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Star Trek Movies I-X Discuss the first ten big screen outings in this forum!

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Old July 29 2011, 10:51 PM   #1
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What TNG episode would you pick?

If you could pick one episode of TNG to be the first feature length film of the TNG cast, what would it be? Or would you stick with Generations? I think Yesterday's Enterprise actually would be my choice for no other reason than the fact that I just loved that episode.
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Old July 30 2011, 01:21 AM   #2
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Re: What TNG episode would you pick?

What do you call it when some TNG eps would have made better movies, and some TNG movies would have made crappy eps?
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Old July 30 2011, 01:49 AM   #3
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Re: What TNG episode would you pick?

^^ I think he means which of the 178 TNG episodes would have made a great feature-length movie.

For example, for me, I would stretch "Masks" into a full-length movie!
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Old July 30 2011, 03:40 AM   #4
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To me it's like, duh, Yesterdays Enterprise-- except with the original crew going back to save history. Not just Spock, but the whole crew sacrificing themselves to save the Earth, the Fed and galactic peace. The Ent-A going back into that anomaly phasers and photons blazing and convincing the Klingons that humans were better as allies than adversaries!
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Old July 30 2011, 04:05 AM   #5
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Re: What TNG episode would you pick?

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Old July 30 2011, 04:28 AM   #6
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Re: What TNG episode would you pick?

"shades of gray"-with the extra hour, you can add even more clips
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Old July 30 2011, 05:15 AM   #7
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Re: What TNG episode would you pick?

"Best of Both Worlds," would have made an awesome movie, in my opinion. Obviously it would have taken a small chunk out of the TV series not to have it air and later episodes would have been affected, but that wasn't the point of the topic.
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Old July 30 2011, 05:39 AM   #8
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Re: What TNG episode would you pick?

"Parallels"...though given the conventions of making a TNG movie it probably couldn't be Worf doing the timeline-jumping....which would be a shame since I thought he was the perfect character to throw into that sort of situation.
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Old July 30 2011, 09:12 AM   #9
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I agree that The Best of Both Worlds would have made an awesome movie. Hell, it already is a movie!
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Old July 30 2011, 09:28 AM   #10
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What about Q Who?
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Old July 30 2011, 02:34 PM   #11
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Re: What TNG episode would you pick?

Outside of the obvious ones like The Best of Both Worlds and Yesterday's Enterprise (though, not sure how I feel about a movie which didn't really happen), there are really surprisingly few TNG episodes that stand out as good candidates. That's a good indication to me that Star Trek, in general, and probably TNG in particular are better suited for TV.

Schisms, The Chase, and I Borg are episodes where the plots could've been expanded into interesting "high concept" films. Of course, they would need some more action to be successful on the big screen.
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Old July 30 2011, 03:01 PM   #12
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"Darmok"! It's my favorite TNG ep., and it very nicely captures what Star Trek is All About (TM)---reaching out to other lifeforms in order to better understand ourselves. And Paul Winfield was an amazing actor!
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Old July 30 2011, 04:03 PM   #13
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^It is a great episode, but I'm not sure it could be expanded to two hours without becoming tedious for the majority of the viewing public. I wouldn't mind being proven wrong, though.
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Old July 30 2011, 10:57 PM   #14
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To me it's like, duh, Yesterdays Enterprise-- except with the original crew going back to save history. Not just Spock, but the whole crew sacrificing themselves to save the Earth, the Fed and galactic peace. The Ent-A going back into that anomaly phasers and photons blazing and convincing the Klingons that humans were better as allies than adversaries!
I agree with this - a missed opportunity - they should have saved this script to be a movie, should they ever make one, and had it be the Enterprise-A that came through the rift ... that would have been EPIC ... I really felt some of the details about Captain Garrett seemed like Captain Kirk ... worried about the crew, stubborn about accepting medical treatment ... though I wouldn't have had Kirk die the way Garrett did...
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Old July 30 2011, 11:09 PM   #15
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As someone said already, Yesterday's Enterprise (with the 1701-A) would be my first choice for a script they adapted into the first movie. Another interesting idea was one that I think I read somewhere was the original concept for "Too Short A Season" in an early draft (or was that just a rumour?) - that instead of Admiral Mark Jameson, we would have had Admiral Kirk, very old at this point, travelling with the Enterprise-D to negotiate the release of hostages on a planet he once visited. The plot would have needed to be expanded, but I think the idea of Kirk taking command of the mission like Jameson did, with the tensions with Picard, would have been an interesting take... and if Kirk was having to deal with consequences from some actions he took as captain of the original Enterprise ... it could have led to some nice introspective moments with Picard. The whole idea of the Admiral taking an alien drug to make himself young enough to go on missions again would have been an interesting theme as well, considering how Kirk seemed to regret aging in some of the original movies (e.g. The Wrath of Khan). Jameson certainly seemed as though he was written with the intention of being a Kirk-like character. Either way, if they had made Yesterday's Enterprise or Too Short a Season into a movie with original series characters, they still could have called the movie "Generations" :-)

(... and just to throw it in, if they were making a novel into a movie, I think Peter David's Vendetta would have been a way better Borg movie than First Contact, too!)
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