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Old May 22 2009, 12:17 PM   #1
dan_bevan
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New TNG

If you had the chance to go back and do a reimaginging of TNG, what would you change about it?

For example, as there is more prosthetics available now would u change the look of Data to make him look more robotic or futuristic?

Would u change the uniforms or any of the characters?
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Old May 23 2009, 02:28 AM   #2
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I would skip the early season uniform agony. skip some of the more agonizing stories they did, and make the whole series more flowing and less episodic, Lore would have been characterized differently, and troi wouldn't have spent as much time getting raped by aliens

also, there would have been a writers bible, that explained that a galaxy class ship could cut a marauder class ferengi junket in half with one shot.

wesley crusher would have been killed off, and the best and the brightest of starfleet, flagship crew would have solved problems, like they were supposed to, more character driven.

it would have occurred more inside the ship, yes, battles, absolutely, please, more of them, but we would be more about exploring the characters. who they are, instead of constantly making them react.
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Old May 23 2009, 03:31 AM   #3
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Re: New TNG

i would like that after they run with this nuoldtrek crew that they move on to redo the next gen. tng has always been my trek.
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Old May 24 2009, 10:59 PM   #4
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Re: New TNG

A few ideas:

I would give data more capabilities, like a built in tricorder and communicator. He would also interface directly with the ship's computer. His emotions, rather than being granted by an emotion chip, would be restricted by one he is unable to remove.

Wesley would not be a child genius and would suffer the most horrendous acne. He is a burden on Beverly.

Bev did not want to be on the Enterprise and her resentment toward Picard would occasionally froth to the surface, causing moments of aukward silence.

Troi would harbour some serious emotional issues, because of her talent, but would never be able to let it show because of her position. She remains onboard to be close to Riker, with whom she is obsessed. Riker has pitty for her, and looks out for her, but they both know they'll never be together, and he looks, searches for a way out.

Picard is deeply troubled too. Extremely repressed he retreats to long dead worlds at every opportunity, wishing he too had gone the way of their inhabitants.

I would also change the ambient sounds on the ship, the low hum of the engine sounds would be replaced with an electrical buzz that would increase in volume when ever a character is seen alone.

I would use more natural light on the ship, giving the impression of illumination from local stars, similar to Generations, the light source would move, altering the shadows and creating an illusion of ship motion.

There would be more shots of the crew stood by windows, looking out wistfully on the rest of the universe. The starscapes would be more vibrant too, with vast clusters of stars and nebula etc. The trek galaxy would be populated by all the fantastic sights the Hubble Telescope has shown us.

CGI would augment the alien characters to give them unhuman features. Impossibly shaped torsos, longer/shorter necks/legs/arms etc. Bigger eyes, extra fingers. Extra limbs. Anything that can't be done with bits of rubber.

The turbo lifts would have two sets of doors and a small gap between the carriage and the deck, like real elevators. The ship schematic in engineering would be 3D and zoomable.
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Old May 27 2009, 05:42 AM   #5
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Re: New TNG

Wesley Crusher would have been aborted by a drunken Beverly while vacationing on Risa.
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Old May 30 2009, 05:03 AM   #6
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Re: New TNG

Butters wrote: View Post
A few ideas:

I would give data more capabilities, like a built in tricorder and communicator. He would also interface directly with the ship's computer. His emotions, rather than being granted by an emotion chip, would be restricted by one he is unable to remove.
Agreed.

Wesley would not be a child genius and would suffer the most horrendous acne. He is a burden on Beverly.
Wesley would have been a child genius, whose superior intellect slowly drove him insane, ultimately resulting in him never being admitted into the Academy. Ultimately he is sent to a Federation Think Tank for theoretical engineering. Also maybe some undertones that he was a serial killer.

Bev did not want to be on the Enterprise and her resentment toward Picard would occasionally froth to the surface, causing moments of aukward silence.
Add to that tension from an attraction they she refuses to admit.

Troi would harbour some serious emotional issues, because of her talent, but would never be able to let it show because of her position.
Agreed.

She remains onboard to be close to Riker, with whom she is obsessed. Riker has pitty for her, and looks out for her, but they both know they'll never be together, and he looks, searches for a way out.
I'm not sure I can get on board with this idea. I would rather see Riker be a manifestation of her emotional damage. Riker is dead, has been dead since the incident that created Tom Riker. She knows it, but still allows herself to endulge in the dillusion.

Picard is deeply troubled too. Extremely repressed he retreats to long dead worlds at every opportunity, wishing he too had gone the way of their inhabitants.
That would be very cool. Sexual repression.

I would also change the ambient sounds on the ship, the low hum of the engine sounds would be replaced with an electrical buzz that would increase in volume when ever a character is seen alone.
I prefer the current sound.

