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View Poll Results: Is Star Trek better as a TV series or a film series?
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Old February 2 2014, 05:40 AM   #31
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Re: Is Star Trek better as a TV series or a film series?

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TV, though in a perfect world all of the Trek TV series would have had movie-level budgets and f/x.

I look forward a time when I can watch, in stardate order, each and every episode of every series and every movie, no matter how good or bad.
You can get Netflix, which is pretty close at this point. They have every episode of every series, and 6 of the 12 movies.
I know that this is actually possible now (and btw, Netflix is awesome if you're a Trek fan), I just look forward to a time when I'll actually have the time to do this. I figure that it will take me a few months, at least, give or take eating, sleeping and restroom breaks.
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Old February 2 2014, 08:57 AM   #32
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TV, though in a perfect world all of the Trek TV series would have had movie-level budgets and f/x.

I look forward a time when I can watch, in stardate order, each and every episode of every series and every movie, no matter how good or bad.
You can get Netflix, which is pretty close at this point. They have every episode of every series, and 6 of the 12 movies.
I know that this is actually possible now (and btw, Netflix is awesome if you're a Trek fan), I just look forward to a time when I'll actually have the time to do this. I figure that it will take me a few months, at least, give or take eating, sleeping and restroom breaks.
Ah, I see. Yeah, a continuous block of Star Trek? That sounds awesome. I'd love to do that, but have a nice big screen to watch it on. I watch them on a 19" right now. So while Star Trek belongs on the small screen, I don't mean quite that small.
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Old February 2 2014, 09:27 AM   #33
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Star Trek has been both a TV series and a film series over the decades, but what do you think Star Trek works better as, a TV series or a film series?
TV. The big screen has a formula: put the Enterprise, a crew member, and the Earth in peril from some bad guy bent on revenge. Kirk or Picard kick their butts, cue the Star Trek theme as the Enterprise flies away. The End.

The TV series did a much better job of keeping me entertained.
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Old February 2 2014, 09:59 AM   #34
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TV. Especially over multi-strands. It's what makes DS9 so great (and it's not even my favourite series).

Having said that, the best of the films (TWOK, etc) have an epic quality and level of sfx work TV used to find hard to match. Maybe not much now post-nuBSG.
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Old February 2 2014, 02:41 PM   #35
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By far TV
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Old February 2 2014, 06:05 PM   #36
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Re: Is Star Trek better as a TV series or a film series?

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Star Trek has been both a TV series and a film series over the decades, but what do you think Star Trek works better as, a TV series or a film series?
TV. The big screen has a formula: put the Enterprise, a crew member, and the Earth in peril from some bad guy bent on revenge. Kirk or Picard kick their butts, cue the Star Trek theme as the Enterprise flies away. The End.

The TV series did a much better job of keeping me entertained.
Huh-that "formula" is pretty broad, and would cover most episodes as well, since by including bad guys, a plot where ANYBODY in the entire series at a minimum is in peril, you've made a pretty standard "hook." Who would go to see a Star Trek movie where there's literally nothing at stake since no one's in danger, and there's no action.("kirk and picard kick their butts.")

I mean, were you really expecting a Trek movie where the premise is something like "Family" or the big "hook" is that Lwaxana Troi is going to come and make her daughter and Picard uncomfortable? Can you imagine the trailers?
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Old February 2 2014, 11:23 PM   #37
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Re: Is Star Trek better as a TV series or a film series?

Definitely TV.

While TOS was weak on TV and truly found itself on film, the others for me are made to be weekly, episodic morality/ethical/philosophical plays.

The epitome of this is DS9 which has a richness of characterization and story unlike any of the movies. For me, the movies are a sort of 'reward' for the show being so good and the concept being so enduring.

Trek as a movie only franchise becomes diluted, watered down and a mere wisp of its true, intended self. We all enjoy a bit of tommy-gunning the Borg, saving whales and a bit of the pomp of cinema.

But the episodes [The Inner Light, Far Beyond the Stars, The Year of Hell] is where the heart of 'Trek lies.
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Old February 3 2014, 03:41 AM   #38
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TV no question but films are sometimes fun
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Old February 3 2014, 09:46 AM   #39
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I'd say The Voyage Home broke the 'formula' for the movies. It was a more light hearted comedy romp, with barely a phaser shot being fired. The Motion Picture as well, broke the mould , because it tried to be something cerebral, something akin to 2001: A Space Odyssey (whether it succeeded at this is up for debate). But the tepid critical reception to TMP meant that Roddenberry was removed from creative control of the film franchise, and they did a more straight forward action adventure for the sequel. And most films in the series since, followed the TWOK template.

I think on television, they can tell a broader variety of stories. Everything from political drama, to comedy, to action, to romance, to mystery, to horror, to hard sci fi concepts, has been done throughout the near-50 years of Trek on TV
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Old February 3 2014, 12:48 PM   #40
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Star Trek has always been better on TV. Mind you, at the same time, some of the best Trek ever came from the TOS movies.
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Old February 3 2014, 01:22 PM   #41
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TOS = TV series and Movies
TNG = TV series
DS9 = The bin
Voy = The bin
Ent = The bin
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Old February 3 2014, 01:49 PM   #42
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STAR TREK is better whilst on television and in the cinema ... simultaneously!
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Old February 3 2014, 04:32 PM   #43
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Re: Is Star Trek better as a TV series or a film series?

The TV series episodes .. but seen on a giant theater screen.

With popcorn.


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Old February 4 2014, 09:17 PM   #44
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If Ron Moore voted, he would choose TV. He would also love to produce Trek on TV again! Woohoo!

http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/tubetal...ron-moore.html
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Old February 4 2014, 09:36 PM   #45
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If Ron Moore voted, he would choose TV. He would also love to produce Trek on TV again! Woohoo!

http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/tubetal...ron-moore.html
I would be really pleased if this happened!!!

He did a fantastic job on BSG & having worked on TNG, DS9 & Voyager, I couldn't think of anyone better for a new Star Trek TV series.
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