star Trek sometimes treads on this ground. Star Wars, on the other hand, is very much NOT it.
Just to give a better idea of what I meant
Yeah, in the end I think I get what you're saying. I think it's this:
TMP is the Trek movie that tries most to be epic.
I agree with this 100%.
However, I think a case could be made that in going on an adventure to allegedly search for God, The Final Frontier
may have had a pretension of being really epic, but in a way that was a complete belly flop and didn't seem epic at all.
Whether the film franchise would have benefited from other entries trying to be as epic as TMP, I'm not sure. Maybe, but also maybe not. It would have depended a lot on the execution. My gut tells me that the market may not have been receptive for an epic from the Star Trek
franchise though. At least not a serious one.