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Old December 24 2013, 03:54 PM   #62
Bad Thoughts
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Re: Would a series set after voyager have been more of a success

The non-sci-fi one of the ones you mentioned did well. Very well. The others you mentioned were formulaic sci-fi entries with only niche appeal. What more should have been expected? They got their day and then some, as they all stayed on longer in syndication than they could have on network. The results were nothing that couldn't have been expected based on content alone.
Are you talking about Baywatch, which failed to produce a spin-off in the contracting market and, in a final gasp, relocated to Hawaii (because the state threw tons of money at them) only to fail? Please do the research.

If the slope of DS9's decline really had to do with it being in syndication, then why was it the same as the slope in the decline of both VOY and ENT as well? The fact that the slopes were parallel, with the decline of one Trek show leading into the next, would suggest that something else might be going on, besides a phenomenon specific to just syndication, or even to just one show alone; something more overarching, yes?
I'm not trying to give a monocausal explanation for DS9's performance. Market contraction was , nonetheless, a force that all syndicated shows contended with, one which TNG would have had to deal with had it remained on the air beyond season 7 (which is why I originally brought it up).

Are we going to go through this again?

Star Trek has always been an action adventure franchise since the 1960s and also one that made money (did you think that the IDIC was made for the highfalutin things that you keep attributing to Star Trek? It was created to make money!) Ditto with all of the other merchandise too.
Which is why Kirk gave so many action-packed speeches.
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