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Old March 14 2013, 04:53 PM   #31
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Re: Anthology Series

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In effect Star Trek WAS a sort of anthology show. The constant was the Enterprise and the regulars as a device to drop the characters into new and different situations each week.
I was just about to post this, so thank you! Anthology doesn't necessitate new characters each week in a completely different setting.
Except that's what every poster here wants when they say "anthology". "Let's see a star fleet ship one week, then a freighter the next, then maybe a romulan ship, ooh and how about a show in the Federation presidents office..."

What classic Trek was would now be called a procedural. Where each episode is a self contained story, but the main characters stay the same from week to week.
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Old March 14 2013, 07:48 PM   #32
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In effect Star Trek WAS a sort of anthology show. The constant was the Enterprise and the regulars as a device to drop the characters into new and different situations each week.
I was just about to post this, so thank you! Anthology doesn't necessitate new characters each week in a completely different setting.
Except that's what every poster here wants when they say "anthology". "Let's see a star fleet ship one week, then a freighter the next, then maybe a romulan ship, ooh and how about a show in the Federation presidents office..."

What classic Trek was would now be called a procedural. Where each episode is a self contained story, but the main characters stay the same from week to week.
Yeah, the terminology has changed, that is true.
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Old March 20 2013, 06:54 PM   #33
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Re: Anthology Series

I've never heard TOS or any episodic series described as an anthology, not in previous decades and not now. That term is used for Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, etc. Every episode is not just a separate story but has new characters and new actors.

At most, you could also call American Horror Story an anthology series because each season is a separate story with different characters and premise. Anthologies are rare on TV. There's no point in saying "I want episodic Star Trek" and then referring to it by the wrong name.
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Old March 27 2013, 10:57 PM   #34
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Re: Anthology Series

I don't think anyone mentioned this one: Police Story. That was an anthology series in the '70s and '80s about the LAPD. Each week was a different story about different characters all from the same large agency. Sometimes it was about Patrol Officers, others it was about Detectives, and occasionally it was about those assigned to the Administration. It dealt a lot with their personal lives probably more so than their professional ones. On occasion, they brought back characters and it had three offshoots. I can see this type off premise for a Star Trek series. As others have stated, stories could take place on various ships, planets, space stations, etc. - both Starfleet and alien. Another advantage a Star Trek anthology has is so many eras have been written about that the writers could use virtually any time period as a backdrop. We could see known, established characters as cadets, teens, or even children. We could see scenes from various wars or incursions, discoveries of planets, first contacts with various races, or just a "lower decks" tale about what goes on throughout the ship day to day. It could be exciting, romantic, depressing, funny, frustrating, etc. It opens up all kinds of doors and, if done right, A-list actors may campaign to be on the show, which would bode well during the sweeps.
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Old March 28 2013, 05:57 PM   #35
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One thing with a sci-fi show, if it were say, one week on a starship, next on a station, next on a freighter, etc, 3 times the sets, costumes, etc. so 3X the initial $. Something contemporary like a cop show you can just use whatever cop stuff the studio has or rent it, use an already existing set with miminal fuss. How much to build DS9's Runabout or a full-scale Viper? I was just reading some stuff about "Columbo". When they decided they needed a car for him, they just walked to the lot where they had a bunch of old cars and Peter Falk just pointed at the old Peugot and said, "that's it".
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Old September 9 2013, 12:10 AM   #36
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Like on TNG, DS9, and VOY (and maybe ENT), the sets would be modular and easy to redress so the cost could be minimized. In addition, CGI could be used to enhance the sets. As for costumes and props, they would be reused as well.
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Old August 11 2014, 03:12 AM   #37
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This is a great idea, and could easily fit in along with the fan fiction being created currently.

The cost control mechanism is amazing. Reusing sets with different actors is an extremely cost efficient mechanism. The cost of this would be very low, and you would get far more bank for your buck.

Also the cost of actors would be much cheaper, as you would only have to keep on those actors that have quality and kill off those that dont.

Game of thrones FYI could easily be edited to be an anthology. There are multiple story arcs in the show, and one could easily edit them to be seperate streams. Obviously trek is not GofT but its important to understand the concept.

Also Star trek itself if you compile all the movies and series can strongly be an anthology.


I would use the episode Lower decks as a template for an anthology show.

Characters can be linked but not directly so.

If you think that episode wasnt trek, didnt introduce riveting characters, or expensive to make your out of your mind.

Id argue many of the better episodes of much of trek fits better into an anthology. The writers themselves were more directed towards an anthology when they wrote each episode. As there were multiple developers reusing the same cast and setting..
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Old August 11 2014, 04:17 AM   #38
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Re: Anthology Series

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What I'd like to see is an anthology series, akin to The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits, with 2-or-3-part episode arcs following different characters and telling different stories each time.
More like True Detective or American Horror Story, I think. Season long arcs. It would be nice to have it switch up more frequently, but that might be harder to budget for, even with very creative work in redressing sets, etc.

The attractive parts about this are the freedom it allows. We can follow Starfleet characters in one story, non-Starfleet characters who are still part of the Federation, Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians, Ferengi, Andorans, Borg, Dominion, completely new races, whoever. We can move from era to era
By no means a new idea, but one I have always liked. Different species, Starfleet, a freighter, private investigators, bounty hunters, Federation law enforcement, etc. and in different centuries. Tons of character and story ideas possible there.
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Old August 11 2014, 04:45 AM   #39
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Anyone wanting to know what a good anthology would be like watch from the earth to the moon series.

Its a perfect anthology that trek could copy.

Its not strickly a new cast each episode, but simply different pieces of a diverse story.
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