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Old October 23 2013, 07:20 PM   #443
Greg Cox
Location: Oxford, PA
Re: Do fans want the prime timeline back? Part 2: Poll edition.

BigJake wrote: View Post
Greg Cox wrote:
Not Klingon mind shredders?
Nah, they're murder on the electric bill. Stick with the classics.

It's a concept, not a history book.
Quite true. Although in fairness, narrative points of reference -- if not necessarily entire "continuities" per se -- can become strongly identified with a concept. If we're seeing a version of Batman, whatever else we see, we still expect him to be a billionaire motivated by the death of his parents, with a butler named Alfred and a secret identity as CEO of Wayne Enterprises and so on. If we're seeing the story of King Arthur, we expect the sword in the stone and Merlin and Morgan le Fey and Mortdred and for the Grail Quest to come up at some point, and so on.
True, but each retelling tends to tinker with the details a bit, and nobody expects each new movie or TV show about Camelot to incorporate every previous version into its own continuity. Nobody expected MERLIN, for instance, to treat Boorman's EXCALIBUR or the musical CAMELOT as "canon."

And, more to the point, nobody suggests that, well, if they're not going to pick up where the previous versions left off, or do exactly what they did last time, they should just invent their own medieval wizard and not call him "Merlin."

One can certainly debate how far one can stray from "the basics" (and audience expectations) before something no longer resembles the original source. But the point I keep trying to make is that it's the basics that make something STAR TREK, not whether, say, "Amok Time" is still part of the continuity or not.

Indeed, what prompted me to dive into this debate yet again, was the bizarre notion that if you're not going to maintain the "prime timeline" why call something "Star Trek"--which suggests that there can only be one definitive version of any given story or character. Which pretty much flies in the face of the way stories have always been told . . . .

(I'm suddenly visualizing a caveman around a campfire protesting because another tribe member didn't tell the story of the Great Sabertooth Hunt exactly the same way it's always been told before. "Ogg violated canon!")
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