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Old April 18 2013, 09:13 PM   #1
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If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

I'm asking this mainly of fans who are too young to have watched TOS during its initial run.

The Next Generation premiered when I was six and it quickly became my favorite show. I stuck with the 80s/90s series through to the end of Voyager, and watched Enterprise sporadically. It was not until I was an adult that I watched the Original Series all the way through, and it took me a long time to learn to appreciate it. (Blasphemy, I know.)

If it were not for TNG, I doubt I ever would have given any time to TOS at all, much less grew to love it. Anybody else feel the same way?
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Old April 18 2013, 09:16 PM   #2
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

I watched movies when I was a kid more than I watched 24th century shows, so know I would have still watched TOS.

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Old April 18 2013, 09:29 PM   #3
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

Nope, not at all. I'm too young to have seen TOS first run, but I watched it all the time growing up in the 70s and early 80s and loved it. I eagerly watched TNG/DS9/VOY/ENT and to varying degrees enjoyed them all, but TOS is still "Star Trek" to me. So I don't really understand this idea that one would have to be introduced to TOS via the sequel series to appreciate it. Honestly, I still rewatch TOS but have little to no desire to revisit the newer shows (and I liked them, I just don't feel the need to revisit them.) The only modern Trek that I have enjoyed as much as TOS is the 2009 movie.
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Old April 18 2013, 10:01 PM   #4
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

TNG was my first taste of Star Trek. I was little when it was on, and it became, and still is my favorite TV show. To be honest, I didn't watch much of the original Trek until I was college age, except for the movies which I liked. I was put off by the low budget, and it without TNG, I would not have forced my self to look passed it, and now I love TOS . Funny now that TNG looks quite old and sometimes a bit cheesy now .
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Old April 18 2013, 10:18 PM   #5
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

Probably not. I always enjoyed the TOS movies more than TOS itself. I grew up on TNG, so that's the standard I measure all other Trek against.
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Old April 18 2013, 10:55 PM   #6
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

I grew up during the TNG/DS9/Voy era but I've already watched TOS prior and probably still would of watched TOS over and over if the other series had not been made.
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Old April 18 2013, 11:01 PM   #7
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

Well, I watched TOS for almost twenty years before there was a TNG or any of the rest of it. So: yes.
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Old April 19 2013, 12:10 AM   #8
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

Probably. I watched the old Dr. Who episodes before the series restarted in '05, so I doubt I would have had a problem with the inherent "cheesiness" of TOS.
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Old April 19 2013, 04:35 AM   #9
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

I grew up on TNG and loved it. I would have never watched TOS if it weren't for TNG and would have never given it a chance if I watched some. I love TOS but TNG had to bring me into the Trek universe for me to appreciate all that came before.
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Old April 19 2013, 04:50 AM   #10
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

I discovered Star Trek through the original movies, so I would've watched TOS.

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Yep, I watched movies when I was a kid more than I watched 24th century shows.
I was the same.
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Old April 20 2013, 07:19 AM   #11
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

I'm younger but I had already seen all of TOS and the TOS films before seeing any of the later stuff. So I actually did see it without influence of the later stuff.
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Old April 20 2013, 06:10 PM   #12
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

I watched TNG when I was young too, and it is still my favorite.

However, if it was never made, I think I may still have watched TOS, only because I enjoy the premise of the entire series.

TOS is my third favorite series, behind TNG and DS9.
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Old April 20 2013, 06:32 PM   #13
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

Yup. As far as I know we always had the TOS VHS tapes (the ones that came in the grey/silver old-style cases, with two or three episodes each - and I'm led to believe they were horribly expensive!) and the movies. TNG started not long after I was born, but from the time I could operate a VCR (basically as soon as I could reach it) I was watching TOS.

Funny story - we never had/lost the tape with "Turnabout Intruder" on it, and while I have watched every TOS tape we had multiple times - I spent many a summer morning waking up before everyone else so I could have the TV first and watch Trek - I have never seen that episode (or whatever other episode was with it on the tape).
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Old April 20 2013, 06:39 PM   #14
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

I missed TOS on first run, but caught it in reruns/syndication before TMP.

So, needless to say, my Trek fandom predates TNG, and the first season really didn't grab me at the time although the series became much better over the years.
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Old April 21 2013, 04:24 PM   #15
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Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?

No. TOS has been the last series I have seen which is due to the horrible dubbing over here and due the lack of visual appeal before the remastering.
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