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Old June 3 2013, 03:56 PM   #226
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Re: Star Trek Continues "Pilgrim of Eternity"

With regard to the holodeck and counselor, I think that is just introducing these elements because this is the first episode of this series.
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Old June 3 2013, 04:00 PM   #227
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Correcting my post, supra, here's Aurora: http://startrekreviewed.blogspot.com/2009/06/25.html

No, Person one says "All men are jackasses."
Then person two says, "Joe Shmo is not a Jackass."
Then person one says, "Joe doesn't count because he has black hair."
Person two say, "So, you have to introduce more rules to say that all men are jackasses, showing you don't even really think that yourself."
Person one responds, "That's the same thing as saying women really want it when they say no. When I say that all men are jackasses, I'm saying any man who is not a jackass is not a real man. I only enjoy talking to men who are jackasses."
OK, so we are clear now. Any fan film which doesn't slavishly follow rules you have defined as not allowing creativity is not a fan film. You define fan films as being efforts which cannot be creative, and if they are creative, they are not fan films... Its not that fan films can't be creative, it's that if they are you don't consider them fan films.

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Old June 3 2013, 06:07 PM   #228
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Correcting my post, supra, here's Aurora: http://startrekreviewed.blogspot.com/2009/06/25.html

No, Person one says "All men are jackasses."
Then person two says, "Joe Shmo is not a Jackass."
Then person one says, "Joe doesn't count because he has black hair."
Person two say, "So, you have to introduce more rules to say that all men are jackasses, showing you don't even really think that yourself."
Person one responds, "That's the same thing as saying women really want it when they say no. When I say that all men are jackasses, I'm saying any man who is not a jackass is not a real man. I only enjoy talking to men who are jackasses."
OK, so we are clear now. Any fan film which doesn't slavishly follow rules you have defined as not allowing creativity is not a fan film. You define fan films as being efforts which cannot be creative, and if they are creative, they are not fan films... Its not that fan films can't be creative, it's that if they are you don't consider them fan films.
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Old June 3 2013, 07:35 PM   #229
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Because we want to. If we had the sets and characters but decided to turn the whole of canon on it's head at that point we would. Because that's what we want. It's not that we're bored with it or anything like it, we just want a kind of radical different here.
Then go make your own fan film.
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Old June 3 2013, 08:04 PM   #230
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Re: Holodeck. They also have mildly updated phaser designs. So they made a deliberate effort to update the tech across the board save the ship istelf, whereas Cawley introduced the Phase II Enterprise refit into his show. Do I think the holodeck is a good idea to introduce into TOS? No, probably because I'm not a big fan of the holodeck in general.
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Old June 4 2013, 12:06 AM   #231
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Re: Star Trek Continues "Pilgrim of Eternity"

I'm just beside myself on all of the harsh criticism. I think those who slam these fan productions are not keeping an objective perspective.

First and foremost: ***BUDGET*** Do you have any idea of the shoestring budget these folks are on? They make these episodes on a mere fraction of the costs that a commercial production quality episode would entail.

Secondly, they employ amateur actors. Considering what they've done thus far, it's truly remarkable. The fact that they could get real actors to donate their time speaks volumes about the appeal.

Lastly, have you seen the contrasts? Just go ahead and watch one of Exeter's first episodes then jump to Star Trek Continues. The difference is staggering. What it demonstrates is that there is great promise for these fan productions to improve. True, they will likely never match what was done on TOS mainly because of the fantastic chemistry of the cast. But they will achieve enough similarity for it to be palatable for even the more discriminating TOS devotee.

As for "rehashing" TOS, I see "Star Trek Continues" as the continuation. We get to see the rest of the "5 year mission"... and from that point to where ST-TMP picks up, there's a HUGE volume of time available to work with. Count me in as a follower, as this ride is just getting good.


Holodeck: It's fine to see them toy with it, but I'm not confident they'll make copious use due to various technical challenges. We'll see.
Counselor: We know Picard had one aboard in TNG, so... why can't this incarnation of Kirk have one on board? And I don't think she'll end up relegated as just the ship's counselor or psychologist. There's plenty of possibilities. I don't see this is as a grave contrast to TOS. This is "post-TOS" so they do have liberty to do something like this. Just be thankful she's in a uniform.
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Old June 4 2013, 02:47 AM   #232
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I don't entirely disagree. But I think it's just as important to remember that no production - professional or fan-produced- is above criticism. A lot of the things Maurice and GSschnitzer have posted have been fair responses/assessments, and more so by Maurice as he *is* a professional filmmaker, so unlike about 99% of us, he actually knows what he's talking about.
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Old June 4 2013, 02:49 AM   #233
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I am really impressed by people who decide to do or build something and then make it happen rather than being just sheople. To write and produce films is a big deal. It took me three years off and on to produce a 140-page book (albeit a fine one! ) and that was mainly me in my garret with a few very helpful and kind people. These films involve dozens of people collaborating.

