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Old August 9 2013, 02:30 AM   #27
Paper Moon
Re: The Seekers: HBO-esque or Planet 'o Week

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And Titan hits at the core of what Star Trek is all about: seeking out strange new worlds, etc. This Seekers sounds like it will be in a similar vein.

I can't wait!
Christopher wrote: View Post
Look at Titan. That's about as episodic a novel series as there is in the 24th-century novelverse, yet there are evolving character arcs and several novels in the series have ended with characters leaving, starting new relationships, or going through other major changes.
I agree with both of you, although I frankly hope that Seekers is a bit more even in its quality than Titan. And for my tastes, Titan's "episodes" tended to be a bit longer than was able to hold my interest.* If Seekers found a way to have more adventures in each story, that would be okay with me. (Hopefully that made some sense...)

*Well, that's not quite true. They held my interest, but they sometimes left me frustrated because they didn't "feel" like television episodes; every Titan novel could easy have filled up six or even a dozen live action episodes.
But isn't it kind of the whole point of doing the novels things they can't do on TV, like telling bigger, more complex stories?
I'm not sure I would describe the point of novels as being exclusively to do things they can't on TV, though I understand where you're coming from. I think there was more reason to do that when Trek was on TV, but since it's not right now, and won't be for the foreseeable future, I think it would be okay for the novels to occasionally be more like TV Trek.

And there are still ways to have the novels do what couldn't be done on TV without necessarily telling bigger, more complex stories. Do more detailed worldbuilding for away missions. Have nonhumanoid aliens. Depict alien cultures that would never be aired on American television.

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