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Old September 3 2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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TOS and purely comedic episodes

Im thinking of works like Piece of the Action, Tribbles, I Mudd etc, something made to be a funny for the entire episode.

While there were occasionally funny situations and exchanges between characters in the other series, did any of them have outright comedy episodes? The DS9 Tribble episode comes closest, but they are revisiting a TOS story. Even in the movies, the only one made as a comedy is Trek4, with the TOS Cast.

The other series all had (mostly) talented actors, TNG especially had some funny people in its cast, Spiner had been on Night Court prior to Trek. So why are the comedies unique to TOS?
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Old September 3 2013, 11:25 AM   #2
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Re: TOS and purely comedic episodes

DS9: Little Green Men is a genuine farce.

Star Trek didn't have a good comedy track record in the 24th century for some reason. About the only time they worked were the DS9 Ferengi shows but even those are hit or miss.
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Old September 3 2013, 11:26 AM   #3
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Re: TOS and purely comedic episodes

Since those comedic episodes all came in the second season of TOS, maybe Roddenberry & Co. tried to reach a broader audience with that approach. They constantly struggled to keep the show on the air, so they may have even been "urged" in that direction by studio/network officials. Just a possibility of course, that Im sure someone here can confirm or deny.

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Old September 3 2013, 01:05 PM   #4
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Re: TOS and purely comedic episodes

Surely TNGs "Outrageous Okona" wasn't meant to be taken seriously.
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Old September 3 2013, 01:39 PM   #5
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Re: TOS and purely comedic episodes

Mario de Monti wrote: View Post
Since those comedic episodes all came in the second season of TOS, maybe Roddenberry & Co. tried to reach a broader audience with that approach. They constantly struggled to keep the show on the air, so they may have even been "urged" in that direction by studio/network officials. Just a possibility of course, that Im sure someone here can confirm or deny.

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That's what I always figured as well. The comedic episodes are my least favorite as I'm not a fan of comedies of any kind.
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Old September 3 2013, 01:56 PM   #6
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Re: TOS and purely comedic episodes

DS9, despite its reputation as the "dark Star Trek" was actually very comedic. There were the annual Ferengi comedy episodes, plus most episodes usually had comedic moments or brilliant one-liners.

Although word is the other shows were actually discouraged by Paramount to have comedy (DS9 being the show they didn't care enough about to interfere with). I think I remember hearing once someone high-up at Paramount said a franchise like Star Trek which attracts actors of Patrick Stewart's calibre needs to be treated with a regal dignity and can't afford to do comedy.

But hey, it's well known Paramount's suits just don't understand Trek.
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Old September 3 2013, 02:33 PM   #7
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DS9: Little Green Men is a genuine farce.
That was the first episode that came to mind, too. Great episode.

A lot of the holodeck eps are basically comedies as well: "Bride of Chaotica," "A Fistful of Datas," "Our Man Bashir," etc.

Fun stuff.
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Old September 3 2013, 03:58 PM   #8
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Re: TOS and purely comedic episodes

I was listening to the commentary on the tribble episode More Tribbles, More Trouble from the Animated Series by the writerof that episode and the Trouble With Tribbles Episode. He stated that they wanted to do the More Tribbles, More Trouble episode for season 3 of TOS. He was told by the guy who replaced Roddenbderry (can't remember the name) that Star Trek doesn't do comedy!
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Old September 3 2013, 04:06 PM   #9
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The Magnificent Ferengi.
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Old September 3 2013, 05:15 PM   #10
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Re: TOS and purely comedic episodes

Most of the stuff Archer says is funny (or cringy)--though that could just be because I can't take him seriously.
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Old September 3 2013, 05:17 PM   #11
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I could call most of Archer's behavior farce more than comedy.
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Old September 3 2013, 05:32 PM   #12
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The Magnificent Ferengi.
I almost mentioned that one too, but didn't want to stack the plate with DS9. "I hate Ferengi." *plop*
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Old September 3 2013, 05:48 PM   #13
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Re: TOS and purely comedic episodes

There's an old theater joke where a great actor is on his deathbed and his ever-loyal Dresser asks him if dying is hard. The old man replies, "No. Dying is easy. Comedy? That's hard!"

Comedy takes an incredible amount of effort from the writers, cast and crew and under the stress of turning out a weekly product I can well imagine everyone involved just not wanting to go there.
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Old September 3 2013, 06:16 PM   #14
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Scenes involving Spot were usually good for a laugh. Love it every time I see it when Worf sneezes full in Spot's little face.


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Old September 3 2013, 10:18 PM   #15
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Surely TNGs "Outrageous Okona" wasn't meant to be taken seriously.
Well, it certainly wasn't a laughing matter.
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