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Old March 7 2014, 01:08 AM   #16
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Re: Harlan Ellison's Acclaimed Star Trek Script Comes to Comics

Neat!
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Old March 7 2014, 04:42 AM   #17
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You owe Ellison $3 for starting this thread.
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Old March 7 2014, 06:29 AM   #18
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^^^
willing to bet that's a good guess. It'd be interesting to see IDW adapt some other un-aired Trek scripts also. The scripts that were written for the Phase II series in the late 1970's, for example.
I'd love to see that myself.

I have to say I'm pretty excited about this. I bought the book about this script many years ago. While I had a few issues with it, the script is excellent. I can't wait to read this.
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Old March 7 2014, 06:42 AM   #19
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Preview art: http://www.startrek.com/article/orig...for-miniseries
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Old March 7 2014, 09:57 AM   #20
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Very interesting. I would have been more likely to buy it if it had been factored into the ongoing reboot, especially as this is a story I was quite interested in them re-telling with a twist. Still, if the script features my beloved Yeoman Rand, who was in the earlier drafts of the script I think I might buy it anyway!
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Old March 7 2014, 01:38 PM   #21
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Could be interesting. I wonder if they got the idea from Dark Horse doing the same thing with the original The Star Wars script.
probably. I hope IDW does a 'lost/alternate movie' range, adapting early drafts or discarded stories.

e.g. Trek I Planet of the Titans, Trek II Roddenberrys JFK, Trek VI Bennetts Starfleet Academy, Trek VII Yesterdays Enterprise The Movie, Trek VIII Borg in the Renaissance, Trek IX Heart of Darkness. Trek XI Spiner/Logan Crossover Nemesis sequel or Bermans The Beginning trilogy
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Old March 7 2014, 02:30 PM   #22
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Lovely cover art, but I'm really not a fan of the interior art at all
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Old March 7 2014, 02:52 PM   #23
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I like the idea of adapting Ellison's version, but I don't know how they're gonna get 5 issues out of a 50-page teleplay. They either have to add a bunch of new material, or "decompress" the narrative to a point of excruciating s l o w n e s s.
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Old March 7 2014, 04:40 PM   #24
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The Tiptons using excruciating decompression? Surely not!
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The Tiptons using excruciating decompression? Surely not!
Seriously! Assimilation2 couldn've been done by DWM in three eight-page episodes.

Okay, okay. Four.

Damn, now I've just imagined a Parkhouse/Ridgway Assimilation2 and I'm going to sit here in my cubicle and cry for a while.
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Old March 8 2014, 10:21 AM   #26
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Could be interesting. I wonder if they got the idea from Dark Horse doing the same thing with the original The Star Wars script.
probably.
Or it could just be case of IDW finally getting around to doing this, but Dark Horse beat them to the punch with their project. I think it's been known for a long time that Ellison's original treatment was very different from the actual episode.

"Presenting Harlan Ellison's brilliant original script for 'City on the Edge...' has been a goal of ours since IDW first began publishing Star Trek comics in 2007."
--IDW’s Editor-in-Chief and CCO Chris Ryall
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I hope IDW does a 'lost/alternate movie' range, adapting early drafts or discarded stories.

e.g. Trek I Planet of the Titans, Trek II Roddenberrys JFK, Trek VI Bennetts Starfleet Academy, Trek VII Yesterdays Enterprise The Movie, Trek VIII Borg in the Renaissance, Trek IX Heart of Darkness. Trek XI Spiner/Logan Crossover Nemesis sequel or Bermans The Beginning trilogy
There isn't a "Trek VII Yesterdays Enterprise The Movie" script. Rick Berman said later that, in retrospect, that story could have worked for a generations crossover. I'm not sure I really agree with him; I'm not sure the best way to introduce Star Trek: The Next Generation to film is with an alternate timeline version of Picard's crew.

The alternate path on Generations was Maurice Hurley's script, which had Picard consulting with a holodeck Kirk when the Federation was attacked by an enemy from outside normal space.

As for the rest of your list, don't forget Roddenberry's "The God-Thing" and the Eddie Murphy Star Trek IV. There's also Walter Koenig's pitch for Star Trek VI, "In Flanders Fields." And some of the early developmental scripts for Star Trek II would be interesting.
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Old March 8 2014, 05:47 PM   #28
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I'm not sure the best way to introduce Star Trek: The Next Generation to film is with an alternate timeline version of Picard's crew.
true i guess it couldve been the Ent D in the 23rd century... 'Tomorrows Enterprise'
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I'm not sure the best way to introduce Star Trek: The Next Generation to film is with an alternate timeline version of Picard's crew.
true i guess it couldve been the Ent D in the 23rd century... 'Tomorrows Enterprise'
Maybe.

Personally, I think "All Good Things..." would've been better suited to a crossover film. Replace the pre-"Farpoint" Enterprise-D with a post-Khitomer Enterprise-A, and have Picard "leap" into the A's replacement for Valeris on its journey home.
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So is this the version of the story where Kirk orders a firing squad for a guy dealing drugs on the Enterprise?
The firing squad is present only in Ellison's first story outline, from March 1966. It is not present in the revised outline (May 1966, iirc), nor in any of the two and one half versions of his teleplay that I've read.

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