I am halfway done with "World Enough and Time" and really enjoying it. My daughter is a Sulu/Takei fan so I can't wait to watch it with her. Maybe I'll wait to finish it with her instead of finishing it tonight. Since I was seven when I had the joy of seeing TOS eps for the first time, this is really fun.

If you're still reading this thread, GSchnitzer, kudos to you and your people!
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Old June 4 2013, 03:19 AM   #234
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I have written a brief article about this episode, which anyone who's interested can read here.
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Old June 4 2013, 03:33 AM   #235
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"Hollywood studios spend millions of dollars to produce shows that are not as entertaining as “Star Trek Continues” or any number of other shows that are put together with near-zero budgets and volunteers of various skill levels in the various areas of production." - That is a nice point.
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Old June 4 2013, 03:43 AM   #236
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I have written a brief article about this episode, which anyone who's interested can read here.
"...Kim Stringer, who had played Uhura in an episode of 'Star Trek: Phase II'...."

An episode? Kim Stinger played Uhura in the Phase II episodes:

"Blood and Fire, Part 1"
"Blood and Fire, Part 2"
"Enemy: Starfleet!"
and the not-yet-released:
"Kitumba"

(Also, you misspelled Kim's last name.)

Other than that, a fine article about a fine production.
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Old June 4 2013, 04:19 AM   #237
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I have written a brief article about this episode, which anyone who's interested can read here.
"...Kim Stringer, who had played Uhura in an episode of 'Star Trek: Phase II'...."

An episode? Kim Stinger played Uhura in the Phase II episodes:

"Blood and Fire, Part 1"
"Blood and Fire, Part 2"
"Enemy: Starfleet!"
and the not-yet-released:
"Kitumba"

(Also, you misspelled Kim's last name.)

Other than that, a fine article about a fine production.
I have made those corrections! Wish every mistake was that easily cleaned up.
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Old June 4 2013, 10:31 AM   #238
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MikeH92467 wrote: View Post
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I have written a brief article about this episode, which anyone who's interested can read here.
"...Kim Stringer, who had played Uhura in an episode of 'Star Trek: Phase II'...."

An episode? Kim Stinger played Uhura in the Phase II episodes:

"Blood and Fire, Part 1"
"Blood and Fire, Part 2"
"Enemy: Starfleet!"
and the not-yet-released:
"Kitumba"

(Also, you misspelled Kim's last name.)

Other than that, a fine article about a fine production.
I have made those corrections! Wish every mistake was that easily cleaned up.
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Old June 4 2013, 01:13 PM   #239
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Worst hazard of working for Examiner--- no editors. Thanks for the great work guys and thanks for gently pointing out the errors so they can be made right!
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Old June 4 2013, 03:35 PM   #240
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I think some of you are confusing dud scripts with overall quality of the product as a whole. There are lots of TOS episode duds, but, with a few exceptions, the acting is always solid as is the camera work, editing, etc. By those measures, no fanfilm ever has been TV quality, as admirable as the work might be.
An episode of TOS cost what adjusted to inflation? 1 million?
People keep saying some fanfilms are as good as the professional shows, but they're not. The cost may well be partly to blame, but I think there's more to it than that, especially since these are labors of love instead of professional productions (even if there are some pro people involved).

None of which is to diminish what these people accomplish. I'm just being realistic about the result.
You are probably right overall. But it's all based on taste. It depends on the show too. We get so many shows that are cancelled every year that nobody remembers them the next year. Or even the day after their first episode was broadcast. So I'm not even sure many of todays shows are really that professional. I do agree with you that pretty much all the fan films lack the acting of top level shows today. And mostly overall production values. Although as a Star Trek fan comparing Phase II and Continues to say most of Voyager and virtually all of Enterprise I would take even the worst of these shows over those 2 series so far. Of course it's only about 10 episodes total.
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