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Old November 10 2011, 04:09 AM   #119
Temis the Vorta
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Re: Re-booting TNG For TV?

Because it worked for Kirk, who is also iconic.
That's my point - iconic characters are the ones worth recasting.

And I'd point out that if you take many of the Star Trek scripts - particularly the early ones - you could easily swap Captain Kirk for Jeffrey Hunter's Captain Pike or Leslie Nielsen's J.J. Adams.
The way Kirk was developed in TOS, he greatly transcended the cookie-cutter square-jawed hero type. If he hadn't, he wouldn't be worth resurrecting, really. (However it remains to be seen if JJ Abrams is going to evolve his Kirk into that direction; in two hours, he didn't have much more time than just introduce him as a pretty generic smartass type).
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