Elder Knight wrote:
...it helps to imagine TMP as a 1971 film rather than a 1979.
Well, if one is inclined to such speculative ways of viewing actual Trek production history, one could say (for example) that TMP
bears the same relation to the original series as the short-lived hour-long drama The Bradys
- of which I saw an episode, featuring nearly all the original cast, in spring 1990 - bears to The Brady Bunch
. There's an argument to be made in favor of this analogy, I swear.