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Old June 9 2013, 03:30 AM   #1
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Starfleet Academy Series

Instead of going back to revamp the franchise, I think they should have done a Starfleet Academy series set after voyagers return. It would have drawn in the younger sci-fi viewers giving them something to relate to and given the fan base familiar faces and story-arcs. One episode the 'Doctor' stops by to give a speech on Delta Quadrant medication, another you pass by Prof. Miles O'brian's engineering course or Dr. Crusher's medical lab (or give a returning cast member a main character role, why not). One of the main characters could be aiming for the CONN position to throw in space cg effects every now and then, another main charater's a Klingon transitioning to earth's rules. You can even have the occasional Romulan or Borg threat or do class away mission, reaching to further reaches of space using the new transwarp system. Aliens attack and they send out a distress signal and Worf in the defiant drops out of transwarp and kicks butt.
Reposted from Surak-toc's "The abundance of ideas for a new trek show" thread. It's quite doable, even in senior cast members aged states. What familiar face would you like to show up in a series like that?

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Old June 9 2013, 11:26 PM   #2
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Reposted from Surak-toc's "The abundance of ideas for a new trek show" thread. It's quite doable, even in senior cast members aged states. What familiar face would you like to show up in a series like that?
Several characters could be included as guest stars in a new series, as any officer serving in Starfleet could be capable of serving in an instructor's role; however, I think the value of a new Star Trek series lies in the introduction of new characters or races. Cameo appearances by familiar characters are fun, but any series should feature strong regular characters, whether the plot includes the academy setting or another venue.

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Old June 10 2013, 10:33 PM   #3
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The problem with a series set at Starfleet Academy is that you will have to do completely different types of stores than Trek fans are used to seeing in a weekly Trek series.

You can't have cadets out saving the universe every week without jumping thorugh some pretty big logic hoops and/or straining credibility. I mean how often do we see cadets/midshipmen at West Point or Annapolis out solving problems of national significance or saving the world in a heated battle? You don't. they're in classes studying, and don't even have time for much of an interesting personal life for most of their time in the academy.

Nope. Might work as a one-off movie, but for weekly Trek stick to active crews out in the Fleet.
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Old June 11 2013, 01:59 AM   #4
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And Nemesis still failed.
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Old June 11 2013, 02:01 AM   #5
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I've heard of a couple of good ideas for a SFA series from a friend. But I'm afraid if they do one, it would turn out like Degrassi or 91210.
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Old June 11 2013, 02:17 AM   #6
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The problem with a series set at Starfleet Academy is that you will have to do completely different types of stores than Trek fans are used to seeing in a weekly Trek series.

You can't have cadets out saving the universe every week without jumping thorugh some pretty big logic hoops and/or straining credibility. I mean how often do we see cadets/midshipmen at West Point or Annapolis out solving problems of national significance or saving the world in a heated battle? You don't. they're in classes studying, and don't even have time for much of an interesting personal life for most of their time in the academy.
It may be possible to offer a Starfleet Academy series that airs exclusively online. I like the idea of having ony a few episodes, perhaps no more than six or eight at a time. Rather than focusing on a crew, the series could be built around a small number of cadets, perhaps one in each year of the Academy's program. These cadets could be followed through parallel storylines, occasionally interacting with one another, but otherwise having their own groups of friends and confidants as they progress through their studies. The series would therefore function as a sort of online TV diary to give the audience an idea of what being a Starfleet cadet is like.

A similar idea would be to have a series that follows cadets not only through Starfleet Academy but also through Klingon, Romulan, and Cardassian military training using the same parallel storyline set-up. Maybe the cadets could be brought together in battle later in their academy careers to tie the storylines together.

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Old June 11 2013, 09:35 AM   #7
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Re: Starfleet Academy Series

Instead of going back to revamp the franchise, I think they should have done a Starfleet Academy series set after voyagers return. It would have drawn in the younger sci-fi viewers giving them something to relate to and given the fan base familiar faces and story-arcs. One episode the 'Doctor' stops by to give a speech on Delta Quadrant medication, another you pass by Prof. Miles O'brian's engineering course or Dr. Crusher's medical lab (or give a returning cast member a main character role, why not). One of the main characters could be aiming for the CONN position to throw in space cg effects every now and then, another main charater's a Klingon transitioning to earth's rules. You can even have the occasional Romulan or Borg threat or do class away mission, reaching to further reaches of space using the new transwarp system. Aliens attack and they send out a distress signal and Worf in the defiant drops out of transwarp and kicks butt.
I'd say leave the Klingons alone, we've already had Worf and his struggle to balance Klingon and UFP beliefs. The first full-blooded Romulan (or maybe a Cardassian just a few years after the Dominiopn War) at the Academy would be interesting--I'd like to see this as a female character.

