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Old January 9 2013, 03:52 AM   #43
Fleet Captain
Re: Is The Way to Eden *really* that bad?

The idea isn't that bad at all and many of the themes are fitting for TOS.

A disillusioned group, people seeking harmony with nature, disaffected outcasts turning their backs on technological conventions and authority, the common TOS idea of finding a paradise... these could be worked into a very Trekkian story.

That they used an obvious analog of '60s hippies was perhaps too on-the-nose, especially dating it.

TOS has used stand-ins for Communists and Soviets and Vietnam and other modern-day institutions with success.

I wonder if "Eden" would have worked better if the story characters weren't so blatantly space hippies. If their ideas and purpose were similar, but maybe portrayed as something less obvious.
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