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Old August 15 2013, 08:48 PM   #751
Re: Season FOUR OFFICIAL TNG Blu-Ray Discussion Thread

cbspock wrote: View Post
No, it makes it unrelatable to the audience because that isn't how we work as people. Utopia never can we saw on the original series it is a bad thing (The Apple, Return of the Archons, This Side of Paradise). In the real world they meltdown into dictatorships as the people with the vision wind up killing millions to achieve their version of utopia.

The original series was about bettering the individual, and promoting individual freedom. The TNG universe was a mess it didn't have a consistent message. They could be a bunch of elitist snobs sometimes just look at how racist they were to the Ferengi. Not very accepting of their culture. There were episodes just chock full of moral equivalence which is just a bunch of BS. Then there were episodes when they hit it out of the park - Drumhead, Offspring, Measure of a Man, Inner Light, Family.

Speaking of Family, it is interesting Gene didn't want them to do that episode. I think it was one of the best episodes of the series. It really humanized Picard and showed the effect that being assimilated had on him. I think Ira and RDM did a better job on DS9 in bringing back elements from the original series and running it through their stories. If the original series was wagon train to the stars, then DS9 was an old west town they stopped in.

I had no problem relating to Gene's philosophy. It made for some peace of mind for me. I grew up in a house with people bickering all the time, it was nice to see human beings work on bettering that side of themselves and be respectful.

Given the ratings the show had, I think a lot of people might have felt that way. It was a nice escape. Enterprise D was a place I would have loved to live, not so much DS9 or Voyager.
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