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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old August 29 2012, 01:50 AM   #1
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TNG Commerical with Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire"

Who else remembers seeing this commercial for TNG with altered lyrics to Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire", now called something like "We Didn't Start The Series"? I think it was made by Paramount to promote TNG now being on weekdays, because I remember seeing this commercial in the early '90s when TNG was on five days a week, Monday thru Friday.

And no, I'm making this up, I honestly remember this being a real thing.
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Old August 29 2012, 02:35 AM   #2
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Re: TNG Commerical with Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire"

OMG that sounds awful...
It must have been a local station... I can't imagine Paramount doing that. I remember all kinds of cheesy station-made promos back in the 1990s!
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Old August 29 2012, 02:48 AM   #3
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I remember CHRO (now CTV2 Ottawa) playing that commercial. Of course they aired two versions over the years, but the last one (aired circa 1997), while the same as the earlier one (circa 1993) had ugly squeezed graphics inserted in it saying the time it aired. But the 1993 version I watch every Christmas, since I've got it on a recording of a Christmas show from December 1993, and one thing I really remember is when Picard is turning on the view screen (shot from Farpoint when Picard asks what the Hood's response was) it goes to a mid80's looking CGI planet with the CHRO logo on it, and then there was the pad at the end where CHRO inserted there own music and graphics over the CU of the ship from the opening credits going to warp, and their music makes the warp sound interesting (it ends right as the ship creates the flash).

I even remember that over a decade later a few of us at work heard Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire" on the radio and started talking about this spot. It would be nice if the put this spot on a Blu-Ray.

I also remember that clips were taken from Season One episodes like Farpoint upto Seaon 3 shots (Data running into Fargo's force field and being thrown across the room in Most Toys)
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Old August 29 2012, 03:23 AM   #4
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Re: TNG Commerical with Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire"

You mean this one:



http://www.youtube.com/embed/g_9eGjZoYoc
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Old August 29 2012, 07:53 AM   #5
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Re: TNG Commerical with Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire"

Oh, the pain, the pain....
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Old August 29 2012, 11:37 AM   #6
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Re: TNG Commerical with Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire"

Love it.
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Old August 29 2012, 12:30 PM   #7
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Oh, the pain, the pain....
Why so serious?
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Old August 30 2012, 10:26 AM   #8
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Not even close.
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Old August 30 2012, 10:58 AM   #9
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Re: TNG Commerical with Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire"

That's awful.
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Old August 31 2012, 04:08 PM   #10
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Re: TNG Commerical with Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire"

I have been looking for a TNG promo commercial that aired, showing great explorers through history, Vikings, Apollo Astronauts etc, and ending with the TNG cast shot. Anyone have that on Youtube, I haven't found it yet.
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Old August 31 2012, 04:17 PM   #11
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I have been looking for a TNG promo commercial that aired, showing great explorers through history, Vikings, Apollo Astronauts etc, and ending with the TNG cast shot. Anyone have that on Youtube, I haven't found it yet.
Easily Googled.

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Old August 31 2012, 04:34 PM   #12
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Re: TNG Commerical with Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire"

I've never seen this one, but it's obviously something the local Fox affiliate put together to advertise TNG reruns in syndication.

I remember there being one for TNG (can't seem to find it on YouTube), basically clips from the show cut to The Who's "My Generation," which was (if I remember correctly) much better.

That, and I remember the "Everybody Needs a Little Space" promo for DS9:

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Old August 31 2012, 11:13 PM   #13
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I've had the lyrics for the commercial in the original post in my mind all day. They are

Jean-luc
Geordi's specs
Mysteries on the hole deck
Asteroids
Triple-droids
Telepathic Betazoids
Counsellor Troi
Dr. Crusher's little boy
Klingon rites
Phaser fights
Transporter
Deadly claws
Visitor from L.A Law
Data's head
Tasha's dead
Riker's hanging by a thread
Celebration
Transformation
Everyone to battle stations!

We didn't start the series. It's the Next generation on your favorite station! (repeat this line about three times before fading out audio for station VO and audio).
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Old August 31 2012, 11:41 PM   #14
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^^^Rotten rhyming!
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Old September 1 2012, 12:58 AM   #15
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I think I got the Counsellor Troi to Phaser Fights section in the wrong area. I'll have too dig out the DVD and watch it again.
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