I would use more natural light on the ship, giving the impression of illumination from local stars, similar to Generations, the light source would move, altering the shadows and creating an illusion of ship motion.
Agreed

There would be more shots of the crew stood by windows, looking out wistfully on the rest of the universe. The starscapes would be more vibrant too, with vast clusters of stars and nebula etc. The trek galaxy would be populated by all the fantastic sights the Hubble Telescope has shown us.

CGI would augment the alien characters to give them unhuman features. Impossibly shaped torsos, longer/shorter necks/legs/arms etc. Bigger eyes, extra fingers. Extra limbs. Anything that can't be done with bits of rubber.

The turbo lifts would have two sets of doors and a small gap between the carriage and the deck, like real elevators. The ship schematic in engineering would be 3D and zoomable.
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Old June 20 2009, 11:06 PM   #7
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Re: New TNG

Got a few recasting names...

Picard: Wentworth Miller
Worf: Christopher Judge
Riker: Brian Austin Green
Data: Alan Tudyk
Yar: Katee Sackhoff
LaForge: Harold Perrineau
Crusher: Elizabeth Mitchell
Troi: doesn't much matter, since Troi and not Yar should get killed this time round, preferably in the premiere episode
Q: Armie Hammer (and make him more vicious)
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Old June 21 2009, 09:46 PM   #8
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Re: New TNG

I would have made the Ferengi more sophisticated businessmen types in their first appearance who employ more brutish mercenary races for thefts and raids on other races instead of the snarly little trolls. The appearance can stand though. The Ferengi would use their economic prominence and prowess to protect themselves by monopolizing resource trading in certain business sectors that the Feds can't openly antagonize them otherwise the Ferengi screw up galactic trading and economies for the rest of Known Space (other than themselves since they'd have surplus amounts of credits and resources in unmarked accounts and caches for emergency recessions). An enemy that can't be beaten by an actual weapon since their power is beyond military control.

And I'd make the Cardassians more prominent from the very start.

Romulus is a good free world where the civilians live good productive lives and they just happen to be antagonists to the Federation WITHOUT being so obviously bad. I mean as it stands they never really delved deep enough into the Romulan culture anyways and they used the Military Dictatorship stuff for the Cardassians (to their benefit). Why not have the Romulans turn out NOT to also be a Military-Ruled Empire but a pleasant place that just happens to oppose the Feds?

The Romulans can be a democracy that respects its' people without having the exact same values as the Feds, perhaps they see it as okay to go around settling on worlds with native populations and interfering with their development as long as they get a new world. Maybe they just feel they have a manifest destiny (which is pretty much canon...) and the Feds are an obstacle.

The Klingons being basically Feudal Japan in Space would be more emphasized with how the Empire is not one unified Empire really but several House-dominated regions that take orders from the Emperor (the High Council is made up the House Reps or House Heads themselves) in matters that concern the Klingon people as a whole but each Region is near-autonomous in terms of values and cultures set by the House Master.

Cardassians, keep them as is.
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Old June 21 2009, 09:47 PM   #9
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Re: New TNG

I'd cast an actor with hair. While Picard is a wonderful actor; his hairline doesn't really say "future" to me.
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Old June 21 2009, 10:56 PM   #10
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DiSiLLUSiON wrote: View Post
I'd cast an actor with hair. While Picard is a wonderful actor; his hairline doesn't really say "future" to me.
Or that Picard being bald is a personal aesthetic choice. He, like many people today, could prefer that look over a full-head of hair. Sometimes I shave my hair because I like it. Sometimes I grow it out. Some balding men get toupees or plugs. Some don't.
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Old June 21 2009, 11:08 PM   #11
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Re: New TNG

He wasn't bald, he still had hairs on the sides of his head.

That might be a aesthetic choice, but seeing as the rest of the haircuts are quite 'normal', I don't think that's the case.

Besides, I've never heard any man saying "I'm going bald, but it doesn't matter; I like it better this way".
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Old June 21 2009, 11:28 PM   #12
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Re: New TNG

Maybe not today, but in a future full of all sorts of cool (and horrifying) aliens all around I think people would take less issues with baldness. More like "I'm going bald, but at least my forehead is smooth!"

Or just get the guy who plays Picard to shave all his hair off including the sides.
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Old June 21 2009, 11:52 PM   #13
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I would have had more recurringg bad guys. The show felt too "alien of the week" and with a show like Star Trek you can do nice arcs with stand alones.

The Ferengi would have been smarter bad guys, Romulans I would have used a hell of a lot more, along with Tarsha Yar's daughter. That was a great storyline that really could have went somewhere through the years that didn't.
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Old June 22 2009, 12:07 AM   #14
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Temis the Vorta wrote: View Post
Got a few recasting names...

Picard: Wentworth Miller
I always thought Jude Law would make a good Picard.
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Old June 22 2009, 02:00 AM   #15
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One thing that set Picard apart from Kirk was the age difference when we first met him. Picard was supposed to be about 60 years old in TNG S1, so a guy in his late 40s at least should play Picard.
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