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You can't have cadets out saving the universe every week without jumping thorugh some pretty big logic hoops and/or straining credibility.
Wesley did it all the time.

Seriously though, it wouldn't be about big universe-changing stories, but more the relationships between characters, their own development and drive, and looking at the things from the perspective of those at the bottom (like in "Lower Decks"). All of which wouldn't be a bad thing for Trek, seeing as how the last two series were more about the evil-alien-of-the-week, resolving the situation with weapons fire, or large-breasted women in skin-tight catsuits.

Trying to get 20 episodes a year from the idea though might be a little tough, so they could try what we do over here and have each season at most 12 epidoes. The series would only have a run of 4 years, then if another series was developed afterwards then there are some potential characters to carry forward.
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Old June 11 2013, 10:02 AM   #8
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I've heard of a couple of good ideas for a SFA series from a friend. But I'm afraid if they do one, it would turn out like Degrassi or 91210.
You mean the 90210 five series franchise (3 long term, 2 short) that resulted in 683 episodes? Yes, I'm sure no one here wants Star Trek to have that kind of success.

A Star Trek show that focused on character development first, and adventure second, would be fine with me.

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Old June 11 2013, 02:03 PM   #9
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Yeah, Adventure Sucks.

No one likes Adventure. Adventure is boring. Mr. Adventure never wanted Adventure. Lock up Adventure.
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Old June 11 2013, 04:22 PM   #10
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It may be possible to offer a Starfleet Academy series that airs exclusively online...
I'll be ok with that.

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I'd say leave the Klingons alone, we've already had Worf and his struggle to balance Klingon and UFP beliefs. The first full-blooded Romulan (or maybe a Cardassian just a few years after the Dominion War) at the Academy would be interesting--I'd like to see this as a female character...
I guess Worf did that already, I just like Klingons.

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Trying to get 20 episodes a year from the idea though might be a little tough, so they could try what we do over here and have each season at most 12 epidoes. The series would only have a run of 4 years, then if another series was developed afterwards then there are some potential characters to carry forward.
I multi-threaded this. I talked about that here
^http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.ph...97#post8232397
I didn't mean to have this thread here but I like a lot of the ideas mentioned. Can modders merge threads?
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Old June 11 2013, 06:27 PM   #11
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Yeah, Adventure Sucks.
Personally I wouldn't say so, I love adventure, but YMMV.

Now making the action-adventure the B-story, while delving into the main characters as the ongoing A-arc that would be cool. One of the complaints that is frequently leveled against Trek is the lack of character development. It often took the better part of seven years to find out much of anything about our heroes.

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Old June 11 2013, 06:28 PM   #12
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I guess Worf did that already, I just like Klingons.
Nothing wrong with that. Worf's situation is unique because he was raised by human parents after Khitomer. It would be interesting to see how a Klingon raised in the Empire acclimated to life in Starfleet.

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Old June 11 2013, 07:15 PM   #13
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I guess Worf did that already, I just like Klingons.
Nothing wrong with that. Worf's situation is unique because he was raised by human parents after Khitomer. It would be interesting to see how a Klingon raised in the Empire acclimated to life in Starfleet.

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that i'd like to see, the same possible situation with an andorian maybe....
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Old June 11 2013, 07:30 PM   #14
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that i'd like to see, the same possible situation with an andorian maybe....
I don't know if that would have the same effect because there are already Andorians serving in Starfleet. The closest we've come to seeing a cadet be the first of his kind in Starfleet is Nog, but even that was glossed over in a few lines of dialogue. He's never shown when he's actually at the Academy.

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Old June 11 2013, 07:52 PM   #15
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what about the aenar, no technical appearance in star trek other that those few eps of enterprise, would be interesting....
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