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Old October 18 2013, 11:10 AM   #183
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Re: Should the Borg be the villain in Trek 3?

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Change Q to Trelane.
Please don't. Trelane was one of the worst characters TOS ever came up with. Literally a semi-ominiscient baby, who spent the entire episode whining and complaining. It was decent enough as a comedic episode of a tv series, but it would be complete crap as a film.
Interesting - I've never thought of "The Squire of Gothos" as an especially comedic episode, and it was exactly the notion that Trelane was a child which made it work for me.

"Omniscient" or "semi-omniscient" might not be quite the right descriptors but if you imagine a character who's the rough equivalent of a seven-year-old, with all the capacity for simple joy and sudden anger and meanness and casual cruelty which that entails, and you allow him the ability (within the defined limits of his "play area") to do anything he wants and manipulate/toy with/torment anything he chooses - well, that's potentially a pretty frightening sort of person for our crew to encounter. I thought that William Campbell did a very effective job at conveying the range of attitudes and behaviors called for by the story.

I suppose it probably wasn't meant to be comedic, but I still have a very hard time taking it seriously. Maybe with a different script/actor, it could be much more impressive, but I wouldn't hold out too much hope.

All that said, I'd just as soon see a new adversary in the next outing than I would a re-imagined Trelane, a spiffed-up and scarier Borg, or a V'Ger-Nomad-Doomsday-whale probe sort of thingy. I could even do without the Klingons, though at the moment that seems less likely.
I would agree with that, as well. Really, I would prefer the next film focus more on a problem than a villain. The shows didn't focus on big bads every single episode and its starting to annoy me a little that the movies have gotten so obsessed with this formula.
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