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Old July 9 2013, 09:54 PM   #181
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Re: Better if they had allowed main cast to die?

TV shows do have fairly rigid runtimes...if you're going to say they should have added something, you should be willing to say what they should have removed at the same time.

Yeah, the EMH thing is an inconsistency. I say big deal, the episode itself was good and the inconsistency was hardly, IMO, one of the more damaging ones in Trek's history.

I only recall good reviews of the episode, and I think Anwar's perspective is inconsistent with what actually occurred. Hell, has Trek ever produced an episode that was entirely beyond reproach?
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Old July 9 2013, 10:04 PM   #182
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Re: Better if they had allowed main cast to die?

Has any TV show an episode that was beyond repraoch. I would dubt it.

But many shows seem to manage to drop bits in for a later play off. I.e B5, DSN. They had episodes which were self contained but maybe had an element that would have a later pay off.
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Old July 10 2013, 12:14 AM   #183
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Re: Better if they had allowed main cast to die?

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This is ridiculous. Just because people point out one inconsistency in an episode, and even call it a major inconsistency, doesn't mean they don't think it's a good episode.
If that were true, folks would look back at the episode with fondness instead of just whining over the backup EMH thing. People saw this one minor flaw and let it ruin it for them, which shows how unpleasable they are.
Some people get all their enjoyment out of whining. Or out of discovering script inconsistencies and talking about them. It doesn't mean they didn't enjoy the episode, it's just they are geared towards dissection. That's how their relationship to fictional universes works.
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Old July 10 2013, 04:40 AM   #184
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Re: Better if they had allowed main cast to die?

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Now people can still enjoy something yet call them on where they went wrong.
The degree VOY gets it, shows that the audience cares more about what went wrong than what went right even when the wrong is far less than the right. All they see are the flaws and NOTHING else.

Star Trek fans are noted for picking up on continuity errors.
Exactly what I said, all they care about are the flaws.

Surely the aim is to invest you audiance in the show it's characters, setting premise etc... It's not the audiances fault if they pull the producers up for their mistakes esp. when they themselves drew attention to the fact that they could do this/or didn't have this for every episode before hand but now magically they have one.
TOS did this a lot, no one cared. Which shows that VOY gets this harder than any other Trek show.

Whether you like it or not the show VOY was about the journey of the U.S.S. Voyager home. So each episode is like a chapter in a book. A good writer would drop something in an earlier chapter if they planned to use it in a later chapter.
A good audience would be willing to think "Yeah, there were some minor petty things I didn't like there but the overall episode was good enough that it doesn't matter."

Which is exactly the kind of audience VOY DID NOT have. All they got were folks that cared more about the minor petty things than any of the good.


But many shows seem to manage to drop bits in for a later play off. I.e B5, DSN. They had episodes which were self contained but maybe had an element that would have a later pay off.
B5 and DSN had inconsistencies too, it's just that their audiences were more open-minded and merciful instead of being ready to tear into those shows for every minor petty little thing.
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Old July 10 2013, 06:18 AM   #185
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Re: Better if they had allowed main cast to die?

Again, Anwar, do you have any supporting evidence for your claims, or are you coming up with your theories based entirely on places like this one, which ultimately represent a very small (and more vocal than average) portion of the viewing population?

It's been well-established that when it comes to forums, people with complaints tend to speak up louder than people with no complaints.
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Old July 10 2013, 06:35 AM   #186
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Re: Better if they had allowed main cast to die?

Most of the forums I've visited and been a part of (and I don't go out looking for negativity) as well as recollections when that episode aired from people I knew watching the show.

VOY had an audience that was out to rip into the show for any slights, no matter how petty.
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Old July 10 2013, 06:39 AM   #187
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Re: Better if they had allowed main cast to die?

It's somewhat ironic to me that you say that, given that I've had some fairly bruising experiences in the VOY forum when I said negative things and got pounced on for it.
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Old July 10 2013, 08:42 AM   #188
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Now people can still enjoy something yet call them on where they went wrong.
The degree VOY gets it, shows that the audience cares more about what went wrong than what went right even when the wrong is far less than the right. All they see are the flaws and NOTHING else.

Star Trek fans are noted for picking up on continuity errors.
Exactly what I said, all they care about are the flaws.



TOS did this a lot, no one cared. Which shows that VOY gets this harder than any other Trek show.

Whether you like it or not the show VOY was about the journey of the U.S.S. Voyager home. So each episode is like a chapter in a book. A good writer would drop something in an earlier chapter if they planned to use it in a later chapter.
A good audience would be willing to think "Yeah, there were some minor petty things I didn't like there but the overall episode was good enough that it doesn't matter."

Which is exactly the kind of audience VOY DID NOT have. All they got were folks that cared more about the minor petty things than any of the good.


But many shows seem to manage to drop bits in for a later play off. I.e B5, DSN. They had episodes which were self contained but maybe had an element that would have a later pay off.
B5 and DSN had inconsistencies too, it's just that their audiences were more open-minded and merciful instead of being ready to tear into those shows for every minor petty little thing.
TOS was a product of it's time, by the time VOY rolled around having strong continuity was part of what a portion of the general TV audiance wanted. VOY was an episodic show when it should have been a serialised show, VOY was an episodic show when TV was shifting towards a more serailised approach.

All TV shows have minor falws, no one is arguing that they don't.

Take for example the premise of VOY, we are told time after time during the run of the show that they have to watch their resources. Yet the ship looks like it had ust left Utopia Planitia shipyards virtucally every week, can seemingly build shuttlecrafts at will etc.. But even if we accept that they build a new back-up module for the EMH inbetween episodes, They never build another one when that one was lost? Why a lack of resources.

You can't have it both ways. At least with not addressing it somehow. It shows a disregard for the intelligence of your audiance.

Of course different people have differene tolerance levels for mistakes, continuity errors. And VOY did have some good episodes.
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Old July 10 2013, 09:47 AM   #189
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Most of the forums I've visited and been a part of (and I don't go out looking for negativity) as well as recollections when that episode aired from people I knew watching the show.

VOY had an audience that was out to rip into the show for any slights, no matter how petty.
Do you agree that ENT's audience was equally harsh?
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Old July 10 2013, 09:50 AM   #190
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Enterprise's significantly smaller audience?

I suppose with millions and millions and millions less people bitching and praising, that it's easier to make out individual voices.
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Old July 10 2013, 10:01 AM   #191
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Re: Better if they had allowed main cast to die?

It's up to people like me to shout.

The really fun thing to me is that every person I've known IRL over the years who was into Trek has declared DS9 boring. Not the fandom people, the regular audience. If I was polling them for how the audience reacted I'd say DS9 was quite the dud.
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Old July 10 2013, 10:48 AM   #192
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Those ####s who watch reruns of law and order?
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YES THEM.
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Old July 10 2013, 12:22 PM   #194
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Fuck them!
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Old July 10 2013, 12:34 PM   #195
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NEVER!!
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