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View Poll Results: How should a Star Trek season be structured for best story telling?
Each story takes one 42 minute episode 10 33.33%
Two parters 5 16.67%
Three parters 3 10.00%
Different multi episode arcs 17 56.67%
One multi epsiode arc per season 5 16.67%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

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Old August 4 2014, 07:05 AM   #46
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Re: Best structure for a Star Trek series

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However that doesn't mean the characters should forget things from 8 episodes ago.
This problem isn't limited to the episodic format.
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Old August 4 2014, 07:19 AM   #47
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However that doesn't mean the characters should forget things from 8 episodes ago.
This problem isn't limited to the episodic format.

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Old August 6 2014, 01:25 AM   #48
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Re: Best structure for a Star Trek series

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As for episodic TV that tells a complete story witin an episode, sure nothing wrong with that. However that doesn't mean the characters should forget things from 8 episodes ago.

Absolutely. It would seem pretty obvious, but there's no categorical reason that one-offs, crafted properly, shouldn't be able to expertly maintain continuity, as well as add to it.
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Old August 7 2014, 08:04 AM   #49
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well that's pretty much the difference between good character development, and none whatsoever. Has nothing to do with episodic vs. arc.
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I like the balance DS9 found. Arcs that continue throughout the season but also leave room for standalone episodes, with occasional long arcs for the biggest moments.

Like others have said, I would rather watch an episodic show with great writing than a serial show with bad writing.
Yours is a very succinct and telling characterization that gets to the heart of the question. While i voted for the multi arc option, I do think that the tradition of outstanding bottle episodes in all of the series is a venerable one that is so much a part of the Trek DNA, that it would be foolish to bypass it in any future iteration.
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